John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah

19 Now this was John’s(A) testimony when the Jewish leaders[a](B) in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.

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Footnotes

  1. John 1:19 The Greek term traditionally translated the Jews (hoi Ioudaioi) refers here and elsewhere in John’s Gospel to those Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus; also in 5:10, 15, 16; 7:1, 11, 13; 9:22; 18:14, 28, 36; 19:7, 12, 31, 38; 20:19.

20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”(A)

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25 As John was completing his work,(A) he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for.(B) But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’(C)

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