2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.

Other Translations of John 4:2

King James Version

2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

English Standard Version

2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples),

The Message

2 (although his disciples, not Jesus, did the actual baptizing). They had posted the score that Jesus was ahead, turning him and John into rivals in the eyes of the people.

New King James Version

2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),

New Living Translation

2 (though Jesus himself didn't baptize them-his disciples did).

Matthew Henry's Commentary on John 4:2

Commentary on John 4:1-3

(Read John 4:1-3)

Jesus applied himself more to preaching, which was the more excellent, 1 Corinthians 1:17, than to baptism. He would put honour upon his disciples, by employing them to baptize. He teaches us that the benefit of sacraments depends not on the hand that administers them.