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.
Darby Bible Translation
If any one desire to practise his will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is of God, or that I speak from myself.
World English Bible
If anyone desires to do his will, he will know about the teaching, whether it is from God, or if I am speaking from myself.
Young's Literal Translation
if any one may will to do His will, he shall know concerning the teaching, whether it is of God, or -- I do speak from myself.
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CommentaryVincent'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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Never man spake like this man.--JOHN 7:46. Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.--The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary.--His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend. All bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.--He taught them as one having …
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He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence.
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.
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.
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."
Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.
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