John 1:31
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New International Version
I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."

King James Bible
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

Darby Bible Translation
and I knew him not; but that he might be manifested to Israel, therefore have I come baptising with water.

World English Bible
I didn't know him, but for this reason I came baptizing in water: that he would be revealed to Israel."

Young's Literal Translation
and I knew him not, but, that he might be manifested to Israel, because of this I came with the water baptizing.

John 1:31 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And I knew him not, etc. - John did not know our Lord personally, and perhaps had never seen him, at the time he spoke the words in John 1:15. Nor is it any wonder that the Baptist should have been unacquainted with Christ, as he had spent thirty years in the hill country of Hebron, and our Lord remained in a state of great privacy in the obscure city of Nazareth, in the extreme borders of Galilee.

But that he should be made manifest to Israel - One design of my publicly baptizing was, that he, coming to my baptism, should be shown to be what he is, by some extraordinary sign from heaven.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I knew.

John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said to me, On whom you shall see the Spirit descending...

Luke 1:80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing to Israel.

Luke 2:39-42 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth...

but.

John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

Isaiah 40:3-5 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God...

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom you seek...

Malachi 4:2-5 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth...

Luke 1:17,76-79 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children...

therefore.

Matthew 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

Mark 1:3-5 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight...

Luke 3:3,4 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins...

Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John truly baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people...

Library
Grace
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
Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.--II COR. 8:9. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.--Thou are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips.--All bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. Ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.--He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself.--We speak that we do know,
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

May 19 Evening
Fellowship in the gospel.--PHI. 1:5. As the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.--That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

November 15 Morning
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.--I COR. 1:9. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.--God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.--Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.--Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Cross References
Matthew 3:13
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

John 1:30
This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'

John 1:32
Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.

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