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.
Darby Bible Translation
and ye will not come to me that ye might 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;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And ye will not come ... - Though the Old Testament bears evidence that I am the Messiah; though you professedly search it to learn the way to life, and though my works prove it, yet you will not come to me to obtain life. From this we may learn:
1. that life is to be obtained in Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life, and he only can save us.
2. that, in order to do that, we must "come to him" - that is, must come in the way appointed, as lost sinners, and be willing to be saved by him alone.
3. that the reason why sinners are not saved lies in the will. "The only reason why sinners die is because 'they will not come' to Christ for life and happiness: it is not because they 'cannot,' but because they 'will not'" (Henry).
4. Sinners have a particular opposition to going to "Jesus Christ" for eternal life. They would prefer any other way, and it is commonly not until all other means are tried that they are willing to submit to him.
LibraryJuly 2 Evening
[Jesus] prayed the third time, saying the same words.--MATT. 26:44. Who in the days of his flesh . . . offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.--Continuing instant in prayer.--Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication.--By prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
February 27 Morning
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"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;
"I do not receive glory from men;
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
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