John 20:22
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English Standard Version
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

King James Bible
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

American Standard Version
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit:

Douay-Rheims Bible
When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.

English Revised Version
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith to them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit.

Weymouth New Testament
Having said this He breathed upon them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

John 20:22 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Breathed on them (ἐνεφύσησεν)

Only here in the New Testament. The act was symbolic, after the manner of the Hebrew prophets. Compare Ezekiel 37:5.

The Holy Ghost

The article is wanting. The gift bestowed was not that of the personal Holy Spirit, but rather an earnest of that gift; an effusion of the Spirit.

John 20:22 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he breathed.

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Job 33:4 The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.

Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Ezekiel 37:9 Then said he to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus said the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds...

Receive.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father...

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you...

Acts 2:4,38 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance...

Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them, You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

Acts 8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

Acts 19:2 He said to them, Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? And they said to him...

Galatians 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received you the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Cross References
John 7:39
Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

John 20:21
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you."

John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld."

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