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John 7:19

    John 7:19 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why go you about to kill me?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you doeth the law? Why seek ye to kill me?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Did not Moses give you the law? Even so, not one of you keeps the law. Why have you a desire to put me to death?

    Webster's Revision

    Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you doeth the law? Why seek ye to kill me?

    World English Bible

    Didn't Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill me?"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you doeth the law? Why seek ye to kill me?

    Clarke's Commentary on John 7:19

    Did not Moses give you the law, etc. - The scribes and Pharisees announced our Lord to the multitude as a deceiver; and they grounded their calumny on this, that he was not an exact observer of the law, for he had healed a man on the Sabbath day, John 5:9, John 5:10; and consequently must be a false prophet. Now they insinuated, that the interests of religion required him to be put to death:

    1. As a violator of the law; and,

    2. as a false prophet and deceiver of the people.

    To destroy this evil reasoning, our Lord speaks in this wise: If I deserve death for curing a man on the Sabbath, and desiring him to carry home his bed, which you consider a violation of the law, you are more culpable than I am, for you circumcise a child on the Sabbath, which requires much more bustle, and is of so much less use than what I have done to the infirm man. But, if you think you do not violate the law by circumcising a child on the Sabbath, how can you condemn me for having cured one of yourselves, who has been afflicted thirty and eight years? If you consider my conduct with the same eye with which you view your own, far from finding any thing criminal in it, you will see much reason to give glory to God. Why, therefore, go ye about to kill me, as a transgressor of the law, when not one of yourselves keeps it?

    Barnes' Notes on John 7:19

    Did not Moses give you the law? - This they admitted, and on this they prided themselves. Every violation of that law they considered as deserving of death. They had accused Jesus of violating it because he had healed a man on the Sabbath, and for that they had sought his life, John 5:10-16. He here recalls that charge to their recollection, and shows them that, though they pretended great reverence for that law, yet they were really its violators in having sought his life.

    None of you ... - None of you Jews. They had sought to kill him. This was a pointed and severe charge, and shows the great faithfulness with which he was accustomed to proclaim the truth.

    Why go ye about to kill me? - Why do ye seek to kill me? See John 5:16.

    Wesley's Notes on John 7:19

    7:19 But ye are unrighteous; for ye violate the very law which ye profess so much zeal for.