John 8:40
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New International Version
As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things.

New Living Translation
Instead, you are trying to kill me because I told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing.

English Standard Version
but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did.

Berean Study Bible
But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing.

Berean Literal Bible
But now you seek to kill Me, a man who has spoken to you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.

New American Standard Bible
"But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.

King James Bible
But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do this!

International Standard Version
But now you're trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham would'nt have done that.

NET Bible
But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this!

New Heart English Bible
But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But now, behold, you are seeking to kill me; I am a man who have spoken the truth with you, which I have heard from God; this Abraham did not do.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I am a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. But now you want to kill me. Abraham wouldn't have done that.

New American Standard 1977
“But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But now ye seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth, which I have heard of God; Abraham did not do this.

King James 2000 Bible
But now you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

American King James Version
But now you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

American Standard Version
But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I heard from God: this did not Abraham.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But now you seek to kill me, a man who have spoken the truth to you, which I have heard of God. This Abraham did not.

Darby Bible Translation
but now ye seek to kill me, a man who has spoken the truth to you, which I have heard from God: this did not Abraham.

English Revised Version
But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I heard from God: this did not Abraham.

Webster's Bible Translation
But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard from God: this did not Abraham.

Weymouth New Testament
But, in fact, you are longing to kill me, a man who has spoken to you the truth which I have heard from God. Abraham did not do that.

World English Bible
But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham didn't do this.

Young's Literal Translation
and now, ye seek to kill me -- a man who hath spoken to you the truth I heard from God; this Abraham did not;
Study Bible
The Children of the Devil
39“Abraham is our father,” they replied. “If you were children of Abraham,” said Jesus, “you would do the works of Abraham. 40But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing. 41You are doing the works of your father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they answered. “Our only Father is God Himself.”…
Cross References
John 7:1
After this, Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. He did not want to travel in Judea, because the Jews there were trying to kill Him.

John 8:26
"I have much to say about you and much to judge. But the One who sent Me is truthful, and what I have heard from Him, I tell the world."

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.

1 John 3:12
Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his own deeds were evil, while those of his brother were righteous.
Treasury of Scripture

But now you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

now.

John 8:37 I know that you are Abraham's seed; but you seek to kill me, because …

Psalm 37:12,32 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth…

Galatians 4:16,29 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth…

1 John 3:12-15 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And …

Revelation 12:4,12,13,17 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did …

a man.

John 8:26,38,56 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true…

this.

Romans 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only…

(40) But now ye seek to kill me--i.e., As a matter of fact, in opposition to the conduct which would characterise the true children of Abraham, ye are seeking to kill Me. (Comp. Note on John 8:37.)

A man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard (better, which I heard) from God.--The term "a man," expresses His revelation, by means of human form, of the divine truth which He heard in the pre-human state (John 8:38). The crime of seeking to kill Him is aggravated by the fact that He was One who came to tell them truth, and that from God. They seek to destroy the human life which for the sake of humanity He has assumed.

This did not Abraham.--It is usual to explain these words by a reference to Abraham's receptivity of the divine truth and messengers (see Genesis 12; Genesis 14; Genesis 18; Genesis 22); but they probably point to the whole course of the patriarchal life as directly opposed to the spirit of those who claim to be his children.

Verse 40. - But now, as things are, ye are seeking - plotting, contriving, in subtle ways and by false charges - to kill me. The entire discourse is made more obvious by our Lord's discovery of the plot of the last few days, and by his allowing his friends and opponents to know that he had penetrated the thin, subtle disguise under which this murderous plan was veiled. The excitement produced by this bold charge among his own true disciples, and those who now for the first time heard of it, by our Lord's then and there lifting the veil from many a specious question; the look of guilt on the countenances of some, of truculent admission of the charge in the gesture of others; the loud murmurs and confused cries of the crowd, - must all be realized to apprehend the tremendous crisis which had now arrived. He aggravated the charge by describing himself as a man who hath declared to you the truth which I heard from God. This is the only place where the Lord speaks of himself as "a man" (cf. Acts 17:31; 1 Timothy 2:5). He here describes himself as One who is subject and liable to their murderous passion - a man, seeing that his eternal Personality has been presented to his antagonists in the form of man. His manhood was the link of relation between the God who sent him, taught him, surrounded and enveloped him, and the consciousness of his hearers. This is the highest representation of the very conception of a Divine commission and a Divine message. They were seeking to stamp out a Divine fire, to drown a heavenly voice, to refuse and trample upon a sacred Messenger. This did not Abraham. The father of the faithful was susceptible to the heavenly voice, he heard and obeyed the voice of Jehovah with childlike docility (Genesis 12, 14, 18, 22.). The visions, the commands, the messengers, the manifestations, of God to Abraham were so readily accepted that his faith is a proverb, and his greatest name is "friend of God." The wilful, hurried, malicious treatment of both the Divine Messenger and the sacred message, both of which Jesus declared to have come directly from God, proves the lack of relation with the Life of Abraham. They might be Abraham's "seed" (σπέρμα) but not his (τέκνα) children, and he in this sense could not be their "father." But now ye seek to kill me,.... A temper and disposition very foreign from that of Abraham's:

a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God; to seek to kill a man is a very great crime, and punishable with death; to kill an innocent one, that had done no sin, who was pure, holy, harmless, and inoffensive to God and man, was an aggravation of the iniquity; and to kill a prophet, and one more than a prophet, who brought a revelation from God himself, and declared the whole truth of the Gospel, and particularly that of his divine, eternal sonship, which incensed them against him, and put them upon seeking to take away his life, still increased the sin.

This did not Abraham: the sense is not, that Abraham did not tell the truth he had heard of God; for he did instruct, and command his children after him, to walk in the ways of the Lord, which he had learned from him; but that Abraham did not reject any truth that was revealed unto him, and much less seek to take away the life of any person that brought it to him; and indeed not the life of any man that deserved not to die: and our Lord suggests, that if he had been on the spot now, he would not have done as these his posterity did, since he saw his day by faith, and rejoiced in the foresight of it, John 8:56. The Jew (o) makes an objection from these words against the deity of Christ;

"you see (says he) that Jesus declares concerning himself that he is not God, but man; and so says Paul concerning him, Romans 5:15; and so Jesus, in many places, calls himself the son of man: for do we find in any place that he calls himself God, as the Nazarenes believe.''

To which may be replied, that Jesus does not declare in these words, nor in any other place, that he is not God; he says no such thing; he only observes, that he was a man, as he really was: nor is his being man any contradiction to his being God; for he is both God and man; and so those that believe in him affirm: and though Christ does not in express terms call himself God, yet he owned himself to be the Son of God, Mark 14:61, and said such things of himself, as manifestly declared him to be God; and upon account of which the Jews concluded, that he not only made himself equal with God, but that he made himself God, John 5:17. Besides, he suffered himself to be called God by a disciple of his, which he would never have done, had he not been really and truly God, John 20:28; yea, he seems to call himself so, when being tempted by Satan, he observed to him what is written, "thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God", Matthew 4:7. The reason why he so often calls himself the son of man is, because it was more suitable to him in his state of humiliation; and indeed, there was no need for him to assert his deity in express words, since his works and miracles most clearly proved that he was God: and as for the Apostle Paul, though he sometimes speaks of him as a man, he also says of him, that he is God over all, blessed for ever; and calls him the great God, and our Saviour, and God manifest in the flesh, Romans 9:5.

(o) R. Isaac Chizzuk Emuna, par. 2. c. 48. p. 436. & par. 1. c. 10. p. 118. 40. this did not Abraham—In so doing ye act in direct opposition to him.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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