John 5:38
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New International Version
nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent.

New Living Translation
and you do not have his message in your hearts, because you do not believe me--the one he sent to you.

English Standard Version
and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.

Berean Study Bible
nor does His word abide in you, because you do not believe the One He sent.

Berean Literal Bible
And you do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent.

New American Standard Bible
"You do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent.

King James Bible
And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You don't have His word living in you, because you don't believe the One He sent.

International Standard Version
nor do you have his word at work in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he sent.

NET Bible
nor do you have his word residing in you, because you do not believe the one whom he sent.

New Heart English Bible
You do not have his word living in you; because you do not believe him whom he sent.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And his word is not abiding in you, because you are not trusting in him whom he has sent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So you don't have the Father's message within you, because you don't believe in the person he has sent.

New American Standard 1977
“And you do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And ye do not have his word abiding in you; for whom he has sent, him ye do not believe.

King James 2000 Bible
And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he has sent, him you believe not.

American King James Version
And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he has sent, him you believe not.

American Standard Version
And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he sent, him ye believe not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him you believe not.

Darby Bible Translation
and ye have not his word abiding in you; for whom he hath sent, him ye do not believe.

English Revised Version
And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he sent, him ye believe not.

Webster's Bible Translation
And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

Weymouth New Testament
Nor have you His word dwelling within you, for you refuse to believe Him whom *He* has sent.

World English Bible
You don't have his word living in you; because you don't believe him whom he sent.

Young's Literal Translation
and His word ye have not remaining in you, because whom He sent, him ye do not believe.
Study Bible
Testimonies about Jesus
37And the Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. You have never heard His voice nor seen His form, 38nor does His word abide in you, because you do not believe the One He sent. 39You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me,…
Cross References
Isaiah 26:10
Though the wicked is shown favor, He does not learn righteousness; He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness, And does not perceive the majesty of the LORD.

John 3:17
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

1 John 2:14
I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
Treasury of Scripture

And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he has sent, him you believe not.

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Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart…

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you …

Psalm 119:11 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Proverbs 2:1,2 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you…

Proverbs 7:1,2 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with you…

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

James 1:21,22 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and …

1 John 2:14 I have written to you, fathers, because you have known him that is …

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John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and you receive me not: if another …

John 1:11 He came to his own, and his own received him not.

John 3:18-21 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not …

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Isaiah 49:7 Thus said the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to …

Isaiah 53:1-3 Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed…

(38) Abiding in you.--This striking thought of the word taking up its abode in the mind, and forming the mind in which it dwells, meets us only in St. John. (Comp. John 15:7; 1John 2:14; 1John 2:24; 1John 3:9; 1John 3:17; and Note on John 6:36.) They had, indeed, the word of God, but they had it not as a power ever living in them. They locked it up with sacred care in ark and synagogue, but it found no home in their inmost life, and had no real power on their practice. They could take it up and put it down. It was something outside themselves. Had it been in them, it would have produced in them a moral consciousness, which would have accepted, as of the same nature with itself, every fuller revelation from God. Their own spirits, moulded by the word of God dwelling in them, would have received the Word of God now among them. (Comp. Excursus A: Doctrine of the Word.) The fact that they believed not Him whom God sent (not "hath sent") was itself the proof that they had not the abiding word.

Verse 38. - And further, you have not his Word (ΤΟΝ ΛΟΓΟΝ ΑΥΤΟΥ) abiding in you. The Word of the Father (for the αὐτου refers to the Father), i.e. the full expression of the Father's heart, was sounding through the voice of the Son of God, and might have entered into and become an abiding power in their inmost conscience and their spiritual life; but they had not received the "Word" of the Lord through the "Voice" of the Lord. The reason given is, Because him whom he (the Father) sent, him (this One) ye believe not. In other words, "Your lack of faith in me accounts for your perverse misconception, for your inability to see and hear all that there is of the Father's personal testimony to me." Some suspect a petitio principii in this argument, but the reasoning seems to be this; there is abundant evidence, corroboration, and cooperative glory, affirming the truth of all that Christ has said about himself as the Source of life and Judge of man; but the moral susceptibility of his hearers is paralyzed, and their faith in the most fundamental facts of their own experience is at fault. They seem impervious, not only to Christ's Word, but to the corroborative testimonies themselves. And ye have not his word abiding in you,.... Which some understand of Christ himself, the Logos, or word: who, though he was now with them, being made flesh, and dwelling among them, yet would not long continue with them: though rather this designs the written word, or the Scriptures of truth; and especially that part of them, which contains prophecies concerning the Messiah, which did not dwell in them richly, nor they dwell in their meditation on them, as was requisite. Or rather, it may intend that word of God expressed in the testimony he bore to the sonship of Christ at his baptism, by a voice from heaven, which made no lasting impression upon the minds and hearts of the Jews that heard it; as appears by what follows:

for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not; meaning himself; for if they had had either a due regard to the sacred oracles, or to that voice from heaven at his baptism, they would have received and embraced him as the Messiah, and sent of God, and not have disbelieved and rejected him, as now they did. 38. not his word abiding in you—passing now from the Witness to the testimony borne by Him in "the lively oracles" (Ac 7:38): both were alike strangers to their breasts, as was evidenced by their rejecting Him to whom all that witness was borne.5:30-38 Our Lord returns to his declaration of the entire agreement between the Father and the Son, and declared himself the Son of God. He had higher testimony than that of John; his works bore witness to all he had said. But the Divine word had no abiding-place in their hearts, as they refused to believe in Him whom the Father had sent, according to his ancient promises. The voice of God, accompanied by the power of the Holy Ghost, thus made effectual to the conversion of sinners, still proclaims that this is the beloved Son, in whom the Father is well pleased. But when the hearts of men are full of pride, ambition, and the love of the world, there is no room for the word of God to abide in them.
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