In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea
And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to those that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not,
And he confessed and denied not, but confessed, I am not the Christ.
Ye yourselves are my witnesses that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there comes one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elijah? And he said, I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered, No.
And if ye will receive it, this is that Elijah who was to come.
But I say unto you, That Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatever they pleased. Likewise the Son of man shall also suffer of them.
But I say unto you, That Elijah has indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they wished, as it is written of him.
He was not the Light, but was sent to bear witness of the Light.
For 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 unto him, Why dost thou baptize then if thou art not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?