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

  • Joya potter
    John is a great first book to read in learning alot about Jesus.
  • Santi Tajuddin edy
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. JH 1:1 The same was in the beginning with God. JH 1:2 All things were made by [through] him; and without him [there WU] was not any thing made that was made. JH 1:3 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. JH 1:4 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. JH 1:5

    There was a man
  • Ruth
    Thank YOU and bless you for letting me put the relevant Word of God that glorifies the Word of God, Jesus on this site!
  • LINDA CANNON
    Jesus you are my light and salvation the lamb that were slain from the foundation of this world.Thank you for your holy shed blood for the remission of my sins.
    All praise and honor belongs to you. Jesus I will bless your names at all times and your praises shall continually be in my mouth. John said behold the Lamb of God who cometh to take away the sins of the world. John said look at him.
  • Lilian
    In the beginning there was a word and the word was with God and the word is God i believe you Lord Jesus that you are the word from Abba Father in order for us to believe that there is God our Father who truly loves us your word Lord is my life i will love you and will praise forever you are the light of my world amen hallelujah
  • Indi garcha
    Holy,direct,to the point,the truth

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