19 This was the testimony of John when the jews sent priests and levites to ask him, "Who are you?"
20 John recognized the truth and did not deny it. he said, "I am not the Messiah."
21 And they asked him, "Then who are you? Elijah?" He answered, "I am not." They said, "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No."
22 Then they said to him, "Tell us who you are, so that we can give some answer to those who sent us. How do you see yourself?"
23 And John said, quoting the prophet Isaiah, "I am the voice crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord."
24 Those who had been sent were Pharisees;
25 so they put a further question to John: "Then why are you baptizing if you are not the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?"
26 John answered, "I baptize you with water, but among you stands one whom you do not know;
27 although he comes after me, I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandal."
28 This happened in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, "There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
30 It is he of whom I said: A man comes after me who is already ahead of me, for he was before me.
31 I myself did not know him, but I came baptizing to prepare for him, so that he might be revealed in Israel."
32 And John also gave this testimony, "I saw the Spirit coming down on him like a dove from heaven and resting on him.
33 I myself did not know him but God who sent me to baptize told me: 'You will see the Spirit coming down and resting on the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
34 Yes, I have seen! and I declare that this is the Chosen One of God."
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