John 1:26
New International Version
"I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know.

New Living Translation
John told them, "I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize.

English Standard Version
John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know,

Berean Study Bible
“I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands One you do not know.

Berean Literal Bible
John answered them saying, "I baptize with water, but in the midst of you stands One whom you do not know,

New American Standard Bible
John answered them saying, "I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know.

King James Bible
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

Christian Standard Bible
“I baptize with water,” John answered them. “Someone stands among you, but you don’t know him.

Contemporary English Version
John told them, "I use water to baptize people. But here with you is someone you don't know.

Good News Translation
John answered, "I baptize with water, but among you stands the one you do not know.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I baptize with water," John answered them. "Someone stands among you, but you don't know Him.

International Standard Version
John answered them, "I am baptizing with water, but among you stands a man whom you do not know,

NET Bible
John answered them, "I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize,

New Heart English Bible
John answered them, saying, "I baptize in water, but among you stands one whom you do not know.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yohannan answered and said to them, “I am baptizing in water; but he is standing in your midst whom you do not know.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
John answered them, "I baptize with water. Someone you don't know is standing among you.

New American Standard 1977
John answered them saying, “I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know.

Jubilee Bible 2000
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water, but there stands one among you, whom ye know not;

King James 2000 Bible
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there stands one among you, whom you know not;

American King James Version
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there stands one among you, whom you know not;

American Standard Version
John answered them, saying, I baptize in water: in the midst of you standeth one whom ye know not,

Douay-Rheims Bible
John answered them, saying: I baptize with water; but there hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not.

Darby Bible Translation
John answered them saying, I baptise with water. In the midst of you stands, whom ye do not know,

English Revised Version
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: in the midst of you standeth one whom ye know not,

Webster's Bible Translation
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

Weymouth New Testament
"I baptize in water only," John answered, "but in your midst stands One whom you do not know--

World English Bible
John answered them, "I baptize in water, but among you stands one whom you don't know.

Young's Literal Translation
John answered them, saying, 'I baptize with water, but in midst of you he hath stood whom ye have not known, this one it is who is coming after me, who hath been before me,
Study Bible
The Mission of John the Baptist
25asked him, “Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26“I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands One you do not know. 27He is the One who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”…
Cross References
Matthew 3:6
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Matthew 3:11
I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Mark 1:8
I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

Luke 3:16
John answered all of them: "I baptize you with water, but One more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Acts 1:5
For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

Acts 19:4
Paul explained: "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the One coming after him, that is, in Jesus."

Treasury of Scripture

John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there stands one among you, whom you know not;

I.

Matthew 3:11
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Mark 1:8
I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

Luke 3:16
John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

whom.

John 1:10,11
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not…

John 8:19
Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

John 16:3
And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.







Lexicon
“I
Ἐγὼ (Egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

baptize
βαπτίζω (baptizō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 907: Lit: I dip, submerge, but specifically of ceremonial dipping; I baptize.

with
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

water,”
ὕδατι (hydati)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5204: Water. And genitive case, hudatos, etc. From the base of huetos; water literally or figuratively.

John
Ἰωάννης (Iōannēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2491: Of Hebrew origin; Joannes, the name of four Israelites.

replied,
Ἀπεκρίθη (Apekrithē)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 611: From apo and krino; to conclude for oneself, i.e. to respond; by Hebraism to begin to speak.

“but among
μέσος (mesos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3319: Middle, in the middle, between, in the midst of. From meta; middle (neuter) noun).

you
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

stands
ἕστηκεν (hestēken)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2476: A prolonged form of a primary stao stah'-o; to stand, used in various applications.

[One]
ὃν (hon)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

you
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

{do} not
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

know.
οἴδατε (oidate)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.
(26) I baptize with water.--The passage of Ezekiel is probably present to the mind, with its contrast between water and spirit.

Verses 26, 27. - The answer is not very explicit. John answered them and said, I baptize with water; not as Messiah, or Elijah, or a resuscitated prophet, not as making proselytes to the faith of Abraham's sons, not as an Essene admitting the children of the kingdom to a close spiritual corporation, but because the Messiah has come. Some have laid great emphasis on the limitation which John assigns to his baptism. It is said he thus anticipated the contrast afterwards expressed between it and the Spirit baptism of Jesus. This is. however, reserved for a later utterance. The baptism with water inaugurated the Messianic kingdom, prepared the people to receive the Lord. If, then, Messiah were reasonably expected thus to create a fellowship of those, who, substituted this simple lustration for a cumbrous cycle of ceremonial purifications, John, as the "voice," the "herald," the "crier" in the wilderness, was justified in administering the rite. I baptize with water, seeing that there standeth in the midst of you one (whom you know not) who is coming after me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to loose. This standing in the very crowd before him of the Mightier than John, now being searched out as it were by the glances of the Baptist, and recognized by him as One over whom the heavens had opened, gave ample support to the Baptist in his baptismal functions. The One coming after John, i.e. "after," because of John's chronological precedence in showing himself to Israel, is yet of such lofty rank and mighty power that John is not fit in his own opinion to be his humblest slave. This solemn assurance justifies to the Sanhedrin the preparatory rite. This closes the first great testimony. Before proceeding to the second, the evangelist supplies a geographical hint, which up to the present day has not been satisfactorily interpreted. 1:19-28 John disowns himself to be the Christ, who was now expected and waited for. He came in the spirit and power of Elias, but he was not the person of Elias. John was not that Prophet whom Moses said the Lord would raise up to them of their brethren, like unto him. He was not such a prophet as they expected, who would rescue them from the Romans. He gave such an account of himself, as might excite and awaken them to hearken to him. He baptized the people with water as a profession of repentance, and as an outward sign of the spiritual blessings to be conferred on them by the Messiah, who was in the midst of them, though they knew him not, and to whom he was unworthy to render the meanest service.
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