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John 5:33

ESV You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.
NIV You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth.
NASB You have sent messengers to John, and he has testified to the truth.
CSB You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth.
NLT In fact, you sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about me was true.
KJV Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.

What does John 5:33 mean?

After Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath (John 5:1–15), local religious leaders are furious. Rather than being amazed at the miracle, these cold-hearted men are angry about Jesus violating their traditions and claiming equality with God (John 5:18). Jesus responds by explaining that He is, in fact, equal to God and gives specific examples (John 5:19–29).

After this, Jesus acknowledges that certain claims require evidence (John 5:31). And, rather than appeal to blind faith, Jesus provides exactly that evidence. In verses 32 and 33, Jesus refers to the first of His three forms of evidence: human testimony. Specifically, Jesus refers to the testimony of John the Baptist. The Gospel of John has already recorded investigators from the Pharisees approaching John the Baptist (John 1:19–24) and his profession of Jesus as the Messiah (John 1:25–28). Since Jesus has a unique perspective, the truth of His testimony does not literally depend on the input of other people (John 5:34; 8:14). However, He acknowledges the natural human need for confirmation.

Jesus will also mention two other forms of evidence, which are His miracles (John 5:36) and the written Scriptures (John 5:39).
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