New American Standard Bible
And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
King James Bible
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
Darby Bible Translation
And he acknowledged and denied not, and acknowledged, I am not the Christ.
World English Bible
He declared, and didn't deny, but he declared, "I am not the Christ."
Young's Literal Translation
and he confessed and did not deny, and confessed -- 'I am not the Christ.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
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.
LibraryJanuary 20 Morning
His name shall be called Wonderful.--ISA. 9:6. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.--Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. They shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.--JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. All men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father.--God . . . hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is …
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Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he was the Christ,
He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
"You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent ahead of Him.'
"And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.'
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