John 7:16
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New International Version
Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.

New Living Translation
So Jesus told them, "My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me.

English Standard Version
So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.

Berean Study Bible
"My teaching is not My own," Jesus replied. "It comes from Him who sent Me.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore Jesus answered them and said, "My teaching is not of Myself, but of the One having sent Me.

New American Standard Bible
So Jesus answered them and said, "My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.

King James Bible
Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jesus answered them, "My teaching isn't Mine but is from the One who sent Me.

International Standard Version
Jesus replied to them, "My teaching is not mine but comes from the one who sent me.

NET Bible
So Jesus replied, "My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me.

New Heart English Bible
Jesus therefore answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua answered and said: “My teaching is not Mine, but from him who sent Me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus responded to them, "What I teach doesn't come from me but from the one who sent me.

New American Standard 1977
Jesus therefore answered them, and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus answered them and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

King James 2000 Bible
Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

American King James Version
Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

American Standard Version
Jesus therefore answered them and said, My teaching is not mine, but his that sent me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus answered them, and said: My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus therefore answered them and said, My doctrine is not mine, but [that] of him that has sent me.

English Revised Version
Jesus therefore answered them, and said, My teaching is not mine, but his that sent me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

Weymouth New Testament
Jesus answered their question by saying, "My teaching does not belong to me, but comes from Him who sent me.

World English Bible
Jesus therefore answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus answered them and said, 'My teaching is not mine, but His who sent me;
Study Bible
Jesus Teaches at the Feast
15The Jews were amazed and asked, “How did this man attain such learning without having studied?” 16“My teaching is not My own, Jesus replied. “It comes from Him who sent Me. 17If anyone desires to do His will, he will know whether My teaching is from God or whether I speak on My own.…
Cross References
John 3:11
Truly, truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, and yet you people do not accept our testimony.

John 12:49
I have not spoken on My own, but the Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it.

John 14:24
Whoever does not love Me does not keep My words. The word that you hear is not My own, but it is from the Father who sent Me.

2 John 1:9
Anyone who runs ahead without remaining in the teaching of Christ does not have God. Whoever remains in His teaching has both the Father and the Son.
Treasury of Scripture

Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

My.

John 3:11,31 Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak that we do know, and testify …

John 8:28 Then said Jesus to them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, …

John 12:49,50 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he …

John 14:10,24 Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the …

John 17:8,14 For I have given to them the words which you gave me; and they have …

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show to …

but.

John 5:23,24,30 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. …

John 6:38-40,44 For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will …

(16) My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.--The answer carries them once more to the words uttered by Him. (Comp. John 5:19; John 5:30.) Then he had again and again referred to the Father who sent Him (John 7:24; John 7:36-38), and claimed as His own work the doing of the Father's will (John 7:30). In the Capernaum synagogue, in the hearing of some of these Jews, He had declared that all who were taught of God, and heard and learned the lesson, would come to Him (John 6:45). There is, then, no ground for their present wonder. The teaching which is His in relation to them, is not His of original source. He claims to be in His humanity as a messenger, carrying the message of Him that sent Him. He is the Word by whom the mind of God is spoken.

Doctrine represents a word which is frequently used in the Gospels, of our Lord, but only here and in the next verse by Him. It has acquired a definite and concrete meaning not found in the original, which is better rendered by teaching (comp., e.g., Mark 4:2).

Verse 16. - Jesus therefore answered them and said, etc. He met this particular allegation as follows: My teaching is not mine. The "my" refers to the teaching itself, the "mine" to the ultimate authority on which it rests. I am not a self-taught Man, as though out of the depths of my own independent human consciousness I span it. I do not mean you to suppose that my mere human experience is the sole source of my instructions (ch. 5:31). If you have sat at the feet of those who taught you, I, too, am a Representative of another; but (the ἀλλά after οὐκ is not equivalent to tam...quam. It introduces here the absolute source of all his teaching) it is the teaching of him who sent me. I have not learned in your schools, but am uttering the thoughts that come from an infinitely deeper source. "He who sent me" gave them to me. I have been in intimate communion with HIM. All that I say is Divine thought. I have drawn it all from the Lord of all. I came from him, and represent to you the will of God. This is a lofty prophetic claim, more urgent, more complete, than that made by Moses or Isaiah. Special messages, oracles, and burdens were delivered by the prophets with a "Thus saith the Lord." But Jesus says his thoughts are God's thoughts, his ways God's ways, his teachings not his own, but altogether those of him who sent him. Jesus answered them and said,.... Having heard them express their surprise, and state their objection:

my doctrine is not mine: it was his, as he was God; as such, he was the author of it, it was from him, by the revelation of him; and it was of him, or he was the subject of it, as Mediator; it respected his person as God-man, his offices, as prophet, priest, and King, and his grace, righteousness; and salvation; and it was his, as preached by him as man; it came by him, and first began to be spoken by him; and was so spoken by him, as it never was before, or since: but it was not human; it was not acquired by him, as man; he did not learn it of man; he needed no human teachings; he increased in wisdom without them, from his infancy: they said right, in saying he had never learned; the spirit of wisdom and knowledge rested on high, and the treasures of them were hid in him; nor was it a device or invention of his, as man; it was not from himself as such, but it was from heaven, from his Father: wherefore he adds,

but his that sent me; thereby intimating, that it was of God, and was communicated to him by his Father; from whom he received it, and from whom he had a commission to preach it; so that his doctrine was that wisdom which comes from above, and is pure and peaceable, divine and heavenly, and ought to be received by men. 16-18. doctrine … not mine, etc.—that is, from Myself unauthorized; I am here by commission.7:14-24 Every faithful minister may humbly adopt Christ's words. His doctrine is not his own finding out, but is from God's word, through the teaching of his Spirit. And amidst the disputes which disturb the world, if any man, of any nation, seeks to do the will of God, he shall know whether the doctrine is of God, or whether men speak of themselves. Only those who hate the truth shall be given up to errors which will be fatal. Surely it was as agreeable to the design of the sabbath to restore health to the afflicted, as to administer an outward rite. Jesus told them to decide on his conduct according to the spiritual import of the Divine law. We must not judge concerning any by their outward appearance, but by their worth, and by the gifts and graces of God's Spirit in them.
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