New International Version
He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Messiah."
King James Bible
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
Darby Bible Translation
And he acknowledged and denied not, and acknowledged, I am not the Christ.
World English Bible
He declared, and didn't deny, but he declared, "I am not the Christ."
Young's Literal Translation
and he confessed and did not deny, and confessed -- 'I am not the Christ.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He confessed, and denied not; but confessed - A common mode of Jewish phraseology. John renounces himself, that Jesus may be all in all. Though God had highly honored him, and favored him with peculiar influence in the discharge of his work, yet he considered he had nothing but what he had received, and therefore, giving all praise to his benefactor, takes care to direct the attention of the people to him alone from whom he had received his mercies. He who makes use of God's gifts to feed and strengthen his pride and vanity will be sure to be stripped of the goods wherein he trusts, and fall down into the condemnation of the devil. We have nothing but what we have received; we deserve nothing of what we possess; and it is only God's infinite mercy which keeps us in the possession of the blessings which we now enjoy.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Eversley. 1856. St. John i. 16, 17. "Of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." I wish you to mind particularly this word GRACE. You meet it very often in the Bible. You hear often said, The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Now, what does this word grace mean? It is really worth your while to know; for if a man or a woman has not grace, they will be very unhappy people, and very disagreeable …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
September 24 Evening
May 19 Evening
November 15 Morning
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.
He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.'
As John was completing his work, he said: 'Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.'
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