John 12:47
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New International Version
"If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.

New Living Translation
I will not judge those who hear me but don't obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.

English Standard Version
If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

New American Standard Bible
"If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.

King James Bible
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone hears My words and doesn't keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

International Standard Version
If anyone hears my words and doesn't keep them, I don't condemn him, because I didn't come to condemn the world, but to save it.

NET Bible
If anyone hears my words and does not obey them, I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And whoever hears my words and does not keep them, I am not judging him, for I have come, not to judge the world, but to give life to the world.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If anyone hears my words and doesn't follow them, I don't condemn them. I didn't come to condemn the world but to save the world.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if anyone hears my words and believes not, I judge him not, for I came not to judge the world but to save the world.

King James 2000 Bible
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

American King James Version
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

American Standard Version
And if any man hear my sayings, and keep them not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if any man hear my words, and keep them not, I do not judge him: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Darby Bible Translation
and if any one hear my words and do not keep [them], I judge him not, for I am not come that I might judge the world, but that I might save the world.

English Revised Version
And if any man hear my sayings, and keep them not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Weymouth New Testament
And if any one hears my teachings and regards them not, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.

World English Bible
If anyone listens to my sayings, and doesn't believe, I don't judge him. For I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Young's Literal Translation
and if any one may hear my sayings, and not believe, I -- I do not judge him, for I came not that I might judge the world, but that I might save the world.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:44-50 Our Lord publicly proclaimed, that every one who believed on him, as his true disciple, did not believe on him only, but on the Father who sent him. Beholding in Jesus the glory of the Father, we learn to obey, love, and trust in him. By daily looking to Him, who came a Light into the world, we are more and more freed from the darkness of ignorance, error, sin, and misery; we learn that the command of God our Saviour is everlasting life. But the same word will seal the condemnation of all who despise it, or neglect it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 47. - If any one shall have heard my sayings, and have (guarded) kept them not. Here our Lord passes from the effect of his earthly life, which is light, to that of the words (ῤημάτα) by which the whole future of mankind will be affected, and one is reminded of the close of the sermon on the mount, where the condition of that man is portrayed who hears the λόγους of Christ and doeth them net, whose destiny will be determined by the natural course of things (see Matthew 7:26, 27). Keep (guard) them not (see Matthew 19:20). The "hearing" is clearly not identical with spiritual acceptance, but is restricted to the awful charge of responsibility that comes upon every man who simply hears, knows what Christ's words are, and then "keeps" them not so as to fulfill their intention. Christ says, I judge him not. I am not now pronouncing a sentence upon him; I am his Savior; but this is his condemnation, that he believes not, etc. (John 3:17-19). Our Lord claimed, in the sermon on the mount, to be the Executor of a judgment, and in John 5:22-29 he declared that he would be as Son of man, the final Adjudicator of doom on the disobedient (cf. Matthew 25.), and in many places he made this thought even more solemn by speaking of himself on that occasion, not as the compassionate Savior, but the Administrator of an inviolable law, which cannot be swayed by immediate emotion, but will effectuate itself on eternal and unswerving principles. The Law accuses the old Law (John 5:45) - but I judge him not; for I came (η΅λθον) not to judge, but to save the world, referring to the Incarnation in its purport and supreme motive.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And if any man hear my words and believe not,.... Men may hear the Gospel of Christ, and not understand it; and they may understand it literally and grammatically, though not spiritually and experimentally, and not believe it; not so much as give credit or an assent to the truth of it, but reject and deny it; for though faith comes by hearing to some, it does not come to all: some receive no profit by hearing it, because it is not mixed with faith by them. The Alexandrian copy, and all the Oriental versions, and also Nonnus, read the last clause thus, "and keep them not"; or does not observe them, is negligent of them, and shows no regard, and yields not the obedience of faith to them; the sense is the same.

I judge him not; I do not accuse him to the Father, nor do I condemn him, nor shall I take vengeance on him for so doing; meaning, that he should do none of these things now, though hereafter he will be a swift witness against him, and will convict and condemn him, and pass sentence on him, and execute it:

for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. Christ, at his first coming, came not under the character of a judge, but a Saviour; wherefore suitable to his character, and the end of his coming, he would not accuse, condemn, or judge any man, even the greatest unbelievers in him, and despisers of him, but would leave them to another day, when righteous judgment shall take place.



John 12:47 Additional Commentaries
Context
Some Believe in Jesus
46"I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. 47"If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48"He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.…
Cross References
John 3:17
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 8:15
You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.
Treasury of Scripture

And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

I judge.

John 12:48 He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges …

John 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that …

John 8:15,16,26 You judge after the flesh; I judge no man…

for.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but …

Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, …

Luke 9:56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save …

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

1 Timothy 1:15,16 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ …

2 Peter 3:15 And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation…

1 John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be …

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