John 8:27
New International Version
They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.

New Living Translation
But they still didn’t understand that he was talking about his Father.

English Standard Version
They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father.

Berean Study Bible
They did not understand that He was telling them about the Father.

Berean Literal Bible
They did not understand that He was speaking to them about the Father.

King James Bible
They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

New King James Version
They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father.

New American Standard Bible
They did not realize that He was speaking to them about the Father.

NASB 1995
They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father.

NASB 1977
They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father.

Amplified Bible
They did not realize [or have the spiritual insight to understand] that He was speaking to them about the Father.

Christian Standard Bible
They did not know he was speaking to them about the Father.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They did not know He was speaking to them about the Father.

American Standard Version
They perceived not that he spake to them of the Father.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they did not know that he spoke to them about The Father.

Contemporary English Version
No one understood that Jesus was talking to them about the Father.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they understood not, that he called God his Father.

English Revised Version
They perceived not that he spake to them of the Father.

Good News Translation
They did not understand that Jesus was talking to them about the Father.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(The Jews didn't know that he was talking to them about the Father.)

International Standard Version
They didn't realize that he was talking to them about the Father.

Literal Standard Version
They did not know that He spoke to them of the Father;

NET Bible
(They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.)

New Heart English Bible
They did not understand that he spoke to them about the Father.

Weymouth New Testament
They did not perceive that He was speaking to them of the Father.

World English Bible
They didn't understand that he spoke to them about the Father.

Young's Literal Translation
They knew not that of the Father he spake to them;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Woman Caught in Adultery
26“I have much to say about you and much to judge. But the One who sent Me is truthful, and what I have heard from Him, I tell the world.” 27 They did not understand that He was telling them about the Father. 28So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own, but speak exactly what the Father has taught Me.…

Cross References
John 8:26
"I have much to say about you and much to judge. But the One who sent Me is truthful, and what I have heard from Him, I tell the world."

John 8:28
So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own, but speak exactly what the Father has taught Me.


Treasury of Scripture

They understood not that he spoke to them of the Father.

John 8:43,47
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word…

Isaiah 6:9
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

Isaiah 42:18-20
Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see…









(27) They understood not that he spake (better, was speaking) to them of the Father.--We have seen in Note on John 8:21 that a new discourse commences there, and that the hearers are not necessarily the same as those who had asked the question and heard the answer of John 8:19. Still the speakers then, and those spoken of now, are "the Jews" (comp. John 8:13; John 8:22); and they are probably in part identical with those of whom our Lord tells us there, that they knew neither Him nor the Father. Of these men St. John tells us now that they did not know that the Sender and the Father are one. The statement of their want of perception, which strikes us as so marvellous, is made just because it was marvellous. St. John remembers it many years afterwards, and remembers that on account of it Jesus proceeded to declare more fully that every act He did was done in the Father, and that every word He spoke was taught by the Father, and that in every event of His life the Father was present.

Verse 27. - They understood (perceived) not that he spake to them of the Father. This difficult parenthesis of the evangelist calls attention to the fact that, during the immediately preceding discourse and controversy, Jesus had dropped his references to the Father, and had used the periphrasis, "he that sent me," probably suggesting to this strangely excited populace, fed with weird fancies and wild expectations, that the mysterious Being with whom they were conversing was but the Delegate of One mightier than he, who was hidden in the secret place of God's providence until the hour of his own manifestation should appear to have struck. They might have remembered the utter deference which the great prophet John had displayed before a Messiah whom as yet they knew not. They may have heard that even John himself, at a later date, sent from the prison two of his disciples to propound the query, "Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?" in other words, "Art thou the final Manifestation of all that I have predicted and believed? or is another to make his appearance with fire and axe and available force to compel obedience and to secure universal homage?" It is more than probable that the evangelist, being personally alive to the cross currents of passion, enthusiasm, and hostility which were at work in the hearts of the populace, saw by the very blankness and confusion on their faces, and the "asides" of the multitude, that they had not perceived that Jesus was throughout in these references speaking of the Father of all - the supreme Source of all power, the Lord of hosts. Even when he had said, "Ye have not known me, nor my Father," they had not risen to such a conception of the Lord's meaning as to suppose that the supreme Father himself was being suggested to them and cited as the corroborative Witness, as the supernatural Aid and Divine Presence which was giving validity to all that Christ has said about himself. Their ignorance and lack of perception need not astonish us when we reflect upon the obscurity and non-receptivity of the apostles themselves, and the like obtuseness of theologians and cultivated men of the world in every age from that day to this. The remark is, moreover, added doubtless to interpret the following verses, in which the ideas of ver. 26 are repeated, with the difference that, whereas he had already spoken of him that sent him, and who had authorized his words and judgments, Jesus now gives to him the beloved name of "the Father."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
They did not understand
ἔγνωσαν (egnōsan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

He was telling
ἔλεγεν (elegen)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

them
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

[about] the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Father.
Πατέρα (Patera)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.


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