Semantic range can be a pesky fellow. Take for example the range of meaning held by λαμβάνω.
In John 5:31 Jesus starts by saying, “If I bear witness about myself, my testimony is not deemed true.” Then two verses later he says, “You have sent messengers to John, and he has borne witness to the truth” (5:33). So it sounds like Jesus is pointing people to what John said about him.
Jesus then concludes, “Not that I accept (λαμβάνω) human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved” (NIV).
Wait minute. Jesus just citeed John as witnessing to him, so why then...