John 8:23
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New International Version
But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

New Living Translation
Jesus continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not.

English Standard Version
He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

New American Standard Bible
And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.

King James Bible
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"You are from below," He told them, "I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

International Standard Version
He told them, "You are from below, I'm from above. You are of this world, but I'm not of this world.

NET Bible
Jesus replied, "You people are from below; I am from above. You people are from this world; I am not from this world.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said to them, “You are from below and I am from above. You are from this world; I am not from this world.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to them, "You're from below. I'm from above. You're from this world. I'm not from this world.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto them, Ye are from below, I am from above; ye are of this world, I am not of this world.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto them, You are from beneath; I am from above: you are of this world; I am not of this world.

American King James Version
And he said to them, You are from beneath; I am from above: you are of this world; I am not of this world.

American Standard Version
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to them: You are from beneath, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above. Ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

English Revised Version
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

Weymouth New Testament
"You," He continued, "are from below, I am from above: you are of this present world, I am not of this present world.

World English Bible
He said to them, "You are from beneath. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world.

Young's Literal Translation
and he said to them, 'Ye are from beneath, I am from above; ye are of this world, I am not of this world;
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 23. - Yet this essential divergence is not based on fatalistic grounds, but on moral ones. The argument of the twenty-fourth verse explains the description of ver. 23. The ground of this utter alienation is the lack of belief, which will leave them in their sins to die. He said to them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above. You spring from the lower as opposed to the higher world; you are influenced by considerations drawn from the earthly, sensual, superficial, and transitory. It is not necessary to suppose that our Lord is clenching the Jews' harsh speech about the underworld with a tu-quoque, as though they verily belonged to the Gehenna to which they were consigning him; for the next pair of clauses are in parallel apposition with the former. In the words, Ye are of this world; I am not of this world, "This world" corresponds with the τῶν κάτω of the previous clause, and the "not of this world" corresponds with the τὰ ἄνω, the heavenly regions from which he has continually declared, in many varieties of phrase, that he had come, or descended, or been sent. Certainly and broadly speaking, this is true, as a contrast between Christ and all other men before their regeneration. Our Lord especially charges home upon these earth-bound souls, on these purely human, selfish, unspiritual, unrenewed, unbelieving men, this antagonism to himself, this refusal to walk in his light or receive his life. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh" (John 3:6). They are flesh. He does not exclude them forever from such participation in his own heavenly life as would reverse the descriptive and characteristic features of their being. The reason why they have not seen the kingdom or the King is that they are not born of the Spirit.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said unto them,.... Upon this wicked remark of theirs, and query on his words:

ye are from beneath: not only of the earth, earthy, and so spoke of the earth, and as carnal men; but even of hell, they were the children of the devil; they breathed his Spirit, spoke his language, and did his lusts, as in John 8:44.

I am from above; not with respect to his human body, which he did not bring with him from heaven, that was formed below, in the Virgin's womb; otherwise he would not have been the seed of the woman, the son of Abraham, David, and Mary: but either with regard to his divine nature and person, he was of God, the Son of God, the only begotten of the Father, who then lay in his bosom, and was in heaven above at that time; or to his mission, which was from heaven.

Ye are of this world; they were, as they were born into the world, sinful, carnal, and corrupt; they were in it, and belonged to it, had never been chosen, or called out of it; they had their conversation according to the course of it, and conformed to its evil customs and manners; they were under the influence of the God of the world, and were taken with the sinful and sensual lasts thereof; they were men of worldly spirits; they minded earth, and earthly things, and had their portion in this world, and might be truly called the men of it.

I am not of this world; he was in it, but not of it; he was come into it to save the chief of sinners, but he did not belong to it, nor did he conform to it; for though he conversed with sinners, ate with them, and received them, being called to repentance by him; yet he was separate from them, and did not as they did: nor did he pursue the pleasures, honours, and riches of this world, being all his days a man of sorrows, and despised of men; and though Lord of all, had not where to lay his head.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. Ye are from beneath; I am from above—contrasting Himself, not as in Joh 3:31, simply with earthborn messengers of God, but with men sprung from and breathing an opposite element from His, which rendered it impossible that He and they should have any present fellowship, or dwell eternally together. (Again see on [1809]Joh 7:33; also see on [1810]Joh 8:44).

John 8:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus the Light of the World
22So the Jews were saying, "Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come '?" 23And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24"Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."…
Cross References
John 3:31
The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.

John 17:14
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

John 17:16
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

1 John 4:5
They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.

1 John 4:6
We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them, You are from beneath; I am from above: you are of this world; I am not of this world.

Ye are from.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory…

John 3:13,31 And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from …

Psalm 17:4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of your lips I have kept …

Romans 8:7,8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject …

1 Corinthians 15:47,48 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven…

Philippians 3:19-21 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory …

James 3:15-17 This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish…

1 John 2:15,16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If …

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John 15:18,19 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you…

John 17:14,16 I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because …

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship …

1 John 2:15,16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If …

1 John 4:5,6 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the …

1 John 5:19,20 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness…

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