New American Standard Bible
"I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water."
King James Bible
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
Darby Bible Translation
and I knew him not; but that he might be manifested to Israel, therefore have I come baptising with water.
World English Bible
I didn't know him, but for this reason I came baptizing in water: that he would be revealed to Israel."
Young's Literal Translation
and I knew him not, but, that he might be manifested to Israel, because of this I came with the water baptizing.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I knew him not - John was not personally acquainted with Jesus. Though they were remotely related to each other, yet it seems that they had had heretofore no personal acquaintance. John had lived chiefly in the hill country of Judea. Jesus had been employed with Joseph at Nazareth. Until Jesus came to be baptized Matthew 3:13-14, it seems that John had no acquaintance with him. He understood that he was to announce that the Messiah was about to appear. He was sent to proclaim his coming, but he did not personally know Jesus, or that he was to be the Messiah. This proves that there could have been no collusion or agreement between them to impose on the people.
Should be made manifest - That the Messiah should be "exhibited," or made known. He came to prepare the way for the Messiah, and it now appeared that the Messiah was Jesus of Nazareth.
To Israel - To the Jews.
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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Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him.
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