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

  • Daniel
    This wonderful book begins by unveiling the Person of Jesus Christ as being Almighty God. He is the God of Israel, and the Elohim, the Creator of heaven and the earth. He is the God of Israel, but Israel did not receive Him (as their Messiah). As many as received Him, he gives them a divine birth. I note this is 'not by bloods' speaking of the blood of offerings, (geneology is seed, i.e the cross
  • Amankwaa Solomon
    The name of God who was in the old testament is Jesus Christ in the new testament just as John is saying . Look at what Paul about Him in 1st Timothy 3:16 God revealed Himself in fresh ... Also , John 1:14 . Jesus is the father ,son and the Holy Ghost . He created the world and human beings .
  • Irene123
    To Jeanette - I saw your 'thank-you' on here; thank-you for your acknowledgment. The Lord Jesus bless you and yours this Holiday season; may He keep you all safe, in JESUS name, AMEN!!
  • Jeannette
    *Thank you Jesus. Please give note to the one who sent this to my email I appreciate that as well. Watch over her kindly. Amen.
  • Rev Autrey
    Again, when John says that Jesus (the Word) is God he is not speaking in vacuum. He knew from reading the Scriptures that the one he baptized was God. Isa. 12:2 reads, "See, God has come to save me! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord is my strength and song; he is my salvation. And guess what! That's what the name Jesus means, "the God who saves" or "God save me."
  • Ae
    Everything was made by the word including universe, only human beings were created by God, that's why the word of God says "what is man that you are mindful of him"

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