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John 1:27

He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's thong I am not worthy to unloose.
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Clement Of Alexandria

AD 215
While he, though speaking more perspicuously as no longer prophesying, but pointing out as now present, Him, who was proclaimed symbolically from the beginning, nevertheless said, "I am not worthy to loose the latchet of the Lord's shoe."

Cornelius a Lapide

AD 1637
He it is who, coming after me, &c. After me Christ shall come to baptize you, that by His baptism He may perfect mine, and may wash and justify them that are penitent. As S. Cyril paraphrases, "I in preparation wash with water those who are polluted with sins as a beginning of repentance, and by this means leading you from what is lower I prepare you for more lofty things. For He who is the giver of greater things, and of the highest perfection, is about to come after me." Or, as S. Chrysostom says, "My baptism is only a disposition and preparation for the baptism of Christ. Mine is of water and corporeal, Christ"s is of fire and spiritual." Whose shoe"s latchet, &c. As though he said, "I am not worthy to be reckoned amongst the last of the servants of Christ, on account of the greatness of the Deity which is in Him." ...

Gregory The Dialogist

AD 604
I acknowledge my own servitude, I proclaim Thy glorious greatness, I recognise Thy perfect lordship, I recognise my own perfect insignificance, I am not worthy to unloose the latchets of Thy shoes;

Hippolytus of Rome

AD 235
I am worthless, and the least; but "after me there comes One who is before me"

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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