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John 20:31

    John 20:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    but these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in his name.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But these are recorded, so that you may have faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and so that, having this faith you may have life in his name.

    Webster's Revision

    but these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in his name.

    World English Bible

    but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    but these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in his name.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 20:31

    That ye might believe - What is here recorded is to give a full proof of the Divinity of Christ; that he is the promised Messiah; that he really suffered and rose again from the dead; and that through him every believer might have eternal life.

    Life - Several MSS., versions, and fathers read eternal life, and this is undoubtedly the meaning of the word, whether the various reading be admitted or not.

    Grotius has conjectured that the Gospel, as written by St. John, ended with this chapter, and that the following chapter was added by the Church of Ephesus. This conjecture is supported by nothing in antiquity. It is possible that these two last verses might have formerly been at the conclusion of the last chapter, as they bear a very great similarity to those that are found there; and it is likely that their true place is between the 24th and 25th verses of the succeeding chapter; with the latter of which they in every respect correspond, and with it form a proper conclusion to the book. Except this correspondence, there is no authority for changing their present position.

    After reading the Gospel of John, his first Epistle should be next taken up: it is written exactly in the same spirit, and keeps the same object steadily in view. As John's Gospel may be considered a supplement to the other evangelists, so his first Epistle may be considered a supplement and continuation to his own Gospel. In some MSS. the epistles follow this Gospel, not merely because the transcribers wished to have all the works of the same writer together, but because there was such an evident connection between them. The first Epistle is to the Gospel as a pointed and forcible application is to an interesting and impressive sermon.

    Barnes' Notes on John 20:31

    These are written - Those recorded in this gospel.

    That ye might believe ... - This is a clue to the design which John had in view in writing this gospel. The whole scope or end of the book is to accomplish two objects:

    1. To prove that Jesus was the Messiah; and,

    2. That they who looked at the proof might be convinced and have eternal life.

    This design is kept in view throughout the book. The miracles, facts, arguments, instructions, and conversations of our Lord all tend to this. This point had not been kept in view so directly by either of the other evangelists, and it was reserved for the last of the apostles to collect those arguments, and make out a connected demonstration that Jesus was the Messiah. If this design of John is kept steadily in view, it will throw much light on the book, and the argument is unanswerable, framed after the strictest rules of reasoning, infinitely beyond the skill of man, and having throughout the clearest evidence of demonstration.

    Wesley's Notes on John 20:31

    20:31 But these things are written that ye may believe - That ye may be confirmed in believing. Faith cometh sometimes by reading; though ordinarily by hearing.