John 8:22
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New International Version
This made the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, 'Where I go, you cannot come'?"

New Living Translation
The people asked, "Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, 'You cannot come where I am going'?"

English Standard Version
So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?”

Berean Study Bible
So the Jews began to ask, "Will He kill Himself, since He says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'?"

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore the Jews were saying, "Will He kill Himself, that He says, 'Where I go, you are not able to come'?"

New American Standard Bible
So the Jews were saying, "Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come '?"

King James Bible
Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the Jews said again, "He won't kill Himself, will He, since He says, Where I'm going, you cannot come?"

International Standard Version
So the Jewish leaders were asking, "He isn't going to kill himself, is he? Is that why he said, 'You cannot come where I'm going'?"

NET Bible
So the Jewish leaders began to say, "Perhaps he is going to kill himself, because he says, 'Where I am going you cannot come.'"

New Heart English Bible
The Jewish leaders therefore said, "Will he kill himself, that he says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come?'"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Judeans were saying, “Will he now kill himself?”, because he had said, “Where I am going, you cannot come.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the Jews asked, "Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means when he says, 'You can't go where I'm going'?"

New American Standard 1977
Therefore the Jews were saying, “Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the Jews said, Will he kill himself? because he says, Where I go, ye shall not be able to come.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he said, Where I go, you cannot come.

American King James Version
Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he said, Where I go, you cannot come.

American Standard Version
The Jews therefore said, Will he kill himself, that he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Jews therefore said: Will he kill himself, because he said: Whither I go, you cannot come?

Darby Bible Translation
The Jews therefore said, Will he kill himself, that he says, Where I go ye cannot come?

English Revised Version
The Jews therefore said, Will he kill himself, that he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said the Jews, will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

Weymouth New Testament
The Jews began to ask one another, "Is he going to kill himself, do you think, that he says, 'Where I am going, it is impossible for you to come'?"

World English Bible
The Jews therefore said, "Will he kill himself, that he says, 'Where I am going, you can't come?'"

Young's Literal Translation
The Jews, therefore, said, 'Will he kill himself, because he saith, Whither I go away, ye are not able to come?'
Study Bible
Jesus the Light of the World
21Again He said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for Me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22So the Jews began to ask, “Will He kill Himself, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23Then He told them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.…
Cross References
John 1:19
And this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, "Who are you?"

John 7:35
At this, the Jews said to one another, "Where does He intend to go that we will not find Him? Will He go where the Jews are dispersed among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?

John 8:48
The Jews answered Him, "Are we not right to say that You are a Samaritan and You have a demon?"

John 8:52
"Now we know that You have a demon!" declared the Jews. "Abraham died, and so did the prophets, yet You say that anyone who keeps Your word will never taste death.
Treasury of Scripture

Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he said, Where I go, you cannot come.

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John 8:48,52 Then answered the Jews, and said to him, Say we not well that you …

John 7:20 The people answered and said, You have a devil: who goes about to kill you?

John 10:20 And many of them said, He has a devil, and is mad; why hear you him?

Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

Psalm 31:18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things …

Psalm 123:4 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are …

Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against …

Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

(22) Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself?--They see the deeper meaning of His words, and yet cannot see how that meaning is to be fulfilled. "He is going away, and He clearly refers to His death. But the issues of life are in the darkness of the future. Who can know the hour of His own departure? There is only one class of persons who can speak with certainty of thus going away, and these are persons who by their own act fix the limit of their own lives."

Because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.--Comp. Note on John 7:35. Then they had asked in scorn if He would go to the Dispersion and teach the heathen? If so, they certainly could not follow Him. Here there is the same scorn. If He intends to go to Hades, He will indeed be beyond their reach. They expect to go to Abraham's bosom: between Him and them there will be the great gulf which no one can pass. (Comp. Notes on Luke 16:22-26.) Many expositors have seen here a reference to the deeper darkness which, in current Jewish belief, fell on the souls of those who had by their own act passed to the other world. This is supported by the speech of Josephus at Jotapata (Wars, iii. 8, 5). Their words may imply, "If He is going to that depth, well may He say 'Whither I go, ye cannot come.'" But if this meaning were expressed in their words, we should have expected some reference to it in the answer of our Lord; and if it be expressed at all it is in their words. It has no sanction in thought or word from Him.

Verse 22. - The Jews therefore said (were saying one to the other), Will he kill himself, that (because) he saith, Whither I go, thither ye cannot come? This query was one of harsh mockery, and can hardly be exaggerated in malign intent. The suicide was supposed to have his place in Gehenna, According to Josephus ('Bell. Jud.,' 3:08. 5), "the darkest regions of Hades would receive the souls of such." The Jews then scoff at his departure as a spontaneous resort to a fate towards which they did rot care or mean to follow him. Edersheim declares this passage of Josephus not to be sustained by rabbinical authority, and he doubts this aspect of their scorn. He limits it to the Jewish guess that Jesus must be contemplating self. murder, and as putting deliberately such a distance between them and him that they could not traverse it. The very fact that they had it in their hearts to destroy him makes it probable that they were looking beyond the act of suicide, either to the hell of popular belief or the hatred of contemporaries. They obviously thought that none but a suicide can determine the time of his departure. Christ proceeded to show them that the reason why his death would separate them from him was a fundamental difference of nature. Then said the Jews, will he kill himself?.... Which was not only a wicked, but a foolish consequence, drawn from his words: for it by no means followed, because he was going away, and whither they could not come, that therefore he must destroy himself; this seems to be what they would have been glad he would have done, and suggested the thought that he might do it, in which they imitated Satan, Matthew 4:6, under whose influence they now apparently were, and hoped that he would, which would at once extricate them out of their difficulties on his account:

because he sayeth, whither I go ye cannot come: this is no reason at all; for had Christ's meaning been, as they blasphemously intimate, they might have destroyed themselves too, and have gone after him. 22. Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself?—seeing something more in His words than before (Joh 7:35), but their question more malignant and scornful.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.
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