John 7:19
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New International Version
Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?"

King James Bible
Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

Darby Bible Translation
Has not Moses given you the law, and no one of you practises the law? Why do ye seek to kill me?

World English Bible
Didn't Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill me?"

Young's Literal Translation
hath not Moses given you the law? and none of you doth the law; why me do ye seek to kill?'

John 7:19 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Did not Moses give you the law, etc. - The scribes and Pharisees announced our Lord to the multitude as a deceiver; and they grounded their calumny on this, that he was not an exact observer of the law, for he had healed a man on the Sabbath day, John 5:9, John 5:10; and consequently must be a false prophet. Now they insinuated, that the interests of religion required him to be put to death:

1. As a violator of the law; and,

2. as a false prophet and deceiver of the people.

To destroy this evil reasoning, our Lord speaks in this wise: If I deserve death for curing a man on the Sabbath, and desiring him to carry home his bed, which you consider a violation of the law, you are more culpable than I am, for you circumcise a child on the Sabbath, which requires much more bustle, and is of so much less use than what I have done to the infirm man. But, if you think you do not violate the law by circumcising a child on the Sabbath, how can you condemn me for having cured one of yourselves, who has been afflicted thirty and eight years? If you consider my conduct with the same eye with which you view your own, far from finding any thing criminal in it, you will see much reason to give glory to God. Why, therefore, go ye about to kill me, as a transgressor of the law, when not one of yourselves keeps it?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust.

John 9:28,29 Then they reviled him, and said, You are his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples...

Exodus 24:2,3 And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come near; neither shall the people go up with him...

Deuteronomy 33:4 Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.

Deuteronomy 1:17 You shall not respect persons in judgment; but you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid of the face of man...

Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spoke to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers...

Galatians 3:19 Why then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made...

Hebrews 3:3-5 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honor than the house...


Matthew 23:2-4 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat...

Romans 2:12,13,17-29 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law...

Romans 3:10-23 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one...

Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.


John 7:25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?

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 10:31,32,39 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him...

John 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

Psalm 2:1-6 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing...

Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

Matthew 21:38 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him...

Mark 3:4,6 And he said to them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace...

September 13 Morning
If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.--JOHN 7:37. My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.--O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

One Saying with Two Meanings
'Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto Him that sent Me. 34. Ye shall seek Me, and shall not find Me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.'--JOHN vii. 33, 34. 'Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek Me; and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.'--JOHN xiii. 33. No greater contrast can be conceived than that between these two groups to whom such singularly similar words were addressed. The
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Answer to Mr. W's Sixth Objection.
6. and lastly, Let us consider the intrinsick absurdities, and incredibilities of the several stories of these three miracles, p. 36.--As to Jairus's daughter, and her resurrection from the dead, St. Hilary [13] hints, that there was no such person as Jairus;--and he gives this reason, and a good reason it is, why he thought so, because it is elsewhere intimated in the gospel that none of the rulers of the synagogues confessedly believ'd on Jesus, John vii. 48. and xii. 42. St. John's words in the
Nathaniel Lardner—A Vindication of Three of Our Blessed Saviour's Miracles

Want of Universality in the Knowledge and Reception of Christianity, and of Greater Clearness in the Evidence.
Or, a Revelation which really came from God, the proof, it has been said, would in all ages be so public and manifest, that no part of the human species would remain ignorant of it, no understanding could fail of being convinced by it. The advocates of Christianity do not pretend that the evidence of their religion possesses these qualities. They do not deny that we can conceive it to be within the compass of divine power to have communicated to the World a higher degree of assurance, and to have
William Paley—Evidences of Christianity

Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:4
the law that Moses gave us, the possession of the assembly of Jacob.

Mark 11:18
The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

John 1:17
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 7:1
After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him.

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