John 1:31
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English Standard Version
I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, 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.

American Standard Version
And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel, for this cause came I baptizing in water.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I knew him not, but that he may be made manifest in Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

English Revised Version
And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel, for this cause came I baptizing with water.

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

Weymouth New Testament
I did not yet know Him; but that He may be openly shown to Israel is the reason why I have come baptizing in water."

John 1:31 Parallel
Commentary
Vincent's Word Studies

And I((κἀγὼ)

Emphatic. "And I, though I predicted His coming (John 1:30), knew Him not."

Knew Him not

Officially, as the Messiah. There is no reference to personal acquaintance. It is inconceivable that, with the intimate relations between the two families, the Baptist should have been personally unacquainted with Jesus.

Israel

Always with the idea of the spiritual privilege of the race.

John 1:31 Parallel Commentaries

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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...

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

John 1:30
This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.'

John 1:32
And John bore witness: "I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.

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