John 5:39
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New International Version
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,

New Living Translation
"You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!

English Standard Version
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

Berean Study Bible
You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me,

Berean Literal Bible
You diligently search the Scriptures because you think to have eternal life in them, and these are they bearing witness concerning Me;

New American Standard Bible
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;

King James Bible
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me.

International Standard Version
You examine the Scriptures carefully because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. Yet they testify about me.

NET Bible
You study the scriptures thoroughly because you think in them you possess eternal life, and it is these same scriptures that testify about me,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Search the scriptures, for in them you hope that you have eternal life, and they testify concerning Me,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You study the Scriptures in detail because you think you have the source of eternal life in them. These Scriptures testify on my behalf.

New American Standard 1977
“You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are those who testify of me.

King James 2000 Bible
Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

American King James Version
Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

American Standard Version
Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of me;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Search the scriptures, for you think in them to have life everlasting; and the same are they that give testimony of me.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye search the scriptures, for ye think that in them ye have life eternal, and they it is which bear witness concerning me;

English Revised Version
Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of me;

Webster's Bible Translation
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Weymouth New Testament
"You search the Scriptures, because you suppose that in them you will find the Life of the Ages; and it is those Scriptures that yield testimony concerning me;

World English Bible
"You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me.

Young's Literal Translation
'Ye search the Writings, because ye think in them to have life age-during, and these are they that are testifying concerning me;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:39-44 The Jews considered that eternal life was revealed to them in their Scriptures, and that they had it, because they had the word of God in their hands. Jesus urged them to search those Scriptures with more diligence and attention. Ye do search the Scriptures, and ye do well to do so. They did indeed search the Scriptures, but it was with a view to their own glory. It is possible for men to be very studious in the letter of the Scriptures, yet to be strangers to its power. Or, Search the Scriptures, and so it was spoken to them in the nature of an appeal. Ye profess to receive and believe the Scripture, let that be the judge. It is spoken to us as advising or commanding all Christians to search the Scriptures. Not only read them, and hear them, but search them; which denotes diligence in examining and studying them. We must search the Scriptures for heaven as our great end; For in them ye think ye have eternal life. We must search the Scriptures for Christ, as the new and living Way, that leads to this end. To this testimony Christ adds reproofs of their unbelief and wickedness; their neglect of him and his doctrine. Also he reproves their want of the love of God. But there is life with Jesus Christ for poor souls. Many who make a great profession of religion, yet show they want the love of God, by their neglect of Christ and contempt of his commandments. It is the love of God in us, the love that is a living, active principle in the heart, which God will accept. They slighted and undervalued Christ, because they admired and overvalued themselves. How can those believe, who make the praise and applause of men their idol! When Christ and his followers are men wondered at, how can those believe, the utmost of whose ambition is to make a fair show in the flesh!
Study Bible
The Witness of Scripture
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, 40yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:29
"The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.

Luke 24:25
Then Jesus said to them, "O foolish ones, how slow are your hearts to believe all that the prophets have spoken.

Luke 24:27
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself.

John 5:40
yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.

John 7:52
"Aren't you also from Galilee?" they replied, "Look into it and you will see that no prophet comes out of Galilee."

Acts 13:27
The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning Him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.

Romans 2:17
Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the Law and boast in God;
Treasury of Scripture

Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Search.

John 5:46 For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me; for he wrote of me.

John 7:52 They answered and said to him, Are you also of Galilee? Search, …

Deuteronomy 11:18-20 Therefore shall you lay up these my words in your heart and in your …

Deuteronomy 17:18,19 And it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom…

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

Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he …

Psalm 119:11,97-99 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you…

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs …

Proverbs 8:33,34 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not…

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this …

Isaiah 34:16 Seek you out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall …

Jeremiah 8:9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: see, they …

Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said to them, You do err, not knowing the scriptures, …

Mark 12:10 And have you not read this scripture; The stone which the builders …

Luke 16:29,31 Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them…

Acts 8:32-35 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as …

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received …

Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that to them were committed the oracles of God.

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

2 Timothy 3:14-17 But continue you in the things which you have learned and have been …

2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well …

ye think.

Deuteronomy 32:47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and …

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of …

Psalm 21:4 He asked life of you, and you gave it him, even length of days for …

Psalm 36:9 For with you is the fountain of life: in your light shall we see light.

Psalm 133:3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended on the mountains …

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, …

Matthew 19:16-20 And, behold, one came and said to him, Good Master, what good thing …

Luke 10:25-29 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, …

Hebrews 11:16,35 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: why God …

they which.

John 5:32,36 There is another that bears witness of me; and I know that the witness …

John 1:45 Philip finds Nathanael, and said to him, We have found him, of whom …

Deuteronomy 18:15,18 The LORD your God will raise up to you a Prophet from the middle …

Acts 26:22,23,27 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue to this day, witnessing …

Romans 1:2 (Which he had promised before by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

1 Peter 1:10,11 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, …

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you …

See on

Luke 24:27,44 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them …

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