John 1:25

“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 (KJV)

Other Translations

And they asked him, and said vnto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that Prophet?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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
    2 CORINTHIANS 3:6 who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament not of the letter but of the spirit for the letter killeth but the spirit giveth life --3:7--but if the ministration of death written and engraven in stones was glorious so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of moses for the glory of his countenance which glory was to be done away
  • Steve morrow
    2CORINTHIANS 3:8 how shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious-3:9-for if the ministration of condemnation be glory much more does the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory-3:10-for even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect by reason of the glory that excelleth-3:11-for if that which is done away was glorious much more that which remaineth is glorious
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 7:11 if therefore perfection were by a levitical priesthood for under it the people received the law what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of melchisedec and not be called after the order of aaron --7:12--for the priesthood being changed there is made of necessity a change also of the law
  • Ladonna Pie
    Yes He did create all things, but He did have a special people. Not all Abraham's seed received that promise, It ended with Jacob's linage the line Jesus came through. Remember He came to save the Jew first, then the gentiles
  • A disciple
    "For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." The word, 'but' was added for English translation: the whole sentence in its intended context does not need any 'and' or 'but;' which forces a suggestion of competition or of the failure of the first; which it was not! The Law was our commandments from God how to live. The heart right with God has access to His grace!
  • A disciple
    "For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." God spoke to Moses face to face, and mouth to mouth, like a man would talk with his friend; because Moses was the meekest of all men on earth, and one in whom God trusted with His friendship; and therefore able to make His Laws for teaching men how to live, how to think and believe, and how to be accepted and blessed.

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