John 1:20

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he confessed, and denied not: but confessed, I am not the Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He said quite openly and straightforwardly, I am not the Christ.
- Basic English Bible

And he acknowledged and denied not, and acknowledged, I am not the Christ.
- Darby Bible

And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
- Webster's Bible

He avowed--he did not conceal the truth, but avowed, "I am not the Christ."
- Weymouth Bible

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

He knoulechide, and denyede not, and he knoulechide, For Y am not Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he confessed and did not deny, and confessed -- `I am not the Christ.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:20

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

People's Bible Notes for John 1:20

Joh 1:20,21 He confessed, etc. Some conjectured that John was the expected Christ; others that he was Elijah who was first to come (Mal 4:5); others that he was "that prophet", the one predicted by Moses (De 18:15); but he declared that he was none of these.

Discussion for John 1

  • Vj
    John was hungering for more closeness to God. He was watching for and expecting Jesus .He had listened and learned from teachings from Gods Word and believed It would come to pass just like it was foretold by the true prophets .
  • Cynthia Scott
    John was faithful unto God. He could have grown weary while waiting on Jesus to come; however he never gave up. He continued to pave the way for Jesus. We as Christians today should do the same. We are so quick to give up when we don't get a quick answer to our prayers. Praise God for forgiveness and his Love!
  • Alicia brown
    If I wasn't here right today I wouldn't be with my heavenly father
  • Roslyn robinson
    He was a man of great faith and wisdom
  • Eve56
    John was following God commandments He was truly one of God's son's. So for that reason why some people believe in God.
  • Tracy
    I like John 1 confirms the prophecy of Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Then here comes Simon who Jesus calls "Stone". Then Nathaniel Jesus says He saw him under the fig tree. My words may not be articulate but i truly believe we have been called specifically out of darkness into Light with the Father.

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