John 1:34
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New International Version
I have seen and I testify that this is God's Chosen One."

New Living Translation
I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God."

English Standard Version
And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

Berean Study Bible
I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God."

Berean Literal Bible
And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."

New American Standard Bible
"I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God."

King James Bible
And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God!"

International Standard Version
I have seen this and have testified that this is the Son of God."

NET Bible
I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God."

New Heart English Bible
And I have seen and have testified that this is the Chosen One of God."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And I have seen and have testified that This One is The Son of God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have seen this and have declared that this is the Son of God."

New American Standard 1977
“And I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I have seen and have given testimony that this is the Son of God.

King James 2000 Bible
And I saw, and bore record that this is the Son of God.

American King James Version
And I saw, and bore record that this is the Son of God.

American Standard Version
And I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I saw, and I gave testimony, that this is the Son of God.

Darby Bible Translation
And I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.

English Revised Version
And I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I saw and bore testimony, that this is the Son of God.

Weymouth New Testament
"This I have seen, and I have become a witness that He is the Son of God."

World English Bible
I have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God."

Young's Literal Translation
and I have seen, and have testified, that this is the Son of God.'
Study Bible
Jesus the Lamb of God
33I myself did not know Him, but the One who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is He who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.” 35The next day John was standing there again with two of his disciples.…
Cross References
Matthew 4:3
The tempter came to Him and said, "If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

Luke 1:35
The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.

John 1:49
"Rabbi," Nathanael answered, "You are the Son of God! You are King of Israel!"
Treasury of Scripture

And I saw, and bore record that this is the Son of God.

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John 1:18,49 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is …

John 3:16-18,35,36 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that …

John 5:23-27 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. …

John 6:69 And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the living God.

John 10:30,36 I and my Father are one…

John 11:27 She said to him, Yes, Lord: I believe that you are the Christ, the …

John 19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to …

John 20:28,31 And Thomas answered and said to him, My LORD and my God…

Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; …

Psalm 89:26,27 He shall cry to me, You are my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation…

Matthew 3:17 And see a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom …

Matthew 4:3,6 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If you be the Son of God, …

Matthew 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with you, …

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the …

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of …

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

Matthew 26:63 But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said to …

Matthew 27:40,43,54 And saying, You that destroy the temple, and build it in three days, …

Mark 1:1,11 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God…

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come …

Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove on him, …

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit …

2 Corinthians 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, …

Hebrews 1:1,2,5,6 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past …

Hebrews 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning …

1 John 2:23 Whoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father: he that acknowledges …

1 John 3:8 He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the …

1 John 4:9,14,15 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God …

1 John 5:9-13,20 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: …

2 John 1:9 Whoever transgresses, and stays not in the doctrine of Christ, has …

Revelation 2:18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things said …

(34) And I saw and bare record.--Better, and I have seen and have borne witness, as in John 1:32. The result of personal conviction was, that he forthwith testified to others, and continued to do so until the present. One of the sayings taught to his scholars was, "He was (existed) before me." The revelation of the baptism and the voice heard from heaven (Matthew 3:17) has given to this its true meaning. Teacher has now learnt, and learner is now taught, that Jesus is this pre-existent Being, the Messiah, the Son of God.

Verse 34. - I for my part have seen and have borne testimony that this is the Son of God. The Old Testament standpoint which John occupied enabled him from the first to identify the Messiah with the "Son of God;" but surely this is the record of the first occasion when the Baptist recognized the token that One who sustained such relation with the Father stood before him. There is much in this Gospel and the synoptic narrative to show that the disciples (Matthew 16:16, 17) identified the Christ with the Son of God. The tempter and the demoniacs are familiar with the idea (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 3:11; Mark 5:7). The high priest at the trial and the Roman centurion (Matthew 26:63; Matthew 27:40; Mark 14:61), Nathanael (John 1:49), Martha (John 11:27), hail him as Son of God. Though the Lord for the most part preferred to speak of himself as "Son of man," yet in this Gospel (John 5:19-23; John 6:40; John 10:36) he frequently claims this lofty designation. Nor is it confined to this Gospel, for in Matthew 11:25-27, we have practically the same confession. Now, the declaration of this verse is in intimate connection with what precedes. Neither the Baptist nor the evangelist implies that, by Christ's baptism, and by that which John saw of the descent and abiding of the Spirit upon the Lord, he was there and then constituted "the Son of God." From this misapprehension of the Gospel arose the Gnostic-Ebionite view of the heavenly Soter descending on Christ, to depart from him at the Crucifixion. The main significance of the entire paragraph is the special revelation given to John, his consequent illumination and momentous testimony, one that sank into the soul of his most susceptible disciples, and thus made this declaration the "true birth hour of Christendom" (Ewald, Meyer). The narrative does not imply that Christ's own consciousness of Divine sonship then commenced. He knew who he was when he spoke, at twelve years of age, of "the business of my Father;" but it would be equally inadequate exegesis to suppose that no communication was then made to the sacred humanity which had been fashioned by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin, and by which he became from the first "the Son of God." The Lord's humanity did become alive to the solemn and awful responsibilities of this public recognition. He knew that the hour was come for his Messianic activity, and the distinct admission of this was the basis of each of the diabolic temptations from which he immediately suffered. There was a unique glory in this sonship which differed from all other usage of the same phrase. Many an Oriental mystic and Egyptian pharaoh and even Roman emperor had thus described themselves; but the Baptist did not speak of himself in this or any other sense as "Son of God." There was flashed into his mind the light of a Divine relationship between Jesus and the Father which convinced him of the preexisting life of him who was chronologically coming after him. It was probably this momentous utterance which led to the deputation of the Sanhedrin, and induced them to ask for the explanation of a mystery transcending all that John had said from the day of his showing unto Israel" (see my 'John the Baptist,' lect. 6. § 1). Many commentators here encounter the unquestionable difficulty of John the Baptist's message from the prison. I prefer to discuss it at the close of ch. 3. (see my 'John the Baptist,' lect. 7: "The Ministry of the Prison"). Here it is sufficient to observe that the vivid intuition and revelation which John obtained touching the deep things of God in Christ, and the vast and far-reaching testimonies which he bore to the Son of God, to the Baptizer with the Holy Ghost, the pre-existent glory of him that came after him, and to "the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world," were, nevertheless, in the evangelist's mind historically coincident with the fact that John never did unite himself to the circle of Christ's immediate followers. The "John" of the Fourth Gospel remained in an independent position - friendly, rejoicing in the Bridegroom's voice, but not one of his followers. The preparatory work with which he began his ministry he continued and pursued to the tragic end. And I saw,.... The Spirit descending from heaven as a dove, and lighting upon Jesus, and remaining some time on him; this he saw with his bodily eyes:

and bore record; at the same time, before all the people that were with him, when he baptized Jesus:

that this is the Son of God; the natural, essential, and eternal Son of God; who being sent in the fulness of time, had assumed an human nature, in which he became subject to all ordinances, and had the Spirit without measure bestowed on him; and which was an evidence who he was, and of what he came about. 1:29-36 John saw Jesus coming to him, and pointed him out as the Lamb of God. The paschal lamb, in the shedding and sprinkling of its blood, the roasting and eating of its flesh, and all the other circumstances of the ordinance, represented the salvation of sinners by faith in Christ. And the lambs sacrificed every morning and evening, can only refer to Christ slain as a sacrifice to redeem us to God by his blood. John came as a preacher of repentance, yet he told his followers that they were to look for the pardon of their sins to Jesus only, and to his death. It agrees with God's glory to pardon all who depend on the atoning sacrifice of Christ. He takes away the sin of the world; purchases pardon for all that repent and believe the gospel. This encourages our faith; if Christ takes away the sin of the world, then why not my sin? He bore sin for us, and so bears it from us. God could have taken away sin, by taking away the sinner, as he took away the sin of the old world; but here is a way of doing away sin, yet sparing the sinner, by making his Son sin, that is, a sin-offering, for us. See Jesus taking away sin, and let that cause hatred of sin, and resolutions against it. Let us not hold that fast, which the Lamb of God came to take away. To confirm his testimony concerning Christ, John declares the appearance at his baptism, in which God himself bore witness to him. He saw and bare record that he is the Son of God. This is the end and object of John's testimony, that Jesus was the promised Messiah. John took every opportunity that offered to lead people to Christ.
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