John 5:34
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New International Version
Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved.

New Living Translation
Of course, I have no need of human witnesses, but I say these things so you might be saved.

English Standard Version
Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved.

Berean Study Bible
Even though I do not accept human testimony, I say these things so that you may be saved.

Berean Literal Bible
And I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved.

New American Standard Bible
"But the testimony which I receive is not from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved.

King James Bible
But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I don't receive man's testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved.

International Standard Version
I myself do not accept human testimony, but I am saying these things so that you may be saved.

NET Bible
(I do not accept human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved.)

New Heart English Bible
But the testimony which I receive is not from man. However, I say these things that you may be saved.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I was not receiving the testimony of a man, but I say these things that you may live.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But I don't depend on human testimony. I'm telling you this to save you.

New American Standard 1977
“But the witness which I receive is not from man, but I say these things that you may be saved.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I receive not testimony from man, but I say these things that ye might be saved.

King James 2000 Bible
But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that you might be saved.

American King James Version
But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that you might be saved.

American Standard Version
But the witness which I receive is not from man: howbeit I say these things, that ye may be saved.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I receive not testimony from man: but I say these things, that you may be saved.

Darby Bible Translation
But I do not receive witness from man, but I say this that ye might be saved.

English Revised Version
But the witness which I receive is not from man: howbeit I say these things, that ye may be saved.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye may be saved.

Weymouth New Testament
But the testimony on my behalf which I accept is not from man; though I say all this in order that you may be saved.

World English Bible
But the testimony which I receive is not from man. However, I say these things that you may be saved.

Young's Literal Translation
'But I do not receive testimony from man, but these things I say that ye may be saved;
Study Bible
Testimonies about Jesus
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. 35John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you were willing for a season to bask in his light.…
Cross References
John 5:32
There is another who testifies about Me, and I know that His testimony about Me is valid.

1 John 5:9
Even if we accept human testimony, the testimony of God is greater. For this is the testimony that God has given about His Son.
Treasury of Scripture

But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that you might be saved.

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(34) But I receive not testimony . . .--There is no reason for changing the word. The substantive, and verbs from John 5:31, have been rendered by "witness," and it is better to keep it here. The English also fails to give the article, and is therefore misleading. He did receive witness from men--had received witness from John--but this was not the witness upon which all was based. Its purpose was to lead them to Christ Himself, and He now refers to it, to show them its true position, that that purpose might be fulfilled.

But these things I say, that ye might be saved.--The emphasis of the clause should be placed upon the pronoun "ye." The thought is, that our Lord does not refer to John's witness for His own sake, but in order that they might be saved. He had a greater witness than that of John, but this they were not yet prepared to receive. They had received John for a season, and had rejoiced in his light. He refers to him now that that light may lead them to the true Source of Light. Some of those who had sent to the Baptist may now understand his words in a deeper sense than any which had come to them before, and may find in them words leading to salvation.

Verse 34. - But I for my part receive not the witness which affirms my Sonship from a man; or, yet the witness which I receive is not from man. Some have given the stronger meaning of "take hold," or "snatch," or "strive after," to λαμβάνω. But this is unnecessary, for emphasis is laid on the article, "the witness," which is real, infallible, convincing, commanding, must come from the highest source of all. Yet, though Christ cannot depend upon John's testimony, it ought to have had weight with his hearers. It called them to repentance, to holy living, to faith in the Coming One. It discounted their pride in Abrahamic birth, and their false notions of race purity; it made personal and individual that which had been looked at as a national monopoly of privilege. Nay, more, it had testified that he was the "Lamb of God" and the "Son of God" and the "Bridegroom of the Church." Therefore he continued: Howbeit, these things I say - I call attention to the sum total of his message, the testimony he bore to truth - that ye may be saved; for all that John said was true. "John did no miracle: but all things that he said concerning Jesus were true" (John 10:41; see notes). If the Jews had accepted the testimony of John, they wound not now be cherishing angry and rebellious thought, and have been so blinded to the truth and reality of things. But I receive not testimony from man,.... He stood in no need of an human testimony, nor did he rest the truth of his deity and divine sonship thereon: he had other and greater testimonies to produce; as he needed not that any man should testify of man to him, he had no need that any man should testify of him; and if the testimony of men was received, as this of John could not well be objected to, the testimony of God is greater, and which he had; and therefore should not have mentioned John's for his own sake:

but these things I say, that ye might be saved; that is, he produced this testimony of John, who was a person of so great a character among them, that they might be induced by it to believe in him as the Messiah; and so be saved from that ruin and destruction, that would come upon their nation, city, and temple, for their rejection and disbelief of him. 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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