John 5:31-46 NIV

Testimonies About Jesus

31 "If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid.1

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32 There is another who testifies in my favor,2 and I know that his testimony about me is valid.

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33 "You have sent to John and he has testified3 to the truth.

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34 Not that I accept human testimony;4 but I mention it that you may be saved.5

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35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light,6 and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

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36 "I have testimony weightier than that of John.7 For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing,8 testifies that the Father has sent me.9

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37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me.10 You have never heard his voice nor seen his form,11

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38 nor does his word dwell in you,12 for you do not believe13 the one he sent.14

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39 You diligently studya the Scriptures15 because you think that by them you possess eternal life.16 These are the Scriptures that testify about me,17

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    • c 5:39 - Or "Study diligently" (the imperative)
      40 yet you refuse to come to me18 to have life.

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      41 "I do not accept praise from men,19

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          42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.
          43 I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.
          44 How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only Godb ?20

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            • d 5:44 - Some early manuscripts "the Only One"
              45 "But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses,21 on whom your hopes are set.22

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              46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.23

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              47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"24

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