Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"
Then they said to him, "Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?"
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."
"You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent ahead of Him.'
"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.'
They asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" And he said, "I am not " "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No."
"And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come.
but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands."
"But I say to you that Elijah has indeed come, and they did to him whatever they wished, just as it is written of him."
He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
"This is the one about whom it is written, 'BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.'
They asked him, and said to him, "Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
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