John 8:25
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English Standard Version
So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.

King James Bible
Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

American Standard Version
They said therefore unto him, Who art thou? Jesus said unto them, Even that which I have also spoken unto you from the beginning.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They said therefore to him: Who art thou? Jesus said to them: The beginning, who also speak unto you.

English Revised Version
They said therefore unto him, Who art thou? Jesus said unto them, Even that which I have also spoken unto you from the beginning.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said they to him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith to them, Even the same that I said to you from the beginning.

Weymouth New Testament
"You--who are you?" they asked. "How is it that I am speaking to you at all?" replied Jesus.

John 8:25 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning (τὴν ἀρχὴν ὅ τι καὶ λαλῶ ὑμῖν)

A very difficult passage, on which the commentators are almost hopelessly divided. There are two main classes of interpretations, according to one of which it is to be read interrogatively, and according to the other, affirmatively. The two principal representatives of the former class are Meyer, who renders "Do you ask that which all along (τὴν ἀρχὴν) I am even saying to you?" and Westcott, "How is it that I even speak to you at all (τὴν ἀρχὴν)"? So also Milligan and Moulton. This latter rendering requires the change of ὅ τι, the relative, that which, into the conjunction ὅτι, that.

The second class of interpreters, who construe the passage affirmatively, vary in their explanations of τὴν ἄρχην, which they render severally, altogether, essentially, first of all, in the beginning. There is also a third class, who take τὴν ἄρχην as a noun, and explain according to Revelation 21:6, "I am the beginning, that which I am even saying unto you." This view is represented mostly by the older commentators, Augustine, Bede, Lampe, and later by Wordsworth.

I adopt the view of Alford, who renders essentially, explaining by generally, or traced up to its principle (ἀρχὴ). Shading off from this are Godet, absolutely; Winer, throughout; Thayer, wholly or precisely. I render, I am essentially that which I even speak to you. If we accept the explanation of I am, in John 8:24, as a declaration of Jesus' absolute divine being, that thought prepares the way for this interpretation of His answer to the question, Who art thou? His words are the revelation of Himself. "He appeals to His own testimony as the adequate expression of His nature. They have only to fathom the series of statements He has made concerning Himself, and they will find therein a complete analysis of His mission and essence" (Godet).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Who.

John 1:19,22 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who are you...

John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said to him, How long do you make us to doubt? If you be the Christ, tell us plainly.

John 19:9 And went again into the judgment hall, and said to Jesus, From where are you? But Jesus gave him no answer.

Luke 22:67 Are you the Christ? tell us. And he said to them, If I tell you, you will not believe:

Even.

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness...

John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father works till now, and I work.

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Cross References
John 8:24
I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins."

John 8:26
I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him."

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