English Standard Version
If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.
King James Bible
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
American Standard Version
If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from myself.
If any man do the will of him; he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
English Revised Version
If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it be of God, or whether I speak from myself.
Webster's Bible Translation
If any man will do his will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God, or whether I speak from myself.
Weymouth New Testament
If any one is willing to do His will, he shall know about the teaching, whether it is from God or originates with me.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
Will do his will (θέλῃ τὸ θέλημα αὐτοῦ ποιεῖν)
This is a notable illustration of the frequent blunder of the A.V. in rendering θέλειν, to will or determine, as a mere auxiliary verb. By overlooking the distinct meaning of the verb to will, and resolving willeth to do into will do, it sacrifices the real force of the passage. Jesus says, if it be one's will to do; if his moral purpose is in sympathy with the divine will.
He shall know
Sympathy with the will of God is a condition of understanding it.
Of God (ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ)
Better, from; proceeding out of.
Of myself (ἀπ' ἐμαυτοῦ)
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence.
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.
Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.
But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God."
Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.
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