John 1:20
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English Standard Version
He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”

King James Bible
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

American Standard Version
And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he confessed, and did not deny: and he confessed: I am not the Christ.

English Revised Version
And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
He avowed--he did not conceal the truth, but avowed, "I am not the Christ."

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Vincent's Word Studies

He confessed and denied not

John's characteristic combination of a positive and negative clause. See on John 1:3. Both verbs are used absolutely.

I am not the Christ

According to the proper reading, ἐγὼ, I, stands first in the Baptist's statement, the ὅτι having the force merely of quotation marks. It is emphatic: "I am not the Christ, though the Christ is here." Some were questioning whether John was the Christ (Luke 3:15; Acts 13:25). Note the frequent occurrence of the emphatic I: John 1:23, John 1:26, John 1:27, John 1:30, John 1:31, John 1:33, John 1:34. On the Christ, see on Matthew 1:1.

John 1:20 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 3:28-36 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him...

Matthew 3:11,12 I indeed baptize you with water to repentance. but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear...

Mark 1:7,8 And preached, saying, There comes one mightier than I after me, the lace of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose...

Luke 3:15-17 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not...

Cross References
Luke 3:15
As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ,

John 1:8
He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

John 3:28
You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, 'I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.'

Acts 13:25
And as John was finishing his course, he said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.'

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