John 5:26
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New International Version
For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.

New Living Translation
The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son.

English Standard Version
For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.

New American Standard Bible
"For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;

King James Bible
For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For just as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted to the Son to have life in Himself.

International Standard Version
Just as the Father has life in himself, so also he has granted the Son to have life in himself,

NET Bible
For just as the Father has life in himself, thus he has granted the Son to have life in himself,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For just as The Father has The Life in himself, so he has given also to The Son to have The Life in himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Father is the source of life, and he has enabled the Son to be the source of life too.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For as the Father has life in himself, so has he given to the Son to have life in himself

King James 2000 Bible
For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;

American King James Version
For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;

American Standard Version
For as the Father hath life in himself, even so gave he to the Son also to have life in himself:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For as the Father hath life in himself, so he hath given the Son also to have life in himself:

Darby Bible Translation
For even as the Father has life in himself, so he has given to the Son also to have life in himself,

English Revised Version
For as the Father hath life in himself, even so gave he to the Son also to have life in himself:

Webster's Bible Translation
For as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

Weymouth New Testament
For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He has also given to the Son to have life in Himself.

World English Bible
For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself.

Young's Literal Translation
for, as the Father hath life in himself, so He gave also to the Son to have life in himself,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:24-29 Our Lord declared his authority and character, as the Messiah. The time was come when the dead should hear his voice, as the Son of God, and live. Our Lord first refers to his raising those who were dead in sin, to newness of life, by the power of the Spirit, and then to his raising the dead in their graves. The office of Judge of all men, can only be exercised by one who has all knowledge, and almighty power. May we believe His testimony; thus our faith and hope will be in God, and we shall not come into condemnation. And may His voice reach the hearts of those dead in sin; that they may do works meet for repentance, and prepare for the solemn day.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 26. - This verse, introduced by γὰρ, shows that the statement about to follow will sustain some portion of the previous one. Which portion? As it seems to me, the coming clause justifies the alteration of the term "the Son" into "the Son of God;" and declares, more fully than any other passage in the New Testament, the lofty and unique character of the Sonship which he claimed. For even as the Father hath life in himself - the sublime assumption of the self-existence and eternal being of the Father, the absolute Possessor of life per se, the Source ultimate and efficient of all that is connoted by life, the eternal Fountain of life - in like manner also he gave to the Son to have Life in himself. "He generated," as Augustine has it, "such a Son who should have life in himself, not as a participator in life, but one who should be as he himself is - Life itself." It is the bona fide expression of community of nature, attribute, quality, and possession of Godhead. In virtue of this utterance, the evangelist, learning from the consciousness of Christ through long years of meditation, under the power of the Spirit, eventually formulated the doctrine of the prologue, "In him was life." "The Son," or the God-Man, is, so far as this Sonship is concerned, the veritable Son of God with such a fulness of life power and such a fountain of life flowing from him, that his voice is the voice of the Eternal Son. This is the primary meaning, though since the Lord returned to his use of the word "the Son," and since the word "gave" is also employed to denote the stupendous conception, there is also involved in it the declaration that the God-Man, seeing he is both Son of God and Son of man, is endowed with all the functions of both. In his incarnation he has not lost the infinite fulness of life giving power. "He quickeneth whom he will," having life in himself. His voice is the voice of the Son of God. The glory of the Word who became flesh was the glory of the Only Begotten. The part which this great passage took in the Arian controversy is well known (see Athanasius, 'Discourses against Arians,' 3:3, translated by J.H. Newman). Archdeacon Watkins emphasizes the position that the Lord here speaks of "life in himself," which was given to the Son (God-Man) in virtue of, and as the reward of his sacrificial work. He points to Philippians 2:6, etc. But Jesus here speaks of a gift already made.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For as the Father hath life in himself,.... Is the living God, the fountain of life, and is the author of life to all living creatures; or rather has eternal life in his mind, his heart, his counsel, and his covenant, and in his hands, for all his chosen ones, which seems to he the peculiar sense here:

so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; he hath not only made the purpose of it in him, and given the promise of it to him; but even eternal life itself, he has put into his hands, and secured it in him for them, 1 John 5:11, to give it to as many as he has given him: and he does give it to all his sheep, so that not one of them shall perish; which shows that he and his Father are one, though not in person, yet as in affection, will and power, so in nature and essence. The Son has life in himself, essentially, originally, and inderivatively as the Father has, being equally the living God, the fountain of life, and donor of it, as he; and therefore this is not a life which he gives, or communicates to him; but eternal life is what the one gives, and the other receives, according to the economy of salvation settled between them: and hence it is, that all that hear Christ's voice spiritually shall live eternally; for these words are a reason of the former, and confirm the truth of them, as well as show the equality of the Son with the Father, in that he is equal to such a trust, as to have eternal life committed to him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. given to the Son, &c.—Does this refer to the essential life of the Son before all time (Joh 1:4) (as most of the Fathers, and Olshausen, Stier, Alford, &c., among the moderns), or to the purpose of God that this essential life should reside in the Person of the Incarnate Son, and be manifested thus to the world? [Calvin, Lucke, Luthardt, &c.] The question is as difficult as the subject is high. But as all that Christ says of His essential relation to the Father is intended to explain and exalt His mediatorial functions, so the one seems in our Lord's own mind and language mainly the starting-point of the other.

John 5:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Father and the Son
25"Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26"For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; 27and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.…
Cross References
John 1:4
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

John 6:57
Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.

John 10:18
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

Hebrews 1:2
but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.
Treasury of Scripture

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so hath.

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