John 18:34
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New International Version
"Is that your own idea," Jesus asked, "or did others talk to you about me?"

New Living Translation
Jesus replied, "Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?"

English Standard Version
Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?”

Berean Study Bible
"Are you saying this on your own," Jesus asked, "or did others tell you about Me?"

Berean Literal Bible
Jesus answered, "Do you say this of yourself, or did others say it to you concerning Me?"

New American Standard Bible
Jesus answered, "Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?"

King James Bible
Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jesus answered, "Are you asking this on your own, or have others told you about Me?""

International Standard Version
Jesus replied, "Are you asking this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about me?"

NET Bible
Jesus replied, "Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others told you about me?"

New Heart English Bible
Jesus answered him, "Do you say this by yourself, or did others tell you about me?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to him, “Have you said this of yourself, or have others spoken to you about me?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus replied, "Did you think of that yourself, or did others tell you about me?"

New American Standard 1977
Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it unto thee of me?

King James 2000 Bible
Jesus answered him, Say you this thing of yourself, or did others tell it to you of me?

American King James Version
Jesus answered him, Say you this thing of yourself, or did others tell it you of me?

American Standard Version
Jesus answered, Sayest thou this of thyself, or did others tell it thee concerning me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus answered: Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told it thee of me?

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus answered [him], Dost thou say this of thyself, or have others said it to thee concerning me?

English Revised Version
Jesus answered, Sayest thou this of thyself, or did others tell it thee concerning me?

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing from thyself, or did others tell it thee concerning me?

Weymouth New Testament
"Do you say this of yourself, or have others told it you about me?" replied Jesus.

World English Bible
Jesus answered him, "Do you say this by yourself, or did others tell you about me?"

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus answered him, 'From thyself dost thou say this? or did others say it to thee about me?'
Study Bible
Jesus Before Pilate
33Pilate went back into the Praetorium, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34“Are you saying this on your own, Jesus asked, “or did others tell you about Me?” 35“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed You over to me. What have You done?”…
Cross References
John 18:33
Pilate went back into the Praetorium, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?"

John 18:35
"Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "Your own people and chief priests handed You over to me. What have You done?"

John 19:9
and he went back into the Praetorium. "Where are You from?" he asked. But Jesus gave no answer.
Treasury of Scripture

Jesus answered him, Say you this thing of yourself, or did others tell it you of me?

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John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were …

(34) Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?--The most probable interpretation of the question is that which regards it as establishing a distinction between the title "King of the Jews" as spoken by Pilate and the same title as spoken by Jesus. In the political sense in which Pilate would use it, and in this sense only the claim could be brought against Him in Roman law, He was not King of the Jews. In the theocratic sense in which a Jew would use that title, He was King of the Jews.

Jesus answered him, sayest thou this thing of thyself,.... That he was the king of the Jews: Christ's meaning is, whether he asserted this from the sentiments of his own mind; or moved the question from anything he himself had observed, which might give him just ground to suspect that he had, or intended to set up himself as the king of that nation:

or did others tell it thee of me? Whether the Jews had not intimated some such thing to him, out of malice and ill will? not but that Christ full well knew where the truth of this lay; but he was desirous of convincing Pilate of his weakness, if he so judged of himself, and of his imprudence and hastiness, if he took up this from others; and also to expose the baseness and wickedness of the Jews, to charge him with this, when they themselves would have made him a temporal king, and he refused; and when he had not only paid tribute himself to Caesar, but had exhorted them to do the like. 34. Jesus answered … Sayest thou this of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?—an important question for our Lord's case, to bring out whether the word "King" were meant in a political sense, with which Pilate had a right to deal, or whether he were merely put up to it by His accusers, who had no claims to charge Him but such as were of a purely religious nature, with which Pilate had nothing to do.18:33-40 Art thou the King of the Jews? that King of the Jews who has been so long expected? Messiah the Prince; art thou he? Dost thou call thyself so, and wouldest thou be thought so? Christ answered this question with another; not for evasion, but that Pilate might consider what he did. He never took upon him any earthly power, never were any traitorous principles or practices laid to him. Christ gave an account of the nature of his kingdom. Its nature is not worldly; it is a kingdom within men, set up in their hearts and consciences; its riches spiritual, its power spiritual, and it glory within. Its supports are not worldly; its weapons are spiritual; it needed not, nor used, force to maintain and advance it, nor opposed any kingdom but that of sin and Satan. Its object and design are not worldly. When Christ said, I am the Truth, he said, in effect, I am a King. He conquers by the convincing evidence of truth; he rules by the commanding power of truth. The subjects of this kingdom are those that are of the truth. Pilate put a good question, he said, What is truth? When we search the Scriptures, and attend the ministry of the word, it must be with this inquiry, What is truth? and with this prayer, Lead me in thy truth; into all truth. But many put this question, who have not patience to preserve in their search after truth; or not humility enough to receive it. By this solemn declaration of Christ's innocence, it appears, that though the Lord Jesus was treated as the worst of evil-doers, he never deserved such treatment. But it unfolds the design of his death; that he died as a Sacrifice for our sins. Pilate was willing to please all sides; and was governed more by worldly wisdom than by the rules of justice. Sin is a robber, yet is foolishly chosen by many rather than Christ, who would truly enrich us. Let us endeavour to make our accusers ashamed as Christ did; and let us beware of crucifying Christ afresh.
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