John 3:33
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.

New Living Translation
Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true.

English Standard Version
Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true.

New American Standard Bible
"He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true.

King James Bible
He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who has accepted His testimony has affirmed that God is true.

International Standard Version
The person who has accepted his testimony has acknowledged that God is truthful.

NET Bible
The one who has accepted his testimony has confirmed clearly that God is truthful.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he who receives his testimony attests that God is true.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have accepted what that person said, and I have affirmed that God is truthful.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true.

King James 2000 Bible
He that has received his testimony has set his seal to this that God is true.

American King James Version
He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true.

American Standard Version
He that hath received his witness hath set his seal to this , that God is true.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that hath received his testimony, hath set to his seal that God is true.

Darby Bible Translation
He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true;

English Revised Version
He that hath received his witness hath set his seal to this, that God is true.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that hath received his testimony, hath set to his seal that God is true.

Weymouth New Testament
Any man who has received His testimony has solemnly declared that God is true.

World English Bible
He who has received his witness has set his seal to this, that God is true.

Young's Literal Translation
he who is receiving his testimony did seal that God is true;
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

Verses 33-36. -

(3) The consequences of accepting and rejecting the supreme revelation. Verse 33. - He that receiveth his witness - i.e. his testimony to what he hath personally seen and heard in the heaven from which he has come - sealed - (ἐσφράγισεν), confirmed by such very act, ratified arid vindicated as trustworthy and stable (cf. Romans 4. l 1; 15:28; 1 Corinthians 9:2; 2 Corinthians 1:22. In other places the idea or image of a "seal" is used for guaranteeing a special commission, John 6:27 (see notes); Revelation 7:3; Ephesians 1:13) - that God is true; i.e. admits that the words of Christ are the words of God, are absolute truth and reality - an idea which is made more obvious by ver. 35, where Jesus is the Ambassador of God. It may even mean more than this, viz. that in Jesus "all the promises of God are Yea and Amen," that God is true in himself, and the witness of Christ embraces all that for which prophecy and promise and previous revelation had prepared the way (see Luthardt and Westcott). Such an idea is certainly beyond the scope of John's ministry or message.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that hath received his testimony,.... For there was here and there one that did, who believed in him as the Messiah, and embraced his Gospel, and submitted to his ordinances, and truly and sincerely followed him: and for the encouragement of such, it is said,

hath set to his seal that God is true; faithful in fulfilling the promises he has made concerning the Messiah, and his coming: he firmly believes that God is true to every word of his, and will make good every promise; and this he seals, ratifies, and confirms by his embracing the testimony of Christ; whereas, on the contrary, he that believes not makes God a liar, than which, nothing can be more reproachful to him, 1 John 5:10. The Jews have a saying (z) that "the seal of the blessed God is truth". The Arabic version renders it, "he is already sealed, because God is true"; and the Ethiopic version, "God hath sealed him, because he is true"; namely, with his holy Spirit; see 2 Corinthians 1:22.

(z) T. Hieros. Sanhedrin, fol. 18. 1. & T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 64. 1. & Yoma, fol. 69. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

33. hath set to His seal, &c.—gives glory to God whose words Christ speaks, not as prophets and apostles by a partial communication of the Spirit to them.

John 3:33 Additional Commentaries
Context
John's Testimony Concerning Jesus
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. 34"For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure.…
Cross References
John 6:27
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."

John 8:26
"I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world."

Romans 4:11
And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.

Romans 15:28
So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this contribution, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way.

1 Corinthians 9:2
Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 1:22
set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Ephesians 1:13
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

Ephesians 4:30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."

1 John 1:10
If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

1 John 5:10
Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.

Revelation 7:3
"Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God."
Treasury of Scripture

He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true.

hath set.

Romans 3:3,4 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith …

Romans 4:18-21 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father …

2 Corinthians 1:18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yes and no.

Titus 1:1,2 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according …

Hebrews 6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of promise …

1 John 5:9,10 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: …

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