John 1:15

“John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iohn bare witnesse of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that commeth after me, is preferred before me, for he was before me.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

John beareth witness of him, and crieth, saying, This was he of whom I said, He that cometh after me is become before me: for he was before me.
- American Standard Version (1901)

John gave witness about him, crying, This is he of whom I said, He who is coming after me is put over me because he was in existence before me.
- Basic English Bible

(John bears witness of him, and he has cried, saying, This was he of whom I said, He that comes after me is preferred before me, for he was before me;)
- Darby Bible

John testified concerning him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spoke, He that cometh after me, is preferred before me; for he was before me.
- Webster's Bible

John gave testimony concerning Him and cried aloud, saying, "This is He of whom I said, `He who is coming after me has been put before me,' for He was before me."
- Weymouth Bible

John testified about him. He cried out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.'"
- World English Bible

Joon berith witnessyng of hym, and crieth, and seith, This is, whom Y seide, He that schal come aftir me, is maad bifore me, for he was tofor me;
- Wycliffe Bible

John doth testify concerning him, and hath cried, saying, `This was he of whom I said, He who after me is coming, hath come before me, for he was before me;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:15


1:15 John cried - With joy and confidence; This is he of whom I said - John had said this before our Lord's baptism, although he then knew him not in person: he knew him first at his baptism, and afterward cried, This is he of whom I said. &c. He is preferred before me - in his office: for he was before me - in his nature.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:15


Joh 1:15 John bare witness of him. At the time of Christ's baptism when the Spirit descended. See Joh 1:33.

Discussion for John 1

  • Alex
    This Jn 1 v 12 n 13 is so Precious, telling us that his Name ( sake ) th H.G. IS NOT BORN OF BLOOD, HE IS NOT A FLESH AND BLOOD BEING, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN MEANING NOT BY THE SEED OF MAN,BUT BY THE WILL OF GOD MEANING BY THE SEED OF GOD,TH LIVING WORD,TH SEED OF THE SOWER WHICH IS THE SEED OF CHRIST,THIS IS TH ISRAEL OF GOD AS THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. TH MULTIPLICATION OF GOD
  • Alex
    This Jn 1 v 12 n 13 is so Precious, telling us that his Name ( sake ) th H.G. IS NOT BORN OF BLOOD, HE IS NOT A FLESH AND BLOOD BEING, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN MEANING NOT BY THE SEED OF MAN,BUT BY THE WILL OF GOD MEANING BY THE SEED OF GOD,TH LIVING WORD,TH SEED OF THE SOWER WHICH IS THE SEED OF CHRIST,THIS IS TH ISRAEL OF GOD AS THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. TH MULTIPLICATION OF GOD
  • Steve
    No one has ever seen the Father but Jesus. Has anyone out there seen Jesus? In November of 2008 around 5pm, Our Lord Jesus appeared with His heavenly host to me when I was very sick. He did not speak, but smiled to me. In my 69 years of life, the few minutes spent with Him, is the high point of my life. Never really understood why He blessed a sinner like me so wonderfully. Jesus is alive!!
  • Halieus
    This book of John is History in the making for the Gentiles and Jews, so being a Gentile (actually an American of German and Latino Parents) now I am grateful the Lord Jesus Christ died for me that I might live and for anyone who believes in His Word of Life and Light.
  • HERBERT Brown
    John believe and committed to every word of God.

  • George C
    John 1:18 Says that no man has seen God only the Son. This seems to state that not even Moses saw God. Moses may have been speaking to Jesus The Word mediator, the real voice of Jehovah . He is the only begotten Son of God. And according to John 1:3 He Jesus created all things. Isaiah 9:6 Jesus is the everlasting Father. Only Jesus Christ and Jehovah Holly Spirit the share the same essence.

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