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

  • John
    Peter God is not some cosmic consciousness and he is not impersonal he dwells among us, he walked with Adam in the garden, in the old testament he spoke to men and appeared to them in many forms. He is three persons in one Father, Son, Holy Spirit he has so many attributes I don't have room to list them all, he sent his son to die for the sins of the whole world, he took the punishment we deserve
  • A disciple
    Dear Peter; There are many voices in the world, and many ministers of Satan, lusting to be known as some great one; falsely foretelling and pronouncing things, about which they have NO KNOWLEDGE! God Almighty, The Eternal Author of Life and Creator of all things is an Eternal Living Person. The heathen in his Satan-inspired rage against God imagines all kinds of worthless falsehood. FEAR THEM NOT!
  • Peter Muiruri Ndirangu
    John1 for me is a deep book with extra ordinary deep insights.I was trying to relate it to a theory floating on the internet of the universal consciousness whose contention is that God is impersonal rather he is this cosmic mind that leaks our consciousness into our personalities upon birth?? The argument sounds so concise and logical - that why i write for some help because my faith's intimidated
  • John
    Jesus is the Word of God when God speaks Jesus is there when God forms his thoughts Jesus is there out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh this is the image in which we were made the dirt God formed is just a vessel to house the image When you speak are the words that come out not part of you, you can not separate you from your words they are apart of you they were always with you
  • Cherie
    Jesus is the SON of GOD. He is known as the son of man because of His flesh. He is GOD and a man.
  • A disciple
    Hi Kevin; Jesus is called the Son of God because He was divinely implanted in the womb of the virgin, when the Power of the Highest overshadowed her. Jesus is also called the Son of man because He came in the flesh. And His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace; King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and ther Judge of all the earth.

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