John 8:52
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English Standard Version
The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’

King James Bible
Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.

American Standard Version
The Jews said unto him, Now we know that thou hast a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my word, he shall never taste of death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Jews therefore said: Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest: If any man keep my word, he shall not taste death for ever.

English Revised Version
The Jews said unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my word, he shall never taste of death.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said the Jews to him, Now we know that thou hast a demon. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man shall keep my saying, he shall never taste death.

Weymouth New Testament
"Now," exclaimed the Jews, "we know that you are possessed by a demon. Abraham died, and so did the Prophets, and yet *you* say, 'If any one shall have obeyed my teaching, he shall in no case ever taste death.'

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Vincent's Word Studies

Now

Looking back to John 8:48. If we were too hasty then in saying that you have a demon, your words now fully justify us. They understood Him to be speaking of natural death.

Is dead (ἀπέθανε)

Better, died: referring to the historical fact.

Taste of death

They change the form of Jesus' statement. The Lord himself tasted of death. See Hebrews 2:9. The phrase taste of death does not occur in the Old Testament, but is common in Rabbinic writings. "The angel of death," say the Rabbis, "holdeth his sword in his hand at the bed's head, having on the end thereof three drops of gall. The sick man, spying this deadly angel, openeth his mouth with fear; and then those drops fall in, of which one killeth him, the second maketh him pale, the third rotteth."

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Now.

John 8:48 Then answered the Jews, and said to him, Say we not well that you are a Samaritan, and have a devil?

John 9:24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said to him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

Abraham.

Zechariah 1:5,6 Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever...

Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them...

taste.

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor...

Cross References
Zechariah 1:5
Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?

Matthew 11:18
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'

John 1:19
And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"

John 7:20
The crowd answered, "You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?"

John 8:22
So the Jews said, "Will he kill himself, since he says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'?"

John 8:51
Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."

John 8:55
But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word.

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