John 7:17
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English Standard Version
If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

King James Bible
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

American Standard Version
If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from myself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If any man do the will of him; he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

English Revised Version
If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it be of God, or whether I speak from myself.

Webster's Bible Translation
If any man will do his will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God, or whether I speak from myself.

Weymouth New Testament
If any one is willing to do His will, he shall know about the teaching, whether it is from God or originates with me.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Will do his will (θέλῃ τὸ θέλημα αὐτοῦ ποιεῖν)

This is a notable illustration of the frequent blunder of the A.V. in rendering θέλειν, to will or determine, as a mere auxiliary verb. By overlooking the distinct meaning of the verb to will, and resolving willeth to do into will do, it sacrifices the real force of the passage. Jesus says, if it be one's will to do; if his moral purpose is in sympathy with the divine will.

He shall know

Sympathy with the will of God is a condition of understanding it.

Of God (ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ)

Better, from; proceeding out of.

Of myself (ἀπ' ἐμαυτοῦ)

Of myself is misleading, being commonly understood to mean concerning myself. Rev., correctly, from myself; without union with the Father. Compare John 5:30.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 1:46-49 And Nathanael said to him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see...

John 8:31,32,43,47 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed...

Psalm 25:8,9,12 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way...

Psalm 119:10,101,102 With my whole heart have I sought you: O let me not wander from your commandments...

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it...

Jeremiah 31:33,34 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, said the LORD...

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come to us as the rain...

Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob...

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth...

Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light.

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it...

Acts 10:1-6 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band...

Acts 11:13,14 And he showed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said to him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon...

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind...

Philippians 3:15,16 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing you be otherwise minded...

Cross References
Psalm 25:9
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

Psalm 25:14
The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.

Proverbs 3:32
for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence.

Proverbs 28:5
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.

Daniel 12:10
Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.

John 3:21
But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God."

John 8:43
Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.

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