Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentJohn 3:25
- A questioning (zhthsiv).
- Old word from zhtew. See Acts 15:2 for the word where also zhthma (question) occurs. Zhthsiv (process of inquiry) means a meticulous dispute (1 Timothy 6:4).
- With a Jew (meta Ioudaiou).
- So correct text, not Ioudaiwn (Jews). Probably some Jew resented John's baptism of Jesus as implying impurity or that they were like Gentiles (cf. proselyte baptism).
- About purifying (peri katarismou).
- See 2:6 for the word. The committee from the Sanhedrin had challenged John's right to baptize (1:25). The Jews had various kinds of baptisms or dippings (Hebrews 6:2), "baptisms of cups and pots and brazen vessels" (Mark 6:4). The disciples of John came to him with the dispute (the first known baptismal controversy, on the meaning of the ceremony) and with a complaint.