In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
This is John's testimony, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"
They said therefore to him, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
As the people were in expectation, and all men reasoned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he was the Christ,
He declared, and didn't deny, but he declared, "I am not the Christ."
You yourselves testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent before him.'
As John was fulfilling his course, he said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. But behold, one comes after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.'
They asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" He answered, "No."
If you are willing to receive it, this is Elijah, who is to come.
but I tell you that Elijah has come already, and they didn't recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted to. Even so the Son of Man will also suffer by them."
But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they have also done to him whatever they wanted to, even as it is written about him."
He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light.
For this is he, of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'
They asked him, "Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?"