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John 7:17 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or [whether] I speak from myself.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or [whether] I speak of myself.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or [whether] I speak from Myself.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— If any man will do his will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God, or [whether] I speak from myself.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— If any one desire to practise his will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is of God, or [that] I speak from myself.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— If any one intend, his will, to do, he shall get to know concerning the teaching—whether it is, of God, or, I, from myself, am speaking,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— if any one may will to do His will, he shall know concerning the teaching, whether it is of God, or—I do speak from myself.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— If any man will do the will of him, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— If any man will doe his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speake of my selfe.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Whosoever willeth to do his will understandeth my doctrine, if it be from Aloha, or (if) from the will of myself I speak.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— He that wisheth to do his pleasure, will understand my doctrine, whether it is from God, or whether I speak from my own pleasure.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
If 1437
{1437} Prime
ἐάν
ean
{eh-an'}
From G1487 and G0302; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty.
any man 5100
{5100} Prime
τὶς
tis
{tis}
An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.
will 2309
{2309} Prime
θέλω
thelo
{thel'-o}
In certain tenses θελέω [[theleo]], {thel-eh'-o}; and ἐθέλέω [[etheleo]], {eth-el-eh'-o}, which are otherwise obsolete; apparently strengthened from the alternate form of G0138; to determine (as an active voice option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive voice acquiescence in objective considerations), that is, choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication to wish, that is, be inclined to (sometimes adverbially gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism to delight in.
z5725
<5725> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 352
do 4160
{4160} Prime
ποιέω
poieo
{poy-eh'-o}
Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct).
z5721
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
his 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
will, 2307
{2307} Prime
θέλημα
thelema
{thel'-ay-mah}
From the prolonged form of G2309; a determination (properly the thing), that is, (actively) choice (specifically purpose, decree; abstractly volition) or (passively) inclination.
he shall know 1097
{1097} Prime
γινώσκω
ginosko
{ghin-oce'-ko}
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed).
z5695
<5695> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 271
of 4012
{4012} Prime
περί
peri
{per-ee'}
From the base of G4008; properly through (all over), that is, around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time (with the genitive case denoting the subject or occasion or superlative point; with the accusative case the locality, circuit, matter, circumstance or general period).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
doctrine, 1322
{1322} Prime
διδαχή
didache
{did-akh-ay'}
From G1321; instruction (the act or the matter).
whether 4220
{4220} Prime
πότερον
poteron
{pot'-er-on}
Neuter of a comparative of the base of G4226; interrogitive as adverb, which (of two), that is, is it this or that.
it be 2076
{2076} Prime
ἐστί
esti
{es-tee'}
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
of 1537
{1537} Prime
ἐκ
ek
{ek}
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
God, 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
or 2228
{2228} Prime

e
{ay}
A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.
[whether] I 1473
{1473} Prime
ἐγώ
ego
{eg-o'}
A primary pronoun of the first person, 'I' (only expressed when emphatic).
speak 2980
{2980} Prime
λαλέω
laleo
{lal-eh'-o}
A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, that is, utter words.
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
of 575
{0575} Prime
ἀπό
apo
{ap-o'}
A primary particle; 'off', that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively).
myself. 1683
{1683} Prime
ἐμαυτοῦ
emautou
{em-ow-too'}
Genitive, dative and accusative of a compound of G1700 and G0846; of myself.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on John 7:16-18.


John 7:17

_ _ If any man will do his will, etc. — “is willing,” or “wishes to do.”

_ _ whether ... of God, or ... of myself — from above or from beneath; is divine or an imposture of Mine. A principle of immense importance, showing, on the one hand, that singleness of desire to please God is the grand inlet to light on all questions vitally affecting one’s eternal interests, and on the other, that the want of his, whether perceived or not, is the chief cause of infidelity amidst the light of revealed religion.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on John 7:14-36.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

John 7:17

If any man be willing to do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God — This is a universal rule, with regard to all persons and doctrines. He that is thoroughly willing to do it, shall certainly know what the will of God is.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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John 1:46-49 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. ... Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; ... And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? [even] because ye cannot hear my word.
John 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear [them] not, because ye are not of God.
Psalms 25:8-9 Good and upright [is] the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. ... The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Psalms 25:12 What man [is] he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way [that] he shall choose.
Psalms 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Psalms 119:101-102 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. ... I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it [shall be] for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err [therein].
Jeremiah 31:33-34 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. ... And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth.
Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience.
Acts 10:1-6 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian [band], ... He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
Acts 11:13-14 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; ... Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Philippians 3:15-16 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. ... Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
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