John 1:25

“And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they asked him, and said vnto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that Prophet?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

They asked him, and said to him, "Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they asked him, and said unto him, Why then baptizest thou, if thou art not the Christ, neither Elijah, neither the prophet?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they put this question to him, saying, Why then are you giving baptism if you are not the Christ, or Elijah, or the prophet?
- Basic English Bible

And they asked him and said to him, Why baptisest thou then, if thou art not the Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet?
- Darby Bible

And they asked him, and said to him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou art not that Christ, nor Elijah, neither that prophet?
- Webster's Bible

Again they questioned him. "Why then do you baptize," they said, "if you are neither the Christ nor Elijah nor the Prophet?"
- Weymouth Bible

They asked him, "Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?"
- World English Bible

And thei axiden hym, and seiden to hym, What thanne baptisist thou, if thou art not Crist, nether Elie, nether a profete?
- Wycliffe Bible

and they questioned him and said to him, `Why, then, dost thou baptize, if thou art not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:25


1:25 They asked him, Why baptizest thou then? - Without any commission from the sanhedrim? And not only heathens (who were always baptized before they were admitted to circumcision) but Jews also?


People's Bible Notes for John 1:25


Joh 1:25 Why baptizest thou then? If he were Christ, or Elijah, or "that prophet", they could understand why he should establish a new religious rite, but if none of these, why should he do so? Their perplexity shows that the baptismal rite was new to them. There is no proof that Jewish proselyte baptism of Gentile converts existed at this period, save the assertion of the Talmud, written two or three centuries after this. Josephus, who wrote in the time of the apostles, is silent about it.

Discussion for John 1

  • Anton
    We filled with light. The light is came from Jesus. So Jesus is inside sin is out side.
  • MockingBird
    The Grace of God teaches us to deny ungodliness : The word of God is Truth : The law to my understanding : 5 are toward God and 5 are toward man : If I break one of those laws it is as though I have broken all in God's eyes : Not a one of us has kept the law : For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God : This is where Grace and Truth comes in . Jesus is our Passover Lamb !!!
  • Geri
    I love to read and learn from the Scriptires.
    If the people in Jesus' day, when He was among them, had received him as these first disciples accepted him, our world would be different today. The TRUTH will remain so no matter.how the enemy slices it.
  • Aliciabrown
    It's talking about in the beginning God created the heaven and earth
  • Kevin gammon
    it's good to know that god se;s us no matter were we are
    or what we are going thru
  • Daniel
    This chapter gives the unveiling of the Son of God and the key to entering in to eternal salvation . The Lord is God. He is the image of the invisible God. Just as Israel rejected him He is the God of Israel, we need to receive him -not with ref to sin

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