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

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

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

  • Lois
    No man can conceive this except God,The Great I Am, God, The Creator, God The Father, God The Son, God The Holy Ghost. Glory be To God. I said Was not going to tell it, when I found Jesus. I told everybody when I Found Jesus, He is my only Friend. I am His.
  • Geraldine Cole
    Roman chapter 8.v9 if u do not have Jesus spirit u are done of his.make sure u belong to Jesus not the devil it yoyr choice.
  • Geraldine Cole
    Part.1.Answers for Sharon Budworth John chapter 10 verse 30 Jesus is speaking he says I and my Father are One.which mean Jesus was always dwelling in his father God sent his son to Die for your sins and mines his son was born threw a women not from sex but from God spirit which is Call the Holy Ghost thats why after Jesus came to die for us he had to return back to the father he was sent for us .
  • Irene123
    V. 14 - "..... the Word (God) became flesh; 1 Tim.3:16 - "..... God was manifest in the flesh (Jesus). God needed to 'show' Himself to mankind, but God is a spirit - so can't be seen by physical eyes. Jesus was only in the mind of God from even before the foundation (creation) of the world. God is - omniscient - ALL KNOWING; He had this whole plan, world, humans, salvation before time.
  • Dianna
    Gen. 1:1- "In the beginning God." Gen. 1:26a- "And God said, Let us make man in our image..." This is the Trinity- God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word" The Bible tells us that in the beginning the Word existed. In ver. 14 it says the Word was made flesh, Jesus came in the form of man, and is the only begotten of the Father. John 3:16
  • Alfred
    Dear friend, the Word is Jesus. Capital 'W'. Because Jesus came down from heaven, to bear witness, and went up again. Jesus is God manifested in the flesh.

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