John 8:34
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New International Version
Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

New Living Translation
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.

English Standard Version
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.

New American Standard Bible
Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

King James Bible
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jesus responded, "I assure you: Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.

International Standard Version
Jesus answered them, "Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, that everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.

NET Bible
Jesus answered them, "I tell you the solemn truth, everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to them: “Timeless truth I speak to you: Whoever commits sin is a servant of sin.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus answered them, "I can guarantee this truth: Whoever lives a sinful life is a slave to sin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever commits sin is the slave of sin.

King James 2000 Bible
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin.

American King James Version
Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin.

American Standard Version
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Every one that committeth sin is the bondservant of sin.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus answered them: Amen, amen I say unto you: that whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin.

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say to you, Every one that practises sin is the bondman of sin.

English Revised Version
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Every one that committeth sin is the bondservant of sin.

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say to you, Whoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin.

Weymouth New Testament
"In most solemn truth I tell you," replied Jesus, "that every one who commits sin is the slave of sin.

World English Bible
Jesus answered them, "Most certainly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the bondservant of sin.

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus answered them, 'Verily, verily, I say to you -- Every one who is committing sin, is a servant of the sin,
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 34. - Jesus answered them; i.e. those "Jews who believed him," but whose retort showed their faith to be of the most feeble and imperfect kind, and which, if it were momentarily assumed, was ready to disappear at the first touch of trial. A promise of Divine love had been treated by them as an insult, not so much to their national history, as to their religious triumph over their civil and political disasters. There is no reason to believe that in these, or in the following words, the unbelieving Jews had once more become the interlocutors, as Tholuck and Hengstenberg have done on different grounds. Meyer, Ellicott, Lange, and many others agree with the view here advanced. The answer to them (αὐτοῖς, those who were the subjects of ἀπεκρίθησαν) is introduced with peculiar solemnity: Verily, verily I say unto you, every one (πᾶς) that doeth sin - ὁ ποιῶν ἁμαρτίαν is different from πράσσων φαῦλα of John 3:20; it is the precise opposite of ποιῶν ἀλήθειαν of John 3:21, and does not mean "everyone who committeth separate acts of transgression," but it means "everyone who is living a life of sin" - is the bond slave (of sin). Godet is strongly disposed, on the ground of the exceedingly small authority of D and b alone (and certain quotations of Origen), to believe that the τῆς ἁμαρτίας is a gloss. Certainly the whole passage would be easier to interpret if our Lord had simply said that the man under the habitual power of sin is a slave, and had then, in vers. 35 and 36, advanced to the contrast between the slave and the Son. But there is great unanimity among all the authorities as to the accuracy of the Received and Revised Texts, though Westcott and Hort place it in brackets. The interpretation, consequently, is simply this, that Christ did "pass from the idea of bondage under sin to that of bondage generally, and from the idea of sonship to the Son" (Westcott). The notion of personal transgression producing a bondage, and enfettering the soul and the will, and separating it from the glorious liberty of true sonship, lay outside of their notion of discipleship. They were not requiring deliverance from sin or its bondage; what they wanted was the full realization of the national hope. The language of this verse can be paralleled from the writings of the classics and rabbis, and is largely handled by St. Paul (Romans 6. and 7.). The relation between sin as a principle and sins as acts of the will is a great New Testament revelation. The personal commission of sin augments the force of the corrupt tendency which leads to and facilitates fresh transgression. Every compliance with evil forges a new fetter, and imposes it on the will of the transgressor. "The strong man guards his house, and his goods are in peace" (Luke 11:21).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Jesus answered them, verily verily I say unto you,.... Taking no notice of their civil liberty, to which he could easily have replied to their confusion and silence, he observes to them their moral servitude and bondage, and in the strongest manner affirms, that

whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin; which must be understood, not of one that commits a single act of sin, though ever so gross, as did Noah, Lot, David, Peter, and others, who yet were not the servants of sin; or of such who sin through ignorance, weakness of the flesh, and the power of Satan's temptations, and especially who commit sin with reluctance, the spirit lusting against it; nor indeed of any regenerate persons, though they are not without sin; nor do they live without the commission of it, in thought, word, or deed; and though they fall into it, they do not continue and live in it, but rise up out of it, through the grace of God, and by true repentance; and so are not to be reckoned the servants of sin, or to be of the devil. But this is to be understood of such whose bias and bent of their minds are to sin; who give up themselves unto it, and sell themselves to work wickedness; who make sin their trade, business, and employment, and are properly workers of it, and take delight and pleasure in it: these, whatever liberty, they promise themselves, are the servants of corruption; they are under the government of sin, that has dominion over them; and they obey it in the lusts thereof, and are drudges and slaves unto it, and will have no other wages at last but death, even eternal death, if grace prevent not; see Romans 6:16.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

34, 35. Whosoever committeth sin—that is, liveth in the commission of it—(Compare 1Jo 3:8; Mt 7:23).

is the servant of sin—that is, the bond-servant, or slave of it; for the question is not about free service, but who are in bondage. (Compare 2Pe 2:19; Re 6:16). The great truth here expressed was not unknown to heathen moralists; but it was applied only to vice, for they were total strangers to what in revealed religion is called sin. The thought of slaves and freemen in the house suggests to our Lord a wider idea.

John 8:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Truth will Set You Free
33They 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 '?" 34Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35"The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.…
Cross References
Romans 6:16
Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

2 Peter 2:19
They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity--for "people are slaves to whatever has mastered them."
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