Humility not Contemptible
John 1:26
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there stands one among you, whom you know not;

Humility did not make John the Baptist contemptible; but when he refused the name of a prophet, Christ said that he was more than a prophet. Humility did not make Moses contemptible; but as he was the mildest man upon earth, so he was the greatest upon earth. Humility did not make David contemptible; but when he humbled himself, he said unto Michal, "I will be more humble yet, and lowly in mine own sight, yet thou and thy maids shall honour me." As Christ ceased not to be a king because He was like a servant, nor to be a lion because He was a lamb, nor to be a judge because He was judged; so man doth not lose his honour by humility; but he shall be honoured for his humility, as the son was honoured when he was humbled (Luke 15:18-25). Thus humility hath found that which pride sought; like little David, which was least accounted of, and yet got the victory, yea, when no man durst encounter with the giant (1 Samuel 17:28).

(Henry Smith.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

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

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