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John 15:22

    John 15:22 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no excuse for their sin.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If I had not come and been their teacher they would have had no sin: but now they have no reason to give for their sin.

    Webster's Revision

    If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no excuse for their sin.

    World English Bible

    If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no excuse for their sin.

    Definitions for John 15:22

    Cloak - Raiment; clothing.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 15:22

    But now they have no cloke for their sin - (margin: Or, excuse) They are without excuse. See the note on John 9:41. Christ had done such works as demonstrated him to be the Messiah - yet they rejected him: here lay their sin; and this sin, and the punishment to which it exposed them, still remain; for they still continue to reject the Lord that bought them.

    Barnes' Notes on John 15:22

    And spoken unto them - Declared unto them the will of God, and made known his requirements. Jesus had not less certainly shown by his own arguments that he was the Messiah than by his miracles. By both these kinds of proof their guilt was to be measured. See John 15:26. No small part of the gospel of John consists of arguments used by the Saviour to convince the Jews that he came from God. He here says if he had not used these arguments, and proved to them his divine mission, they had not had sin.

    Had not had sin - This is evidently to be understood of the particular sin of persecuting and rejecting him. Of this he was speaking; and though, if he had not come, they would have been guilty of many other sins, yet of this, their great crowning sin, they would not have been guilty. We may understand this, then, as teaching:

    1. That they would not have been guilty of this kind of sin. They would not have been chargeable with rejecting the signal grace of God if Jesus had not come and made an offer of mercy to them.

    2. They would not have been guilty of the same degree of sin. The rejection of the Messiah was the crowning act of rebellion which brought down the vengeance of God, and led on their special national calamities. By way of eminence, therefore, this might be called the sin - the special sin of their age and nation. Compare Matthew 23:34-39; Matthew 27:25. And this shows us, what is so often taught in the Scriptures, that our guilt will be in proportion to the light that we possess and the mercies that we reject, Matthew 11:20-24; Luke 12:47-48. If it was such a crime to reject the Saviour then, it is a crime now; and if the rejection of the Son of God brought such calamities on the Jewish nation, the same rejection will involve the sinner now in woe, and vengeance, and despair.

    No cloak - No covering, no excuse. The proof has been so clear that they cannot plead ignorance; it has been so often presented that they cannot allege that they had no opportunity of knowing it. It is still so with all sinners.

    Wesley's Notes on John 15:22

    15:22 They had not had sin - Not in this respect.