John 1:34 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:34, NIV: "I have seen and I testify that this is God's Chosen One.'"

John 1:34, ESV: "And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”"

John 1:34, KJV: "And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God."

John 1:34, NASB: "And I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.'"

John 1:34, NLT: "I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God.'"

John 1:34, CSB: "I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.""

What does John 1:34 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John the Baptist (not the same as John the disciple, author of this gospel) once again states that Jesus is the Promised One. He also confirms a title of Jesus first suggested in John 1:18: "The Son of God." The Baptist was told that when he saw the Spirit of God remaining on a man, that would be a sign that this was the Messiah. John has already told the crowd what he saw in verse 32. Here, he repeats this claim, something he has seen with his own eyes. The word for "testify" is a Greek term implying a very specific, direct, personal knowledge. This personal testimony is important, and Jesus will refer to it later. When explaining why people ought to believe Him, one piece of evidence Jesus mentions is the testimony of other people, specifically that of John the Baptist (John 5:32–33).