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So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"
King James Bible
Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Darby Bible Translation
The Jews therefore said to him, Thou hast not yet fifty years, and hast thou seen Abraham?
World English Bible
The Jews therefore said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"
Young's Literal Translation
The Jews, therefore, said unto him, 'Thou art not yet fifty years old, and Abraham hast thou seen?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Fifty years old - Jesus is supposed to have been at this time about the age of 33. It is remarkable that when he was so young they should have mentioned the number 50, but they probably designed to prevent the possibility of a reply. Had they said 40 they might have apprehended a reply, or could not be so certain that they were correct.
Hast thou seen Abraham? - It is remarkable, also, that they perverted his words. His affirmation was not that he had seen Abraham, but that Abraham had seen his day. The design of Jesus was to show that he was greater than Abraham, John 8:53. To do this, he says that Abraham, great as he was, earnestly desired to see his time, thus acknowledging his inferiority to the Messiah. The Jews perverted this, and affirmed that it was impossible that he and Abraham should have seen each other.
LibrarySeptember 15 Morning
Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.--ROM. 6:14. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.--My brethren, ye . . . are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.--Being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ.--The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
February 28 Evening
Of the Imitation of Christ, and of Contempt of the World and all Its Vanities
This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"
Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."
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