John 1:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:27, NIV: "He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.'"

John 1:27, ESV: "even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”"

John 1:27, KJV: "He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose."

John 1:27, NASB: "It is He who comes after me, of whom I am not worthy even to untie the strap of His sandal.'"

John 1:27, NLT: "Though his ministry follows mine, I'm not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.'"

John 1:27, CSB: "He is the one coming after me, whose sandal strap I’m not worthy to untie.”"

What does John 1:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In verse 27, John the Baptist (not the same John as the author of this gospel, the disciple John) gives more details about the person "standing among" the people, unrecognized. This figure is "the One who comes after," meaning the Messiah. When challenged by the Pharisees about his ministry, the Baptist made it clear that he was not the Messiah, only a "voice" preparing for the arrival of that person (Isaiah 40:3). This Messiah is so much greater than the Baptist that he doesn't feel worthy to untie his sandals. In that culture, cleaning another person's feet was considered the work of the lowliest servants. Walking the roads meant having feet caked in mud, dirt, and animal waste. This not only makes the Baptist's statement dramatic, it highlights the significance of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples in John chapter 13. Comparing John the Baptist's statement to Jesus' service is a powerful explanation of how much grace God expresses in sending Christ to us.