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John 3:33

    John 3:33 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He that hath received his witness hath set his seal to this , that God is true.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He who so takes his witness has made clear his faith that God is true.

    Webster's Revision

    He that hath received his witness hath set his seal to this , that God is true.

    World English Bible

    He who has received his witness has set his seal to this, that God is true.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He that hath received his witness hath set his seal to this, that God is true.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 3:33

    Hath set to his seal - That is hath hereby confirmed the truth of the testimony which he has borne; as a testator sets his seal to an instrument in order to confirm it, and such instrument is considered as fully confirmed by having the testator's seal affixed to it, so I, by taking up this testimony of Christ, and proclaiming it to the Jews, have fully confirmed it, as I know it to be a truth; which knowledge I have from the immediate inspiration of the Holy Spirit. See John 1:33, John 1:34.

    Barnes' Notes on John 3:33

    He that hath received his testimony - Hath received and fully believed his doctrine. Hath yielded his heart to its influence.

    Hath set to his seal - To "seal" an instrument is to make it sure; to acknowledge it as ours; to pledge our varacity that it is true and binding, as when a man seals a bond, a deed, or a will. Believing a doctrine, therefore, in the heart, is expressed by "sealing it," or by believing it we express our firm conviction that it is true, and that God who has spoken it is true. We vouch for the veracity of God, and assume as our own the proposition that it is the truth of God.

    God is true - Is faithful; is the author of the system of doctrines, and will fulfill all that he has promised. We learn here:

    1. that to be a true believer is something more than to hold a mere speculative belief of the truth.

    2. that to be a believer is to "pledge ourselves" for the truth, to seal it as our own, to adopt it, to choose it, and solemnly assent to it, as a man does in regard to an instrument of writing that is to convey his property, or that is to dispose of it when he dies.

    3. Every Christian is a witness for God, and it is his business to show by his life that he believes that God is true to his threatenings and to his promises. See the notes at Isaiah 43:10.

    4. It is a solemn act to become a Christian. It is a surrender of all to God, or giving away body, soul, and spirit to him, with a belief that he is true, and alone is able to save.

    5. The man that does not do this - that is not willing to pledge his belief that God is true, sets to his seal that God is a liar and unworthy of confidence, 1 John 5:10.

    Wesley's Notes on John 3:33

    3:33 Hath set to his seal - It was customary among the Jews for the witness to set his seal to the testimony he had given. That God is true - Whose words the Messiah speaks.