John 5:26
New International Version
For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.

New Living Translation
The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son.

English Standard Version
For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.

Berean Study Bible
For as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted the Son to have life in Himself.

Berean Literal Bible
For as the Father has life in Himself, so also He gave to the Son to have life in Himself.

New American Standard Bible
"For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;

King James Bible
For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

Christian Standard Bible
For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he has granted to the Son to have life in himself.

Contemporary English Version
The Father has the power to give life, and he has given that same power to the Son.

Good News Translation
Just as the Father is himself the source of life, in the same way he has made his Son to be the source of life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For just as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted to the Son to have life in Himself.

International Standard Version
Just as the Father has life in himself, so also he has granted the Son to have life in himself,

NET Bible
For just as the Father has life in himself, thus he has granted the Son to have life in himself,

New Heart English Bible
For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For just as The Father has The Life in himself, so he has given also to The Son to have The Life in himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Father is the source of life, and he has enabled the Son to be the source of life too.

New American Standard 1977
“For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For as the Father has life in himself, so has he given to the Son to have life in himself

King James 2000 Bible
For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;

American King James Version
For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;

American Standard Version
For as the Father hath life in himself, even so gave he to the Son also to have life in himself:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For as the Father hath life in himself, so he hath given the Son also to have life in himself:

Darby Bible Translation
For even as the Father has life in himself, so he has given to the Son also to have life in himself,

English Revised Version
For as the Father hath life in himself, even so gave he to the Son also to have life in himself:

Webster's Bible Translation
For as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

Weymouth New Testament
For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He has also given to the Son to have life in Himself.

World English Bible
For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself.

Young's Literal Translation
for, as the Father hath life in himself, so He gave also to the Son to have life in himself,
Study Bible
The Father and the Son
25Truly, 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. 26For as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted the Son to have life in Himself. 27And He has given Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.…
Cross References
John 1:4
In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.

John 6:57
Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

John 10:18
No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father."

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.

Hebrews 1:2
But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.

Treasury of Scripture

For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;

hath life.

Exodus 3:14
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

Psalm 36:9
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

Psalm 90:2
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

so hath.

John 1:4
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 4:10
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

John 7:37,38
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink…







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

as
ὥσπερ (hōsper)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5618: Just as, as, even as. From hos and per; just as, i.e. Exactly like.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Father
Πατὴρ (Patēr)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.

has
ἔχει (echei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

life
ζωὴν (zōēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2222: Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. From zao; life.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

Himself,
ἑαυτῷ (heautō)
Reflexive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

so
οὕτως (houtōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3779: Thus, so, in this manner. Or (referring to what precedes or follows).

also
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

He has granted
ἔδωκεν (edōken)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Son
Υἱῷ (Huiō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5207: A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a 'son', used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.

to have
ἔχειν (echein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

life
ζωὴν (zōēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2222: Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. From zao; life.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

Himself.
ἑαυτῷ (heautō)
Reflexive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.
(26) Hath he given to the Son.--Better, gave He to the Son also.

Life in himself.--The Son has spoken of the dead hearing His voice and living, but this giving of life to others can only be by one who has in himself an original source of life. This the Father has, and this the Son also has. To the Son in His pre-existent state it was natural, as being equal with the Father. To the Son who had emptied Himself of the exercise of the attributes which constituted the glory of that state (comp. again Philippians 2:6 et seq.), it was part of the Father's gift by which He exalted Him exceedingly, and gave Him the name which is above every name. It was, then, a gift in time to One who had possessed it before all time, and for the purposes of the mediatorial work had relinquished it. It was a gift, not to the Eternal Son, but to the Incarnate Word.

Verse 26. - This verse, introduced by γὰρ, shows that the statement about to follow will sustain some portion of the previous one. Which portion? As it seems to me, the coming clause justifies the alteration of the term "the Son" into "the Son of God;" and declares, more fully than any other passage in the New Testament, the lofty and unique character of the Sonship which he claimed. For even as the Father hath life in himself - the sublime assumption of the self-existence and eternal being of the Father, the absolute Possessor of life per se, the Source ultimate and efficient of all that is connoted by life, the eternal Fountain of life - in like manner also he gave to the Son to have Life in himself. "He generated," as Augustine has it, "such a Son who should have life in himself, not as a participator in life, but one who should be as he himself is - Life itself." It is the bona fide expression of community of nature, attribute, quality, and possession of Godhead. In virtue of this utterance, the evangelist, learning from the consciousness of Christ through long years of meditation, under the power of the Spirit, eventually formulated the doctrine of the prologue, "In him was life." "The Son," or the God-Man, is, so far as this Sonship is concerned, the veritable Son of God with such a fulness of life power and such a fountain of life flowing from him, that his voice is the voice of the Eternal Son. This is the primary meaning, though since the Lord returned to his use of the word "the Son," and since the word "gave" is also employed to denote the stupendous conception, there is also involved in it the declaration that the God-Man, seeing he is both Son of God and Son of man, is endowed with all the functions of both. In his incarnation he has not lost the infinite fulness of life giving power. "He quickeneth whom he will," having life in himself. His voice is the voice of the Son of God. The glory of the Word who became flesh was the glory of the Only Begotten. The part which this great passage took in the Arian controversy is well known (see Athanasius, 'Discourses against Arians,' 3:3, translated by J.H. Newman). Archdeacon Watkins emphasizes the position that the Lord here speaks of "life in himself," which was given to the Son (God-Man) in virtue of, and as the reward of his sacrificial work. He points to Philippians 2:6, etc. But Jesus here speaks of a gift already made. 5:24-29 Our Lord declared his authority and character, as the Messiah. The time was come when the dead should hear his voice, as the Son of God, and live. Our Lord first refers to his raising those who were dead in sin, to newness of life, by the power of the Spirit, and then to his raising the dead in their graves. The office of Judge of all men, can only be exercised by one who has all knowledge, and almighty power. May we believe His testimony; thus our faith and hope will be in God, and we shall not come into condemnation. And may His voice reach the hearts of those dead in sin; that they may do works meet for repentance, and prepare for the solemn day.
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