Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentJohn 3:23
- John was also baptizing (hn de kai o Iwanhv baptizwn).
- Periphrastic imperfect picturing the continued activity of the Baptist simultaneous with the growing work of Jesus. There was no real rivalry except in people's minds.
- In Aenon near to Salim (en Ainwn egguv tou Saleim).
- It is not clearly known where this place was. Eusebius locates it in the Jordan valley south of Beisan west of the river where are many springs (fountains, eyes). There is a place called Salim east of Shechem in Samaria with a village called 'Aimen, but with no water there. There may have been water there then, of course.
- Because there was much water there (oti udata polla hn ekei).
- "Because many waters were there." Not for drinking, but for baptizing. "Therefore even in summer baptism by immersion could be continued" (Marcus Dods).
- And they came, and were baptized (kai pareginonto kai ebaptizonto).
- Imperfects both, one middle and the other passive, graphically picturing the long procession of pilgrims who came to John confessing their sins and receiving baptism at his hands.