John 5:33
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New International Version
"You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth.

New Living Translation
In fact, you sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about me was true.

English Standard Version
You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.

Berean Study Bible
You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth.

Berean Literal Bible
You have sent unto John, and he has borne witness to the truth.

New American Standard Bible
"You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.

King James Bible
Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have sent messengers to John, and he has testified to the truth.

International Standard Version
You have sent messengers to John, and he has testified to the truth.

NET Bible
You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.

New Heart English Bible
You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You sent to Yohannan and he testified concerning the truth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You sent people to John [the Baptizer], and he testified to the truth.

New American Standard 1977
“You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye sent unto John, and he bore witness unto the truth.

King James 2000 Bible
You sent unto John, and he bore witness unto the truth.

American King James Version
You sent to John, and he bore witness to the truth.

American Standard Version
Ye have sent unto John, and he hath borne witness unto the truth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You sent to John, and he gave testimony to the truth.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye have sent unto John, and he has borne witness to the truth.

English Revised Version
Ye have sent unto John, and he hath borne witness unto the truth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye sent to John, and he testified to the truth.

Weymouth New Testament
"You sent to John, and he both was and still is a witness to the truth.

World English Bible
You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.

Young's Literal Translation
ye have sent unto John, and he hath testified to the truth.
Study Bible
Testimonies about Jesus
32There is another who testifies about Me, and I know that His testimony about Me is valid. 33You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. 34Even though I do not accept human testimony, I say these things so that you may be saved.…
Cross References
John 1:7
He came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that through him everyone might believe.

John 1:15
John testified concerning Him. He cried out, saying, "This is He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me, because He was before me.'"

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."
Treasury of Scripture

You sent to John, and he bore witness to the truth.

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John 1:19-27 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites …

he.

John 1:6-8,15-18,29-34 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John…

John 3:26-36 And they came to John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with you …

(33) Ye sent . . .--Both verbs are perfects. Better, therefore, Ye have sent; He hath borne witness. The pronoun "ye" is emphatically opposed to the "I" of the following verse. They sought human witness. He had witness which was divine. The object of John's mission was to bear witness of the Light (John 1:7), and this he did to them (John 1:19 et seq.)

Verses 33-35. -

(b) The temporary witness of John. Verse 33. - Ye have sent to John, and he hath borne witness to the truth. The sending to John was probably a reference to the official transaction described in John 1:19. This is not the "other" whom he referred to, for in the next clause he made solemn disclaimer of resting his claim upon John or upon any individual man. The witness of the forerunner was a true one. The function of the prophet is to bear witness to the Light, to strip off the veils which hide it, to call attention to its most solemn realities, to quicken vision, to stimulate conscience, to disturb apathy, to discern the coming and prepare the way of the Lord (see John 1:4, 5, notes), He was not the Light; but he did call attention to a testimony immeasurably more precious than any word proceeding merely from human lips. The testimonies of John, both before and after he came into contact with Christ, were very wonderful and were adapted to exert and did produce a deep impression upon the people for a time; but by themselves they would not have given sufficient ratification to the Lord's words. We may welcome still all Johannine, ministerial testamonies to the Lord. but the power of God himself must assert itself to the inner consciousness bet, re any man receives the gospel. No mere human testimony to such claims as these rises to the dignity of the occasion. Unless the Father's witness can be discerned, supreme, convincing, and final, John's witness would be insufficient. It may arrest attention, it may impress the apathetic, it may overawe the gainsayers; but it is not final, nor does it leave the hearers without excuse. All the rhetoric, all the threatening, all the irony, of Elijah would have failed if the fire of the Lord had not fallen to consume the sacrifice. Ye sent unto John,.... The sanhedrim at Jerusalem made a deputation of priests and Levites to him, to know who he was, whether the Messiah, or Elias, or that prophet, John 1:19. Now had they not looked upon him, from what they knew of him, or from the character they had of him, as a faithful witness, they would never have shown him so much respect, and have been at so much pains, and charge, as to send such a body of men so far unto him, as from Jerusalem to beyond Jordan; which circumstance our Lord improves in favour of this evidence he produces:

and he bare witness unto the truth; to Christ, who is the truth itself; and to the truth of his person, and office; to his dignity, and eternity, as being before him, though coming after him; and to his divine sonship, the thing now in debate, declaring, that he was the Son of God; and to his office, as Mediator, pointing to him as the Lamb of God, who, by his blood, and sacrifice, takes away the sins of men. The Ethiopic version reads by way of interrogation, "did not you send unto John?" &c. 33-35. Ye sent unto John—(See Joh 1:19, etc.).

receive not testimony … from man—that is, depend not on human testimony.

but … that ye might be saved—"I refer to him merely to aid your salvation."5:30-38 Our Lord returns to his declaration of the entire agreement between the Father and the Son, and declared himself the Son of God. He had higher testimony than that of John; his works bore witness to all he had said. But the Divine word had no abiding-place in their hearts, as they refused to believe in Him whom the Father had sent, according to his ancient promises. The voice of God, accompanied by the power of the Holy Ghost, thus made effectual to the conversion of sinners, still proclaims that this is the beloved Son, in whom the Father is well pleased. But when the hearts of men are full of pride, ambition, and the love of the world, there is no room for the word of God to abide in them.
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