John 5:37
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New International Version
And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form,

New Living Translation
And the Father who sent me has testified about me himself. You have never heard his voice or seen him face to face,

English Standard Version
And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen,

Berean Study Bible
And the Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. You have never heard His voice nor seen His form,

Berean Literal Bible
And the One having sent Me, the Father Himself, has borne witness concerning Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor have you seen His form.

New American Standard Bible
"And the Father who sent Me, He has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form.

King James Bible
And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. You have not heard His voice at any time, and you haven't seen His form.

International Standard Version
Moreover, the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen what he looks like,

NET Bible
And the Father who sent me has himself testified about me. You people have never heard his voice nor seen his form at any time,

New Heart English Bible
The Father himself, who sent me, has testified about me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And The Father who has sent me, he testifies of me. You have never heard his voice and you have not seen his appearance,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Father who sent me testifies on my behalf. You have never heard his voice, and you have never seen his form.

New American Standard 1977
“And the Father who sent Me, He has borne witness of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Father himself, who has sent me, has borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time nor seen his appearance.

King James 2000 Bible
And the Father himself, who has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form.

American King James Version
And the Father himself, which has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

American Standard Version
And the Father that sent me, he hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Father himself who hath sent me, hath given testimony of me: neither have you heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Father who has sent me himself has borne witness concerning me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor have seen his shape,

English Revised Version
And the Father which sent me, he hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the Father himself who hath sent me, hath borne testimony concerning me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

Weymouth New Testament
And the Father who sent me, *He* has given testimony concerning me. None of you have ever either heard His voice or seen what He is like.

World English Bible
The Father himself, who sent me, has testified about me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form.

Young's Literal Translation
'And the Father who sent me Himself hath testified concerning me; ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor His appearance have ye seen;
Study Bible
Testimonies about Jesus
36But I have testimony more substantial than that of John. For the works that the Father has given Me to accomplish—the very works I am doing—testify about Me that the Father has sent Me. 37And the Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. You have never heard His voice nor seen His form, 38nor does His word abide in you, because you do not believe the One He sent.…
Cross References
Isaiah 26:10
Though the wicked is shown favor, He does not learn righteousness; He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness, And does not perceive the majesty of the LORD.

Matthew 3:17
And a voice from heaven said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!"

Mark 1:11
And a voice came from heaven: "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased."

Luke 3:22
and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in a bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased."

Luke 24:27
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself.

John 5:32
There is another who testifies about Me, and I know that His testimony about Me is valid.

John 8:18
I am One who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me also testifies about Me."

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

And the Father himself, which has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

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John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures …

John 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me …

Matthew 3:17 And see a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom …

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

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John 5:32 There is another that bears witness of me; and I know that the witness …

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John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is …

John 14:9 Jesus said to him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have …

John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, …

Exodus 20:19 And they said to Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but …

Deuteronomy 4:12 And the LORD spoke to you out of the middle of the fire: you heard …

1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, …

1 Timothy 6:16 Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can …

1 John 1:1,2 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we …

1 John 4:12,20 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells …

(37) Hath borne witness of me.--The marginal reference interprets this testimony of the Father by the voices from heaven spoken at the Baptism and on the Mount of Transfiguration Both are indeed illustrations, and are naturally suggested by the imagery of voice and shape in the latter half of the verse; but one was at this moment in the future, and the other was a definite event which would have required a more definite reference. The Greek, indeed, distinguishes between the Incarnation at a definite point in time and the witness which was continued--And the Father Himself which sent Me (not "hath sent Me") hath borne witness of Me.

"His voice" and "His shape" are both general, and the "at any time" extends over the whole duration of previous revelation. Literally the clause is, Voice of Him ye have not at any time heard, nor shape of Him have ye seen. The reference to the revelation of the Old Testament Scriptures is, moreover, demanded by the immediate context, while the voice at the Baptism and the Transfiguration are not only absent from the present circle of thoughts, but also from St. John's Gospel. Jesus is answering a charge of breaking God's law, and of making Himself equal with God because he has claimed God's fatherhood in word for Himself, and has manifested it in life-power for man. That charge was but an example of their unreceptive spirit. Through the whole history of the nation. He had been revealing Himself to them. Through the chief knowledge-giving senses, eye and ear, they should have learnt in that past history to see God in the act of mercy, to hear Him in the word of love. They jealous for God's honour! Ah! it was then as it had been ever. Voice of God they could not hear. Vision of God they could not see.

Verses 37, 38. - The witness of the Father further elucidated. (See ver. 32.) Verse 37. - And the Father (himself), who sent me. (he) hath borne witness concerning me. If the "himself" be the genuine reading (and it is defended by Godet, M'Clellan, and Meyer), there would seem to be a special or direct and additional form of the Father's testimony. And several ancient and modern critics (Chrysostom, Bengel, Paulus, Godet) have seen in it a reference to the special "voice and shape" which were heard and teen by John and Jesus at the baptism, when heaven was opened, when a voice from heaven proclaimed him to be the well beloved and only begotten Son of God, and when the Spirit of God descended as a dove and abode upon him. This testimony was only given to the world through the consciousness and word of John, who, after receiving it, bore record that this was the Son of God. Meyer and many others, rather following the suggestion of De Wette that the inward drawing of the Father to the Son was that to which the Lord referred, would thus complete the testimony of the "works." This testimony, then, which is cited against the challenge, "Thou bearest witness concerning thyself," would be a purely subjective one. Westcott thinks it refers to the whole of the Old Testament ministry and prophetic and typical anticipation of the Christ, culminating in John the Baptist. This particular series of testimonies is referred to in vers. 39 and 47, etc. Moulton, who rejects the αὐτὸς sees no new, no direct, testimony in addition to that of the works, but the assertion that they are the voice of the Father - in a sense the very form of the Father, for the conviction of those who might if they would come to him. If the αὐτὸς must be retained, I think that we must suppose our Lord referring to the whole of those objective manifestations of the Father's will and mind concerning Christ which were outside of his own act or work; and all that shining through his face, that whispering through his word of what was the eternal Father's face and voice, and plainly distinguished from the work of the Son; e.g. the angels' song, the miraculous providence which protected his childhood, the opening of heaven at his baptism, the Divinity which attended him and which made his ministry so strange and strong an influence. Nor could he who had the whole of his life before him fail to be conscious of further testimonies from heaven and from Providence which, though unrecorded, would continue to set their seal upon his character and work. We must never forget that our Lord himself was a revelation of the Son. But the revelation of the Son in his ἔργα was accompanied throughout with another manifestation - that of the Father. The glory of the Lord shone round about him. Nevertheless, a difficulty is conceded as arising out of the unsusceptibility and limited opportunities of his hearers. Never have ye heard a voice of him, or seen a form of him. These voices and these sounds need opened ears and unsealed eyes. You (says Christ) have not heard that which you might have heard. You have not seen that which you might have seen. On a subsequent occasion he said to one of his disciples, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father. How sayest thou, then, Show us the Father?" So that there was, indeed, the condition of adequate revelation of the Father provided for the disciples in the life of Christ, in the ministry of the Son of the Father. Moreover, it far exceeded the vision of God which was granted to patriarchs and prophets under the Old Testament dispensation. Doubtless the voice of Jehovah had been heard (Exodus 20:19; Deuteronomy 4:12), the face of Jehovah had been seen (Genesis 32:30; Exodus 24:10; Numbers 12:8; Deuteronomy 5:4, 24). Isaiah saw the glory of the Angel of the Lord (6; cf. John 12:41), and Ezekiel likewise by the river of Chebar (Ezekiel 3:23). Nevertheless, the evangelist, on the credit of the great utterance before us, has laid down, as the very climax of the prologue, "No man hath seen God at any time (πώποτε); the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." This language of the prologue shows that the true revelation of the Father's heart was not even granted to the noblest of the seers and patriarchs. Such manifestations as the visions of the Old Testament saints were not the veritable voice or form of the Father. Should mankind ever obtain vision or audition of the Father, it must be through the presence among them of him who had been forever in the bosom of the Father. Though these captious critics were in a position to have received this revelation of the Highest, they had not done so. "Ye have neither heard a voice of him, nor seen a form of him. You might have seen and heard and handled if you had chosen, but You will not come to me, you will not believe me, you will not yield to my claims as One sent to you from the Father!" And the Father himself, which hath sent me,.... Not only the works he gave him to do, and which he did, but he himself in person:

hath borne witness of me; not only in the writings of Moses, and the prophecies of the Old Testament, but by an audible articulate voice from heaven, at the time of Christ's baptism, Matthew 3:17; which was a full testimony of the sonship of Christ, and of the Father's well pleasure in him; and which was repeated at his transfiguration on the mount, Matthew 17:5; and the sonship of Christ is the grand thing which the three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, testify of, 1 John 5:7;

ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape; for the voices that were heard, and the forms that were seen under the Old Testament dispensation, from the first of this kind in Eden's garden, to the incarnation of Christ, which are ascribed to God, or to a divine person, were either by the ministry of angels, or they were voices uttered by the Son of God, or forms assumed by him, who often appeared in an human form, as a prelude of his incarnation; so that it was unusual, and wonderful, and remarkable, that the Father should bear a testimony to the sonship of Christ by a voice from heaven; and which therefore ought to be attended to, and received as a sufficient and valid testimony. 37. the Father himself … hath borne witness of me—not referring, probably, to the voice of His baptism, but (as seems from what follows) to the testimony of the Old Testament Scripture [Calvin, Lucke, Meyer, Luthardt, etc.].

neither heard his voice, etc.—never recognized Him in this character. The words are "designedly mysterious, like many others which our Lord uttered" [Stier].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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