John 20:22
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New International Version
And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

New Living Translation
Then he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

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

Berean Study Bible
When He had said this, He breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

Berean Literal Bible
And having said this, He breathed on them and He says to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

New American Standard Bible
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:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After saying this, He breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

International Standard Version
When he had said this, he breathed on them and told them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

NET Bible
And after he said this, he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When he had said these things, he breathed upon them and he said to them, “Receive The Spirit of Holiness.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After he had said this, he breathed on the disciples and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

New American Standard 1977
And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit;

King James 2000 Bible
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive you the Holy Spirit:

American King James Version
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, Receive you 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.

Darby Bible Translation
And having said this, he breathed into [them], and says to them, Receive [the] Holy Spirit:

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.

World English Bible
When he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit!

Young's Literal Translation
and this having said, he breathed on them, and saith to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
20:19-25 This was the first day of the week, and this day is afterwards often mentioned by the sacred writers; for it was evidently set apart as the Christian sabbath, in remembrance of Christ's resurrection. The disciples had shut the doors for fear of the Jews; and when they had no such expectation, Jesus himself came and stood in the midst of them, having miraculously, though silently, opened the doors. It is a comfort to Christ's disciples, when their assemblies can only be held in private, that no doors can shut out Christ's presence. When He manifests his love to believers by the comforts of his Spirit, he assures them that because he lives, they shall live also. A sight of Christ will gladden the heart of a disciple at any time; and the more we see of Jesus, the more we shall rejoice. He said, Receive ye the Holy Ghost, thus showing that their spiritual life, as well as all their ability for their work, would be derived from him, and depended upon him. Every word of Christ which is received in the heart by faith, comes accompanied by this Divine breathing; and without this there is neither light nor life. Nothing is seen, known, discerned, or felt of God, but through this. After this, Christ directed the apostles to declare the only method by which sin would be forgiven. This power did not exist at all in the apostles as a power to give judgment, but only as a power to declare the character of those whom God would accept or reject in the day of judgment. They have clearly laid down the marks whereby a child of God may be discerned and be distinguished from a false professor; and according to what they have declared shall every case be decided in the day of judgment. When we assemble in Christ's name, especially on his holy day, he will meet with us, and speak peace to us. The disciples of Christ should endeavour to build up one another in their most holy faith, both by repeating what they have heard to those that were absent, and by making known what they have experienced. Thomas limited the Holy One of Israel, when he would be convinced by his own method or not at all. He might justly have been left in his unbelief, after rejecting such abundant proofs. The fears and sorrows of the disciples are often lengthened, to punish their negligence.
Study Bible
Jesus Appears to the Disciples
21Again Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so also I am sending you.” 22When He had said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.”…
Cross References
John 7:39
He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

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

John 20:23
If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld."
Treasury of Scripture

And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, Receive you the Holy Ghost:

he breathed.

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Ezekiel 37:9 Then said he to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and …

Receive.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, …

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send to you from the …

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I …

Acts 2:4,38 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak …

Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them, You rulers …

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

Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which …

Acts 19:2 He said to them, Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? …

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