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),

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),

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.)

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,)
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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.

John 4:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
1Therefore when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2(although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), 3He left Judea and went away again into 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 out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized.

John 3:26
They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan--the one you testified about--look, 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 wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Treasury of Scripture

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