John 1:20

“And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he confessed, and denied not: but confessed, I am not the Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He said quite openly and straightforwardly, I am not the Christ.
- Basic English Bible

And he acknowledged and denied not, and acknowledged, I am not the Christ.
- Darby Bible

And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
- Webster's Bible

He avowed--he did not conceal the truth, but avowed, "I am not the Christ."
- Weymouth Bible

He declared, and didn't deny, but he declared, "I am not the Christ."
- World English Bible

He knoulechide, and denyede not, and he knoulechide, For Y am not Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he confessed and did not deny, and confessed -- `I am not the Christ.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:20


1:20 I am not the Christ - For many supposed he was.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:20


Joh 1:20,21 He confessed, etc. Some conjectured that John was the expected Christ; others that he was Elijah who was first to come (Mal 4:5); others that he was "that prophet", the one predicted by Moses (De 18:15); but he declared that he was none of these.

Discussion for John 1

  • Vanessa
    Insight777 before Christ they sacrificed lambs for their sins in moses time, Christ soul purpose was to come and die on the cross for our sins, they no longer needed a lamb he was the lamb, he was the only born of flesh unlike us from dust, he is the spirit, the dove of peace, he is the light, not of dark and those that follow him and believe in him, shall live in light forever thank you Jesus
  • Ray321
    John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. THE WORD IS GOD. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The Word is ALIVE. think GOD
  • Evangelist Andrew Kelly
    God and his word is ALWAYS two separate things. Numbers 11:23] And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD's hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not. Psalm 107:20] He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Proverbs 2:[1] My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;"  
  • Evangelist Andrew Kelly
    John 1:1 is where preachers and congregations get bewitched and stumble over. John 1:1-2 is telling us "The Word was God's Word" and NOT God was the word. The word ((was)) is past tense and ((and)) a conjunction joining three separate thoughts into a sentence. God and his word are two separate things always. God made the world by speaking words and NOT with two hands like you and I have.
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 3:19 AND THIS IS THE CONDEMNATION THAT LIGHT IS COME INTO THE WORLD AND MEN LOVED DARKNESS RATHER THAN LIGHT BECAUSE THEIR DEEDS WERE EVIL --- 3:20 FOR EVERYONE THAT DOETH EVIL HATETH THE LIGHT NEITHER COMETH TO THE LIGHT LEST HIS DEEDS SHOULD BE REPROVED --- 3:21 FOR EVERYONE THAT DOETH TRUTH COMETH TO THE LIGHT THAT HIS DEEDS MAY BE MADE MANIFEST THAT THEY ARE WROUGHT IN GOD
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 119:130 THE ENTRANCE OF THY WORDS GIVETH LIGHT IT GIVETH UNDERSTANDING UNTO THE SIMPLE ----- JOB 38:2 WHO IS THIS THAT DARKENETH COUNSEL BY WORDS WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE -----JOB 42:6 WHEREFORE I ABHOR MYSELF AND REPENT IN DUST AND ASHES ----- 42:7 AND IT WAS SO THAT AFTER THE LORD HAD SPOKEN THESE WORDS UNTO JOB THE LORD SAID TO ELIPHAZ THE TEMANITE MY WRATH IS KINDLED AGAINST THEE AND AGAINST THY TWO FRIENDS FOR YOU HAVE NOT SPOKEN OF ME THE THING THAT IS RIGHT AS MY SERVANT JOB HATH

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