John 1:31

“And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therfore am I come baptizing with water.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel, for this cause came I baptizing in water.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I myself had no knowledge of him, but I came giving baptism with water so that he might be seen openly by Israel.
- Basic English Bible

and I knew him not; but that he might be manifested to Israel, therefore have I come baptising with water.
- Darby Bible

And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
- Webster's Bible

I did not yet know Him; but that He may be openly shown to Israel is the reason why I have come baptizing in water."
- Weymouth Bible

I didn't know him, but for this reason I came baptizing in water: that he would be revealed to Israel."
- World English Bible

And Y knew hym not, but that he be schewid in Israel, therfor Y cam baptisynge in watir.
- Wycliffe Bible

and I knew him not, but, that he might be manifested to Israel, because of this I came with the water baptizing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:31


1:31 I knew him not - Till he came to be baptized. How surprising is this; considering how nearly they were related, and how remarkable the conception and birth of both had been. But there was a peculiar providence visible in our Saviour's living, from his infancy to his baptism, at Nazareth: John all the time living the life of a hermit in the deserts of Judea, #Luke 1:80|, ninety or more miles from Nazareth: hereby that acquaintance was prevented which might have made John's testimony of Christ suspected.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:31


Joh 1:31 I knew him not. Knew not that God had chosen him to be the Christ. He knew, however, that he should be manifested in some way through his baptism.

Discussion for John 1

  • Mark
    Yes, John chapter 1 and verse 1 tells us that "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word "WAS GOD". Verse 14 says, "And the word was made flesh" God became a man! Jesus was God and man.
  • Joseph
    Yes, Anthony Jesus was and is God made in the flesh
  • Anthony
    I read Johns 1 and I believe that "WORD" was made flesh. Are it telling me that "Jesus" was "God" in the flesh?
  • Patricia Gray
    I really "enjoy reading this". God bless.
  • Gwendolyn Johnson
    I believe the scripture is saying man don't understand what God is doing
  • MockingBird
    Darkness will never overcome light. Light shows up !!! Light manifests what is sin in my our lives !Jesus Christ is the light of the world . Satan poses as a minister of light : BUT a half Truth is a LIE !!

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