John 5:43
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New International Version
I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.

New Living Translation
For I have come to you in my Father's name, and you have rejected me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them.

English Standard Version
I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.

New American Standard Bible
"I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.

King James Bible
I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have come in My Father's name, yet you don't accept Me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.

International Standard Version
I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me. Yet if another man comes in his own name, you will accept him.

NET Bible
I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have come in The Name of my Father and you do not receive me, and if another shall come in his own name, you will receive him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have come with the authority my Father has given me, but you don't accept me. If someone else comes with his own authority, you will accept him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not; if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

King James 2000 Bible
I am come in my Father's name, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.

American King James Version
I am come in my Father's name, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.

American Standard Version
I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I am come in the name of my Father, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.

Darby Bible Translation
I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not; if another come in his own name, him ye will receive.

English Revised Version
I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Webster's Bible Translation
I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Weymouth New Testament
I have come as my Father's representative, and you do not receive me. If some one else comes representing only himself, him you will receive.

World English Bible
I have come in my Father's name, and you don't receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.

Young's Literal Translation
'I have come in the name of my Father, and ye do not receive me; if another may come in his own name, him ye will receive;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 43. - I have come in the name (i.e. in the power, with the credentials, with the encompassing revelation) of my Father, and ye receive me not. Your idea of the Father's glory is so profoundly different from the reality, that you do not recognize it when it is offered you and shining over you. Christ did not profess to have come in his own name. He was not a mere evolution of humanity, or of Israel, or of the house of David. He was the Only Begotten of the Father, born from above, sent down from heaven. The language of the world was, "This is not Divine;" "It is too gentle, too gracious, too sympathetic for God!" The religious world listened eagerly for some echo of the trumpet peals of Sinai. It desired a king greater than Solomon, a prophet more terrible than Elijah. When he came with the real glory robes of the love of God, and with the majesty of the Name of the Lord, there was widespread disappointment and cruel rejection of his commission. Should another come in his own (proper, peculiar) name, that is, with no testimony from heaven, seeking "honour (δόξα, glory) from men," creating a sovereignty by enlisting the voices of men, compromising with evil, making no warfare against the power of the world, allowing the legitimacy of the throne of the prince of this world; - should he come in his own name, alas! him (that one) ye will receive. The eagerness on the part of the Jews to find the Messiah has led them to accept in some sort no fewer than sixty-four false Christs (Schudt, 'Judische Merkwurdigkeit,' 6:27-30; Bengel and Meyer). Nor must the Christian Church take the flattering unction that it is free from this charge. The teacher that can utilize to the widest extent the fashionable worldliness, and can mingle the pungent human condiment with the princely food of the King's banqueting house, is he who at the present hour meets with the loudest response and the readiest reception. There is solemn warning here for statesman and author, artist and preacher.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I am come in my Father's name,.... Power and authority; by his consent, with his will, and according to a covenant with him: Christ came not of himself, of his own accord, by a separate power and will of his own, but was called, and sent, and came by mutual agree meat; and brought his credentials with him, doing the works and miracles which his Father gave him to finish:

and ye receive me not; notwithstanding this they rejected him as the Messiah, and would not receive him as such; yea, traduced him as an impostor, and a deceiver:

if another shall come in his own name; which some understand of Simon Magus, others of antichrist; rather the false Christs are intended, of whom our Lord speaks, in Matthew 24:24, who would rise up of themselves, and not be able to give any proof of their mission; or do anything which might entitle them to the character of the Messiah, or Christ, a name they would take to themselves: and so the Ethiopic version reads, "if another shall come in my name"; saying he is Christ, or the Messiah:

him ye will receive; as thousands of them did receive Barchocab, the false Christ, who rose up some years after in Adrian's time; and even some of their greatest Rabbins, as particularly the famous R. Akiba, who was his armour bearer: and it is easy to observe, that though they were so backward to receive, and so much prejudiced against the true Messiah, they were always forward enough to embrace a false one: and indeed to follow any, that set up himself for a temporal deliverer of them; as the instances of Theudas, and Judas of Galilee, with others, show; see Acts 5:36. And the true reason why they rejected Christ was, because he did not appear in outward pomp and glory, nor set up a temporal kingdom, or give out that he would deliver them from the Roman yoke.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

43-47. if another shall come, &c.—How strikingly has this been verified in the history of the Jews! "From the time of the true Christ to our time, sixty-four false Christs have been reckoned by whom they have been deceived" [Bengel].

John 5:43 Additional Commentaries
Context
Witness of the Scripture
42but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. 43"I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44"How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?…
Cross References
Matthew 24:5
For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah,' and will deceive many.

John 5:42
but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.
Treasury of Scripture

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