And the messengers
had been sent from the Pharisees.
They asked him, and said to him, 'Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?'
John answered them, saying, 'I baptize in water, but
among you stands One whom you do not know.
He who comes after me, of whom I am not worthy even
to untie the strap of His sandal.'
These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing people.
The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him, and *said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
This is He in behalf of whom I said, ‘After me is coming a Man who has proved to be my superior, because He existed before me.’
And I did not recognize Him, but so that He would be revealed to Israel, I came baptizing in water.'