John 12:50
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New International Version
I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say."

New Living Translation
And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say."

English Standard Version
And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

Berean Study Bible
And I know that His command leads to eternal life. So I speak exactly what the Father has told Me to say."

Berean Literal Bible
And I know that His commandment is eternal life. Therefore what I speak, as the Father has said to Me, so I speak."

New American Standard Bible
"I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me."

King James Bible
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I know that His command is eternal life. So the things that I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me."

International Standard Version
And I know that what he commands brings eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me."

NET Bible
And I know that his commandment is eternal life. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told me."

New Heart English Bible
I know that his commandment is eternal life. The things therefore which I speak, even as the Father has said to me, so I speak."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I know that his commandments are eternal life, therefore, these things which I am speaking, just as The Father tells me, thus I speak.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I know that what he commands is eternal life. Whatever I say is what the Father told me to say."

New American Standard 1977
“And I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I know that his commandment is eternal life; whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

King James 2000 Bible
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

American King James Version
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatever I speak therefore, even as the Father said to me, so I speak.

American Standard Version
And I know that his commandment is life eternal: the things therefore which I speak, even as the Father hath said unto me, so I speak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting. The things therefore that I speak, even as the Father said unto me, so do I speak.

Darby Bible Translation
and I know that his commandment is life eternal. What therefore I speak, as the Father has said to me, so I speak.

English Revised Version
And I know that his commandment is life eternal: the things therefore which I speak, even as the Father hath said unto me, so I speak.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatever I speak therefore, even as the Father said to me, so I speak.

Weymouth New Testament
And I know that His command is the Life of the Ages. What therefore I speak, I speak just as the Father has bidden me."

World English Bible
I know that his commandment is eternal life. The things therefore which I speak, even as the Father has said to me, so I speak."

Young's Literal Translation
and I have known that His command is life age-during; what, therefore, I speak, according as the Father hath said to me, so I speak.'
Study Bible
Belief and Unbelief
49I have not spoken on My own, but the Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it. 50And I know that His command leads to eternal life. So I speak exactly what the Father has told Me to say.”
Cross References
Deuteronomy 18:18
'I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

John 5:19
So Jesus replied, "Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself, unless He sees the Father doing it. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does.

John 6:68
Simon Peter replied, "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.

John 8:28
So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own, but speak exactly what the Father has taught Me.
Treasury of Scripture

And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatever I speak therefore, even as the Father said to me, so I speak.

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John 6:63,68 It is the spirit that vivifies; the flesh profits nothing: the words …

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, …

1 Timothy 1:16 However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus …

1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life.

1 John 3:23,24 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of …

1 John 5:11-13,20 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and …

(50) And I know that his commandment is life everlasting.--i.e., the commission of the Messianic work. It is better to read here, as before, eternal life. (Comp. John 3:15, et al.) The Son speaks not of Himself, but He speaks as executing this commission, which brings spiritual and eternal life to the world. It could not be otherwise. This commandment being eternal life, the whole teaching of the Messiah must simply be an utterance of it.

As the Father said unto me, so I speak.--This clause answers to "what I should say and what I should speak" in the last verse. The external revelation is regarded as the work of the Son. That which the Father says is the truth revealed, and the matter and form are here identified.

And I know that his commandment is life everlasting,.... By "his commandment" is not meant the law; that indeed is often styled the commandment; and it is the commandment of God; and many excellent things are said of it; and among the rest it is called "life", Deuteronomy 30:15, but not everlasting life: it only promised a continuation of natural life to man, on condition of obedience to it; more than this it did not promise to Adam, in innocence; and what it promised to the obedient Israelites, was only a prolongation of natural life in the land which God gave unto them: but it neither promises, nor gives spiritual life to the fallen sons of Adam; it leaves men as it finds them, dead in trespasses and sins; and cannot communicate either a life of sanctification, or of justification to them; nor does it so much as give them any hopes of life, or show where it is to be had; nor is everlasting life to be obtained by the works of it: justification is not by the works of the law; nor salvation by works of righteousness done by men; and consequently eternal life is never to be attained unto by obedience to the commands of the law: it is so far from being in this sense life everlasting, that it is the ministration of condemnation and death. But the Gospel is here meant, and is called a commandment; not that it has the nature of a law, or consists of precepts, as the law does; but because it is by the commandment of the everlasting God published by Christ, and his apostles. Christ, as appears from the preceding verse, had a commandment from his Father, what he should say and speak; now, not the doctrine he delivered was the commandment itself, but it was a commandment of the Father that he should deliver that doctrine; besides, the word "commandment" sometimes signifies no other than a doctrine, as in Psalm 19:8; and the sense is, that the doctrine of the Gospel, which Christ had in commission from the Father to preach, is life everlasting; and is so called, because it is a means of quickening sinners with a spiritual life, which issues in an eternal one; it is the savour of life unto life, and the Spirit which giveth life, and is the ministration of it; and it is a means of implanting the graces of the Spirit of God in the heart, which sprung up unto everlasting life; and of bringing souls to the knowledge of Christ, which is the beginning, pledge, and earnest of eternal life: and besides all this, it gives an account of the nature of eternal life; it directs the way unto it, which is by Christ, and describes the persons who shall enjoy it; showing, that their title to it is the righteousness of Christ, and their meetness for it the regenerating grace of the Spirit; and that all that believe in Christ shall have it:

whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me so I speak; and no otherwise, and therefore ought to be received, and not rejected. This is to be understood not of what Christ spoke in common conversation, but in the ministry of the word, even of the doctrines of the Gospel, which were given him by his Father, and which he knew were agreeable to his mind and will, and to his council and covenant, and to everything done and agreed therein, to which he was privy: these he delivered as he received them, and both as to matter and manner, as it was his Father's will and pleasure he should: he preached the righteousness of God, and hid it not; he declared his faithfulness, and his salvation, and concealed not his lovingkindness and truth, Psalm 40:9. Now, though it is a sufficient ground of faith to receive and believe the doctrines of the Gospel, because Christ has spoken them, who is truth itself; yet it is a further confirmation of them, that they are what his Father, the God of truth, said unto him: and his delivering them as he had them from him, is an instance of his faithfulness to him that sent him; and should be imitated by his ministers, who ought to declare the whole counsel of God, and keep back nothing they have received from Christ, and which may be profitable to the souls of men. 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.
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