John 8:43
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New International Version
Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.

New Living Translation
Why can't you understand what I am saying? It's because you can't even hear me!

English Standard Version
Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.

Berean Study Bible
Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to accept My message.

Berean Literal Bible
Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to hear My word.

New American Standard Bible
"Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.

King James Bible
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why don't you understand what I say? Because you cannot listen to My word.

International Standard Version
Why don't you understand what I've said? It's because you can't listen to my words.

NET Bible
Why don't you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept my teaching.

New Heart English Bible
Why do you not understand my speech? Because you cannot hear my word.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And why do you not understand my word? It is because you cannot hear my word.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why don't you understand the language I use? Is it because you can't understand the words I use?

New American Standard 1977
“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

King James 2000 Bible
Why do you not understand my speech? even because you cannot hear my word.

American King James Version
Why do you not understand my speech? even because you cannot hear my word.

American Standard Version
Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why do you not know my speech? Because you cannot hear my word.

Darby Bible Translation
Why do ye not know my speech? Because ye cannot hear my word.

English Revised Version
Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word.

Webster's Bible Translation
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

Weymouth New Testament
How is it you do not understand me when I speak? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words.

World English Bible
Why don't you understand my speech? Because you can't hear my word.

Young's Literal Translation
wherefore do ye not know my speech? because ye are not able to hear my word.
Study Bible
The Children of the Devil
42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on My own, but He sent Me. 43Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to accept My message. 44You 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.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:15
For this people's heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.'

John 5:25
Truly, truly, I tell you, the hour is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

John 7:17
If anyone desires to do His will, he will know whether My teaching is from God or whether I speak on My own.

John 8:33
"We are Abraham's descendants," they answered. "We have never been slaves to anyone. How can You say we will be set free?"

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

Why do you not understand my speech? even because you cannot hear my word.

do.

John 8:27 They understood not that he spoke to them of the Father.

John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and you receive me not: if another …

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether …

John 12:39,40 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again…

Proverbs 28:5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand …

Isaiah 44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he has shut their eyes, that …

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he …

Micah 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they …

Romans 3:11 There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God.

ye cannot.

John 6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, …

Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand …

Jeremiah 6:10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, …

Acts 7:51 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

Romans 8:7,8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject …

(43) Why do ye not understand my speech, . . . my word.--The distinction between "speech" (the form) and "word" (the matter which was spoken) is rightly preserved. Comp. John 12:48, "the word that I have spoken." A good instance of the meaning of "speech is found in Matthew 26:73, "thy speech betrayeth thee." From John 8:33 onwards, they had constantly misunderstood His expressions. The reason is that the subject-matter of His discourse is altogether above them. He is speaking of spiritual things, which are spiritually discerned. They, if children of the Father whom they claimed, would recognise these spiritual truths and know the language of home.

Ye cannot hear.--Comp. Note on John 6:60. The sense is, "Ye cannot hear, so as to receive and obey." He supplies the answer to His own question. In the following verses (44-47), He expresses this answer more fully.

Verse 43. - Why do ye not understand - come to appreciate and penetrate the significance of - my speech? There is delicate subtle distinction between λαλιά and λόγος, corresponding to that between λαλέω and λέγω. The former word connotes the form, manner, and tone of utterance, and the latter its inner substance and power. Λαλιά is a, word used for any manifestation of sound, a voice, the babble of children, the cries and songs of beasts or birds, for which purpose λὲγω and λόγος are not used (Trench, 'Syn. of N.T.'). Peter's λαλιά betrayed him to the Jerusalem crowd (Matthew 26:73). Λόγος is the substance of the message, the burden of the revelation. The speech (λαλιά) of Christ refers to the appropriate and significant clothing which he gave to his word (λόγος). He mournfully asks why they had failed to get to understand the method of his converse; why they perpetually failed to appreciate his discourse; why they persistently put wrong constructions upon his phrase, and imagined him to be speaking of earthly things when he was discoursing to them of heavenly ones. Why? Because ye cannot hear my word - the Divine communication I have made to you. They were morally so far from him that they could not listen so as to receive his revelation. The inward organ of receptivity was lacking, and "so the spiritual idiom in which he spake was not spiritually understood" (Alford). The Divine significance of the whole word of Christ, the new and strange doctrines of Messiah, of redemption, of the Father, of a sacrifice and death on the part of the Son of man for the salvation of the world excited their animosity and bitter antipathies. They were not conscious of any of the need he came to satisfy, and so they failed to apprehend the entire manner of his revelation. They were from beneath (ver. 23). He is disclosing heavenly things. "Their ears have they closed, lest they should hear." Why do ye not understand my speech?.... Language, idiom, dialect, and form of speaking, in a figurative way; for they did not know what he meant by liberty, and bondage, and by having another father than Abraham, or by his own procession and coming forth from God:

even because ye cannot hear my word; as they had no spiritual discerning and understanding of the doctrine of Christ, which showed them to be carnal, and natural men, and not regenerate ones, and the children of God; so they had an aversion to it, and could not bear to hear it. 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.
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