English Standard Version
Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony.
King James Bible
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
American Standard Version
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that which we know, and bear witness of that which we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
Amen, amen I say to thee, that we speak what we know, and we testify what we have seen, and you receive not our testimony.
English Revised Version
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and bear witness of that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
Webster's Bible Translation
Verily, verily, I say to thee, We speak what we know, and testify what we have seen; and ye receive not our testimony.
Weymouth New Testament
In most solemn truth I tell you that we speak what we know, and give testimony of that of which we were eye-witnesses, and yet you all reject our testimony.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
We speak - we know - we have seen
After the use of the singular number in John 3:3, John 3:5, John 3:7, John 3:12, the plural here is noteworthy. It is not merely rhetorical - "a plural of majesty" - but is explained by John 3:8, "every one that is born of the Spirit." The new birth imparts a new vision. The man who is born of the Spirit hath eternal life (John 3:36); and life eternal is to know God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent (John 17:3). "Ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and ye know (οἴδατε) all things" (1 John 2:20). He who is born of water and of the Spirit sees the kingdom of God. This we therefore includes, with Jesus, all who are truly born anew of the Spirit. Jesus meets the we know of Nicodemus (John 3:2), referring to the class to which he belonged, with another we know, referring to another class, of which He was the head and representative. We know (οἴδαμεν), absolutely. See on John 2:24.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony.
So Jesus answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.
I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him."
So Jesus said to them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.
For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment--what to say and what to speak.
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