John 19:35
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New International Version
The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.

New Living Translation
(This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also can believe.)

English Standard Version
He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe.

Berean Study Bible
The one who saw it has testified to this, and his testimony is true. He knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.

Berean Literal Bible
And the one having seen has borne witness, and his testimony is true. And He knows that he is speaking truth, so that you also might believe.

New American Standard Bible
And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.

King James Bible
And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows he is telling the truth.

International Standard Version
The one who saw this has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows he is telling the truth so that you, too, may believe,

NET Bible
And the person who saw it has testified (and his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth), so that you also may believe.

New Heart English Bible
He who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, that you may believe.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he who saw testified and his testimony is true and he knows that he spoke the truth so that you also may believe.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The one who saw this is an eyewitness. What he says is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth so that you, too, will believe.

New American Standard 1977
And he who has seen has borne witness, and his witness is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he that saw it gives testimony, and his testimony is true, and he knows that he says the truth, that ye also might believe.

King James 2000 Bible
And he that saw it bares record, and his record is true: and he knows that he says the truth, that you might believe.

American King James Version
And he that saw it bore record, and his record is true: and he knows that he said true, that you might believe.

American Standard Version
And he that hath seen hath borne witness, and his witness is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye also may believe.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he that saw it, hath given testimony, and his testimony is true. And he knoweth that he saith true; that you also may believe.

Darby Bible Translation
And he who saw it bears witness, and his witness is true, and he knows that he says true that ye also may believe.

English Revised Version
And he that hath seen hath borne witness, and his witness is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye also may believe.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he that saw it, testified, and his testimony is true: and he knoweth that he speaketh truth, that ye may believe.

Weymouth New Testament
This statement is the testimony of an eye-witness, and it is true. He knows that he is telling the truth--in order that you also may believe.

World English Bible
He who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, that you may believe.

Young's Literal Translation
and he who hath seen hath testified, and his testimony is true, and that one hath known that true things he speaketh, that ye also may believe.
Study Bible
Jesus' Side is Pierced
34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out. 35The one who saw it has testified to this, and his testimony is true. He knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. 36Now these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of His bones will be broken.”…
Cross References
John 15:27
And you also must testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

John 20:31
But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.

John 21:24
This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who has written them down. And we know that his testimony is true.

1 John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have gazed upon and touched with our own hands--this is the Word of life.

1 John 1:2
And this is the life that was revealed; we have seen it and testified to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us.

1 John 1:3
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And this fellowship of ours is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.

3 John 1:12
Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.
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(35) And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true.--Comp. John 1:7. It may be better to render the word here, as elsewhere, by "witness," in order that we may get the full force of its frequent recurrence. The writer speaks of himself in the third person (comp. Introduction, p. 375), laying stress upon the specially important fact that it was an eye-witness--"he that saw it"--who testified to the fact, and one who therefore knew it to be true. The word rendered "true" in this clause is the emphatic word for "ideally true," which is familiar to the readers of this Gospel. (Comp. Note on John 1:9.) It answers to the idea of what evidence should be, because it is the evidence of one who himself saw what he witnesses.

And he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.--The witness was ideally true, and therefore the things witnessed were actually true. He cannot doubt this, and he testifies it in order that others may find in these truths ground for, and the confirmation of, their faith.

Verse 35. - He that hath seen hath borne, and is now bearing, herein and hereby, witness, and his witness is veritable - the highest and surest kind of witness, that of direct observation, staggering, confounding the ordinary sense, but proving that the Son of God died in his human body - and he knoweth, by his own inward experience, that he saith true things, that ye also may believe. A vehement effort has been made to sever this testimony from the evangelist, and refer it to a third person ἐκεῖνος, and suppose that it took place during John's absence from the cross (so Weisse, Schweizer, Hilgenfeld, and others); but, as Meyer, Godet, etc., affirm there is no necessity whatever for such an interpretation. Ἑκεινος is used of the subject of the sentence when it is clear from the context that the speaker himself is that subject (see John 9:37). Concerning a third person, the writer could not have written, "He knoweth that he saith true things, that ye may believe," but rather, "We know that he saith true things, that we may believe." But John here speaks strongly of his own invincible conviction, and, as in John 21:24, it is here given to induce a stronger faith on the part of his readers - not of himself and his readers in the supernatural death, in the signs that accompanied it, adapted to convince the bystanders of its marvel, and to fill up the prophetic picture, Hilgenfeld, with strange perversity, urges that the clever forger of the narrative "falls out of his part" and forgets himself (see Luthardt on 'Authorship of the Fourth Gospel,' p. 180). The symbolical and allegorical explanations are numerous. E.g. Toplady's well-known hymn, "Rock of Ages," contains the words -

"Let the water and the blood,
From thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Cleanse me from its guilt and power."
And he that saw it, bare record,.... Meaning himself, John the evangelist, the writer of this Gospel, who, in his great modesty, frequently conceals himself, under one circumlocution or another; he was an eyewitness of this fact, not only of the piercing of his side with a spear, but of the blood and water flowing out of it; which he saw with his eyes, and bore record of to others, and by this writing; and was ready to attest it in any form it should be desired:

and his record is true; though it is not mentioned by any of the other evangelists, none of them but himself being present at that time:

and he knoweth that he saith true; meaning either God or Christ, who knew all things; and so it is a sort of appeal to God or Christ, for the truth of what he affirmed, as some think; or rather himself, who was fully assured that he was under no deception, and was far from telling an untruth; having seen the thing done with his eyes, and being led into the mystery of it by the Divine Spirit; see 1 John 5:6 wherefore he could, and did declare it with the strongest asseverations:

that ye might believe; the truth of the fact, and in Christ, both for the expiation of the guilt of sin, and cleansing from the filth of it; both for sanctifying and justifying grace, which the water and the blood were an emblem of. 35. And he that saw it bare record—hath borne witness.

and his witness is true, and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe—This solemn way of referring to his own testimony in this matter has no reference to what he says in his Epistle about Christ's "coming by water and blood" (see on [1913]1Jo 5:6), but is intended to call attention both to the fulfilment of Scripture in these particulars, and to the undeniable evidence he was thus furnishing of the reality of Christ's death, and consequently of His resurrection; perhaps also to meet the growing tendency, in the Asiatic churches, to deny the reality of our Lord's body, or that "Jesus Christ is come in the flesh" (1Jo 4:1-3).19:31-37 A trial was made whether Jesus was dead. He died in less time than persons crucified commonly did. It showed that he had laid down his life of himself. The spear broke up the very fountains of life; no human body could survive such a wound. But its being so solemnly attested, shows there was something peculiar in it. The blood and water that flowed out, signified those two great benefits which all believers partake of through Christ, justification and sanctification; blood for atonement, water for purification. They both flow from the pierced side of our Redeemer. To Christ crucified we owe merit for our justification, and Spirit and grace for our sanctification. Let this silence the fears of weak Christians, and encourage their hopes; there came both water and blood out of Jesus' pierced side, both to justify and sanctify them. The Scripture was fulfilled, in Pilate's not allowing his legs to be broken, Ps 34:20. There was a type of this in the paschal lamb, Ex 12:46. May we ever look to Him, whom, by our sins, we have ignorantly and heedlessly pierced, nay, sometimes against convictions and mercies; and who shed from his wounded side both water and blood, that we might be justified and sanctified in his name.
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