Now in those days comes John the baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And this is the witness of John, when the Jews sent from Jerusalem priests and Levites that they might ask him, Thou, who art thou?
They said therefore to him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
But as the people were in expectation, and all were reasoning in their hearts concerning John whether he might be the Christ,
And he acknowledged and denied not, and acknowledged, I am not the Christ.
Ye yourselves bear me witness that I said, I am not the Christ, but, that I am sent before him.
And as John was fulfilling his course he said, Whom do ye suppose that I am? I am not he. But behold, there comes one after me, the sandal of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.
And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he says, I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered, No.
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, who is to come.
But I say unto you that Elias has already come, and they have not known him, but have done unto him whatever they would. Thus also the Son of man is about to suffer from them.
but I say unto you that Elias also is come, and they have done to him whatever they would, as it is written of him.
He was not the light, but that he might witness concerning the light.
this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.
And they asked him and said to him, Why baptisest thou then, if thou art not the Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet?