John 8:47
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New International Version
Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."

New Living Translation
Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don't listen because you don't belong to God."

English Standard Version
Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

Berean Study Bible
Whoever belongs to God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."

Berean Literal Bible
He who is of God hears the words of God; because of this, you do not hear, because you are not of God."

New American Standard Bible
"He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

King James Bible
He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who is from God listens to God's words. This is why you don't listen, because you are not from God."

International Standard Version
The one who belongs to God listens to the words of God. The reason you don't listen is because you don't belong to God."

NET Bible
The one who belongs to God listens and responds to God's words. You don't listen and respond, because you don't belong to God."

New Heart English Bible
He who is of God hears the words of God. For this cause you do not hear, because you are not of God."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Whoever is from God hears God's words; therefore you are not hearing, because you are not from God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The person who belongs to God understands what God says. You don't understand because you don't belong to God."

New American Standard 1977
“He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that is of God hears God's words; ye therefore hear them not because ye are not of God.

King James 2000 Bible
He that is of God hears God's words: you therefore hear them not, because you are not of God.

American King James Version
He that is of God hears God's words: you therefore hear them not, because you are not of God.

American Standard Version
He that is of God heareth the words of God: for this cause ye hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is of God, heareth the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God.

Darby Bible Translation
He that is of God hears the words of God: therefore ye hear [them] not, because ye are not of God.

English Revised Version
He that is of God heareth the words of God: for this cause ye hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that is of God, heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Weymouth New Testament
He who is a child of God listens to God's words. You do not listen to them: and why? It is because you are not God's children."

World English Bible
He who is of God hears the words of God. For this cause you don't hear, because you are not of God."

Young's Literal Translation
he who is of God, the sayings of God he doth hear; because of this ye do not hear, because of God ye are not.'
Study Bible
The Children of the Devil
46Which of you can prove Me guilty of sin? If I speak the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47Whoever belongs to God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” 48The Jews answered Him, “Are we not right to say that You are a Samaritan and You have a demon?”…
Cross References
Daniel 12:10
"Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.

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 10:26
But because you are not My sheep, you refuse to believe.

John 12:48
There is a judge for the one who rejects Me and does not receive My words: The word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

John 18:37
"Then You are a king?" Pilate said. "You say that I am a king," Jesus answered. "For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice."

1 John 4:6
We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. That is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception.
Treasury of Scripture

He that is of God hears God's words: you therefore hear them not, because you are not of God.

John 8:37,43,45 I know that you are Abraham's seed; but you seek to kill me, because …

John 1:12,13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the …

John 6:45,46,65 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. …

John 10:26,27 But you believe not, because you are not of my sheep, as I said to you…

John 17:6-8 I have manifested your name to the men which you gave me out of the …

1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the …

1 John 4:1-6 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they …

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

2 John 1:9 Whoever transgresses, and stays not in the doctrine of Christ, has …

3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He …

(47) He that is of God heareth God's words.--Again He answers the question which He has Himself asked, and gives more fully the same reason which He gave in John 8:43. In John 8:44 He asserted that they were of the father the devil, and therefore lived to do the lusts of the devil. In the same way he who is of God does the will of God, and hears the words of God. The words of God are those which He has been speaking unto them (John 8:26). Here, then, is the answer to the question, "Why do ye not believe Me?" Rabbis and priests, teachers of the Law, judges of truth, offerers of sacrifice, keepers of feasts, worshippers in synagogues and Temple--they were all this; but they were not "of God."

Verses 47-58. -

(6) THE I AM. The claim to be the Source of liberty and life, in reply to those who appealed to their Father God and their father Abraham, led Jesus to assert his anteriority to Abraham. Verse 47. - There was some pause after this searching inquiry. Silence showed that, if they could not convince him of sin, they were ready with no answer to his question. He assumes that his word is unanswerable; he is what he says he is, and is able to set men free from sin and to give them eternal life. Their position is still further explained by a distinct syllogism, of which the major premiss is: He that is of God heareth the words of God; words which it is obviously taken for granted he is freely, surely uttering. Who are the persons referred to? Some, like Hilgenfeld, discover here a Manichaean, Gnostic sense - "those who are essentially of a Divine origin and spiritual nature," are absolutely different from those who are of the psychic or hylic nature. Thus they cut away all force from the moral reproof which follows. Others insist that here Jesus speaks of the regenerated man, the true child of God, who has power to believe, who has come to the Father, being predestinated unto eternal life. Even this interpretation does not leave sufficiently ample play to the human freedom, and the personal self-responsibility, which pervades the teaching of the gospel. Elsewhere he speaks of these who are "of the truth" and "hear his voice," of "those whom the Father draws" to him by the very love and grace which he, the Son, lavishes upon them (see notes, John 6:37, 44; John 18:37; John 17:6, 9, 11). He also speaks of those who come to him being given to him. He is here contemplating this wide class, who are scattered through all time and places, with susceptible minds capable of hearing freely, and believing when they hear, the words of God. For this cause ye hear them not, because ye are not of God; i.e. seeing that ye do not hear the words of God, it is evident that ye are not of God. They are not excluded from becoming so by any irreversible fate, but their present obtuseness of spiritual perception, their refusal to accept truth on its clearest exposition, shows that they are not born of God; they are not being drawn to him by inworking of the Father's grace. The very form of the expression was once more meant to touch their conscience. He that is of God,.... Who is born, not of blood, by carnal descent from any person, or of the carnal will, or by the power of freewill, or of the will of the best man in the world; but of God, according to his abundant mercy, of his own will, by the power of his grace; and so has God to be his Father: such an one

heareth God's words; the doctrines of the Gospel, which have God for their author, being of his ordaining, sending, and publishing; and his grace for the matter of them, displayed in election, redemption, justification, pardon, adoption, and eternal salvation, and his glory for the end: now a regenerate man has eyes to see into the glory, loveliness, excellency, suitableness, and usefulness of these things; and he has ears to hear, and a heart to understand them, which others have not; and therefore hears them with pleasure, receives them in the love of them, cordially embraces them by faith, and distinguishes them from the words of man; and puts such of them in practice, as requires it:

ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God; because God was not their Father, or they were not born of him, as they boasted; therefore they had not eyes to see, nor ears to hear, nor hearts to understand: and it may as fairly be inferred, that because they did not hear the words of God, therefore they were not of God; for these two necessarily imply each other; it looks very dark on such persons, who neither hear the doctrines of the Gospel externally nor internally. 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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