And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
And he was preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals.
But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.
But when Herod heard of it, he kept saying, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen!”
Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he was the Christ,
And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, “ I am not the Christ.”
John answered them saying, “ I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know.
The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”
and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
John answered and said, “ A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.
Jesus *said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.
He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, *said, “ I am thirsty.”
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay;
Paul said, “ John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”
For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;
When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them.