John 8:38
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New International Version
I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father."

New Living Translation
I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father."

English Standard Version
I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

Berean Study Bible
I speak of what I have seen in the presence of the Father, and you do what you have heard from your father."

Berean Literal Bible
I speak that which I have seen with the Father; therefore you also do what you have heard from your father."

New American Standard Bible
"I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father."

King James Bible
I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I speak what I have seen in the presence of the Father; therefore, you do what you have heard from your father.""

International Standard Version
I declare what I've seen in my Father's presence, and you're doing what you've heard from your father."

NET Bible
I am telling you the things I have seen while with the Father; as for you, practice the things you have heard from the Father!"

New Heart English Bible
I say the things which I have seen with my Father; and you also do the things which you have heard from your father."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I am speaking the thing I have seen with my Father; you are doing the thing that you have seen with your father.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What I'm saying is what I have seen in my Father's presence. But you do what you've heard from your father."

New American Standard 1977
“I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
I speak that which I have seen with my Father, and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

King James 2000 Bible
I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and you do that which you have seen with your father.

American King James Version
I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and you do that which you have seen with your father.

American Standard Version
I speak the things which I have seen with my Father: and ye also do the things which ye heard from your father.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and you do the things that you have seen with your father.

Darby Bible Translation
I speak what I have seen with my Father, and ye then do what ye have seen with your father.

English Revised Version
I speak the things which I have seen with my Father: and ye also do the things which ye heard from your father.

Webster's Bible Translation
I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

Weymouth New Testament
The words I speak are those I have learnt in the presence of the Father. Therefore you also should do what you have heard from your father."

World English Bible
I say the things which I have seen with my Father; and you also do the things which you have seen with your father."

Young's Literal Translation
I -- that which I have seen with my Father do speak, and ye, therefore, that which ye have seen with your father -- ye do.'
Study Bible
The Children of the Devil
37I know you are Abraham’s descendants, but you are trying to kill Me because My word has no place within you. 38I speak of what I have seen in the presence of the Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.” 39“Abraham is our father,” they replied. “If you were children of Abraham,” said Jesus, “you would do the works of Abraham.…
Cross References
John 8:41
You are doing the works of your father." "We are not illegitimate children," they answered. "Our only Father is God Himself."

John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies.
Treasury of Scripture

I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and you do that which you have seen with your father.

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John 3:32 And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives …

John 5:19,30 Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, …

John 12:49,50 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he …

John 14:10,24 Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the …

John 17:8 For I have given to them the words which you gave me; and they have …

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John 8:41,44 You do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not …

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, …

1 John 3:8-10 He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the …

(38) I speak that which I have seen with my Father.--Some of the older MSS. read "the" for "My," but without change of sense. For the thought, comp. John 8:28, where we have the same connection between doing and speaking. He is the Word, and His work is to speak what He had seen in His eternal existence with the Father.

And ye do that which ye have seen with your father.--For "seen," the better reading is probably heard. Here, as in the previous clause, some MSS. omit the possessive pronoun with "father," but it is rightly inserted to express the meaning. The clauses are in direct opposition to each other, and this is shown by the emphatic personal pronouns--"I, on My part . . . My Father." "You, on your part . . . your father." The tenses of the verbs, too, are to be distinguished--"That which I have seen" (during My whole existence in eternity). "That which ye heard" (when ye became servants of sin). The cases of the substantives are also different--"I have seen with my Father" (signifying existence with. Comp. John 1:1). "Ye heard from your father" (what he directed).

Again, there is a word in the original which it is hard to represent in English, and which our version altogether omits. It is not simply "and ye do," but "and ye therefore, or accordingly, do." It is the same principle of union between Father and Son which directs His work, which is to reveal God, and their work, of which the seeking to kill Him is an instance.

Verse 38. - I speak the things which I have seen with the (my) Father: and do you therefore the things which ye heard from the (your) father; or, and you therefore do the things which ye heard from your father. We need not, with Meyer, limit the Lord's vision of the Divine things which he saw with the Father to his premundane Personality. He describes himself in constant communion with the Father. The Father is with him. He knows the mind and will and good pleasure of the Father. His is the perfectly pure heart, which is as an eye forevermore beholding the Father. That the Only Begotten sees and knows what no other sees, is constantly taught in this Gospel (see John 3:32; John 6:46). In Christ, moreover, the disciple may verily see the Father (John 14:7, 9; 1 John 2:23). The probable textual reading given above would draw a species of contrast between Christ's "seeing" (παρὰ τῷ) with the Father, and the Jews' "hearing" (παρὰ τοῦ) from the Father, as though such communication were less intimate than "seeing." This must not be pressed (see ver. 40). If the ποιεῖτε be imperative, the language would be an appeal to the Jews to act out that which, from prophets and teachers and interpreters of the Divine will, they had heard. Moulton treats the clause as one more, one last, exhortation. The word of Christ had not advanced within them - it remained as a barren formula; let them give it free course now. Their opposition had not as yet been malignant or hopeless; one more chance is given them. The more ordinary interpretation is to make the ποιεῖτε indicative. If it be so, and still more if the ὑμῶν (omitted by B, L, P) be genuine, "the father" to whom reference is made as theirs, is in contrast with the Father of Christ, and, without pointedly saying so, Jesus implies that it is another father altogether. In ver. 44 Christ does indeed declare that the father with whom they are in ethical relation and sympathy is not God, but the devil - the very opposite of the God of Abraham, the very antithesis of the Father of infinite love. At this point he simply suggests, "Therefore the things which ye heard from your father ye do," ye habitually do, ye are now doing in your hatred and murderous sentiments towards myself. Surely this implies a severity which is hardly compatible with an address to Jews who believed him. The interpretation of the following verse is governed by that of this. I speak that which I have seen with my Father,.... This is an aggravation of the sin of the Jews, in seeking to kill Christ, on account of his doctrine, since it was not his own, but his Father's; was not merely human, but divine; was what he the only begotten Son, that lay in the bosom of his Father, had seen in his heart, in his purposes, and decrees, in his council, and covenant, and so was clear, complete, certain, and to be depended on:

and ye do that which ye have seen with your father; meaning the devil, whom, though they had not scan with their eyes, nor any of his personal actions; yet acted so much under his influence, and according to his will, as if they had close and intimate consultation with him, and took their plan of operation from him, and had him continually before them, as their example and pattern, to copy after. The Ethiopic version reads, "what ye have heard"; and so it is read in three of Beza's copies, and in three of Stephens's. 38. my Father … your father—(See on [1812]Joh 8:23).8:37-40 Our Lord opposed the proud and vain confidence of these Jews, showing that their descent from Abraham could not profit those of a contrary spirit to him. Where the word of God has no place, no good is to be expected; room is left there for all wickedness. A sick person who turns from his physician, and will take neither remedies nor food, is past hope of recovery. The truth both heals and nourishes the hearts of those who receive it. The truth taught by philosophers has not this power and effect, but only the truth of God. Those who claim the privileges of Abraham, must do Abraham's works; must be strangers and sojourners in this world; keep up the worship of God in their families, and always walk before God.
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