Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

John 3:26

And they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him."
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - John;   Rabbi;   Thompson Chain Reference - John the Baptist;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Enon;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - John the baptist;   Perea;   Rabbi;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Baptize, Baptism;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Episcopacy;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Faith;   Rabbi;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Aenon;   Jesus Christ;   John the Baptist;   Joshua;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Disciples;   John, the Gospel of;   Rabbi;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Gospels;   John, Gospel of;   John, Theology of;   Mss;   Salim;   Scribes;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Dates (2);   Enthusiasm;   Ignorance (2);   Peraea;   Rabbi ;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Rabbi;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ae'non;   E'non;   Rabbi;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Rab;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - John, the Baptize;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Aenon;   Baptism (Lutheran Doctrine);   John the Baptist;   John, Gospel of;   Rabbi;   Salim;  
Devotionals:
Every Day Light - Devotion for January 30;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And they came unto John - That he might decide the question.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Came unto John - Came to him with their complaint; envious and jealous at the success of Jesus, and evidently irritated from the discussion, as if their master was about to lose his popularity.

Rabbi - Master. See the notes at Matthew 23:7. Acknowledging him as their master and teacher.

That was with thee - Who was baptized by thee.

Thou barest witness - See John 1:29-35.

All men come to him - This was the source of their difficulty. It was that Jesus was gaining popularity; that the people flocked to him; that they feared that John would be forsaken, and his followers be diminished in numbers and influence. Thus many love their sect more than they do Christ, and would be more rejoiced that a man became a Presbyterian, a Methodist, a Baptist, than that he became a sincere and humble Christian. This is not the spirit of the gospel. True piety teaches us to rejoice that sinners turn to Christ and become holy, whether they follow us or not. See Mark 9:38-39. Let Jesus be exalted, and let men turn to Him, is the language of religion, whatever denomination they may feel it their duty to follow.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

And they came unto John and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou hast borne witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

Jealousy was clearly the motivation of this question, shedding light upon the extensive popularity of Jesus at that time, and suggesting the great success of our Lord's efforts in baptizing multitudes.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And they came unto John,.... The Persic version reads, "he came unto John"; that disciple that had the controversy with the Jew about purifying, who not knowing well how to answer him, and which might be the case of more, applied to John:

and said unto him, Rabbi; or "master"; or, "our master"; as the Syriac and Persic versions read, which was a title of great respect, and reverence, and much in use in those times; See Gill on Matthew 23:7, Matthew 23:8. The Arabic version joins this word to the following clause, and applies it to Christ, rendering it thus, "the master that was with thee beyond Jordan"; which is making them to speak more honourably of Christ than they intended; for though they speak very respectfully to John, yet with much disdain and neglect of Christ; not so much as mentioning his name, or using any term of honour or respect; only saying,

he that was with thee beyond Jordan; namely, at Bethabara; who came from Galilee to Jordan, unto John, to be baptized by him, and who was baptized by him; and for some little time continued with him, and attended on his ministry; and as they thought, was a disciple of John's:

to whom thou bearest witness; that he was before him, and to be preferred unto him; and that he was the Lamb of God, and even the Son of God; suggesting, that by this testimony of his, Christ had gained all the credit and reputation he had; and that therefore he had done a wrong thing in enlarging so much in the praise and commendation of him:

behold the same baptizeth; takes upon him to administer the ordinance of baptism; at least gives orders to administer it; which John's disciples thought was the proper, and peculiar business of their master; and therefore speak of this as an intrusion into his office, and an entering into his province; and an assuming that which only belonged to him: and what gave still more uneasiness, and increased the complaint, was,

and all men come to him; that is, "many", as the Syriac and Persic versions render it, even more than came to John; see John 4:1. Large multitudes from all parts flocked to hear Christ preach, and great numbers were made disciples by him, and then baptized. That he should baptize, gave them great offence; and that he was so followed, raised their envy; and his being so near to John, might add to their uneasiness. It is a rule with the Jews, that

"it is not lawful for a disciple to teach the constitutions, or sentences of the law, before his master; but must be twelve miles distant from him, as the camp of Israel.'

And they say, that

"a disciple that teaches before, or in the presence of his master, is guilty of deathF18T. Hieros. Sheviith, fol. 37. 3. .'

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Rabbi, etc. — “Master, this man tells us that He to whom thou barest such generous witness beyond Jordan is requiting thy generosity by drawing all the people away to Himself. At this rate, thou shalt soon have no disciples at all.” The reply to this is one of the noblest and most affecting utterances that ever came from the lips of man.

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Rabbi (αββειRabbei). Greeting John just like Jesus (John 1:38; John 3:2).

Beyond Jordan (περαν του Ιορδανουperan tou Iordanou). Evident reference to John‘s witness to Jesus told in John 1:29-34.

To whom thou hast borne witness
(ωι συ μεμαρτυρηκαςhōi su memarturēkas). Note avoidance of calling the name of Jesus. Perfect active indicative of μαρτυρεωmartureō so common in John (John 1:7, etc.). These disciples of John are clearly jealous of Jesus as a rival of John and they distinctly blame John for his endorsement of one who is already eclipsing him in popularity.

The same baptizeth
(ουτος βαπτιζειhoutos baptizei). “This one is baptizing.” Not personally (John 4:2), as John did, but through his six disciples.

And all men come to him
(και παντες ερχονται προς αυτονkai pantes erchontai pros auton). Linear present middle indicative, “are coming.” The sight of the growing crowds with Jesus and the dwindling crowds with John stirred John‘s followers to keenest jealousy. What a lifelike picture of ministerial jealousy in all ages.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Behold ( ἴδε )

Used by both Matthew and Mark, not by Luke, but very frequently by John.

Baptizeth - come

The present would be better rendered by is baptizing, are coming.

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The Fourfold Gospel

And they came unto John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond the Jordan1, to whom thou hast borne witness, behold, the same baptizeth2, and all men come to him3.

  1. And they came unto John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond the Jordan. This verse shows that John's disciples looked upon Jesus as one who owed all his position and popularity to the Baptist's testimony, and were, therefore, surprised to find that Jesus was surpassing John. They looked upon this conduct as a species of ingratitude on the part of Jesus.

  2. To whom thou hast borne witness, behold, the same baptizeth. This verse also shows us that the witness of John did not pass unheeded. His witness was public and notorious, and men remembered it, though they did not always profit by it.

  3. And all men come to him. That these friends of John felt unkindly toward Jesus is shown by their exaggerated statement that "all men come to him".

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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

They expected to have excited a feeling of displeasure in the mind of John, that Jesus, who had been among his disciples, and was baptized by him, and indebted to him for a public testimonial in his favor, should now be advancing beyond John in popular regard.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

О Котором ты свидетельствовал. Этими словами ученики хотели либо представить Христа меньшим Иоанна, либо сделать Его обязанным Иоанну, от которого Он получил Свое достоинство. Они считали услугой то, что Иоанн почтил Христа столь славной похвалою. Словно он не был глашатаем Христовым, словно для него не было наивысшей честью стать вестником Сына Божия. Не было ничего глупее, чем ставить

Христа после Иоанна, только потому, что тот о Нем свидетельствовал. Ведь мы знаем, о чем свидетельствовал Иоанн. Говоря же, что все идут ко Христу, ученики выдают свою превратную зависть, ибо боятся, как бы к их учителю не стало ходить меньше народу.

 

 

 

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Frédéric Louis Godet - Commentary on Selected Books

Ver. 26. "And they came to John and said to him: Master, he that was with thee beyond the Jordan, to whom thou hast borne witness, behold, he baptizeth, and all men come to him."

There is something of bitterness in these words. The words: "to whom thou hast borne witness" make prominent the generosity which John had shown towards Jesus: "See there, how thou hast acted, thou ( σύ); and see here, how He is acting, He ( οὗτος). ῎ιδε, behold, sets forth the unexpected character of such a course: "He baptizes, quite like thyself; thus, not content with asserting Himself, He seeks to set thee aside." Baptism was a special rite, introduced by John, and distinguishing his ministry from every other. By appropriating it to Himself, Jesus seemed to usurp the part peculiar to His predecessor and to desire to throw him altogether into the shade. And what is more poignant in this course of action is, that it succeeds: "All men come to him." This exaggeration, all, is the result of spite. Matthew 9:14 shows us John"s disciples in Galilee, after the imprisonment of their master, animated by the same hostile disposition and combining more or less with the adversaries of Jesus.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

Ver. 26. Rabbi, he that was with thee] They envied for John’s sake, as Joshua did for Moses, and with as little thank. John would have been glad they had gone after Christ, as Andrew did. Howsoever, it was good news to John that Jesus was so frequented and busied.

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Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

26.] Compare ch. John 1:28.

πάντες ἔρχ.] Not, probably, any who had been baptized already by John; but multitudes of persons. The baptism now carried on by the disciples appears to have stood very much in the same position as that of John. It was preparatory to the public ministry of our Lord properly so called, which began in Galilee after the imprisonment of John. It was not accompanied with the gift of the Spirit, see ch. John 7:39. As John’s commission was now on the wane, so our Lord’s was expanding. The solemn cleansing of the temple was its opening; and now it is proceeding onwards, gathering multitudes around it (see ch. John 4:1).

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 3:26. ἦλθον, came) The disciples of John were not so constantly with him as the apostles were with Christ,— ὅς, who) They do not name Jesus; they speak of Him as one, who as yet was far less known than was right.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The disciples of John coming unto him, give him the usual title, under which in that age they were wont to speak to those whom they owned as their teachers, which was Rabbi. Their business was to complain, that Christ, whom they do not think fit to name, nor to give him any title, but mention him as one much inferior to their master, one that came to him to Bethabara, and to whom he there gave testimony, John 1:7,34, as if Christ had from him derived all his credit and reputation. Their master did not go to Christ, but he came to their master; he was not baptized of Christ, but Christ was baptized of him; he did not give testimony to their master, but their master gave testimony to him: now, say they, he baptizeth by his disciples, and multitudes, many of all sorts of people, (for the universal particle all men can here signify no more), come to him. Love is jealous; they were afraid that their master’s reputation would by this means flag and be diminished. Such a passage we find, Numbers 11:28. And thus John, our Saviour’s disciple, was jealous for Christ his Master, Luke 9:49. They all sinned, as appears by the answer given by Moses to Joshua, Numbers 11:29, and Christ’s answer to John, Luke 9:50, and by the following reply of John to these disciples, envying for his sake.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

все идут к Нему Возможность потенциального конфликта усиливалась тем, что оба они занимались служением в непосредственной близости один от другого. Поскольку в ст. 22 упомянуто крещение, Иисус, возможно, находился недалеко от Иерихона, возле брода через Иордан, в то время как Иоанн был на небольшом расстоянии севернее, крестя в Еноне. Последователи Иоанна были особенно встревожены тем фактом, что так много людей толпами шли к Иисусу, тогда как прежде они приходили к Иоанну.

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

All men come to him; many more came to Christ than to John. When sinners in great numbers come to the Saviour some men, if it lessen the number who follow them, are greatly grieved. But good men, with right views, rejoice in every accession to the number of Christ’s followers. They are delighted to see him increase, though it cause them to decrease.

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you have borne witness, behold the same baptises and all men come to him.” ’

John’s disciples bring to their teacher the news of Jesus’ great successes. Had they listened as carefully to their teacher as the writer had previously, they would not have been so disturbed. But even genuine people very often only hear what they wish to hear.

‘All men come to Him’. Typical Hebrew exaggeration. It really means huge crowds, more even than came to John.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

26.Was with thee—The supposed inferiority of Jesus is implied in their phraseology. John was principal and Jesus with him. John was authenticator, and Jesus indorsed by him. They slur over in their minds how profound John’s testimony was to the superiority of Jesus.

Beyond Jordan—These words show that Enon and Salim, where this converse is held, are west of the Jordan.

All men come to him—Their mortification appears in their exaggerated language, All men. Perhaps they borrowed this strength of language from the Jew with whom they had the question.

 

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

One of the contemporary baptisms was the one Jesus and His disciples were conducting. John"s disciples mentioned it to John implying that they wanted him to comment on it. They had particular concern that so many people were going to Jesus for baptism. John"s reply ( John 3:27-30) suggests that they felt jealous of Jesus" popularity. They had failed to grasp the purpose of John"s ministry.

"It is interesting to note that four of the greatest men in the Bible faced this problem of comparison and competition: Moses ( Numbers 11:26-30), John the Baptist ( John 3:26-30), Jesus ( Luke 9:46-50), and Paul ( Philippians 1:15-18). A leader often suffers more from his zealous disciples than from his critics!" [Note: Wiersbe, 1:297.]

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 3:26. And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou hast borne witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. Their description of Jesus (whom they do not name) shows their feelings. This man came to thee beyond Jordan, it has been thy great object to magnify his fame; and yet he is now thy rival, he baptizes, and all are flocking to him rather than to thee. Their last words are in their lips but a natural exaggeration; to the Evangelist, however, they are an unconscious prophecy (see an exactly similar instance in John 12:19-20). This is the last trial of the Baptist’s fidelity to his mission, and nobly is it sustained.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

barest witness = hast borne witness. See note on John 1:7.

behold. Greek ide. App-133. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6.

all. This was the gravamen.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan. 'He was with thee,' they say-not 'thou with him.'

To whom thou barest witness, [ su (Greek #4771) memartureekas (Greek #3140)] - rather, 'to whom thou hast borne witness;' that is, hast been doing it all this time.

Behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him: - q.d., 'Master, this man tells us that he to whom thou barest such generous witness beyond Jordan is requiting thy generosity by drawing all the people away to himself. At this rate, thou shalt soon have no disciples at all.' The reply to this is one of the noblest and most affecting utterances that ever came from the lips of man.

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(26) Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan.—John’s disciples, with a natural attachment to their master, and without the knowledge of what that master’s work really was, are jealous of what seems to them the rival work of Jesus. He had been with John; the Baptist had borne witness to Him. Now He seems to usurp his work, and the throngs which had crowded to the Forerunner go to Him. (Comp. Notes on John 1:8; John 4:2.)

Barest witness.—Better, hast borne witness.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
he that
Numbers 11:26-29; Ecclesiastes 4:4; 1 Corinthians 3:3-5; Galatians 5:20,21; 6:12,13; James 3:14-18; James 4:5,6
to whom
1:7,15,26-36
and all
1:7,9; 11:48; 12:19; Psalms 65:2; Isaiah 45:23; Acts 19:26,27
Reciprocal: Numbers 11:28 - My Lord;  Matthew 21:25 - baptism;  Matthew 23:7 - Rabbi;  Mark 1:37 - All;  Luke 3:3 - the country;  Luke 7:18 - GeneralLuke 7:26 - GeneralLuke 20:5 - Why;  John 1:35 - and two;  John 1:38 - Rabbi;  John 3:2 - Rabbi;  John 3:22 - and baptized;  John 3:32 - and no;  John 4:1 - that Jesus;  John 5:33 - he;  John 7:18 - seeketh his glory;  John 10:40 - the place;  John 10:41 - many;  Romans 5:18 - all men;  1 Corinthians 4:6 - be puffed;  Hebrews 6:2 - the doctrine

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Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms

Ver. 26. "And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, He that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all come to Him."

It is difficult for them to yield up the honour of their master, and with it their own. Yet their opposition is not an absolutely fixed one; for they lay it before their Master that it may be removed, and seek help from him against their old man. If he is quite sure of his point they will submit; and it could scarcely have been a matter of doubt to them how he would declare himself; for they could not conceal from themselves that he had previously borne testimony to Jesus. The words, "and all come to Him," are less in contradiction to those in ver. 32, "and no man receiveth His testimony," than it might seem. πάντες, as limited by the case itself, are all those in general, who wished to be baptized, but who, when compared with the great mass of the indifferent and hostile, formed only a vanishing minority.

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Hengstenberg, Ernst. "Commentary on John 3:26". Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/heg/john-3.html.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

26.To whom thou gavest testimony. By this argument they endeavor either to make Christ inferior to John, or to show that John, by doing him honor, had laid him under obligations; for they reckon that John conferred a favor on Christ by adorning him with such honorable titles. As if it had not been the duty of John to make such a proclamation, or rather, as if it had not been John’s highest dignity to be the herald of the Son of God. Nothing could have been more unreasonable than to make Christ inferior to John, because his testimony was highly favorable; for we know what John’s testimony was. The expression which they use — all men come to Christ — is the language of envious persons, (67) and proceeds from sinful ambition; for they are afraid that the crowd will immediately forsake their master.

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on John 3:26". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/john-3.html. 1840-57.