John 3:32
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New International Version
He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.

New Living Translation
He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them!

English Standard Version
He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony.

New American Standard Bible
"What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony.

King James Bible
And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He testifies to what He has seen and heard, yet no one accepts His testimony.

International Standard Version
He testifies about what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony.

NET Bible
He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And whatever he has seen and heard he testifies, and no one is receiving his testimony.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and tells what he has seen and heard. Yet, no one accepts what he says.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no one receives his testimony.

King James 2000 Bible
And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives his testimony.

American King James Version
And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives his testimony.

American Standard Version
What he hath seen and heard, of that he beareth witness; and no man receiveth his witness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth: and no man receiveth his testimony.

Darby Bible Translation
[and] what he has seen and has heard, this he testifies; and no one receives his testimony.

English Revised Version
What he hath seen and heard, of that he beareth witness; and no man receiveth his witness.

Webster's Bible Translation
And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

Weymouth New Testament
What He has seen and heard, to that He bears witness; but His testimony no one receives.

World English Bible
What he has seen and heard, of that he testifies; and no one receives his witness.

Young's Literal Translation
'And what he hath seen and heard this he doth testify, and his testimony none receiveth;
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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 32. - That which he hath seen and heard, this he testifieth; or, beareth witness to. His pre-existent glory with the Father makes him the adequate Witness to the heavenly things (ἐπουράνια) of which he hath authoritatively spoken; i.e. the eternal love of the Father, the purpose of the Son being sent into the world from the heart of God, and its ultimate issues - eternal life to the believer, and condemnation to those who love the darkness and do not believe. Westcott, who regards these words as the free reflections of the evangelist, thinks that reference is being made to the continued testimony of the Church as the voice of Christ; but the spirit of the passage is obscured by this interpretation. The living present vocal testimony of Christ is being throughout contrasted with that of John. And no man receiveth his witness. This seems in direct antagonism to the language of the disciples, "All men come to him;" and to John's own language, "He must increase." Westcott regards it, again, as the melancholy reflection of the aged apostle towards the close of the century. This seems to me to be an inadequate explanation. The reception of the witness of Christ had moved the whole world when John wrote his Gospel; and it would be inconsistent with the tone of exhilaration with which the evangelist closes his work. The forerunner may, however, have used this strong expression in purposed contrast to the jealous language of his own followers. "No man" - in comparison with the multitudes who ought to have already accepted him as the Son of God, as the heavenly Bridegroom. The concourse who crowded to the baptism of Jesus for a little moment did not blind the Baptist to the persistent and malignant opposition which awaited Jesus. "His joy (ver. 29) and his grief (ver. 32) both formed a noble contrast to the jealousy of his own disciples" (Meyer).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And what he hath seen and heard,.... Of the Father, of his mind and will, of his purposes and promises, of his love, grace, and mercy, in the council and covenant of peace, lying in his bosom, and being privy to all his secrets. The phrases express the clear and perfect knowledge Christ has of all truths and doctrines; he having all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in him.

That he testifieth; fully, freely, and faithfully; withholds nothing, but declares the whole counsel of God; and is deservedly called the faithful witness, Revelation 1:5.

And no man receiveth his testimony; though it was the testimony of God, which is greater than that of man; yet few, and which were next to none at all, gave any heed or credit to it; few or none among the Jews, or among the disciples of John, or even among those that followed Christ. John, and his disciples, widely differed; they thought that all men came to Christ, and believed in him; and John thought few or none, in comparison of the numbers he could have wished, did: and indeed, no one person can receive the testimony of Christ, and believe in him, unless it be given him from above, by the grace of God: for the natural man receives not divine and spiritual things; see John 3:11.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

32. what he hath seen and heard—(See on [1774]Joh 3:11 and [1775]Joh 1:18).

and no man receiveth, &c.—John's disciples had said, "All come to Him" (Joh 3:26). The Baptist here virtually says, Would it were so, but alas! they are next to "none" [Bengel]. They were far readier to receive himself, and obliged him to say, I am not the Christ, and he seems pained at this.

John 3:32 Additional Commentaries
Context
John's Testimony Concerning Jesus
31"He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32"What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33"He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

John 3:11
Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.

John 18:37
"You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
Treasury of Scripture

And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives his testimony.

what.

John 3:11 Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak that we do know, and testify …

John 5:20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that himself …

John 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true…

John 15:15 From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what …

and no.

John 3:26,33 And they came to John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with you …

John 1:11 He came to his own, and his own received him not.

Isaiah 50:2 Why, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none …

Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

Romans 10:16-21 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias said, Lord, who …

Romans 11:2-6 God has not cast away his people which he foreknew. Know you not …

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