John 8:57
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New International Version
"You are not yet fifty years old," they said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"

New Living Translation
The people said, "You aren't even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham?"

English Standard Version
So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”

Berean Study Bible
Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and You have seen Abraham?"

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and You have seen Abraham?"

New American Standard Bible
So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"

King James Bible
Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Jews replied, "You aren't 50 years old yet, and You've seen Abraham?"

International Standard Version
Then the Jewish leaders asked him, "You are not even 50 years old, yet you have seen Abraham?"

NET Bible
Then the Judeans replied, "You are not yet fifty years old! Have you seen Abraham?"

New Heart English Bible
The Judeans therefore said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Jews were saying to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Jews said to Jesus, "You're not even fifty years old. How could you have seen Abraham?"

New American Standard 1977
The Jews therefore said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the Jews said unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

King James 2000 Bible
Then said the Jews unto him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?

American King James Version
Then said the Jews to him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?

American Standard Version
The Jews therefore said unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Jews therefore said to him: Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

Darby Bible Translation
The Jews therefore said to him, Thou hast not yet fifty years, and hast thou seen Abraham?

English Revised Version
The Jews therefore said unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said the Jews to him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

Weymouth New Testament
"You are not yet fifty years old," cried the Jews, "and have you seen Abraham?"

World English Bible
The Jews therefore said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"

Young's Literal Translation
The Jews, therefore, said unto him, 'Thou art not yet fifty years old, and Abraham hast thou seen?'
Study Bible
Before Abraham was Born, I Am
56Your father Abraham was overjoyed to see My day. He saw it and was glad.” 57Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and You have seen Abraham?” 58“Truly, truly, I tell you,” Jesus declared, “before Abraham was born, I am!”…
Cross References
John 1:19
And this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, "Who are you?"

John 8:58
"Truly, truly, I tell you," Jesus declared, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
Treasury of Scripture

Then said the Jews to him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?

(57) Thou art not yet fifty years old.--There is no reason to doubt that we have the correct reading here, though some, from Chrysostom downward, have sought to avoid what seemed to them a difficulty, by substituting "forty" for "fifty." Others, and among them were the "Elders who in Asia conferred with John, the Lord's disciple," have held that our Lord was between forty and fifty years of age at the time of his public ministry. We know this from the testimony of Irenaeus, who appears to have this very passage in his mind, for he says, "As the gospel and all the Elders witness" (Lib. 2 chap. 22 5; Oxford Translation, p. 160). But "fifty years" was the period of full manhood (Numbers 4:3; Numbers 4:39; Numbers 8:24). This is expressed in round numbers, and there is no care to be more exact in comparison with the two thousand years which had passed since the close of Abraham's earthly life. The thought is, "Thou art still a young man, and hast thou seen Abraham who died twenty centuries ago?"

Verse 57. - The Jews, therefore, said unto him - once more misinterpreting his words, and giving a materialistic tone to his Divine hint - Thou hast not yet fifty years - "Thou art not fifty years old" - and hast thou seen Abraham? Christ did not say that be had seen Abraham, but that Abraham had seen and rejoiced in his day. The Jews chose to regard the language of Jesus as adding another immense improbability, if not falsehood, to his previous claims, viz. that he had actually lived to twice the age of Methuselah already. The "fifty years old" may have been simply used in round numbers for the age of man's prime and completed life (Numbers 4:3, 39; Numbers 8:24). There may have been, even if our Lord was only thirty-three years of age at the time of his Passion, that which apparently added to his years. A tradition is mentioned (Irenaeus, 100, 2, 22. 5) of the more advanced age of Jesus which the Ephesian presbyters preserved, and which Irenaeus regards as between the forty-fifth and fiftieth years. Ernest de Bunsen vainly finds a reference to Christ's age (John 2:20) in the forty-six years of the temple; but it is strange that, with the exception of the statement in Luke 3:23, there is nothing in the extraneous chronological data, e.g. the death of Herod and recall of Pontius Pilate, which need positively compress our Lord's life within fifty years (Westcott). And Keim has made the suggestion that our Lord did carry on his ministry for a much longer period than is commonly supposed. It is far more probable, however, that the Jews were using an expression for the term of a completed life, and were supplying no chronological data whatever. Then said the Jews unto him, thou art not yet fifty years old,.... One copy reads forty, but he was not that; no, not much more than thirty; not above two or three and thirty years old: the reason of their fixing on this age of fifty might be, because Christ might look like such an one, being a man of sorrows and acquainted with griefs, as well as of great gravity; or they might be free in allowing him as many years, as could be thought he should be of, and gain their point; for what were fifty years, when Abraham had been dead above two thousand? and therefore he could never see Abraham, nor Abraham see him; moreover, this age of fifty, is often spoken of by the Jews, and much observed; at the age of fifty, a man is fit to give counsel, they say (a); hence the Levites were dismissed from service at that age, it being more proper for them then to give advice, than to bear burdens; a Methurgeman, or an interpreter in a congregation, was not chosen under fifty years of age (b); and if a man died before he was fifty, this was called the death of cutting off (c); a violent death, a death inflicted by God, as a punishment; Christ lived not to that age, he was now many years short of it:

and hast thou seen Abraham? if he had not, Abraham had seen him, in the sense before given, and in which Christ asserted it, and it is to be understood.

(a) Pirke Abot, c. 5. sect. 21. (b) T. Bab. Chagiga, fol. 14. 1. Juchasin, fol. 44. 2.((c) T. Hieros. Biccurim, fol. 64. 3. T. Bab. Moed Katon, fol. 28. 1. Macsecheth Semachot, c. 3. sect. 9. Kimchi in Isaiah 38.10. 57-59. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old—"No inference can be drawn from this as to the age of our Lord at the time as man. Fifty years was with the Jews the completion of manhood" [Alford].

and hast thou seen Abraham?—He had said Abraham saw Him, as being his peculiar privilege. They give the opposite turn to it—"Hast Thou seen Abraham?" as an honor too great for Him to pretend to.8:54-59 Christ and all that are his, depend upon God for honour. Men may be able to dispute about God, yet may not know him. Such as know not God, and obey not the gospel of Christ, are put together, 2Th 1:8. All who rightly know anything of Christ, earnestly desire to know more of him. Those who discern the dawn of the light of the Sun of Righteousness, wish to see his rising. Before Abraham was, I AM. This speaks Abraham a creature, and our Lord the Creator; well, therefore, might he make himself greater than Abraham. I AM, is the name of God, Ex 3:14; it speaks his self-existence; he is the First and the Last, ever the same, Re 1:8. Thus he was not only before Abraham, but before all worlds, Pr 8:23; Joh 1:1. As Mediator, he was the appointed Messiah, long before Abraham; the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, Re 13:8. The Lord Jesus was made of God Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption, to Adam, and Abel, and all that lived and died by faith in him, before Abraham. The Jews were about to stone Jesus for blasphemy, but he withdrew; by his miraculous power he passed through them unhurt. Let us stedfastly profess what we know and believe concerning God; and if heirs of Abraham's faith, we shall rejoice in looking forward to that day when the Saviour shall appear in glory, to the confusion of his enemies, and to complete the salvation of all who believe in him.
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