John 8:37
New International Version
I know that you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word.

New Living Translation
Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because there's no room in your hearts for my message.

English Standard Version
I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.

Berean Study Bible
I know you are Abraham’s descendants, but you are trying to kill Me because My word has no place within you.

Berean Literal Bible
I know that you are Abraham's seed; but you seek to kill Me because My word receives no place in you.

New American Standard Bible
"I know that you are Abraham's descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.

King James Bible
I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

Christian Standard Bible
I know you are descendants of Abraham, but you are trying to kill me because my word has no place among you.

Contemporary English Version
I know that you are from Abraham's family. Yet you want to kill me, because my message isn't really in your hearts.

Good News Translation
I know you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are trying to kill me, because you will not accept my teaching.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I know you are descendants of Abraham, but you are trying to kill Me because My word is not welcome among you.

International Standard Version
"I know that you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are trying to kill me because you've not received what I've told you.

NET Bible
I know that you are Abraham's descendants. But you want to kill me, because my teaching makes no progress among you.

New Heart English Bible
I know that you are Abraham's descendants, yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I know you are the seed of Abraham, but you seek to kill me because you cannot comprehend my word.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I know that you're Abraham's descendants. However, you want to kill me because you don't like what I'm saying.

New American Standard 1977
“I know that you are Abraham’s offspring; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I know that ye are Abraham's seed, but ye seek to kill me because my word has no place in you.

King James 2000 Bible
I know that you are Abraham's descendant; but you seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you.

American King James Version
I know that you are Abraham's seed; but you seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you.

American Standard Version
I know that ye are Abraham's seed: yet ye seek to kill me, because my word hath not free course in you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I know that you are the children of Abraham: but you seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

Darby Bible Translation
I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word has no entrance in you.

English Revised Version
I know that ye are Abraham's seed; yet ye seek to kill me, because my word hath not free course in you.

Webster's Bible Translation
I know that ye are Abraham's offspring; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

Weymouth New Testament
You are descendants of Abraham, I know; but you want to kill me, because my teaching gains no ground within you.

World English Bible
I know that you are Abraham's seed, yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you.

Young's Literal Translation
'I have known that ye are seed of Abraham, but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you;
Study Bible
The Children of the Devil
36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know you are Abraham’s descendants, but you are trying to kill Me because My word has no place within you. 38I speak of what I have seen in the presence of the Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”…
Cross References
Matthew 3:9
And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

John 7:1
After this, Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. He did not want to travel in Judea, because the Jews there were trying to kill Him.

John 8:33
"We are Abraham's descendants," they answered. "We have never been slaves to anyone. How can You say we will be set free?"

John 8:39
"Abraham is our father," they replied. "If you were children of Abraham," said Jesus, "you would do the works of Abraham.

John 8:40
But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing.

John 8:56
Your father Abraham was overjoyed to see My day. He saw it and was glad."

1 John 2:14
I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

Treasury of Scripture

I know that you are Abraham's seed; but you seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you.

know.

John 8:33
They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Acts 13:26
Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.

Romans 9:7
Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

but.

John 8:6,40,59
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not

John 5:16-18
And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day…

John 7:1,19,25
After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him…

because.

John 8:43,45-47
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word…

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

John 12:39-43
Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, …







Lexicon
I know
Οἶδα (Oida)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

you are
ἐστε (este)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

Abraham’s
Ἀβραάμ (Abraam)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 11: Abraham, progenitor of the Hebrew race. Of Hebrew origin; Abraham, the Hebrew patriarch.

descendants,
σπέρμα (sperma)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4690: From speiro; something sown, i.e. Seed; by implication, offspring; specially, a remnant.

but
ἀλλὰ (alla)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

you are trying
ζητεῖτέ (zēteite)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.

to kill
ἀποκτεῖναι (apokteinai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 615: To put to death, kill; fig: I abolish. From apo and kteino; to kill outright; figuratively, to destroy.

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.

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

My
ἐμὸς (emos)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative Masculine 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1699: My, mine. From the oblique cases of ego; my.

word
λόγος (logos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

has no place
χωρεῖ (chōrei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5562: From chora; to be in space, i.e. to pass, enter, or to hold, admit.

within
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.

you.
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.
(37) I know that ye are Abraham's seed.--He uses the word which they had used in John 8:33, acknowledging their merely physical descent from Abraham. He has since used the word "Son," but does not apply it to them. In John 8:39 He refuses to acknowledge that they are Abraham's "children."

But ye seek to kill me.--The difficulty of understanding these words to refer to those who believed on Him (John 8:30-31), have led to the opinion that others of the hierarchy answer in John 8:33. This seems unnatural, and is opposed to the words which immediately follow. As a party, they had been, and still were, seeking to kill Him. These believers, by their question in John 8:33, were showing the spirit which declined discipleship, were identifying themselves with His opponents.

Because my word hath no place in you.--Better, makes no progress in you, "does not advance, does not gain ground in you." That meaning is established by undoubted examples, and is in exact agreement with the thought of the context. In John 8:31 the test was, "If ye abide in My word." Their question proves that their faith was momentary. The word had but penetrated the surface of their thoughts, but they had not so received it as to allow it to advance into the mind and influence their conduct.

Verse 37. - I know (οϊδα, I know absolutely, I do not come to know it from your retort) that ye are the seed of Abraham. They belonged to the noble race, "whose are the fathers;" they were the σπέρμα of him who received the promises. Christ admitted the pedigree, but he proceeds to show that mere hereditary descent would be of no avail to them apart from moral considerations. These ideas, these revolutionary conceptions, so far as Judaism was concerned, were not the evolution of Christian ideas in the second century. It is most instructive to see how clearly St. Paul had already grasped them, and woven them into a powerful argument when dealing with the Judaizers in Galatia, many years before this Gospel was written (see the entire argument of Galatians 3, which thus rests on the teaching of the Christ himself). But ye seek to kill me. This charge is certainly difficult to suppose applicable to those who "had come to believe in him" (ver. 31). One of three suppositions must be made - either

(1) the believing Jews were surrounded by angry groups of his bitter enemies, to whom he here addressed himself; or

(2) the Lord spoke here to them as representing the large company of Jerusalem opponents, whom he knew at that moment to be planning his death, and as all orators and debaters are in the habit of dealing with opposing arguments by showing the character they assume in others, who make them their boast; or

(3) those who had come to believe him up to a certain point had as rapidly relapsed, at the first touch of spiritual proof, into disbelief and cruel hostility. This seems the more natural interpretation of the fact, which may, at the same time, have become patent from some angry manifestation of his implacable foes. There is much to be found in the background and scenery of this dramatic colloquy, reported with such extreme brevity, which would, if we exactly knew how to paint it, solve its difficulties. Ye seek to slay me, because my word - the word which is mine - makes no progress - or, advance - in you. Ξωρέω has both transitive and intransitive meanings; thus it means "leave," "depart," "turn," or "come to," with εἰς (2 Peter 3:9, "contain;" John 2:6; John 21:25; Mark 2:2); but it has the force frequently in Plato "to make progress or advance," and it has this force here. So Meyer, Westcott, R.T., etc. (Luthardt and Tholuck suggest "find entrance," which would require εἰς rather than ἐν). Not only did they not continue in Christ's word (ver. 31), but the word itself made no way in their minds; it was barred out by prejudices, and thus choked at its very first working. Christ thus represents his word first as the very atmosphere and home in which his true disciples abide, and then as a powerful influence which grows evermore in power and command as it is pondered. It means more and more to those who abide in it; it implicitly contains a whole universe of truth and reality, of impulse and motive, for those who allow to it "free course" - who are of the truth, and hear his voice. 8:37-40 Our Lord opposed the proud and vain confidence of these Jews, showing that their descent from Abraham could not profit those of a contrary spirit to him. Where the word of God has no place, no good is to be expected; room is left there for all wickedness. A sick person who turns from his physician, and will take neither remedies nor food, is past hope of recovery. The truth both heals and nourishes the hearts of those who receive it. The truth taught by philosophers has not this power and effect, but only the truth of God. Those who claim the privileges of Abraham, must do Abraham's works; must be strangers and sojourners in this world; keep up the worship of God in their families, and always walk before God.
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