John 4:2
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New International Version
although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.

New Living Translation
(though Jesus himself didn't baptize them--his disciples did).

English Standard Version
(although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples),

Berean Study Bible
(although it was not Jesus who baptized, but His disciples),

Berean Literal Bible
(although indeed Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples),

New American Standard Bible
(although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were),

King James Bible
(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
(though Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were),

International Standard Version
although it was not Jesus who did the baptizing but his disciples—

NET Bible
(although Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples were),

New Heart English Bible
(although Jesus himself did not baptize, but his disciples),

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When it was not Yeshua himself baptizing, but his disciples.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(Actually, Jesus was not baptizing people. His disciples were.)

New American Standard 1977
(although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were),

Jubilee Bible 2000
(though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples),

King James 2000 Bible
(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

American King James Version
(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

American Standard Version
(although Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples),

Douay-Rheims Bible
(Though Jesus himself did not baptize, but his disciples,)

Darby Bible Translation
(however, Jesus himself did not baptise, but his disciples),

English Revised Version
(although Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples),

Webster's Bible Translation
(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

Weymouth New Testament
though Jesus Himself did not baptize them, but His disciples did--

World English Bible
(although Jesus himself didn't baptize, but his disciples),

Young's Literal Translation
(though indeed Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples,)
Study Bible
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
1When Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard He was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John 2(although it was not Jesus who baptized, but His disciples), 3He left Judea and returned to Galilee.…
Cross References
John 2:2
and Jesus and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

John 3:22
After this, Jesus and His disciples went into the Judean countryside, where He spent some time with them and baptized.

John 3:26
So John's disciples came to him and said, "Look, Rabbi, the One who was with you beyond the Jordan, whom you testified about--He is baptizing, and everyone is going to Him."

1 Corinthians 1:17
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent words of wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Treasury of Scripture

(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then …

1 Corinthians 1:13-17 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were you baptized …

(2) Though Jesus himself baptized not.--This is a correction, not of the writer's statement, but of the report carried to the Pharisees. The form of the report is quite natural. John did personally baptise, and when multitudes thronged him, it is probable that his disciples assisted. Greater numbers still (John 3:26) were thronging to the baptism administered ministerially by the disciples of Jesus. (Comp. Acts 10:48; Acts 19:5; 1Corinthians 1:15-17.) They had been drawn to Him by His teaching and miracles in Jerusalem and the country round about, and they spoke of receiving His baptism. But the writer cannot let the report appear in his Gospel without correction. There was a reason which they did not know for the fact that Jesus did not baptise with water, for it was He "which baptiseth with the Holy Spirit" (John 1:33). and this power His disciples had not yet received (John 7:39).

Though Jesus himself baptized not,.... And therefore as Nonnus observes, it was a false report that was made to the Pharisees; at least in part, so far as concerns the act of baptizing: though it may be this is observed, not so much to show the falsehood of that report, as to correct what is said of Christ's baptizing; lest it should be understood, as if he baptized in his own person; whereas he did not, that not so, well comporting with his greatness and majesty: wherefore "the king did not baptize in water", as Nonnus expresses it, but left that for his disciples and servants to do; he had other and greater work to perform, as to preach the Gospel, and work miracles, heal diseases, cast out devils, &c. And besides, had another sort of baptism, of a more excellent nature to administer, namely, the baptism of the Spirit; and since water baptism is administered in his name, as well as in the name of the Father and of the Spirit, it does not seem that it would have been administered with that propriety by himself, in his own name; add to which, as is also observed by others, it might have occasioned contentions and disputes among the baptized, had some, been baptized by Christ, and others by his disciples; the one valuing themselves on that account, above the others. The Persic version indeed suggests, as if both Christ and his disciples baptized, rendering the words thus, "Jesus was not alone who baptized, but the disciples also baptized": whereas the truth of the matter is, that Christ did not baptize in water at all:

but his disciples; they baptized in his name, and by his orders, such who were first made disciples by him. 2. Jesus baptized not—John being a servant baptized with his own hand; Christ as the Master, "baptizing with the Holy Ghost," administered the outward symbol only through His disciples.4:1-3 Jesus applied himself more to preaching, which was the more excellent, 1Co 1:17, than to baptism. He would put honour upon his disciples, by employing them to baptize. He teaches us that the benefit of sacraments depends not on the hand that administers them.
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