John Bengel Commentary - Mark 1:7 - 1:7

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John Bengel Commentary - Mark 1:7 - 1:7

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Mar 1:7. Ἔρχεται, there cometh) immediately, and even now present.-ὁ ἰσχυρότερος) that One, who is mightier. The One Christ is greater than John, yea, infinitely greater.-λῦσαι τὸν ἱμάντα, to unloose the latchet) We usually make fast our shoes with buckles, the ancients with thongs or strings. John seems by this proverbial saying, perhaps unconsciously, to make allusion to the baptism of Jesus, so as to express this meaning: I am not worthy to unloose His shoe-strings, much less to impart baptism to Him. For the shoes also, as well as the garments, used to be taken off, when a person was to be baptized.