John 5:40
New International Version
yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

New Living Translation
Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.

English Standard Version
yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.

Berean Study Bible
yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.

Berean Literal Bible
and you are not willing to come to Me, that you may have life.

New American Standard Bible
and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.

King James Bible
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

Christian Standard Bible
But you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life.

Contemporary English Version
but you refuse to come to me for eternal life.

Good News Translation
Yet you are not willing to come to me in order to have life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have life.

International Standard Version
But you are not willing to come to me to have life.

NET Bible
but you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life.

New Heart English Bible
But you are unwilling to come to me so that you may have life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you are not willing to come to me that eternal life may be yours.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, you don't want to come to me to get [eternal] life.

New American Standard 1977
and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

King James 2000 Bible
And you will not come to me, that you might have life.

American King James Version
And you will not come to me, that you might have life.

American Standard Version
and ye will not come to me, that ye may have life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you will not come to me that you may have life.

Darby Bible Translation
and ye will not come to me that ye might have life.

English Revised Version
and ye will not come to me, that ye may have life.

Webster's Bible Translation
And ye will not come to me, that ye may have life.

Weymouth New Testament
and yet you are unwilling to come to me that you may have Life.

World English Bible
Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life.

Young's Literal Translation
and ye do not will to come unto me, that ye may have life;
Study Bible
The Witness of Scripture
39You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me, 40yet you refuse to come to Me to have life. 41I do not accept glory from men,…
Cross References
John 5:39
You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me,

John 5:41
I do not accept glory from men,

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.

Treasury of Scripture

And you will not come to me, that you might have life.

ye will not.

John 5:44
How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

John 1:11
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

John 3:19
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

that.

John 6:27,37,40,68,69
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed…

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…

John 11:25,26
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: …







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

you refuse
θέλετε (thelete)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

to come
ἐλθεῖν (elthein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

to
πρός (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

Me
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

to
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

have
ἔχητε (echēte)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Plural
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.
(40) And ye will not come to me.--The real hindrance is once more traced to the will. (See Note on John 3:9.) It is moral, not intellectual. The result of a true willingness to know the truth is certain, not problematic. "Ye search because ye think ye have: if ye were willing to come, ye should really have."

The lesson is wide in its bearing. The Rabbinic spirit is not confined to Rabbis, nor is the merely literal study of the Scriptures limited to those of Judaea. Dictionaries, and grammars, and commentaries, are tools; but the precious ore is in the mine, and is to be extracted by every man for himself. He who wisely uses the best means will know most of God and His truth; but this knowledge no man can purchase, and the essentials of it none need lack. It is to be learned in the closet, rather than in the library; in action and trust, rather than in scholarship and thought. Religion is not philosophy, and the world by knowledge has never known God. For every humble heart that willeth to be a scholar, God Himself willeth to be the Teacher.

Verse 40. - And ye will not come to me, that ye may have life. This fearful conclusion of the whole matter is charged upon the responsibility of man. Doubtless, elsewhere, the will is described as itself made willing by the Divine attraction, by the grace of the Father. "He that hath seen and heard of the Father [seen, i.e. his shape and heard his voice - seen his shape and heard his voice in my ministry and manifestation], cometh unto me." Yet the grace of God working directly on character or indirectly by other revelations, never obliterates the sense of responsibility. The appeal of God is made to the will of man, whether we consciously or unconsciously are made "willing in the day of his power" (cf. John 7:17; John 6:44, 67; John 8:44). The sad tone of this solemn charge corresponds with and does much to explain the pathetic cry, "O Jerusalem... how often would I have gathered thy children... and ye would not!" while the entire passage suggests that this appeal was only one specimen out of many such discourses, one hint of the numerous sayings and self-manifestations, one of many accumulated proofs of his Divine commission, out of which the belief of the evangelists and the invincible assent of the Church arose, that he was indeed "the Word made flesh," "the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." 5:39-44 The Jews considered that eternal life was revealed to them in their Scriptures, and that they had it, because they had the word of God in their hands. Jesus urged them to search those Scriptures with more diligence and attention. Ye do search the Scriptures, and ye do well to do so. They did indeed search the Scriptures, but it was with a view to their own glory. It is possible for men to be very studious in the letter of the Scriptures, yet to be strangers to its power. Or, Search the Scriptures, and so it was spoken to them in the nature of an appeal. Ye profess to receive and believe the Scripture, let that be the judge. It is spoken to us as advising or commanding all Christians to search the Scriptures. Not only read them, and hear them, but search them; which denotes diligence in examining and studying them. We must search the Scriptures for heaven as our great end; For in them ye think ye have eternal life. We must search the Scriptures for Christ, as the new and living Way, that leads to this end. To this testimony Christ adds reproofs of their unbelief and wickedness; their neglect of him and his doctrine. Also he reproves their want of the love of God. But there is life with Jesus Christ for poor souls. Many who make a great profession of religion, yet show they want the love of God, by their neglect of Christ and contempt of his commandments. It is the love of God in us, the love that is a living, active principle in the heart, which God will accept. They slighted and undervalued Christ, because they admired and overvalued themselves. How can those believe, who make the praise and applause of men their idol! When Christ and his followers are men wondered at, how can those believe, the utmost of whose ambition is to make a fair show in the flesh!
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