John 8:33
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New International Version
They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?"

New Living Translation
"But we are descendants of Abraham," they said. "We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, 'You will be set free'?"

English Standard Version
They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

Berean Study Bible
"We are Abraham's descendants," they answered. "We have never been slaves to anyone. How can You say we will be set free?"

Berean Literal Bible
They answered unto Him, "We are Abraham's seed, and to no one ever have we been under bondage. How do You say, 'You will become free'?"

New American Standard Bible
They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will become free '?"

King James Bible
They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We are descendants of Abraham," they answered Him, "and we have never been enslaved to anyone. How can You say, You will become free?"

International Standard Version
They replied to him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves to anybody. So how can you say, 'You will be set free'?"

NET Bible
"We are descendants of Abraham," they replied, "and have never been anyone's slaves! How can you say, 'You will become free'?"

New Heart English Bible
They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free?'"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were saying to him, “We are the seed of Abraham, and never have we served in bondage to a man; how do you say, “You shall be children of liberty”?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They replied to Jesus, "We are Abraham's descendants, and we've never been anyone's slaves. So how can you say that we will be set free?"

New American Standard 1977
They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You shall become free’?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
They answered him, We are Abraham's seed, and we have never served anyone; how sayest thou, Ye shall be set free?

King James 2000 Bible
They answered him, We are Abraham's descendants, and were never in bondage to any man: how say you, You shall be made free?

American King James Version
They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how say you, You shall be made free?

American Standard Version
They answered unto him, We are Abraham's seed, and have never yet been in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Douay-Rheims Bible
They answered him: We are the seed of Abraham, and we have never been slaves to any man: how sayest thou: you shall be free?

Darby Bible Translation
They answered him, We are Abraham's seed, and have never been under bondage to any one; how sayest thou, Ye shall become free?

English Revised Version
They answered unto him, We be Abraham's seed, and have never yet been in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Webster's Bible Translation
They answered him, We are Abraham's offspring, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Weymouth New Testament
"We are descendants of Abraham," they answered, "and have never at any time been in slavery to any one. What do those words of yours mean, 'You shall become free'?"

World English Bible
They answered him, "We are Abraham's seed, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How do you say, 'You will be made free?'"

Young's Literal Translation
They answered him, 'Seed of Abraham we are; and to no one have we been servants at any time; how dost thou say -- Ye shall become free?'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
8:30-36 Such power attended our Lord's words, that many were convinced, and professed to believe in him. He encouraged them to attend his teaching, rely on his promises, and obey his commands, notwithstanding all temptations to evil. Thus doing, they would be his disciples truly; and by the teaching of his word and Spirit, they would learn where their hope and strength lay. Christ spoke of spiritual liberty; but carnal hearts feel no other grievances than those that molest the body, and distress their worldly affairs. Talk to them of their liberty and property, tell them of waste committed upon their lands, or damage done to their houses, and they understand you very well; but speak of the bondage of sin, captivity to Satan, and liberty by Christ; tell of wrong done to their precious souls, and the hazard of their eternal welfare, then you bring strange things to their ears. Jesus plainly reminded them, that the man who practised any sin, was, in fact, a slave to that sin, which was the case with most of them. Christ in the gospel offers us freedom, he has power to do this, and those whom Christ makes free are really so. But often we see persons disputing about liberty of every kind, while they are slaves to some sinful lust.
Study Bible
The Truth will Set You Free
32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33“We are Abraham’s descendants, they answered. “We have never been slaves to anyone. How can You say we will be set free?” 34Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:9
And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Luke 3:8
Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

John 8:37
I know you are Abraham's descendants, but you are trying to kill Me because My word has no place within you.

John 8:39
"Abraham is our father," they replied. "If you were children of Abraham," said Jesus, "you would do the works of Abraham.

John 8:43
Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to accept My message.

Romans 9:7
Nor because they are Abraham's descendants are they all his children. On the contrary, "Through Isaac your offspring will be reckoned."
Treasury of Scripture

They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how say you, You shall be made free?

We be.

John 8:39 They answered and said to him, Abraham is our father. Jesus said …

Leviticus 25:42 For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of …

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: …

Luke 16:24-26 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send …

and were.

John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's …

Genesis 15:13 And he said to Abram, Know of a surety that your seed shall be a …

Exodus 1:13,14 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigor…

Judges 2:18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge…

Judges 3:8 Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold …

Judges 4:3 And the children of Israel cried to the LORD: for he had nine hundred …

Ezra 9:9 For we were slaves; yet our God has not forsaken us in our bondage, …

Nehemiah 5:4-8 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's …

Nehemiah 9:27,28,36,37 Therefore you delivered them into the hand of their enemies, who …

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