John 1:25

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

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Other Translations

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

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

  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 1:4 IN HIM WAS LIFE AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN PSALM 119:130 the entrance of ---THY WORDS--- giveth light it giveth understanding unto the simple PROVERBS 6:23 for the commandment is a lamp and the law is light and reproofs of instruction are the way of life PROVERBS 4:18 BUT THE PATH OF THE JUST IS AS THE SHINING LIGHT THAT SHINETH MORE AND MORE UNTO THE PERFECT DAY
  • Stan jett
    40
    One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. Who was the other one?
  • Anna day
    John was a man that knew the truth, he knew that he was not the light and that he came only to witness the light, he understood that Jesus had surpassed him even though he came after him.
  • Toshia
    The Word existed way before the world existed! The word was the source of life! Through HIM God made all things, this makes me think The word, the source of life is His Son Jesus Christ. John was a messenger to give us insight on The light to come, where Christ came from
  • LYLE R SHORT
    This verse relates to Matthew 15:24. Israel belonged to him and most of them did not receive him as who he is, their Messiah. One needs to read on in John to get the complete message. Jesus was not here to minister to Gentiles during his earthly life, but he later sent Paul for that purpose.
  • To show
    Jesus is God controversy has been ongoing for centuries. It is mostly based on Greek translations of words that John had no idea that they would be misconstrued and subsequently cause so much division in orthodoxy. Understanding a Greek word in English can lead the reader down a slippery slope of what the true meaning really is. Once you get the correct meanings everything falls into place.

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