John 8:21
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Once more Jesus said to them, "I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come."

New Living Translation
Later Jesus said to them again, "I am going away. You will search for me but will die in your sin. You cannot come where I am going."

English Standard Version
So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.”

New American Standard Bible
Then He said again to them, "I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come."

King James Bible
Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He said to them again, "I'm going away; you will look for Me, and you will die in your sin. Where I'm going, you cannot come."

International Standard Version
Later on, he told them again, "I'm going away, and you'll look for me, but you will die in your sin. You cannot come where I'm going."

NET Bible
Then Jesus said to them again, "I am going away, and you will look for me but will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua spoke again to them: “I am moving on and you will seek me and you will die in your sins, and where I am going, you cannot come.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. He said, "I'm going away, and you'll look for me. But you will die because of your sin. You can't go where I'm going."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Jesus said again unto them, I am going away, and ye shall seek me, but ye shall die in your sins; where I go, ye shall not be able to come.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and you shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: where I go, you cannot come.

American King James Version
Then said Jesus again to them, I go my way, and you shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: where I go, you cannot come.

American Standard Version
He said therefore again unto them, I go away, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sin: whither I go, ye cannot come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Again therefore Jesus said to them: I go, and you shall seek me, and you shall die in your sin. Whither I go, you cannot come.

Darby Bible Translation
He said therefore again to them, I go away, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sin; where I go ye cannot come.

English Revised Version
He said therefore again unto them, I go away, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sin: whither I go, ye cannot come.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said Jesus again to them, I am going away, and ye will seek me, and will die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

Weymouth New Testament
Again He said to them, "I am going away. Then you will try to find me, but you will die in your sins. Where I am going, it is impossible for you to come."

World English Bible
Jesus said therefore again to them, "I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sins. Where I go, you can't come."

Young's Literal Translation
therefore said Jesus again to them, 'I go away, and ye will seek me, and in your sin ye shall die; whither I go away, ye are not able to come.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:21-29 Those that live in unbelief, are for ever undone, if they die in unbelief. The Jews belonged to this present evil world, but Jesus was of a heavenly and Divine nature, so that his doctrine, kingdom, and blessings, would not suit their taste. But the curse of the law is done away to all that submit to the grace of the gospel. Nothing but the doctrine of Christ's grace will be an argument powerful enough, and none but the Spirit of Christ's grace will be an agent powerful enough, to turn us from sin to God; and that Spirit is given, and that doctrine is given, to work upon those only who believe in Christ. Some say, Who is this Jesus? They allow him to have been a Prophet, an excellent Teacher, and even more than a creature; but cannot acknowledge him as over all, God blessed for evermore. Will not this suffice? Jesus here answers the question. Is this to honour him as the Father? Does this admit his being the Light of the world, and the Life of men, one with the Father? All shall know by their conversion, or in their condemnation, that he always spake and did what pleased the Father, even when he claimed the highest honours to himself.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - This verse introduces a new scene and place, and perhaps a new day. The audience may have greatly changed, even if it had within it some of the same bewildered and exasperated enemies. Again he said, therefore. The οϋν refers to the fact that his liberty had not been infringed. The providence of God, the fear of the people, the inadequacy or confusing nature of the reports of his speech which had been taken to the authorities, had for a while arrested the tragedy. "No one laid hands on him." In consequence of this circumstance he said unto them again (i.e. on a subsequent occasion), I go away, and ye shall seek me. So much he had said before to "the Jews," adding, "Ye shall not find me" (John 7:34). Thus also he spake, later on, to the disciples, adding, "Thither ye cannot come" (John 13:33). On all three occasions he was misunderstood. His departure was a mystery to the Jews, who thought, or at least said, that he, a pseudo-Messiah, might be contemplating a mission to the Greeks and to the Dispersion. His departure to the Father by a bloodstained pathway, by violent death, was unspeakably perplexing to his most intimate friends. The bare idea utterly conflicted with the current notion of the Christ; but it was in the last case (ch. 14.) modified by the promise that, though he was about to leave them and to return to his Father, yet he would come again - they should once more beheld him, and he would provide a place for them. Still, they would not be able for a while to follow him, even though willing to lay down their life for his sake (John 13:33, etc.). But in the face of a more bitter misunderstanding and an utter inability to perceive and know either him or the Father, Christ said not only, "Ye shall seek me," but ye shall die in your sin. The ἐν here indicates rather the condition in which they should die than the cause of their death. "In," not "of" (so Hengstenberg, Meyer, and Luthardt). He did not say, "perish by reason of this sin," but "die in this sin." They will die looking vaguely, hopelessly, for the Saviour whom they have, in such an hyperbole of spiritual dulness and of bitter malice alike, misunderstood and rejected. They will pass through the gate of death with no deliverance from sin secured. Knowing neither the Father nor the eternal life and light manifested in himself, they will seek and not find, they will die unsanctified, unatoned, unreconciled No gleam of light will play over the dark ness of the grave. Whither I go, ye cannot come. The eternal home of the Father's love will not open to such angry search. Such utter misunderstanding as they had evinced, such point blank refusal to walk in his light, will impede and block the way to the heart of the Father, whose perfect revelation and sufficient pleading they steadily resist. The language of this verse is probably the condensation and conclusion of s much longer debate.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then said Jesus again unto them,.... It may be, immediately after he had said the above words; or rather some time after, it may be on the same day:

I go my way; meaning, the way of all flesh, or that he should die: the way of speaking shows, that his death was certain, a determined thing; which must be, and yet was voluntary: he was not driven, nor forced, but went freely; this being the path, the way, through which he must enter into his kingdom and glory:

and ye shall seek me; that is, shall seek the Messiah, as their deliverer and Saviour, when in distress; and whom he calls himself, because he was the true Messiah, and the only Saviour and Redeemer of his people, in a spiritual sense; otherwise they would not, nor did they seek Jesus of Nazareth:

and shall die in your sins; or "in your sin"; so it is in the Greek text, and in the Vulgate Latin, and Persic versions: meaning, in their sin of unbelief, and rejection of him the true Messiah: the sense is, that in the midst of their calamities, which should come upon them, for their sin against him, they should in vain seek for the Messiah, as a temporal deliverer of them; for their nation, city, and temple, and they therein should utterly perish, for their iniquity; and their ruin would not only be temporal, but eternal: since it follows,

whither I, go ye cannot come, signifying, that whereas he was going to his Father, to heaven and glory; to enjoy eternal happiness at his Father's right hand, in the human nature; they should never come there, but whilst many sat down in the kingdom of heaven, with their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who should come from afar, they would be shut out, and not suffered to enter in.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21-25. Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, &c.—(See on [1808]Joh 7:33).

John 8:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus the Light of the World
20These words He spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because His hour had not yet come. 21Then He said again to them, "I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come." 22So the Jews were saying, "Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come '?"…
Cross References
John 7:34
You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come."

John 7:36
What did he mean when he said, 'You will look for me, but you will not find me,' and 'Where I am, you cannot come'?"

John 8:24
I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins."
Treasury of Scripture

Then said Jesus again to them, I go my way, and you shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: where I go, you cannot come.

I go.

John 7:34 You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither …

John 12:33,35 This he said, signifying what death he should die…

1 Kings 18:10 As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom, where …

2 Kings 2:16,17 And they said to him, Behold now, there be with your servants fifty …

Matthew 23:39 For I say to you, You shall not see me from now on, till you shall …

Matthew 24:23,24 Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; …

and shall die.

John 8:24 I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins: for if …

Job 20:11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down …

Psalm 73:18-20 Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into …

Proverbs 11:7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish: and the hope …

Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has …

Isaiah 65:20 There shall be no more there an infant of days, nor an old man that …

Ezekiel 3:18,19 When I say to the wicked, You shall surely die; and you give him …

Luke 16:22-26 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the …

1 Corinthians 15:17,18 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins…

Ephesians 2:1 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

whither.

John 7:34 You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither …

John 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You shall seek …

Matthew 25:41,46 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, …

Jump to Previous
Able Death Die Find Impossible Jesus Once Possible Seek Sin Sins Try Way Whither
Jump to Next
Able Death Die Find Impossible Jesus Once Possible Seek Sin Sins Try Way Whither
Links
John 8:21 NIV
John 8:21 NLT
John 8:21 ESV
John 8:21 NASB
John 8:21 KJV

John 8:21 Bible Apps
John 8:21 Bible Suite
John 8:21 Biblia Paralela
John 8:21 Chinese Bible
John 8:21 French Bible
John 8:21 German Bible

Alphabetical: again am and away cannot come die for go going He I in Jesus look me more Once said seek sin them Then to Where will you your

NT Gospels: John 8:21 Jesus said therefore again to them (Jhn Jo Jn) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
John 8:20
Top of Page
Top of Page