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Mark 1:7-8

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1:7 He proclaimed, 1  “One more powerful than I am is coming after me; I am not worthy 2  to bend down and untie the strap 3  of his sandals. 1:8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

1 tn Grk “proclaimed, saying.” The participle λέγων (legwn) is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated.

2 tn Grk “of whom I am not worthy.”

sn The humility of John is evident in the statement I am not worthy. This was considered one of the least worthy tasks of a slave, and John did not consider himself worthy to do even that for the one to come, despite the fact he himself was a prophet.

3 tn The term refers to the leather strap or thong used to bind a sandal. This is often viewed as a collective singular and translated as a plural, “the straps of his sandals,” but it may be more emphatic to retain the singular here.



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