John 8:35
New International Version
Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.

New Living Translation
A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.

English Standard Version
The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.

Berean Study Bible
A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son belongs to it forever.

Berean Literal Bible
Now the slave does not abide in the house to the age; the son abides to the age.

New American Standard Bible
"The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.

King James Bible
And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

Christian Standard Bible
A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever.

Contemporary English Version
And slaves don't stay in the family forever, though the Son will always remain in the family.

Good News Translation
A slave does not belong to a family permanently, but a son belongs there forever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever.

International Standard Version
The slave does not remain in the household forever, but the son does remain forever.

NET Bible
The slave does not remain in the family forever, but the son remains forever.

New Heart English Bible
A slave does not live in the house forever. A son remains forever.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And a servant does not always remain in the house, but a son always remains.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A slave doesn't live in the home forever, but a son does.

New American Standard 1977
“And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the slave does not abide in the house for ever, but the Son abides for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
And the servant abides not in the house forever: but the Son abides ever.

American King James Version
And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever.

American Standard Version
And the bondservant abideth not in the house for ever: the son abideth for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now the servant abideth not in the house for ever; but the son abideth for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
Now the bondman abides not in the house for ever: the son abides for ever.

English Revised Version
And the bondservant abideth not in the house for ever: the son abideth for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the servant abideth not in the house for ever, but the Son abideth for ever.

Weymouth New Testament
Now a slave does not remain permanently in his master's house, but a son does.

World English Bible
A bondservant doesn't live in the house forever. A son remains forever.

Young's Literal Translation
and the servant doth not remain in the house -- to the age, the son doth remain -- to the age;
Study Bible
The Truth will Set You Free
34Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.…
Cross References
Genesis 21:10
and she said to Abraham, "Expel the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac!"

Luke 15:31
Son, you are always with me,' the father said, 'and all that is mine is yours.

Galatians 4:30
But what does the Scripture say? "Expel the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son."

Hebrews 7:24
But because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood.

Treasury of Scripture

And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever.

the servant.

Genesis 21:10
Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

Ezekiel 46:17
But if he give a gift of his inheritance to one of his servants, then it shall be his to the year of liberty; after it shall return to the prince: but his inheritance shall be his sons' for them.

Matthew 21:41-43
They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons…

but.

John 14:19,20
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also…

Romans 8:15-17,29,30
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father…

Galatians 4:4-7
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, …







Lexicon
A slave
δοῦλος (doulos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1401: (a) (as adj.) enslaved, (b) (as noun) a (male) slave. From deo; a slave.

{is} not
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

a permanent
αἰῶνα (aiōna)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 165: From the same as aei; properly, an age; by extension, perpetuity; by implication, the world; specially a Messianic period.

member
μένει (menei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3306: To remain, abide, stay, wait; with acc: I wait for, await. A primary verb; to stay.

of
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.

the
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine 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.

family,
οἰκίᾳ (oikia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3614: From oikos; properly, residence, but usually an abode; by implication, a family.

[but] a
(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.

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

belongs [to it]
μένει (menei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3306: To remain, abide, stay, wait; with acc: I wait for, await. A primary verb; to stay.

forever.
αἰῶνα (aiōna)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 165: From the same as aei; properly, an age; by extension, perpetuity; by implication, the world; specially a Messianic period.
(35) And the servant abideth not.--Better, Now the bondman abideth not . . ., as in the last verse.

The Son abideth ever.--Better, for ever, as in the earlier clause. The Greek words are precisely the same. This contrast between the position of the slave, who is a chattel that may be bought or bartered or sold, and has no affinity with the members of the house, and no permanent right in it; and the son, in whose veins is the master's blood, and who is heir of all things, is obvious and general; but here, again, the present meaning is special. They claim to be the seed of Abraham. Did they remember the history of Isaac and Ishmael? The son of the freewoman abideth in the house; the son of the bondmaid is cast out. Here, once again, too, we have the pupil of Gamaliel taking up and expanding this thought, showing that it was within the range of current exposition. Read carefully Galatians 4:19-31, remembering that the Epistle belongs to the middle of the half-century which separates the utterance of these words by Christ from their record by St. John.

The Greek word for "abideth" is the word which is rendered "continue" in John 8:31, and the Authorised version further obscures the connection by placing a paragraph division between these verses. If we read again John 8:31-32, noting the close connection between abiding, truth, and freedom; and the next verses, John 8:35-36, noting the connection between abiding, the Son, and freedom, we shall have, it is believed, a simpler clue to the meaning than any of the usual explanations.

Our version misleads by the use of the capital. The word "Son" in this verse, should be read "son." The clause is the expression of a legal maxim holding good for all servants and for all sons, but here specially applied to the sonship in Abraham's household. It is not before the next verse that there is the transference of thought to the Son in the household of the Divine Father. In this verse the thought is that if they were really the children of Abraham they would be of Abraham's spiritual nature, abiding in his home, and inheriting the promises made to him. They had not continued in the spiritual freedom of sons, but had departed from the house and had become, spiritually, bondmen.

Verse 35. - This being the fact as to sin and its servitude, the Lord proceeds to deal with servitude in God's house. Servitude and its spirit are manifested in the house of the Father. The bond slave abideth not in the house forever. So long as he is a bond slave and not emancipated from the fetters of mere race, so long as he is ruled by the servile spirit, there is no perpetuity about his relation to the Father. He can be sold away (Genesis 21:10; Galatians 4:30). An involuntary subject of the Law, who belongs to the theocracy as a slave merely, and because he cannot help himself, and occupies a position which a slave does in the family of sin, has lost all freedom and spontaneity in his service, and will find himself cast out at last. But the son abideth forever. Sonship is the only principle on which continuance in the house can be secured. It has been much debated whether the ὁ υἱός of the thirty-fifth verse goes beyond the idea of sonship, the generic antithesis to the idea of slave. Certainly this seems the primary reference. In the following verse, the Son, in his loftiest functions, and as identifying himself with "the truth" of ver. 32, entirely fulfils the conception of "Sonship" and eternal abiding in the Father's house, and therefore is entrusted with the power of emancipating all slaves, of adopting sons into the Father's royal house. Thus we may suppose that the first use of the term "son," though laying special emphasis on the spirit and conditions of sonship, yet points to him who entirely embodies, enshrines, and has from before all worlds realized the Divine idea of Son - the only begotten Son - in the bosom of the Father. 8:30-36 Such power attended our Lord's words, that many were convinced, and professed to believe in him. He encouraged them to attend his teaching, rely on his promises, and obey his commands, notwithstanding all temptations to evil. Thus doing, they would be his disciples truly; and by the teaching of his word and Spirit, they would learn where their hope and strength lay. Christ spoke of spiritual liberty; but carnal hearts feel no other grievances than those that molest the body, and distress their worldly affairs. Talk to them of their liberty and property, tell them of waste committed upon their lands, or damage done to their houses, and they understand you very well; but speak of the bondage of sin, captivity to Satan, and liberty by Christ; tell of wrong done to their precious souls, and the hazard of their eternal welfare, then you bring strange things to their ears. Jesus plainly reminded them, that the man who practised any sin, was, in fact, a slave to that sin, which was the case with most of them. Christ in the gospel offers us freedom, he has power to do this, and those whom Christ makes free are really so. But often we see persons disputing about liberty of every kind, while they are slaves to some sinful lust.
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