John 5:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 5:32, NIV: "There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true."

John 5:32, ESV: "There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true."

John 5:32, KJV: "There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true."

John 5:32, NASB: "There is another who testifies about Me, and I know that the testimony which He gives about Me is true."

John 5:32, NLT: "But someone else is also testifying about me, and I assure you that everything he says about me is true."

John 5:32, CSB: "There is another who testifies about me, and I know that the testimony he gives about me is true."

What does John 5:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus has been challenged by local religious authorities. These men are offended by Jesus' breaking Sabbath traditions and claiming to be equal to God (John 5:18). Rather than appealing to blind faith, Jesus acknowledges that some claims need to be supported by evidence (John 5:31, 34). So, in accordance with Jewish law, Jesus provides the three witnesses necessary to establish something as fact (Numbers 35:30; Deuteronomy 17:6). Two of these are observations, in the form of Jesus' miracles (John 5:36) and the evidence of Scripture (John 5:39).

In this verse, Jesus begins to explain the evidence of human testimony. Early in the Gospel of John, the Pharisees had sent investigators to John the Baptist (John 1:19–24). John, true to his calling, had pointed those men away from himself and towards the Promised One (John 1:25–28). That Promised One, as John would later make clear, was Jesus (John 1:29–31). In the next verse, Jesus will specifically refer to this message from John the Baptist and endorse it as the truth.