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

New Living Translation
And you know that the Scriptures cannot be altered. So if those people who received God's message were called 'gods,'

English Standard Version
If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken—

New American Standard Bible
"If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),

King James Bible
If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If He called those whom the word of God came to 'gods--and the Scripture cannot be broken--

International Standard Version
If he called those to whom a message from God came 'gods' (and the Scripture cannot be disregarded),

NET Bible
If those people to whom the word of God came were called 'gods' (and the scripture cannot be broken),

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“If he called those men gods because The Word of God was with them and the scripture cannot be destroyed”,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Scriptures cannot be discredited. So if God calls people gods (and they are the people to whom he gave the Scriptures),

Jubilee Bible 2000
If he called them gods unto whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken),

King James 2000 Bible
If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

American King James Version
If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

American Standard Version
If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken),

Douay-Rheims Bible
If he called them gods, to whom to word of God was spoken, and the scripture cannot be broken;

Darby Bible Translation
If he called *them* gods to whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken),

English Revised Version
If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken),

Webster's Bible Translation
If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

Weymouth New Testament
If those to whom God's word was addressed are called gods (and the Scripture cannot be annulled)

World English Bible
If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture can't be broken),

Young's Literal Translation
if them he did call gods unto whom the word of God came, (and the Writing is not able to be broken,)
Parallel Commentaries
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 35. - If he (the Holy Spirit, or the Holy Lawgiver, the subject is left indefinite) called them gods (elohim), to whom the Word of God came - the personal "Word" need not be excluded here; the "Word of God" was the Divine agency by which prophets spoke and psalmists sang - and the Scripture (γραφή is singular, and has reference, not to all the γραφαί, but to this one word) cannot he broken; loosed, destroyed. A fine testimony to the confidence which our Lord exercised in the Holy Scripture. He was accustomed to educe principles of life from its inward structure, from its concealed framework, from its underlying verities. The very method adopted by Jesus on this occasion revealed the fact that both he and his biographer were born Jews. These tyrannical judges were "to die like men," yet, since "the Word of God came to them," there was a sense in which even they, without blasphemous assumptions, might receive the title of elohim.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came,.... The Syriac version reads, "because the word of God came to them"; either the divine "Logos", the essential word, the Son of God, who appeared to Moses, and made him a God to Pharaoh, and who appointed rulers and magistrates among the Jews; and who is the King of kings, and Lord of lords, from whom all receive their power and dominion: this sense is favoured by the Ethiopic version, which renders it, "if he called them gods to whom God appeared, the word of God was with them": or else the commission from God, authorizing them to act in the capacity of rulers and governors, is here meant; or rather the word of God, which, in the passage of Scripture cited, calls them so, as it certainly does:

and the Scripture cannot be broken; or be made null and void; whatever that says is true, there is no contradicting it, or objecting to it: it is a Jewish way of speaking, much used in the Talmud (y); when one doctor has produced an argument, or instance, in any point of debate, another says, , "it may be broken"; or objected to, in such and such a manner, and be refuted: but the Scripture cannot be broken, that is not to be objected to, there can be no confutation of that.

(y) T. Bab. Zebachim, fol. 4. 1. & Becorot, fol. 32. 1. & passim.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

35, 36. If he called them gods unto whom the word of God came … Say ye of him whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest—The whole force of this reasoning, which has been but in part seized by the commentators, lies in what is said of the two parties compared. The comparison of Himself with mere men, divinely commissioned, is intended to show (as Neander well expresses it) that the idea of a communication of the Divine Majesty to human nature was by no means foreign to the revelations of the Old Testament; but there is also a contrast between Himself and all merely human representatives of God—the one "sanctified by the Father and sent into the world"; the other, "to whom the word of God (merely) came," which is expressly designed to prevent His being massed up with them as only one of many human officials of God. It is never said of Christ that "the word of the Lord came to Him"; whereas this is the well-known formula by which the divine commission, even to the highest of mere men, is expressed, as John the Baptist (Lu 3:2). The reason is that given by the Baptist himself (see on [1825]Joh 3:31). The contrast is between those "to whom the word of God came"—men of the earth, earthy, who were merely privileged to get a divine message to utter (if prophets), or a divine office to discharge (if judges)—and "Him whom (not being of the earth at all) the Father sanctified (or set apart), and sent into the world," an expression never used of any merely human messenger of God, and used only of Himself.

because, I said, I am the Son of God—It is worthy of special notice that our Lord had not said, in so many words, that He was the Son of God, on this occasion. But He had said what beyond doubt amounted to it—namely, that He gave His sheep eternal life, and none could pluck them out of His hand; that He had got them from His Father, in whose hands, though given to Him, they still remained, and out of whose hand none could pluck them; and that they were the indefeasible property of both, inasmuch as "He and His Father were one." Our Lord considers all this as just saying of Himself, "I am the Son of God"—one nature with Him, yet mysteriously of Him. The parenthesis (Joh 10:35), "and the Scripture cannot be broken," referring to the terms used of magistrates in the eighty-second Psalm, has an important bearing on the authority of the living oracles. "The Scripture, as the expressed will of the unchangeable God, is itself unchangeable and indissoluble" [Olshausen]. (Compare Mt 5:17).

John 10:35 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Unbelief of the Jews
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), 36do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God '?…
Cross References
John 10:34
Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are "gods"'?

John 10:36
what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son'?
Treasury of Scripture

If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

unto.

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, …

Deuteronomy 18:15,18-20 The LORD your God will raise up to you a Prophet from the middle …

1 Samuel 14:36,37 And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and …

1 Samuel 15:1 Samuel also said to Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint you to be king …

1 Samuel 23:9-11 And David knew that Saul secretly practiced mischief against him; …

1 Samuel 28:6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither …

1 Samuel 30:8 And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this …

2 Samuel 7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus said the LORD, Shall you build …

1 Chronicles 22:8 But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, You have shed blood …

2 Chronicles 11:2,3 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying…

2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said …

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power …

the scripture.

John 12:38,39 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he …

John 19:28,36,37 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, …

Matthew 5:18 For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or …

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Matthew 26:53-56 Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently …

Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that …

Luke 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one pronunciation …

Luke 24:26,27,44-46 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory…

Acts 1:16 Men and brothers, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled…

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