John 1:15

“John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iohn bare witnesse of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that commeth after me, is preferred before me, for he was before me.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

John beareth witness of him, and crieth, saying, This was he of whom I said, He that cometh after me is become before me: for he was before me.
- American Standard Version (1901)

John gave witness about him, crying, This is he of whom I said, He who is coming after me is put over me because he was in existence before me.
- Basic English Bible

(John bears witness of him, and he has cried, saying, This was he of whom I said, He that comes after me is preferred before me, for he was before me;)
- Darby Bible

John testified concerning him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spoke, He that cometh after me, is preferred before me; for he was before me.
- Webster's Bible

John gave testimony concerning Him and cried aloud, saying, "This is He of whom I said, `He who is coming after me has been put before me,' for He was before me."
- Weymouth Bible

John testified about him. He cried out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.'"
- World English Bible

Joon berith witnessyng of hym, and crieth, and seith, This is, whom Y seide, He that schal come aftir me, is maad bifore me, for he was tofor me;
- Wycliffe Bible

John doth testify concerning him, and hath cried, saying, `This was he of whom I said, He who after me is coming, hath come before me, for he was before me;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:15


1:15 John cried - With joy and confidence; This is he of whom I said - John had said this before our Lord's baptism, although he then knew him not in person: he knew him first at his baptism, and afterward cried, This is he of whom I said. &c. He is preferred before me - in his office: for he was before me - in his nature.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:15


Joh 1:15 John bare witness of him. At the time of Christ's baptism when the Spirit descended. See Joh 1:33.

Discussion for John 1

  • ANTHONY PLANGE-ANNAN
    I give thanks and glory to John who humbly give good accounts of the Messiah and not given credit to himself by saying I baptize you with water but he will do with the Holy Spirit.
  • Edna
    I so much like verse 12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name"
  • Tracey Greene
    I love that part where the word says: and all we have received of His fullness. Christ is full of grace and truth, and having received of His fullness is incredible, His Spirit lives on the inside of us giving us a truly wonderful power to overcome the things of the world. John makes it plain, to the point.
  • Elijah
    Would any of you be so kind as to tell my why the second coming of jesus cannot fulfill the jewish definition of a Messiah?
  • Antwi
    King James
    Good news



  • BSP
    Verse 3 shows that not even one thing has come into existence apart from Jesus.

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