New American Standard Bible
But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?"
King James Bible
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
Darby Bible Translation
but John urgently forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptised of thee; and comest thou to me?
World English Bible
But John would have hindered him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?"
Young's Literal Translation
but John was forbidding him, saying, 'I have need by thee to be baptized -- and thou dost come unto me!'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
John forbade him - Refused him.
I have need - It is more suitable that I should be baptized with thy baptism, the Holy Spirit, than that thou shouldest be baptized in water by me. I am a sinner, and unworthy to administer this to the Messiah.
LibraryThe Dove of God
'He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him.' MATT. iii. 16. This Gospel of Matthew is emphatically the gospel of the Kingdom. It sets forth Jesus as the long-promised Messiah, the Son of David. And this conception of Him and of His work, whilst it runs through the whole of the Gospel, is more obviously influential in shaping the selection of incidents and colouring the cast of the language, in the early portion. Hence the genealogy with which the Gospel begins dwells …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
My Beloved is White and Ruddy, the Chiefest among Ten Thousand.
"Because I have Lived So Many Years"
Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him.
But Jesus answering said to him, "Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he permitted Him.
I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles.
The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing,
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