John 1:19-28 New English Translation (NET Bible)
The Testimony of John the Baptist
19 Now[a] this was[b] John’s[c] testimony[d] when the Jewish leaders[e] sent[f] priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”[g] 20 He confessed—he did not deny but confessed—“I am not the Christ!”[h] 21 So they asked him, “Then who are you?[i] Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!”[j] “Are you the Prophet?”[k] He answered, “No!” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us[l] so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23 John[m] said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight[n] the way for the Lord,’[o] as the prophet Isaiah said.” 24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.[p])[q] 25 So they asked John,[r] “Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ,[s] nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26 John answered them,[t] “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize,[u] 27 who is coming after me. I am not worthy[v] to untie the strap[w] of his sandal!” 28 These things happened in Bethany[x] across the Jordan River[y] where John was baptizing.