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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 8:38-47

Here Christ and the Jews are still at issue; he sets himself to convince and convert them, while they still set themselves to contradict and oppose him. I. He here traces the difference between his sentiments and theirs to a different rise and origin (John 8:38): I speak that which I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have seen with your father. Here are two fathers spoken of, according to the two families into which the sons of men are divided?God and the devil, and without... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 8:46-50

8:46-50 "Who of you can convict me of sin? If I speak the truth, why do you not believe in me? He who is from God hears God's words. That is why you do not hear, because you are not from God." The Jews answered: "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan, and that you have a devil?" Jesus answered: "It is not I who have a devil. I honour my Father, but you dishonour me. I do not seek my own glory. There is One who seeks and judges." We must try to see this scene happening before... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 8:46

Which of you convinceth me of sin ?.... Of any immorality in life, or of any imposture, corruption, or deceit in doctrine. There were many of them that were forward enough to charge him with both scandalous sins, and false doctrines; but none of them all could prove anything against him, so as to convict him according to law: they called him a wine bibber, and a glutton; gave out they knew he was a sinner; charged him with blasphemy and sedition; sought to bring proof of it, but failed in... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 8:46

Which of you convinceth me of sin? - Do you pretend to reject the truths which I announce, because my life does not correspond to the doctrines I have taught? But can any of you prove me guilty of any fault? You have maliciously watched all my steps; have you seen the smallest matter to reprove, in any part of my conduct? But it is probable that ἁμαρτια , sin, is put here in opposition to αληθεια , truth, in the same verse, and then it should be rendered falsehood. The very best Greek... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 8:46

Verse 46 46.Which of you? This question proceeds from perfect confidence; for, knowing that they could not justly bring any reproach against him, he glories over his enemies, as having obtained a victory. And yet he does not say that he is free from their slanders; for, though they had no reason for reproaching, still they did not cease to pour out slanders on Christ; but he means that no crime dwells in him. And such is the import of the Greek word ἐλέγχειν, as the Latins use coarguere, (to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 8:31-59

describe a further conversation, not with the same audience. The words record a vivid conflict between the Lord and the Jews who believed him, who accepted the Messianic claims, but persisted in interpreting them, not by his word, but by their own ideas of the theocratic kingdom, by their privileges as children of Abraham, by their national animosity to their nearest neighbours the Samaritans, by their inability to press behind the veil of his humanity to his Divine nature. Their faith was... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 8:33-46

(5) The offer of spiritual freedom to the seed of Abraham provoked bitter hostility and misapprehension. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 8:37-47

The spiritual parentage of the faithless Jews. Jesus does not deny their legitimate descent from Abraham. Truth must be conceded to an adversary. I. THEIR MORAL PARENTAGE CANNOT BE TRACED TO ABRAHAM . "But ye seek to kill me, because my Word makes no progress in you." 1 . Our Lord concedes that his Word had somehow made an entrance, but national prejudices hindered its thorough acceptance in heart as well as mind. 2 . The explanation of the resistance given... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 8:41-47

True spiritual paternity. Notice— I. THEIR MISTAKEN SPIRITUAL PATERNITY . "We have one Father, even God." This in a sense is true. 1 . They failed to recognize his connection with God. 2 . They failed to understand his message. Although 3 . They failed to believe him and his message. Although: 4 . These sad failures flatly contradict their pretended relationship to God. ( John 8:42-47 .) II. THEIR TRUE SPIRITUAL PATERNITY . "Ye are of your... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 8:46

Which of you convieteth me of sin? ἐλέγχω is used in the sense of John 16:6-8 (see note)—Which of you can justify a charge of sin against me? can bring it home to me or others? Sin ( ἁμαρτία ) is not mere "error," as Erasmus and some others have urged, because the word throughout the New Testament (and in the classics when not accompanied by some explanatory term) always means "contrariety to the will of God," moral offence not intellectual defect (so Meyer, Luthardt, Godet,... read more

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