John 5:47
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New International Version
But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"

New Living Translation
But since you don't believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?"

English Standard Version
But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

Berean Study Bible
But since you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?"

Berean Literal Bible
And unless you believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"

New American Standard Bible
"But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"

King James Bible
But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if you don't believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"

International Standard Version
But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe my words?"

NET Bible
But if you do not believe what Moses wrote, how will you believe my words?"

New Heart English Bible
But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you don't believe what Moses wrote, how will you ever believe what I say?"

New American Standard 1977
“But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if ye do not believe his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

King James 2000 Bible
But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words?

American King James Version
But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words?

American Standard Version
But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?

Darby Bible Translation
But if ye do not believe his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

English Revised Version
But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Webster's Bible Translation
But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Weymouth New Testament
But if you disbelieve his writings, how are you to believe my words?"

World English Bible
But if you don't believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"

Young's Literal Translation
but if his writings ye believe not, how shall ye believe my sayings?'
Study Bible
The Witness of Scripture
46If you had believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me. 47But since you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”
Cross References
Luke 16:29
But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let your brothers listen to them.'

Luke 16:31
Then Abraham said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'"

2 Timothy 3:15
From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words?

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

(47) The emphasis of the contrast here is not between "writings" and "words," but between "his" and "My." It is a repetition of the thought of the previous verse, with an advance in time. They had not believed Moses, and therefore had not believed Him. They do not believe, for they do not read the spiritual meaning of the writings of Moses even now. What ground of hope is left? His words, revealing the deeper truths of the kingdom of God, will fall upon their ears as so many unmeaning sounds. (Comp. Note on John 3:12.)

But if ye believe not his writings,.... They believed them to be his writings, and that they were the word of God, and yet did not believe the things contained in them, respecting Christ; or did not see, and could not believe that they belonged unto, and were applicable to Jesus of Nazareth; and therefore it could not be supposed they would give credit to him, or his words:

how shall ye believe my words? not that Moses was greater than Christ, or rather to be credited than he; Moses indeed was faithful, but Christ was worthy of more honour and credit than he was; Moses was but a servant, but Christ was a son in his own house: but this is said with respect to the Jews, with whom Moses was in great veneration and esteem; and it was more likely they should regard what he should say, than what Jesus of Nazareth should, whom they despised. 47. If ye believe not—(See Lu 16:31).

his writings … my words—a remarkable contrast, not absolutely exalting Old Testament Scripture above His own words, but pointing to the office of those venerable documents to prepare Christ's way, to the necessity universally felt for documentary testimony in revealed religion, and perhaps (as Stier adds) to the relation which the comparative "letter" of the Old Testament holds to the more flowing "words" of "spirit and life" which characterize the New Testament. 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.
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