New International Version
For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.
King James Bible
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
Darby Bible Translation
For I have not spoken from myself, but the Father who sent me has himself given me commandment what I should say and what I should speak;
World English Bible
For I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
Young's Literal Translation
because I spake not from myself, but the Father who sent me, He did give me a command, what I may say, and what I may speak,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For I have not spoken of myself - I have not spoken for my secular interest: I have not aimed at making any gain of you: I have not set up myself as your teachers in general do, to be supported by my disciples, and to be credited on my own testimony. I have taught you, not the things of men, but the deep, everlasting truths of God. As his envoy, I came to you; and his truth only Iproclaim.
Gave me a commandment - Or, commission. So I understand the original word, εντολη. Christ, as the Messiah, received his commission from God; what he should command - every thing that related to the formation and establishment of the Christian institution: and what he should speak - all his private conversations with his disciples or others, he, as man, commanded and spoke through the constant inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
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Chester Cathedral. 1870. St John xii. 24, 25. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." This is our Lord's own parable. In it He tells us that His death, His resurrection, His ascension, is a mystery which we may believe, not only because the Bible tells us of it, but because …
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September 22 Evening
The Universal Magnet
The Son of Man
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.
Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.
"I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world."
So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
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