John 3:34
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New International Version
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.

New Living Translation
For he is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit.

English Standard Version
For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.

New American Standard Bible
"For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure.

King James Bible
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For God sent Him, and He speaks God's words, since He gives the Spirit without measure.

International Standard Version
The one whom God sent speaks the words of God, because God does not give the Spirit in limited measure to him.

NET Bible
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he does not give the Spirit sparingly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for it was not in a measure that God has given The Spirit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The man whom God has sent speaks God's message. After all, God gives him the Spirit without limit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for God does not give the Spirit by measure unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure unto him.

American King James Version
For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure to him.

American Standard Version
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for he giveth not the Spirit by measure.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God: for God doth not give the Spirit by measure.

Darby Bible Translation
for he whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives not the Spirit by measure.

English Revised Version
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for he giveth not the Spirit by measure.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God: for to him God giveth not the Spirit by measure.

Weymouth New Testament
For He whom God has sent speaks God's words; for God does not give the Spirit with limitations."

World English Bible
For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for God gives the Spirit without measure.

Young's Literal Translation
for he whom God sent, the sayings of God he speaketh; for not by measure doth God give the Spirit;
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 34. - The γὰρ shows that the former utterance is sustained. For he whom God sent uttereth the words of God. The full, many-sided, abundant expression of the thought of God. He has been sent for this purpose. Some take this clause to refer to all the ambassadors of God, and pre-eminently to the "man (John 1:6) sent from God, whose name was John." But, on the ether hand, observe that throughout the Gospel, ἀπόστελλω and πέμπω are used of the "Lord from heaven" (ver. 17). Christ certainly is ἀπεσταλμένος as well as ἐρχομένος, and this great statement, viz. that Christ speaks the words of God, is a justification of the fact that, in accepting the witness of Christ to invisible and eternal things, and in the admission that he has been sent from heaven charged with the words of God, every separate believer becomes a seal, a ratification, of the veracity of God. The clause that follows (seeing that "to him" is unquestionably a gloss of translators, and is not found in any manuscripts) may be translated in three different ways.

(1) For God giveth not the Spirit by measure; for if ὁ Θεός is omitted, still the same subject, "God," might be and is generally supplied, and the object, supposed to be either Christ or any of his servants to whom in these days of the baptism of the Spirit, the Holy Ghost is poured forth from an inexhaustible treasure. Augustine and Calvin urged that it was said concerning Christ; for we read in ver. 35 that "the Father hath given all things into his hand;" but exclusively to limit the object of δίδωσι to Christ is more than the passage will justify.

(2) For he (the Messiah, sc.) giveth not the Spirit by measure; i.e. He is exalted to pour forth from the heart of the Deity the Spirit of the Father and Son. This is preferred by Westcott, and by those who see in the entire passage the reflections of the author of the Gospel (cf. John 15:26).

(3) For the Spirit giveth not by measure; the object (sc.) being "the words of God," which he who is sent and is coming from heaven, and is above all, is now lavishing upon the world. This translation (Godet) is in harmony with the vision of John at the baptism, when the Holy Spirit after the manner of a dove descended and abode upon him. With an unmeasurable supply of spiritual energy was the humanity of him who came (qua his Divine nature and personality) from heaven enriched for his prophetic and Messianic functions as the beloved Son of God on earth. I see no difficulty in this last interpretation.

(a) The present tense is justified by the statement of the abiding of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus, and the continuous operation of the gift in the "words of God," which were flowing from his lips.

(b) The αὐτῷ is easily supplied in thought.

(c) The connection is thus instituted with the thirty-fifth verse. Meyer and Lange prefer a wider significance being given to the words, seeing in them a broad reference to the affluence and measureless capacity of the gift of the Spirit. Luthardt: "This is true of all God's messengers, but especially of him of whom the Baptist speaks" (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:4-12). The Lord from heaven receives all the gifts of the Spirit.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he whom God hath sent,.... Still meaning Christ, who was sent in human nature, in the likeness of sinful flesh, in the fulness of time; to be the Saviour of the world, of that which was lost, of the chief of sinners; and to preach the glad tidings of the Gospel, which is more especially here designed; and for which he was abundantly qualified by the Spirit of God, with which he was anointed:

speaketh the words of God; the words which God gave unto him; the doctrines of grace; the word of truth; the word of faith; the word of righteousness; the word of reconciliation; the words of salvation and eternal life; the whole mind and will of God; and whatever he spoke were as true as the oracles of God, and were such.

For God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him, as he did to the prophets of the Old Testament, and to the apostles of the New; and to the ordinary ministers of the word, who have gifts differing one from another; to one is given one gift of the Spirit; and to another, another gift, as the Spirit pleaseth; and to everyone is given grace, or gifts of grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christ, Ephesians 4:7. To which agrees what the Jews say (a) of the Holy Spirit, and his gifts.

"Says R. Joden bar R. Simeon, even the waters which descend from above are not given, but, "in measure".--Says R. Acha, even the Holy Spirit, which dwells upon the prophets, does not dwell, but "in weight".''

But the Lord Jesus has every, gift of the Spirit, and the fulness of grace in him: he is anointed with the oil of gladness, with the Holy Ghost above his fellows; and has an immeasurable unction of the holy one; which, like the precious oil poured on Aaron, descends from him to the members of his body.

(a) Vajikra Rabba, sect. 15. fol. 157. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

34. for God giveth not the Spirit by measure—Here, again, the sharpest conceivable line of distinction is drawn between Christ and all human-inspired teachers: "They have the Spirit in a limited degree; but God giveth not [to Him] the Spirit by measure." It means the entire fulness of divine life and divine power. The present tense "giveth," very aptly points out the permanent communication of the Spirit by the Father to the Son, so that a constant flow and reflow of living power is to be understood (Compare Joh 1:15) [Olshausen].

John 3:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
John's Testimony Concerning Jesus
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. 35"The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:18
"Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

Luke 4:18
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,

John 3:17
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Acts 1:2
until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.

Acts 10:38
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
Treasury of Scripture

For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure to him.

he.

John 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

John 8:26-28,40,47 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true…

for God.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but …

John 1:16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.

John 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son …

John 7:37-39 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, …

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 …

Numbers 11:25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spoke to him, and took of …

2 Kings 2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said to …

Psalm 45:7 You love righteousness, and hate wickedness: therefore God, your …

Isaiah 11:2-5 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom …

Isaiah 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, said the LORD; My spirit …

Isaiah 62:1-3 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake …

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free …

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

Ephesians 4:7-13 But to every one of us is given grace according to the measure of …

Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;

Colossians 2:9 For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

Revelation 21:6 And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning …

Revelation 22:1,16,17 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, …

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