John 1:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:32, NIV: Then John gave this testimony: 'I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.

John 1:32, ESV: And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.

John 1:32, KJV: And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

John 1:32, NASB: And John testified, saying, 'I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.

John 1:32, NLT: Then John testified, 'I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him.

John 1:32, CSB: And John testified, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and he rested on him.

What does John 1:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John the Baptist said earlier that he hadn't recognized Jesus as the Messiah, at first. Though they were related, Jesus and John the Baptist probably didn't spend much of their childhood together. Scripture is almost silent about Jesus' life prior to the start of His active ministry. Jesus frequently mentions that He is on a divine timetable, so His younger years were not "His time." At some point, the Baptist saw a vision of a dove, representative of the Holy Spirit, "remaining" on Jesus. This confirmed for the Baptist that Jesus was the Messiah. The word "testify" is from a very specific Greek term meaning "giving information one has direct personal knowledge of." There was no doubt in the Baptist's mind who this man was. The gospel of John does not actually record the baptism of Jesus. The author, John the disciple, wrote his book many years after Matthew, Mark, and Luke's were known. He assumed that the reader was already familiar with the basics, and presented a different perspective on the story.