John 10:34
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New International Version
Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are "gods"'?

New Living Translation
Jesus replied, "It is written in your own Scriptures that God said to certain leaders of the people, 'I say, you are gods!'

English Standard Version
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?

New American Standard Bible
Jesus answered them, "Has it not been written in your Law, 'I SAID, YOU ARE GODS '?

King James Bible
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jesus answered them, "Isn't it written in your scripture, I said, you are gods?

International Standard Version
Jesus replied to them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I said, "You are gods"'?

NET Bible
Jesus answered, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, you are gods'?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to them, “Is it not written in your law, 'I have said, “You are gods”'?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to them, "Don't your Scriptures say, 'I said, "You are gods" '?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

King James 2000 Bible
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods?

American King James Version
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods?

American Standard Version
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus answered them: Is it not written in your law: I said you are gods?

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

English Revised Version
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

Weymouth New Testament
"Does it not stand written in your Law," replied Jesus, "'I said, you are gods'?

World English Bible
Jesus answered them, "Isn't it written in your law, 'I said, you are gods?'

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus answered them, 'Is it not having been written in your law: I said, ye are gods?
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:31-38 Christ's works of power and mercy proclaim him to be over all, God blessed for evermore, that all may know and believe He is in the Father, and the Father in Him. Whom the Father sends, he sanctifies. The holy God will reward, and therefore will employ, none but such as he makes holy. The Father was in the Son, so that by Divine power he wrought his miracles; the Son was so in the Father, that he knew the whole of His mind. This we cannot by searching find out to perfection, but we may know and believe these declarations of Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 34. - The justification of Jesus which follows is often supposed to be a retraction of the claim - a repudiation of the inference which the Jews drew from the words recorded in ver. 30. On the contrary, our Lord took up one illustration from among many in Holy Scripture, that the union between man and God lay at the heart of their (νόμος) Law. True, he quoted from Psalm 82:6 with reference to the high official title given by the Holy Spirit to the false and tyrannical judges of the old covenant. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your Law? The Psalms are here spoken of as "the Law," showing that they did form part of the revelation and law of the Divine kingdom (John 7:49; John 12:34; John 15:25). Jesus does not imply that the Law was theirs and not his. There is not a shadow of disrespect cast on the Law by the pronoun, but such an identification of it with his hearers that they ought, by its aid, to have been saved from utterly misconceiving his words I said, Ye are gods (elohim, θεοί). To stand in close relation with the theocracy was to be covered with its glory. He seems to force upon them thus a host of similar blendings of the Divine and human in the age-long preparation for himself, and to free all these from the suspicion of blasphemy. The Hebrew thought was really calculated to prepare the world for this high intercommunion, not to abolish it. Judaism, rabbinism, had widened the chasm between God and man. Christ came to fill up the chasm; nay more, to show the Divine and human in living, indissoluble union.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Jesus answered them, is it not written in your law,.... In the law which was given unto them, of which they boasted, and pretended to understand, and interpret, even in Psalm 82:6; for the law includes not only the Pentateuch, but all the books of the Old Testament: it is an observation of one of the Jewish doctors (t), that

"with the wise men of blessed memory, it is found in many places that the word law comprehends the Prophets and the Hagiographa.''

Among which last stands the book of Psalms; and this may be confirmed by a passage out of the Talmud (u); it is asked,

"from whence does the resurrection of the dead appear, , "out of the law?"''

It is answered,

"as it is said in Psalm 84:4, "Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, they will still praise thee, Selah; they do praise thee", it is not said, but "they will praise thee"; from hence is a proof of the resurrection of the dead, "out of the law".''

The same question is again put, and then Isaiah 52:8 is cited, and the like observation made upon it. Moreover, this is a way of speaking used by the Jews, when they introduce another citing a passage of Scripture thus (w), , "is it not written in your law", Deuteronomy 4:9, "only take heed to thyself", &c. so here the Scripture follows,

I said, ye are gods? which is spoken to civil magistrates, so called, because of their authority and power; and because they do, in some sort, represent the divine majesty, in the government of nations and kingdoms. Many of the Jewish writers, by "gods", understand "the angels". The Targum paraphrases the words thus:

"I said ye are accounted as angels, as the angels on high, all of you;''

and to this sense some of their commentators interpret it. Jarchi's gloss is, ye are gods; that is, angels; for when I gave the law to you, it was on this account, that the angel of death might not any more rule over you: the note of Aben Ezra is, "and the children of the Most High": as angels; and the sense is, your soul is as the soul of angels: hence the (x) Jew charges Christ with seeking refuge in words, that will not profit, or be any help to him, when he cites these words, showing that magistrates are called gods, when the sense is only, that they are like to the angels in respect of their souls: but let it be observed, that it is not said, "ye are as gods", as in Genesis 3:5, but "ye are gods"; not like unto them only, but are in some sense gods; and besides, to say that they are like to angels, with respect to their souls, which come from above, is to say no more of the judges of the earth, than what may be said of every man: to which may be added, that this objector himself owns, that judges are called "gods", as in Exodus 22:9; the cause of both parties shall come before "the judges"; and that even the word is used in this sense in this very psalm, from whence these words are cited, Psalm 82:1, "he judgeth among" "the gods"; and both Kimchi and Ben Melech interpret this text itself in the same way, and observe, that judges are called gods, when they judge truly and aright: all which is sufficient to justify our Lord in the citation of this passage, and the use he makes of it.

(t) R. Azarias in Meor Enayim, c. 7. fol. 47. 1.((u) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 91. 2.((w) T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 32. 2.((x) R. Isaac Chizzuk Emuna, par. 2. c. 51. p. 440, 441.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

34-36. Is it not written in your law—in Ps 82:6, respecting judges or magistrates.

Ye are gods—being the official representatives and commissioned agents of God.

John 10:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Unbelief of the Jews
33The Jews answered Him, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God." 34Jesus answered them, "Has it not been written in your Law, 'I SAID, YOU ARE GODS '? 35"If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),…
Cross References
Psalm 82:6
"I said, 'You are "gods"; you are all sons of the Most High.'

John 8:17
In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.

John 10:35
If he called them 'gods,' to whom the word of God came--and Scripture cannot be set aside--

John 12:34
The crowd spoke up, "We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this 'Son of Man'?"

John 15:25
But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: 'They hated me without reason.'

Romans 3:19
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.

1 Corinthians 14:21
In the Law it is written: "With other tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord."
Treasury of Scripture

Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods?

in.

John 12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ …

John 15:25 But this comes to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is …

Romans 3:10-19 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…

I said.

Psalm 82:1,6,7 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; he judges among the gods…

gods.

Exodus 4:16 And he shall be your spokesman to the people: and he shall be, even …

Exodus 7:1 And the LORD said to Moses, See, I have made you a god to Pharaoh: …

Exodus 22:28 You shall not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of your people.

Psalm 138:1 I will praise you with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing …

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