John 7:17
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New International Version
Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

New Living Translation
Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own.

English Standard Version
If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

New American Standard Bible
"If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.

King James Bible
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone wants to do His will, he will understand whether the teaching is from God or if I am speaking on My own.

International Standard Version
If anyone wants to do his will, he'll know whether this teaching is from God or whether I'm speaking on my own.

NET Bible
If anyone wants to do God's will, he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Whoever is willing to do his will understands my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak for my own pleasure.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who want to follow the will of God will know if what I teach is from God or if I teach my own thoughts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If anyone desires to do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it is of God or whether I speak of myself.

King James 2000 Bible
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

American King James Version
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

American Standard Version
If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from myself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If any man do the will of him; he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Darby Bible Translation
If any one desire to practise his will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is of God, or [that] I speak from myself.

English Revised Version
If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it be of God, or whether I speak from myself.

Webster's Bible Translation
If any man will do his will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God, or whether I speak from myself.

Weymouth New Testament
If any one is willing to do His will, he shall know about the teaching, whether it is from God or originates with me.

World English Bible
If anyone desires to do his will, he will know about the teaching, whether it is from God, or if I am speaking from myself.

Young's Literal Translation
if any one may will to do His will, he shall know concerning the teaching, whether it is of God, or -- I do speak from myself.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - The moral test is then applied to the great dictum which he had just uttered. If any man willeth - not merely desires, but performs the distinct act of willing - to do his will - as his will - he shall know; i.e. his intellectual faculty will be quickened into high activity by this moral and practical effort. If the Divine will concerning conduct meets the spontaneous act of the human will, if a man's will is set to fulfil the Divine will, to will and do what is revealed to him by God, the eye of the soul will be opened to see other things as well, and especially will have power to discern the all-pervading Divine element in this teaching of mine. He shall know concerning (περί) the teaching, whether it be of (ἐκ) God, or whether I speak from myself - from the simple ground of my own independent, self-taught humanity. The first and natural application of this mighty dictum and condition was a test by which the Jews might come at once to the understanding of his more than prophetic claim to teach - he having never learned in their rabbinical schools. It amounted to this: Your moral harmony with the will of God as already revealed to you will be the sure index and confirmation of the great fact I have just referred to. You will discern the Divine in my words, the absolutely true in my teaching. Here the Lord again refers to the great principle, "He that hath heard of the Father, and learned, cometh unto me;" "He that is of the truth heareth my voice." This moral submission to God will quicken all your powers to discern and come to an invincible assent as to my claims. This is not the deep subjective testimony of the inner intuition of those that already believe, by which a verbal assent becomes a fall consent, an unchangeable conviction, or "the full assurance of faith;" but it is addressed to unbelievers, and assures those who are bewildered by the novelty and sweep of his own words that, if they are set on doing the will of God, they will become perfectly satisfied that his own teaching, such as it is, is a stream of heavenly truth bursting from the very heart of God. The text has been cited by certain writers as the sum totel of the Christian revelation, almost as though it substituted practical obedience for true thinking, as though people might well be content with holy living, and might safely leave the decision of all difficult problems of thought and revelation to shift for themselves. Nothing could be further from its real meaning, either at the time or in any of its subsequent or universal applications. The solemn utterance has a wide outlook, and is constantly establishing its own verity. A profound and voluntary desire to do the will of God is the best preparation for intuitively perceiving the Divine authority of Christ and of his religion. The desire for holiness of principle and life sees in Christ not only the loftiest ideal of perfection, but the surest satisfaction to its conscious weakness, and casts itself upon his promises of saving power. The faith which is satisfied with Christ is not merely a conclusion drawn by logical processes from satisfactory premisses, it is the consequence of a new nature or a moral regeneration. In other words, it is the more practical and expanded form of the truth first of all addressed to Nicodemus, and also lying at the heart of the Beatitudes: "Except a man be born anew [from above], he cannot see the kingdom of God." If he is born again he will see it. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." "No man can come unto me except the Father, which hath sent me, draw him." The sentence presents the truth in a hopeful and positive form, and puts the criterion of the Divine informant within the reach of practical ethics. It is an appeal to the conscience as well as to the understanding. Apart from the subjective moral element, all other evidences of the presence of the Divine in nature, in history, in Christ, will be unimpressive and unimportant. A willingness to do the will of God is not a substitute for, but a condition of, true knowledge.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If any man will do his will,.... Meaning, not one that perfectly fulfils the law, which is the good, and perfect, and acceptable will of God; for there is no man that does this, or can do it; nor is it so said here, "if any man do his will", but "if any man will do" it; that is, is desirous of doing it; who has it wrought in him both to will and do, of the good pleasure of God, by his grace and Spirit; with whom to will is present, though, he has not power to perform, and so is a spiritual man; and who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, which is one branch of the will of God; and who depends upon the Spirit and grace of God, and acts from a principle of love to God, and in the exercise of faith on Christ:

he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself; not a man of mere natural knowledge and learning, or a man of theory and speculation, is a judge of doctrine; but he that leans not to his own understanding, and implores the assistance of the Divine Spirit, and who is for reducing doctrine into practice: he knows by the efficacy of the doctrine upon his heart, and the influence it has on his life and conversation; by its coming not in word only, but in power; and by its working effectually in him, whether it is divine or human, of God or of man.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. If any man will do his will, &c.—"is willing," or "wishes to do."

whether … of God, or … of myself—from above or from beneath; is divine or an imposture of Mine. A principle of immense importance, showing, on the one hand, that singleness of desire to please God is the grand inlet to light on all questions vitally affecting one's eternal interests, and on the other, that the want of his, whether perceived or not, is the chief cause of infidelity amidst the light of revealed religion.

John 7:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Teaches at the Feast
16So Jesus answered them and said, "My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17"If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself. 18"He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.…
Cross References
Psalm 25:9
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

Psalm 25:14
The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.

Proverbs 3:32
For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.

Proverbs 28:5
Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

Daniel 12:10
Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.

John 3:21
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

John 8:43
Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.

John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Treasury of Scripture

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

John 1:46-49 And Nathanael said to him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? …

John 8:31,32,43,47 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue …

Psalm 25:8,9,12 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way…

Psalm 119:10,101,102 With my whole heart have I sought you: O let me not wander from your …

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called …

Jeremiah 31:33,34 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of …

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the …

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise …

Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, …

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good …

Acts 10:1-6 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion …

Acts 11:13,14 And he showed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood …

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

Philippians 3:15,16 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in …

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