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But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
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Other Translations of Matthew 3:14
But Iohn forbade him, saying, I haue need to bee baptized of thee, and commest thou to me?- King James Version (1611)
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But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?"- New American Standard Version (1995)
But John would have hindered him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?- American Standard Version (1901)
But John would have kept him back, saying, It is I who have need of baptism from you, and do you come to me?- Basic English Bible
but John urgently forbad him, saying, *I* have need to be baptised of thee; and comest *thou* to me?- Darby Bible
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized by thee, and comest thou to me? - Webster's Bible
John protested. "It is I," he said, "who have need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"- Weymouth Bible
But John would have hindered him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?"- World English Bible
And Joon forbede him, and seide, Y owe to be baptisid of thee, and thou comest to me?- Wycliffe Bible
but John was forbidding him, saying, `I have need by thee to be baptized -- and thou dost come unto me!'- Youngs Literal Bible
View People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:14
Mt 3:14 John forbad him. The objection that John made to the baptism of Christ implies some knowledge of him. Their mothers were cousins, but there is no evidence that Jesus and John had ever met. The Spirit had told John to proclaim the Redeemer and had given him a sign by which he should know him. When Jesus came before him, he perhaps knew, by the Spirit, his purity, and may have believed that he was the Messiah, but as yet he "knew him not" (Joh 1:33). He could not be certain until he saw the Divine sign. I have need to be baptized of thee. These words were uttered under the conviction, not certainty, that Jesus was the Christ.
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