John 3:34
New International Version
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.

New Living Translation
For he is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit.

English Standard Version
For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.

Berean Study Bible
For the One whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.

Berean Literal Bible
For He whom God sent speaks the words of God, for He gives the Spirit without measure.

New American Standard Bible
"For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure.

King James Bible
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

Christian Standard Bible
For the one whom God sent speaks God's words, since he gives the Spirit without measure.

Contemporary English Version
The Son was sent to speak God's message, and he has been given the full power of God's Spirit.

Good News Translation
The one whom God has sent speaks God's words, because God gives him the fullness of his Spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For God sent Him, and He speaks God's words, since He gives the Spirit without measure.

International Standard Version
The one whom God sent speaks the words of God, because God does not give the Spirit in limited measure to him.

NET Bible
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he does not give the Spirit sparingly.

New Heart English Bible
For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for he does not give the Spirit by measure.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for it was not in a measure that God has given The Spirit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The man whom God has sent speaks God's message. After all, God gives him the Spirit without limit.

New American Standard 1977
“For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for God does not give the Spirit by measure unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure unto him.

American King James Version
For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure to him.

American Standard Version
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for he giveth not the Spirit by measure.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God: for God doth not give the Spirit by measure.

Darby Bible Translation
for he whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives not the Spirit by measure.

English Revised Version
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for he giveth not the Spirit by measure.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God: for to him God giveth not the Spirit by measure.

Weymouth New Testament
For He whom God has sent speaks God's words; for God does not give the Spirit with limitations."

World English Bible
For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for God gives the Spirit without measure.

Young's Literal Translation
for he whom God sent, the sayings of God he speaketh; for not by measure doth God give the Spirit;
Study Bible
John's Testimony about Jesus
33Whoever accepts His testimony has certified that God is truthful. 34For the One whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. 35The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in His hands.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:18
"Here is My servant, whom I have chosen, My beloved, in whom My soul delights. I will put My Spirit on Him, and He will proclaim justice to the nations.

Luke 4:18
"The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed,

John 3:17
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

Acts 1:2
until the day He was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen.

Acts 10:38
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him.

Treasury of Scripture

For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure to him.

he.

John 7:16
Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

John 8:26-28,40,47
I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him…

for God.

John 3:17
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 1:16
And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

John 5:26
For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

the [One]
ὃν (hon)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

whom
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

God
Θεὸς (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

has sent
ἀπέστειλεν (apesteilen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 649: From apo and stello; set apart, i.e. to send out literally or figuratively.

speaks
λαλεῖ (lalei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.

the
τὰ (ta)
Article - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

words
ῥήματα (rhēmata)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 4487: From rheo; an utterance, ; by implication, a matter or topic; with a negative naught whatever.

of God,
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

for
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

[God] gives
δίδωσιν (didōsin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Spirit
Πνεῦμα (Pneuma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

without
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

limit.
μέτρου (metrou)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3358: An apparently primary word; a measure, literally or figuratively; by implication, a limited portion.
(34) For he whom God hath sent.--Better, he whom God sent. The acceptance of the witness of things seen and heard is the attestation by the human spirit of the truthfulness of God, for Jesus is as one sent from God to declare Him. It is the divine image in man which recognises divinity. Every human faculty finds its true work, and true satisfaction, and the true object of its being, in Him; and therefore the whole man knows that His words are true, and recognises that He speaks the words of God. (Comp. 1John 5:10.)

For God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.--The italics will show that the words "unto Him" are added in our version; and it is probable that the word "God," which has been repeated from the first clause of the verse, should be also omitted here. We have then to read, "For He giveth not the Spirit by measure;" or, possibly, "For the Spirit giveth not by measure." If, however, we remember that John the Baptist is the speaker, and that he had seen "the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and coming upon Him" (see Note on Matthew 3:16, and comp. such passages as Luke 11:13, and in this Gospel John 14:16; John 15:26), we shall still interpret the words in the sense which our version gives. The words "by measure," in the sense of limitation, are frequent in the classical and rabbinical writings. The Rabbis seem to have applied the phrase to prophets and teachers, saying that the Spirit dwelt in the prophets only in a certain measure. Comp. 2Kings 2:9, where Elisha prays for "a double portion," or, more exactly, a portion of two--the portion of the first-born son (Deuteronomy 21:17)--of the spirit of Elijah. The same thought meets us in St. Paul (himself a pupil of Gamaliel), who speaks of "the self-same Spirit dividing to every man severally as He will" (see 1Corinthians 12:4-12). The opposite of this thought, then, is before us here. God gives in this case not as in others. The Son who cometh from above is above all. There is no gift of prophet, or of teacher, which is not given to Him. He has the fulness of the spiritual gifts which in part are given to men, and He speaks the very words of God. It will be noted that John is still expounding to his disciples the meaning of his own declaration, "He must increase, but I must decrease."

Verse 34. - The γὰρ shows that the former utterance is sustained. For he whom God sent uttereth the words of God. The full, many-sided, abundant expression of the thought of God. He has been sent for this purpose. Some take this clause to refer to all the ambassadors of God, and pre-eminently to the "man (John 1:6) sent from God, whose name was John." But, on the ether hand, observe that throughout the Gospel, ἀπόστελλω and πέμπω are used of the "Lord from heaven" (ver. 17). Christ certainly is ἀπεσταλμένος as well as ἐρχομένος, and this great statement, viz. that Christ speaks the words of God, is a justification of the fact that, in accepting the witness of Christ to invisible and eternal things, and in the admission that he has been sent from heaven charged with the words of God, every separate believer becomes a seal, a ratification, of the veracity of God. The clause that follows (seeing that "to him" is unquestionably a gloss of translators, and is not found in any manuscripts) may be translated in three different ways.

(1) For God giveth not the Spirit by measure; for if ὁ Θεός is omitted, still the same subject, "God," might be and is generally supplied, and the object, supposed to be either Christ or any of his servants to whom in these days of the baptism of the Spirit, the Holy Ghost is poured forth from an inexhaustible treasure. Augustine and Calvin urged that it was said concerning Christ; for we read in ver. 35 that "the Father hath given all things into his hand;" but exclusively to limit the object of δίδωσι to Christ is more than the passage will justify.

(2) For he (the Messiah, sc.) giveth not the Spirit by measure; i.e. He is exalted to pour forth from the heart of the Deity the Spirit of the Father and Son. This is preferred by Westcott, and by those who see in the entire passage the reflections of the author of the Gospel (cf. John 15:26).

(3) For the Spirit giveth not by measure; the object (sc.) being "the words of God," which he who is sent and is coming from heaven, and is above all, is now lavishing upon the world. This translation (Godet) is in harmony with the vision of John at the baptism, when the Holy Spirit after the manner of a dove descended and abode upon him. With an unmeasurable supply of spiritual energy was the humanity of him who came (qua his Divine nature and personality) from heaven enriched for his prophetic and Messianic functions as the beloved Son of God on earth. I see no difficulty in this last interpretation.

(a) The present tense is justified by the statement of the abiding of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus, and the continuous operation of the gift in the "words of God," which were flowing from his lips.

(b) The αὐτῷ is easily supplied in thought.

(c) The connection is thus instituted with the thirty-fifth verse. Meyer and Lange prefer a wider significance being given to the words, seeing in them a broad reference to the affluence and measureless capacity of the gift of the Spirit. Luthardt: "This is true of all God's messengers, but especially of him of whom the Baptist speaks" (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:4-12). The Lord from heaven receives all the gifts of the Spirit. 3:22-36 John was fully satisfied with the place and work assigned him; but Jesus came on a more important work. He also knew that Jesus would increase in honour and influence, for of his government and peace there would be no end, while he himself would be less followed. John knew that Jesus came from heaven as the Son of God, while he was a sinful, mortal man, who could only speak about the more plain subjects of religion. The words of Jesus were the words of God; he had the Spirit, not by measure, as the prophets, but in all fulness. Everlasting life could only be had by faith in Him, and might be thus obtained; whereas all those, who believe not in the Son of God, cannot partake of salvation, but the wrath of God for ever rests upon them.
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