John 2:25
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English Standard Version
and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.

King James Bible
And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

American Standard Version
and because he needed not that any one should bear witness concerning man; for he himself knew what was in man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And because he needed not that any should give testimony of man: for he knew what was in man.

English Revised Version
and because he needed not that any one should bear witness concerning man; for he himself knew what was in man.

Webster's Bible Translation
And needed not that any should testify concerning man: for he knew what was in man.

Weymouth New Testament
and did not need any one's testimony concerning a man, for He of Himself knew what was in the man.

John 2:25 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

He needed not (οὐ χρείαν εἰχεν)

Literally, he had not need.

Testify (μαρτυρήσῃ)

Rev., better, bear witness. The same word is in John 1:7, John 1:8, John 1:15, John 1:32 (see on John 1:7).

Of man (περὶ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου)

Better, as Rev., concerning man.

He knew (αὐτὸς ἐγίνωσκεν)

The pronoun is expressed, and with a view to emphasis, as Rev., "He himself knew." The imperfect expresses continuance: He was all along cognizant as the successive cases presented themselves; thus falling in with the next words, "what was in the man," i.e., in each particular man with whom He had to do. No such characteristic as this was attributed to the gods of Paganism. "While, then, the gift of anything like general foreknowledge appears to be withheld from all the deities of invention, that of 'the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart,' is nowhere found; nor was it believed of any member of the Olympian community, as it was said of One greater than they, 'He knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man, for He knew what was in man,'" (Gladstone, "Homer and the Homeric Age," ii., 366).

John 2:25 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Matthew 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?

John 1:42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas " (which is translated Peter).

John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!"

John 6:61 But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, "Does this cause you to stumble?

John 6:64 "But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.

John 13:11 For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, "Not all of you are clean."

Cross References
Deuteronomy 31:21
And when many evils and troubles have come upon them, this song shall confront them as a witness (for it will live unforgotten in the mouths of their offspring). For I know what they are inclined to do even today, before I have brought them into the land that I swore to give."

1 Kings 8:39
then hear in heaven your dwelling place and forgive and act and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways (for you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind),

Isaiah 11:3
And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear,

Matthew 9:4
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?

John 1:42
He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter).

John 1:47
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!"

John 6:61
But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, "Do you take offense at this?

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