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John 1:20

    John 1:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He said quite openly and straightforwardly, I am not the Christ.

    Webster's Revision

    And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ.

    World English Bible

    He declared, and didn't deny, but he declared, "I am not the Christ."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 1:20

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on John 1:20

    I am not the Christ - This confession proves that John was not an impostor. He had a wide reputation. The nation was expecting that the Messiah was about to come, and multitudes were ready to believe that John was he, Luke 3:15. If John had been an impostor he would have taken advantage of this excited state of public feeling, proclaimed himself to be the Messiah, and formed a large party in his favor. The fact that he did not do it is full proof that he did not intend to impose on people, but came only as the forerunner of Christ; and his example shows that all Christians, and especially all Christian ministers, however much they may be honored and blessed, should be willing to lay all their honors at the feet of Jesus; to keep themselves back and to hold up before the world only the Son of God. To do this is one eminent mark of the true spirit of a minister of the gospel.

    Wesley's Notes on John 1:20

    1:20 I am not the Christ - For many supposed he was.