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John 3:34

    John 3:34 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure to him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for he giveth not the Spirit by measure.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For he whom God has sent says God's words; and God does not give him the Spirit by measure.

    Webster's Revision

    For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for he giveth not the Spirit by measure.

    World English Bible

    For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for God gives the Spirit without measure.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for he giveth not the Spirit by measure.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 3:34

    For God giveth not the Spirit by measure - He is the most perfect of all teachers, as having received the Holy Spirit as none before him ever did. Without measure - not for a particular time, people, purpose, etc., but for the whole compass of time, and in reference to all eternity. Former dispensations of the Holy Spirit made partial discoveries of infinite justice and mercy; but now the sum of justice, in requiring such a sacrifice, and the plenitude of mercy, in providing it, shall, by that Spirit with which he baptizes, be made manifest to all the children of men. It is worthy of remark that this was fully done after the outpouring of the Spirit on the day of pentecost, Acts 2:1, etc., as may be clearly seen in all the apostolic epistles. The Jews observe, that the Holy Spirit was given only in certain measures to the prophets; some writing only one book, others two. So Rab. Acba.

    Barnes' Notes on John 3:34

    Whom God hath sent - The Messiah.

    Speaketh the words of God - The truth, or commands of God.

    For God giveth not the Spirit - The Spirit of God. Though Jesus was God as well as man, yet, as Mediator, God anointed him, or endowed him with the influences of his Spirit, so as to be completely qualified for his great work.

    By measure - Not in a small degree, but fully, completely. The prophets were inspired on particular occasions to deliver special messages. The Messiah was continually filled with the Spirit of God. "The Spirit dwelt in him, not as a vessel, but as in a fountain, as in a bottomless ocean (Henry).

    Wesley's Notes on John 3:34

    3:34 God giveth not him the Spirit by measure - As he did to the prophets, but immeasurably. Hence he speaketh the words of God in the most perfect manner.