John 7:19
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New International Version
Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?"

New Living Translation
Moses gave you the law, but none of you obeys it! In fact, you are trying to kill me."

English Standard Version
Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?”

Berean Study Bible
Has not Moses given you the Law? Yet not one of you keeps it. Why are you trying to kill Me?"

Berean Literal Bible
Has not Moses given to you the Law, and none of you keeps the Law? Why do you seek to kill Me?"

New American Standard Bible
"Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? Why do you seek to kill Me?"

King James Bible
Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Didn't Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law! Why do you want to kill Me?""

International Standard Version
Moses gave you the Law, didn't he? Yet none of you is keeping the Law. Why are you trying to kill me?"

NET Bible
Hasn't Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law! Why do you want to kill me?"

New Heart English Bible
Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you keeps the Law? Why do you seek to kill me?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Was it not Moses who gave you The Written Law? Yet no one among you keeps The Written Law.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Didn't Moses give you his teachings? Yet, none of you does what Moses taught you. So why do you want to kill me?"

New American Standard 1977
“Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? Why do you seek to kill Me?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do ye go about to kill me?

King James 2000 Bible
Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why go you about to kill me?

American King James Version
Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why go you about to kill me?

American Standard Version
Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you doeth the law? Why seek ye to kill me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Did Moses not give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law?

Darby Bible Translation
Has not Moses given you the law, and no one of you practises the law? Why do ye seek to kill me?

English Revised Version
Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you doeth the law? Why seek ye to kill me?

Webster's Bible Translation
Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

Weymouth New Testament
Did not Moses give you the Law? And yet not a man of you obeys the Law. Why do you want to kill me?"

World English Bible
Didn't Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill me?"

Young's Literal Translation
hath not Moses given you the law? and none of you doth the law; why me do ye seek to kill?'
Study Bible
Jesus Teaches at the Feast
18He who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory, but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is a man of truth; in Him there is no falsehood. 19Has not Moses given you the Law? Yet not one of you keeps it. Why are you trying to kill Me?” 20“You have a demon,” the crowd replied. “Who is trying to kill You?”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:4
"Moses charged us with a law, A possession for the assembly of Jacob.

Mark 11:18
When the chief priests and scribes heard this, they looked for a way to kill Him. For they were afraid of Him, because the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.

John 1:17
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 7:1
After this, Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. He did not want to travel in Judea, because the Jews there were trying to kill Him.
Treasury of Scripture

Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why go you about to kill me?

not.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that …

John 9:28,29 Then they reviled him, and said, You are his disciple; but we are …

Exodus 24:2,3 And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come …

Deuteronomy 33:4 Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.

Deuteronomy 1:17 You shall not respect persons in judgment; but you shall hear the …

Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel …

Galatians 3:19 Why then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, …

Hebrews 3:3-5 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch …

yet.

Matthew 23:2-4 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat…

Romans 2:12,13,17-29 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without …

Romans 3:10-23 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…

Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but …

Why.

John 7:25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?

John 5:16,18 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, …

John 10:31,32,39 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him…

John 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

Psalm 2:1-6 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing…

Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how …

Matthew 21:38 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, This …

Mark 3:4,6 And he said to them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, …

(19) Did not Moses . . .?--The note of interrogation should be placed at the end of the first clause. The verse would then read, Did not Moses give you the Law? and none of you doeth the Law. Why seek ye to kill Me? So far from the will to do God's will, without which they could not know His teaching, they had the Law, which they all professed to accept, and yet no one kept it (John 5:45-47). This thought follows naturally on John 7:17-18, and, like the whole of this teaching, grows out of the truths of John 5; but it may be that this reference to Moses and the Law has a special fitness, as suggested by the feast. Moses had commanded that the Law should be read in every Sabbatical year at this very festival (Deuteronomy 31:10); and there is good reason for believing that the current year was a Sabbatical year. The first portion of the Law which it was customary to read was Deuteronomy 1:1 to Deuteronomy 6:3. Within this section (John 5:17) came the command, "Thou shalt not kill." They were, then, in their persecution of Him (John 5:18), breaking the Law, of which their presence at the feast was a professed obedience.

Verse 19. - Jesus was not unaware that serious charges were brought against his interpretation of the sabbatic law; that the Jews sought to kill him for his identification of his own mind and working with the Father's mind and working. On this account for a considerable time he had confined his ministry to Galilee. The old story of the sabbath healing was now rife once more, doubtless augmented with the rumors of the healing of the man with the withered hand, and other actions profoundly in harmony with the deep meaning of the sabbath rest. To the mind of the fourth evangelist; the explanation given by Christ to the authorities in Jerusalem was of prime significance in the whole sabbatic controversy; and he has recorded the defence Jesus made of his doctrine which placed him at once on the platform of the men with whom he was now beginning a life-and-death conflict. He used their methods, and, so far as the adequate grounds of connection were concerned, he was triumphant, Did not Moses give you the Law? - the whole revealed Law of God concerning moral conduct and daily ritual, a violation of the real spirit of which would be ἀδικία, and of which you accuse me - and (yet) none of you doeth the Law? Does he here call attention to the universal disobedience of mankind? Is he forestalling the declaration that "all have sinned, and come short;" that "in many things all offend"? Certainly not. He is about to show at greater length that the charge of ἀδικία stands equally against the justifiable transposition of the letter of the lower law by the incidence of a higher law. They must all know the innumerable occasions in which the letter of the law of the sabbath gave way to the law of mercy, to the law of hunger, to the exigencies of the temple services. "None of you doeth the Law," i.e. in the sense in which you are (from other motives) expecting me to do it. He said enough to strike their consciences and charge home their cherished if secret purpose. Why do ye seek to kill me? With what right, since this is the case, do ye vent your malice against me? Meyer and Godet here differ as to the emphasis laid upon the "me." The position of the enclitic με before ζητεῖτε gives it a prominence not to be overlooked. The interpretation of many - that the intention or desire to kill Jesus is the inward proof that the conscience of the Jews would admit that they were not keeping the Law which said, "Thou shalt not kill" - is very far-fetched, and weak in its force, although, according to the entire old covenant, there was much killing which was not murder. Such a reference would not correspond with the profoundly Hebrew response made by our Lord. Calvin here makes this reply of Christ a text on which to denounce, in his own day, the corruption of the papal court. Did not Moses give you the law,.... After Christ had vindicated himself and his doctrine, he proceeds to reprove the Jews for their breaking the law, which contained the will of God: by which it appeared, that they were no proper judges of his doctrine, though they cavilled at it: the question he puts could not be denied by them; for though, properly speaking, God was the lawgiver, yet inasmuch as it was delivered by Moses, it is ascribed to him, and said to come by him; and it was put into his hands, to be delivered by him, peculiarly to the people of Israel; and being given to the Jewish fathers, not only for themselves, but for their posterity in ages to come, is said to be given to the then present generation; and may be understood, either of the whole system of laws, moral, ceremonial, and, judicial, belonging to that people; or else of the particular law, concerning the keeping of the sabbath, which was a peculiar law of Moses, and proper to the children of Israel only:

and yet none of you keepeth the law; though they boasted of it as a singular privilege, and rested in it, and their obedience to it for life and salvation, yet daily broke it in various instances, in thought, word, or deed; yea, those that sat in Moses's chair, and taught it, did not observe and do what they taught; nor could the most holy and righteous man among them perfectly keep it: and many of them, who were most forward to censure others, for the violation of it, paid the least regard to it; and particularly to the law of the sabbath, which both priests and people transgressed, in one point or another, every sabbath day: wherefore our Lord reasons with them,

why go ye about to kill me? an harmless and innocent man, who never injured you in your persons and properties; and which is a proof of their not keeping that body of laws Moses gave them, since "thou shalt not kill" is one of them: though rather this may refer to the law of the sabbath, and the sense he, that since Moses had given them the law of the sabbath, and they did not keep it themselves, why should they seek to take away his life, for what they pretended was a breach of it? for our Lord here, as appears by what follows, refers to what they sought to do, above a year and a half ago, and still continued to seek after; namely, to kill him, because he had healed a man on the sabbath day, John 5:16. 19, 20. Did not Moses, etc.—that is, In opposing Me ye pretend zeal for Moses, but to the spirit and end of that law which he gave ye are total strangers, and in "going about to kill Me" ye are its greatest enemies.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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