John 5:46
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New International Version
If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.

New Living Translation
If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me.

English Standard Version
For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.

New American Standard Bible
"For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.

King James Bible
For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me.

International Standard Version
because if you believed Moses, you would believe me, since he wrote about me.

NET Bible
If you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if you had trusted Moses, you would also trust me, for he wrote about Me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you really believed Moses, you would believe me. Moses wrote about me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me, for he wrote of me.

King James 2000 Bible
For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

American King James Version
For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me; for he wrote of me.

American Standard Version
For if ye believed Moses, ye would believe me; for he wrote of me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if you did believe Moses, you would perhaps believe me also; for he wrote of me.

Darby Bible Translation
for if ye had believed Moses, ye would have believed me, for he wrote of me.

English Revised Version
For if ye believed Moses, ye would believe me; for he wrote of me.

Webster's Bible Translation
For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote concerning me.

Weymouth New Testament
For if you believe Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me.

World English Bible
For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me.

Young's Literal Translation
for if ye were believing Moses, ye would have been believing me, for he wrote concerning me;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:45-47 Many trust in some form of doctrines or some parties, who no more enter into the real meaning of those doctrines, or the views of the persons whose names they bear, than the Jews did into those of Moses. Let us search and pray over the Scriptures, as intent on finding eternal life; let us observe how Christ is the great subject of them, and daily apply to him for the life he bestows.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 46, 47. - For if ye believed Moses, ye would believe me. The reason for the previous saying is introduced by γάρ. The form of the conditional sentence shows that the protasis is a supposition of an event contrary to the fact. They were not believing Moses, though they were putting a vain and illusive confidence in him; and hence they were not believing in Christ. Here is the secret of the antagonism to the Lord. A deeper understanding of their own Scripture would involve an acceptance of the claims of Christ. For he wrote of me. The old saying contains Christ's utterance: Novum Testamentum in Vetere latet, Vetus Testamentum in Novo patet. Reference is made to the great place which Moses gave to the first promise, to the typical deliverances of a fallen world, to the hopes of a redeeming Seed. Christ referred to the Mosaic type involved in the spirit willing to sacrifice the Only Begotten, to the creation of the birthright blessing, the visions of the dying Israel, to the blessings on Judah; to the significance of the Law, of the tabernacle, of the Passover, of the Day of Atonement, of prophet, priest, and king, and the very special prophecy concerning a Prophet like unto himself. More than this, Moses had set forth in the Decalogue the portrait sketch of the perfect Man, of the Divine life which the Lord Jesus proceeded to fill out, to fulfil. He awakened by the Law that sense of sin and sinfulness which the Lord Christ had come to soothe and obliterate. but if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? "They are easier for you to understand; you have them ever on your tongue. If their meaning is missed, the deeper truths of my words will be more inaccessible to you." The antithesis is rather between the "his" and "my" than between the "writings" and "words." "This charge of not believing Moses, addressed to people who were put in a fury by the pretended violation of one of the Mosaic commandments, recalls other words of Jesus (Matthew 23:29-32), 'Ye build the tombs of the prophets, wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves that ye are children of them that killed the prophets" (Godet).





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For had ye believed Moses,.... The doctrine of Moses, and what he says in his writings:

ye would have believed me; for there is an agreement between Moses and Christ; Christ is the end of the law of Moses, and in him is the accomplishment of his writings:

for he wrote of me; in the books written by him, Christ is spoken of, as the seed of the woman, that should bruise the serpent's head; as the seed of Abraham, in whom all nations of the earth should be blessed; as the Shiloh, to whom the gathering of the people should be; and as that prophet, who should be like unto himself, to whom the people of Israel should hearken; and he wrote many things typically of Christ; and indeed, the whole Mosaic economy was typical of Christ, as the epistle to the Hebrews shows: and therefore disbelieving Christ, was disbelieving Moses; who therefore would be an accuser of them, and a witness against them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

46. he wrote of me—"an important testimony to the subject of the whole Pentateuch—'of Me'" [Alford].

John 5:46 Additional Commentaries
Context
Witness of the Scripture
45"Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. 46"For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. 47"But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"
Cross References
Luke 24:27
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

John 5:47
But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"
Treasury of Scripture

For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me; for he wrote of me.

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Galatians 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live to God.

Galatians 3:10,13,24 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for …

Galatians 4:21-31 Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law…

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

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your …

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: …

Genesis 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, …

Genesis 22:18 And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because …

Genesis 28:14 And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread …

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

Numbers 21:8,9 And the LORD said to Moses, Make you a fiery serpent, and set it …

Numbers 24:17,18 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not near: there …

Deuteronomy 18:15,18,19 The LORD your God will raise up to you a Prophet from the middle …

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

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.

Hebrews 7:1-10:39 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, …

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