John 1:31

“And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for John 1:31

And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therfore am I come baptizing with water.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel, for this cause came I baptizing in water.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I myself had no knowledge of him, but I came giving baptism with water so that he might be seen openly by Israel.
- Basic English Bible

and I knew him not; but that he might be manifested to Israel, therefore have I come baptising with water.
- Darby Bible

And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
- Webster's Bible

I did not yet know Him; but that He may be openly shown to Israel is the reason why I have come baptizing in water."
- Weymouth Bible

I didn't know him, but for this reason I came baptizing in water: that he would be revealed to Israel."
- World English Bible

And Y knew hym not, but that he be schewid in Israel, therfor Y cam baptisynge in watir.
- Wycliffe Bible

and I knew him not, but, that he might be manifested to Israel, because of this I came with the water baptizing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for John 1:31

Wesley's Notes for John 1:31


1:31 I knew him not - Till he came to be baptized. How surprising is this; considering how nearly they were related, and how remarkable the conception and birth of both had been. But there was a peculiar providence visible in our Saviour's living, from his infancy to his baptism, at Nazareth: John all the time living the life of a hermit in the deserts of Judea, #Luke 1:80|, ninety or more miles from Nazareth: hereby that acquaintance was prevented which might have made John's testimony of Christ suspected.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:31


Joh 1:31 I knew him not. Knew not that God had chosen him to be the Christ. He knew, however, that he should be manifested in some way through his baptism.

Discussion for John 1:31

  • Diana Ray on John 1:31
    Does the Bible state anywhere that baptism is done in free-flowing water? Such as a creek or river?
  • Fred Scanlan - in Reply on John 1:31
    Can you remember the samaritan woman at the well? When she met Jesus and what he said to her? But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. This is the same water you are asking about. The moving water you question is the same water that is in the words of Christ. When you believe these words, you will become that same fountain producing a life filled with anticipation and wonder. Knowing that the one at the well ,who told you whatever you did is the Christ the son of the living God!
  • Nijel Thomas - in Reply on John 1:31
    Hey Diana,

    Baptism is now done of the spirit. "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."

    1 Corinthians 12:13 KJB "And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost."

    Acts 11:15-16 KJB God Bless you. You can find me on Facebook with anymore questions.
  • Baptism and Rededication Prayers - in Reply on John 1:31
    I've seen people use a swimming pool for baptisms. A hot tub too.

    I was already Baptized by the Holy Spirit, but I went to a church to be baptized in water to show the spirits that were bothering me; that I belonged to Jesus forevermore. I wasn't ever going "back to Egypt". (Sin). It's not mandatory; But I felt really free of the past me, after I did it.

    Some families really make a celebration when a family member is water baptised. It's a moment of joy that lasts forever.

    I don't think I believe in baptizing infants. They get told all their lives that their salvation is a done deal; but they suffer lives of sinfulness, drugs, and more. Believing that all is fine with what they are doing. Some even commit suicide.

    Just like me, you have to learn what it means to be born again into Christ and experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: who instantly comes inside to indwell the Temple of God inside of us. It's up to us not to grieve Him or to quench His Presence.

    Jesus said you can curse me or even my Father; but DO NOT BLASPHEME the Holy Spirit! Of whom you are Sealed, unto the day of redemption. People can wantonly sin away their day of Grace. The Holy Spirit tried to pull us out of the fires of hell, but people do what is in their hearts.

    If you are sitting on the Throne of your own heart, and worshipping Yourself, without any regard for other people... you may be self-deceived.

    As my friends in Church say: get your business straight with God!!

    We KNOW things aren't right between us and God. So turn around, and walk back to Your Father and REDEDICATE your life to Him! Before it's too late. Google a prayer of rededication and mean it this time. Get on your knees and put him on the throne of your heart.

    He's coming back any day now! Be ready. Time is SHORT. All the signs are appearing as Jesus said in Matthew 24.

    Mishael
  • Chris - in Reply on John 1:31
    Diana, the Bible doesn't suggest that. However, when the John the Baptist was baptizing in the Jordan River, no doubt there would have been some flowing of the waters. The river begins on the slopes of Mt. Hermon passes through the Sea of Galilee & empties into the Dead Sea indicating that depending on the amount water coming down Hermon, there could have been some movement of water at John's baptism.

    The more important aspect is that water baptism (Gk. baptizo) should be done as inferred by the Greek word, i.e. the person is to be dipped/submerged. Though for various reasons of age or infirmity, a symbolic sprinkling could be done I suppose. And it is preferable to be performed in public, at least most important in those early days, as it becomes both a personal witness (1 Peter 3:21) & a public witness, as the baptizee was then marked out as a Christian. Nowadays, it's common to perform it in the privacy & safety of a Church building, but in the early days, there were implications when one changed from one's religion to a new relationship with the risen Lord Jesus Christ.


 

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