John 4:2

2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.

John 4:2 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)
English Standard Version (ESV)
2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples),
New Living Translation (NLT)
2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did).
The Message Bible (MSG)
2 (although his disciples, not Jesus, did the actual baptizing). They had posted the score that Jesus was ahead, turning him and John into rivals in the eyes of the people.
American Standard Version (ASV)
2 (although Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples),
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
2 (Actually, Jesus was not baptizing people. His disciples were.)
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
2 (though Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were),
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
2 But in fact Jesus was not baptizing. His disciples were.

John 4:2 Meaning and Commentary

John 4:2

Though Jesus himself baptized not
And therefore as Nonnus observes, it was a false report that was made to the Pharisees; at least in part, so far as concerns the act of baptizing: though it may be this is observed, not so much to show the falsehood of that report, as to correct what is said of Christ's baptizing; lest it should be understood, as if he baptized in his own person; whereas he did not, that not so, well comporting with his greatness and majesty: wherefore "the king did not baptize in water", as Nonnus expresses it, but left that for his disciples and servants to do; he had other and greater work to perform, as to preach the Gospel, and work miracles, heal diseases, cast out devils And besides, had another sort of baptism, of a more excellent nature to administer, namely, the baptism of the Spirit; and since water baptism is administered in his name, as well as in the name of the Father and of the Spirit, it does not seem that it would have been administered with that propriety by himself, in his own name; add to which, as is also observed by others, it might have occasioned contentions and disputes among the baptized, had some, been baptized by Christ, and others by his disciples; the one valuing themselves on that account, above the others. The Persic version indeed suggests, as if both Christ and his disciples baptized, rendering the words thus, "Jesus was not alone who baptized, but the disciples also baptized": whereas the truth of the matter is, that Christ did not baptize in water at all:

but his disciples;
they baptized in his name, and by his orders, such who were first made disciples by him.

John 4:2 In-Context

1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John—
2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.
3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go through Samaria.
5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
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