John 3:25
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New International Version
An argument developed between some of John's disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing.

New Living Translation
A debate broke out between John's disciples and a certain Jew over ceremonial cleansing.

English Standard Version
Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore there arose a discussion on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purification.

King James Bible
Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then a dispute arose between John's disciples and a Jew about purification.

International Standard Version
Then a controversy about ritual purification sprang up between a certain Jew and John's disciples,

NET Bible
Now a dispute came about between some of John's disciples and a certain Jew concerning ceremonial washing.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But there was a dispute between one of Yohannan's disciples and a certain Judeaen about purification.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some of John's disciples had an argument with a Jew about purification ceremonies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then there arose a question between the disciples of John and the Jews about purifying.

King James 2000 Bible
Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.

American King James Version
Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.

American Standard Version
There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purifying.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews concerning purification:

Darby Bible Translation
There was therefore a reasoning of the disciples of John with a Jew about purification.

English Revised Version
There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purifying.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews, about purifying.

Weymouth New Testament
As the result, a discussion having arisen on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purification,

World English Bible
There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John's disciples with some Jews about purification.

Young's Literal Translation
there arose then a question from the disciples of John with some Jews about purifying,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:22-36 John was fully satisfied with the place and work assigned him; but Jesus came on a more important work. He also knew that Jesus would increase in honour and influence, for of his government and peace there would be no end, while he himself would be less followed. John knew that Jesus came from heaven as the Son of God, while he was a sinful, mortal man, who could only speak about the more plain subjects of religion. The words of Jesus were the words of God; he had the Spirit, not by measure, as the prophets, but in all fulness. Everlasting life could only be had by faith in Him, and might be thus obtained; whereas all those, who believe not in the Son of God, cannot partake of salvation, but the wrath of God for ever rests upon them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purifying. Such proximity of two such leaders, teaching and proclaiming the kingdom of heaven, and baptizing into a glorious hope, a Divine future, and a spiritual change, was certain to excite controversy. The word (ζήτησις) "questioning" is used in Acts 15:2 for the dispute at Antioch, and Paul uses the same phrase for dangerous, useless, and angry debate (1 Timothy 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:23; Titus 3:9). It was, perhaps, not the first, and certainly it was not the last, of the controversies which raged over the symbolic purification of the Church. John's disciples appear to have taken up arms against some particular Jew, who was prepared either to question the right of Jesus to baptize, or the essential value of this ordinance. This "Jew" was apparently maintaining a greater potency for the baptism of Jesus than John could claim for his, and was basing his view upon the testimony which John had already borne to Jesus. Purifying was the great theme of Essenic and Pharisaic profession. It was without doubt one of the great symbolic purposes of the Levitical legislation. The purification of the flesh was, however, in Christ's teaching, a very small part of the claim for purity. Nothing less than a spiritual and radical moral change availed, and our Lord insisted on this to the disparagement of the mere ceremonial. This was the first recorded discussion on the nature and value of baptismal purifying. Would that it had been the last! The question arose among those who had been baptized by John, whether another had any right to administer such an ordinance? Could another receive the confession of sins? Was the baptism of John to terminate now that he had come of whom John himself had said, "This is he that baptizeth with the Holy Spirit"

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then there arose a question,.... A dispute, or controversy, occasioned by the baptism, of John and Christ:

between some of John's disciples, and the Jews. The Syriac and Persic versions read, "between one of John's disciples, and a certain Jew"; and Nonnus renders it, "with an Hebrew man"; and so the Alexandrian manuscript; many others read, "with a Jew": the contention between them was

about purifying; either about the ceremonial purifications, and ablutions commanded in the law of Moses; or concerning the various washings of persons, and vessels, according to the traditions of the elders, which the Jews in common were very tenacious of; and which they thought were brought into neglect, and contempt, by the baptism of John: and this seems to have been occasioned by the baptism of Christ; which the Jew might improve against the disciple of John, and urge, that since another, besides his master, had set up baptizing, who could tell which was most right and safest to follow? and therefore it would have been much better, if no such rite at all had been used by any, but that the purifications required by the law of Moses, and by their elders, had been strictly and solely attended to.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25, 26. between some of—rather, "on the part of."

and the Jews—rather (according to the best manuscripts), "and a Jew,"

about purifying—that is, baptizing, the symbolical meaning of washing with water being put (as in Joh 2:6) for the act itself. As John and Jesus were the only teachers who baptized Jews, discussions might easily arise between the Baptist's disciples and such Jews as declined to submit to that rite.

John 3:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
John's Testimony Concerning Jesus
24for John had not yet been thrown into prison. 25Therefore there arose a discussion on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purification. 26And they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him."…
Cross References
John 2:6
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Hebrews 6:2
instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
Treasury of Scripture

Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.

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Mark 7:2-5,8 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that …

Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection …

Hebrews 9:10,13,14,23 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal …

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism does also now save us (not …

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