John 5:34
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
I don't depend on what people say about me, but I tell you these things so that you may be saved.

Good News Translation
It is not that I must have a human witness; I say this only in order that you may 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.

I receive.

John 5:41
I receive not honour from men.

John 8:54
Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:

that.

John 20:31
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Luke 13:34
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

Luke 19:10,41,42
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost…







Lexicon
[Even though]
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

I
ἐγὼ (egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

{do} not
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

accept
λαμβάνω (lambanō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2983: (a) I receive, get, (b) I take, lay hold of.

human
ἀνθρώπου (anthrōpou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

testimony,
μαρτυρίαν (martyrian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3141: Witness, evidence, testimony, reputation. From martus; evidence given.

I say
λέγω (legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

these things
ταῦτα (tauta)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

so that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

you
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

may be saved.
σωθῆτε (sōthēte)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4982: To save, heal, preserve, rescue. From a primary sos; to save, i.e. Deliver or protect.
(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. 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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