New American Standard Bible
"If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
King James Bible
If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
Darby Bible Translation
If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
World English Bible
If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
Young's Literal Translation
if I had not come and spoken to them, they were not having sin; but now pretext they have not for their sin.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And spoken unto them - Declared unto them the will of God, and made known his requirements. Jesus had not less certainly shown by his own arguments that he was the Messiah than by his miracles. By both these kinds of proof their guilt was to be measured. See John 15:26. No small part of the gospel of John consists of arguments used by the Saviour to convince the Jews that he came from God. He here says if he had not used these arguments, and proved to them his divine mission, they had not had sin.
Had not had sin - This is evidently to be understood of the particular sin of persecuting and rejecting him. Of this he was speaking; and though, if he had not come, they would have been guilty of many other sins, yet of this, their great crowning sin, they would not have been guilty. We may understand this, then, as teaching:
1. That they would not have been guilty of this kind of sin. They would not have been chargeable with rejecting the signal grace of God if Jesus had not come and made an offer of mercy to them.
2. They would not have been guilty of the same degree of sin. The rejection of the Messiah was the crowning act of rebellion which brought down the vengeance of God, and led on their special national calamities. By way of eminence, therefore, this might be called the sin - the special sin of their age and nation. Compare Matthew 23:34-39; Matthew 27:25. And this shows us, what is so often taught in the Scriptures, that our guilt will be in proportion to the light that we possess and the mercies that we reject, Matthew 11:20-24; Luke 12:47-48. If it was such a crime to reject the Saviour then, it is a crime now; and if the rejection of the Son of God brought such calamities on the Jewish nation, the same rejection will involve the sinner now in woe, and vengeance, and despair.
No cloak - No covering, no excuse. The proof has been so clear that they cannot plead ignorance; it has been so often presented that they cannot allege that they had no opportunity of knowing it. It is still so with all sinners.
LibraryFebruary 8 Morning
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends.--JOHN 15:15. The Lord said, shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?--It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.--God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.--Even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
June 13 Morning
August 20. "Herein is My Father Glorified" (John xv. 8).
March 15. "Continue Ye in My Love" (John xv. 9).
"As for them, whether they listen or not-- for they are a rebellious house-- they will know that a prophet has been among them.
Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, 'We see,' your sin remains.
"He who hates Me hates My Father also.
"If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.
concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;
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