|English Standard Version (© 2001)|
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.
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.
John 7:17 Additional TranslationsVincent'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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