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John 8:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest witness of thyself; thy witness is not true.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— So the Pharisees said to Him, “You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The Pharisees therefore said to him, Thou testifiest concerning thyself; thy testimony is not true.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The Pharisees therefore said to him, Thou bearest witness concerning thyself; thy witness is not true.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The Pharisees, therefore, said unto him—Thou, concerning thyself, bearest witness: thy witness, is not true.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The Pharisees, therefore, said to him, 'Thou of thyself dost testify, thy testimony is not true;'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The Pharisees therefore said to him: Thou givest testimony of thyself. Thy testimony is not true.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The Pharisees therefore said vnto him, Thou bearest record of thy selfe, thy record is not true.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— The Pharishee say to him, Thou of thyself testifiest: thy testimony is not the truth.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— The Pharisees said to him: Thou bearest witness of thyself, thy testimony is not certain.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The x3588
(3588) Complement

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).
Pharisees 5330
{5330} Prime
Of Hebrew origin (compare [H6567]); a separatist, that is, exclusively religious; a Pharisaean, that is, Jewish sectary.
therefore 3767
{3767} Prime
Apparently a primary word; (adverbially) certainly, or (conjugationally) accordingly.
said 2036
{2036} Prime
A primary verb (used only in the definite past tense, the others being borrowed from G2046, G4483 and G5346); to speak or say (by word or writting).
<5627> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2138 plus 1 in a variant reading in a footnote
unto him, 846
{0846} Prime
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.
Thou 4771
{4771} Prime
The personal pronoun of the second person singular; thou.
bearest record 3140
{3140} Prime
From G3144; to be a witness, that is, testify (literally or figuratively).
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
of 4012
{4012} Prime
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).
thyself; 4572
{4572} Prime
The genitive case from G4571 and G0846, with the dative and accusative of the same with contractions, respectively, of (with, to) thyself.
thy 4675
{4675} Prime
Genitive case of G4771; of thee, thy.
record 3141
{3141} Prime
From G3144; evidence given (judicially or generally).
is 2076
{2076} Prime
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
not 3756
{3756} Prime
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
true. 227
{0227} Prime
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and G2990; true (as not concealing).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

John 8:13-19

_ _ bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true — How does He meet this specious cavil? Not by disputing the wholesome human maxim that “self-praise is no praise,” but by affirming that He was an exception to the rule, or rather, that it had no application to Him.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on John 8:12-20.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

John 8:13

Thou testifiest of thyself; thy testimony is not valid — They retort upon our Lord his own words, John 5:31; if I testify of myself, my testimony is not valid. He had then added, There is another who testifieth of me. To the same effect he replies here, John 8:14, Though I testify of myself, yet my testimony is valid; for I am inseparably united to the Father. I know — And from firm and certain knowledge proceeds the most unexceptionable testimony: whence I came, and whither I go — To these two heads may be referred all the doctrine concerning Christ. The former is treated of John 8:16, &c, the latter John 8:21, &c. For I know whence I came — That is, For I came from God, both as God and as man. And I know it, though ye do not.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

John 8:13

(5) The Pharisees therefore said unto him, (a) Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.

(5) Christ is without all exception the best witness of the truth, for he was sent by his Father for that purpose, and his Father showed his approval of him to the world by infinite miracles.

(a) You bear witness of yourself, which is worth nothing in the opinion of all men, and for a man to commend himself is very uncommendable.

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John 5:31-47 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. ... But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
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