||And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to him, so that they might ask him, “Who are you?”
||And he confessed it and did not deny it; and what he confessed was: “I am not the Christ.”
||And they questioned him: “Then what are you? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”
||Therefore, 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?”
||He said, “I am a voice crying out in the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ just as the prophet Isaiah said.”
||And some of those who had been sent were from among the Pharisees.
||And they questioned him and said to him, “Then why do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the Prophet?”
||John answered them by saying: “I baptize with water. But in your midst stands one, whom you do not know.
||The same is he who is to come after me, who has been placed ahead of me, the laces of whose shoes I am not worthy to loosen.”
||These things happened in Bethania, across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.