John 8:51
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New International Version
Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death."

New Living Translation
I tell you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!"

English Standard Version
Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”

Berean Study Bible
Truly, truly, I tell you, if anyone keeps My word, he will never see death."

Berean Literal Bible
Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word, he shall never see death, to the age."

New American Standard Bible
"Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death."

King James Bible
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I assure you: If anyone keeps My word, he will never see death--ever!"

International Standard Version
Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."

NET Bible
I tell you the solemn truth, if anyone obeys my teaching, he will never see death."

New Heart English Bible
Truly, truly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Timeless truth I speak to you: whoever keeps my word shall never see death.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I can guarantee this truth: Whoever obeys what I say will never see death."

New American Standard 1977
“Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If anyone keeps my word, he shall not see death forever.

King James 2000 Bible
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keeps my saying, he shall never see death.

American King James Version
Truly, truly, I say to you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

American Standard Version
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my word, he shall never see death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Amen, amen I say to you: If any man keep my word, he shall not see death for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If any one shall keep my word, he shall never see death.

English Revised Version
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my word, he shall never see death.

Webster's Bible Translation
Verily, verily, I say to you, If a man shall keep my saying, he shall never see death.

Weymouth New Testament
In most solemn truth I tell you that if any one shall have obeyed my teaching he shall in no case ever see death."

World English Bible
Most certainly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death."

Young's Literal Translation
verily, verily, I say to you, If any one may keep my word, death he may not see -- to the age.'
Study Bible
Before Abraham was Born, I Am
50I do not seek My own glory. There is One who seeks it, and He is the Judge. 51Truly, truly, I tell you, if anyone keeps My word, he will never see” death. 52“Now we know that You have a demon!” declared the Jews. “Abraham died, and so did the prophets, yet You say that anyone who keeps Your word will never taste death.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:28
Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

Luke 2:26
The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

John 8:52
"Now we know that You have a demon!" declared the Jews. "Abraham died, and so did the prophets, yet You say that anyone who keeps Your word will never taste death.

John 8:55
You do not know Him, but I know Him. If I said I did not know Him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know Him, and I keep His word.

John 11:26
And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?"

John 14:23
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.

John 15:20
Remember the word that I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you as well; if they kept My word, they will keep yours as well.

John 17:6
I have revealed Your name to those You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours; You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.

Hebrews 2:9
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

Hebrews 11:5
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death. He could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
Treasury of Scripture

Truly, truly, I say to you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

If.

John 3:15,16 That whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life…

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on …

John 6:50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat …

John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes …

keep.

John 8:55 Yet you have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, …

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater …

see.

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: …

Psalm 89:48 What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver …

Luke 2:26 And it was revealed to him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not …

(51) If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.--Better, If a man keep My word. Our version obscures the close connection with the thought of "continuing in His word" in John 8:31; and also that with "He that heareth my word," in John 5:24. This last passage is the key to the words before us. Here, as there, the thought of judgment and death leads to the opposite thought of coming not into judgment, but passing out of death into life. Here, as there, the believer is thought of as possessing the true spiritual life which cannot see death, but shall pass into the fuller spiritual life hereafter.

Another interpretation of the phrase rendered "He shall never see death," is "he shall not see death for ever"--i.e., "he shall indeed die, but that death shall only be in this world, it shall not be in the world which is for ever." This is the thought in the collect in "The Order for the Burial of the Dead ". . . "our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life; in whom whosoever believeth shall live, though he die; and whosoever liveth and believeth in him shall not die eternally."

The following are the only passages in St. John where exactly the same formula is used, and a comparison of them will make it clear that it means, as does the Hebrew formula on which it is based, that which we express by "never," or "certainly never." "by no means ever," for the negative is in its strongest form (John 4:14, John 8:52 in this John 10:28; John 11:26; John 13:8). The first and last of these passages refer to subjects ("shall never thirst," "shall never wash my feet"), which do not admit any possibility of doubt. The others are all parallel to the present text, in thought as well as in word. In all there is the fuller meaning that for the believer who now has spiritual life, and continues to live in communion with God, there cannot be death. "He shall never see death." What we think of as death is but a sleep. (See Note on John 11:11.) Death has been swallowed up of life, and physical death is thought of, in its true sense, as an entering into life.

Verse 51. - Verily, verily. This impressive recommencement of discourse implies that a new turn is given to the conversation, and that the gravest solemnity and importance is attached to the utterance. It is impossible that the Jews should have listened unmoved to Christ's rejoinder on their rude taunt, or been unimpressed by the self-composed and lofty way in which the honour of our Lord was calmly entrusted by him to the Father. The Jews may say what they please, call him by any opprobrious name they choose; "there is One that seeketh" his glory, and he is content. He has, in earlier portions of this discourse, promised freedom and sonship to those who abide in his word; and now to those who believed on him he says, with extraordinary emphasis, If a man (any one) have kept my word, he shall never behold death. This "keeping" is more than "abiding" in the word. There is the additional notion of intently watching the "keeping," which issues in "fulfilling" and "obeying" (Meyer and Tholuck); see ver. 55; John 14:15, 21, 23; John 15:20; John 17:6. The opposite of τηρεῖν would be "to disregard;" the opposite of φυλάσσειν would be "to let slip" (Westcott). The promise is dazzling: "He shall never behold," i.e. steadily or exhaustively know by experience, what death means and is. He may pass through physical death, he may (γεύσηται) taste of dissolution, he may come before the judgment seat, he may see corruption (ἰδεῖν διαφθοράν); but he will not behold (θεωρεῖν) death. He will never know what death is (cf. here; John 4:14; John 5:24; John 6:51, where the Saviour speaks of the "living water," and "life eternal," and "living bread," which whoso partaketh shall never die.. See also John 11:26). He does not tell his disciples that they shall not see the grave, but that in the deepest sense they shall never die. "Death" and "life" are words that are lifted into a higher connotation. Death is a moral state, not an event in their physical existence. Verily, verily, I say unto you,.... This is truth, and may be depended upon, as coming from the "Amen", and faithful witness:

if a man keep my saying; or doctrine, receives the Gospel in the love of it, obeys it from his heart, and cordially embraces and firmly believes it; and retains and holds it fast, having a spiritual and comfortable experience of the doctrines of Christ, and yielding a cheerful and ready obedience to his commands and ordinances, in faith and love:

he shall never see death; the second death, eternal death, which is an everlasting separation of a man, body and soul, from God: this death shall have no power on such a person, he shall never be hurt by it; and though he dies a corporeal death, that shall not be a curse, a penal evil to him; nor shall he always lie under the power of it, but shall rise again, and live in soul and body, for ever with the Lord: seeing and tasting death, as in John 8:52, are Hebraisms expressive of dying. 51. If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death—Partly thus vindicating His lofty claims as Lord of the kingdom of life everlasting, and, at the same time, holding out even to His revilers the scepter of grace. The word "keep" is in harmony with Joh 8:31, "If ye continue in My word," expressing the permanency, as a living and paramount principle, of that faith to which He referred: "never see death," though virtually uttered before (Joh 5:24; 6:40, 47, 51), is the strongest and most naked statement of a very glorious truth yet given. (In Joh 11:26 it is repeated in nearly identical terms).8:48-53 Observe Christ's disregard of the applause of men. those who are dead to the praises of men can bear their contempt. God will seek the honour of all who do not seek their own. In these verses we have the doctrine of the everlasting happiness of believers. We have the character of a believer; he is one that keeps the sayings of the Lord Jesus. And the privilege of a believer; he shall by no means see death for ever. Though now they cannot avoid seeing death, and tasting it also, yet they shall shortly be where it will be no more forever, Ex 14:13.
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