John 3:25
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English Standard Version
Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification.

King James Bible
Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.

American Standard Version
There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purifying.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews concerning purification:

English Revised Version
There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purifying.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews, about purifying.

Weymouth New Testament
As the result, a discussion having arisen on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purification,

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Vincent's Word Studies

Then (οὖν)

Not a particle of time but of consequence; therefore, because of both Jesus and John baptizing.

Question (ζήτησις)

Rev., more correctly, questioning. Question would be ζήτημα, always in the sense of a question in debate. The word here represents the process of inquiry.

Between (ἐκ)

Rev., correctly, on the part of. Literally, proceeding from. The rendering of the A.V. does not show with which party the discussion originated. The Greek distinctly states that the question was raised by the disciples of the Baptist.

The Jews

The best texts read Ἱουδαίου, with a Jew. Possibly one who asserted that John's baptism might now be dispensed with.

Purifying

Probably not about the familiar ceremonial purifications, but as to whether the baptism of Jesus or of John had the greater purifying power.

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John 2:6 And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews...

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water to repentance. but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear...

Mark 7:2-5,8 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashed, hands, they found fault...

Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Hebrews 9:10,13,14,23 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation...

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism does also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh...

Cross References
John 2:6
Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

Hebrews 6:2
and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

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