John 8:41
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New International Version
You are doing the works of your own father." "We are not illegitimate children," they protested. "The only Father we have is God himself."

New Living Translation
No, you are imitating your real father." They replied, "We aren't illegitimate children! God himself is our true Father."

English Standard Version
You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.”

New American Standard Bible
"You are doing the deeds of your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God."

King James Bible
Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You're doing what your father does."" We weren't born of sexual immorality," they said. "We have one Father--God."

International Standard Version
You are doing your father's actions." They told him, "We're not illegitimate children. We have one Father, God himself."

NET Bible
You people are doing the deeds of your father." Then they said to Jesus, "We were not born as a result of immorality! We have only one Father, God himself."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But you are doing the deeds of your father.” They were saying to him, “We are not from fornication; we have one father, God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You're doing what your father does." The Jews said to Jesus, "We're not illegitimate children. God is our only Father."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye do the deeds of your father. Then they said to him, We are not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

King James 2000 Bible
You do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We are not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

American King James Version
You do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

American Standard Version
Ye do the works of your father. They said unto him, We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You do the works of your father. They said therefore to him: We are not born of fornication: we have one Father, even God.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye do the works of your father. They said [therefore] to him, We are not born of fornication; we have one father, God.

English Revised Version
Ye do the works of your father. They said unto him, We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We are not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

Weymouth New Testament
You are doing the deeds of your father." "We," they replied, "are not illegitimate children. We have one Father, namely God."

World English Bible
You do the works of your father." They said to him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father, God."

Young's Literal Translation
ye do the works of your father.' They said, therefore, to him, 'We of whoredom have not been born; one Father we have -- God;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:41-47 Satan prompts men to excesses by which they murder themselves and others, while what he puts into the mind tends to ruin men's souls. He is the great promoter of falsehood of every kind. He is a liar, all his temptations are carried on by his calling evil good, and good evil, and promising freedom in sin. He is the author of all lies; whom liars resemble and obey, with whom all liars shall have their portion for ever. The special lusts of the devil are spiritual wickedness, the lusts of the mind, and corrupt reasonings, pride and envy, wrath and malice, enmity to good, and enticing others to evil. By the truth, here understand the revealed will of God as to the salvation of men by Jesus Christ, the truth Christ was now preaching, and which the Jews opposed.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 41. - Instead of doing the works of Abraham, you are doing the works of your father. That is, you have a father with whom you are, nevertheless, in living, ethical relation. If you persist in boasting of your father, who is neither "the Father" nor Abraham, I must soon tell you who that father is. Loud interruption followed. Abrupt and startling was the retort: We are [were] not born of fornication; we have one Father, God. Many expositors think that these Jews began to babble against the possibility of their being bastard children of Sarah, or to protest that they were not Ishmaelites or any collateral branch of the seed of Abraham, like the Idumaeans or the sons of Keturah. This is far away from the context, and unworthy of the controversy. The idea is sufficiently explained by the second clause. The covenant relation between Jehovah and Israel is so constantly referred to in the Old Testament (Hosea 1:2; Hosea 2:4; Isaiah 1:21; Jeremiah 2:20) under the image of marriage and the unfaithfulness of particular generations to Jehovah; and their false worship and idolatry are so often regarded as "fornication" and "adultery" from God, the Husband of the dedicated spouse, so that nothing is more probable, when Jesus charged them with doing the works of their father, that they should have exclaimed, "Surely we have no idolatrous sympathies. None but Jehovah is our God. Thou must not charge us with any compromise with the accursed thing." The wild rage which the Jews had shown to Pilate in the matter of the shields, their abhorrence of the defilement of idols in the matter of food, their avoidance even of the supreme court of Roman justice under fear of idolatrous contamination, explain the outflash of this indignant rejoinder. This view is, in the main, advocated by De Wette, Lampe, Lucke, Lange, and Hengstenberg; but opposed by Meyer, Westcott: "We do not owe our position to idolatrous desertion of Jehovah. We are the offspring of the union of God with his chosen people. Our spiritual descent is as pure as our historical descent." Godet modifies it: "We have no idolatrous blood in our veins; we are Hebrews of the Hebrews." They claim to be the children of God, as well as children of Abraham (Deuteronomy 32:6; Isaiah 63:16; Malachi 2:10).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Ye do the deeds of your father,.... Not Abraham, but the devil.

Then said they unto him, we be not born of fornication: meaning either literally, that they were not a brood of bastards, children of whoredom, illegitimately begotten in unlawful copulation, or wedlock; or figuratively, that they were not the children of idolaters, idolatry being called fornication in Scripture; but that they were the holy seed of Israel, and children of the prophets, who had retained the pure word, and the true worship of God, though in all this they might have been contradicted and refuted; to which they add,

we have one Father, even God; Israel being called by God his Son, and firstborn to them belonged the adoption, in a national sense, and of this they boasted; though few of them were the children of God by special adoption, or God their Father by regenerating grace.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

41. We be not born of fornication … we have one Father, God—meaning, as is generally allowed, that they were not an illegitimate race in point of religion, pretending only to be God's people, but were descended from His own chosen Abraham.

John 8:41 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Truth will Set You Free
40"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. 41"You are doing the deeds of your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God."
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:6
Is this the way you repay the LORD, you foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?

Isaiah 63:16
But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.

Isaiah 64:8
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

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

John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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

You do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

do.

John 8:38,44 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and you do that which …

We be.

Isaiah 57:3-7 But draw near here, you sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer …

Ezekiel 23:45-47 And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of …

Hosea 1:2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said …

Hosea 2:2-5 Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am …

Malachi 2:11 Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in …

we have.

Exodus 4:22 And you shall say to Pharaoh, Thus said the LORD, Israel is my son, …

Deuteronomy 14:1 You are the children of the LORD your God: you shall not cut yourselves, …

Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless you are our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and …

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our …

Jeremiah 3:19 But I said, How shall I put you among the children, and give you …

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke …

Ezekiel 16:20,21 Moreover you have taken your sons and your daughters, whom you have …

Malachi 1:6 A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a …

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