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John 8:35

    John 8:35 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the bondservant abideth not in the house for ever: the son abideth for ever.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now the servant does not go on living in the house for ever, but the son does.

    Webster's Revision

    And the bondservant abideth not in the house for ever: the son abideth for ever.

    World English Bible

    A bondservant doesn't live in the house forever. A son remains forever.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the bondservant abideth not in the house for ever: the son abideth for ever.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 8:35

    And the servant abideth not in the house - Or, rather, Now the slave abided not in the family. As if Jesus had said: And now that I am speaking of a slave, I will add one thing more, viz. a slave has no right to any part of the inheritance in the family to which he belongs; but the son, the legitimate son, has a right. He can make any servant of the family free, though no slave can. He can divide or bestow the inheritance as he pleases. Our Lord seems here to refer to the sending away of Ishmael, mentioned, Genesis 21:10-14. Only those who are genuine children can inherit the estate. If sons, then heirs: heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ: Galatians 4:21-31; Romans 8:17; and see Bishop Pearce's Paraphrase.

    Barnes' Notes on John 8:35

    The servant abideth not ... - The servant does not, of course, remain forever, or until his death. with his master. If he is disobedient and wicked, the master sells him or turns him away. He is not the heir, and may at any time be expelled from the house of his master. But a son is the heir. He cannot be in this manner cast off or sold. He is privileged with the right of remaining in the family. This takes place in common life. So said the Saviour to the Jews: "You, if you are disobedient and rebellious, may at any time be rejected from being the people of God, and be deprived of your special privileges as a nation. You are in the condition of servants, and unless you are made free by the gospel, and become entitled to the privilege of the sons of God, you will be cast off like an unfaithful slave." Compare Hebrews 3:5-6.

    Abideth not - Remains not, or has not the legal right to remain. He may at any time be rejected or sold.

    In the house - In the family of his master.

    For ever - During the whole time of his life.

    The Son - The heir. He remains, and cannot be sold or cast off.

    Ever - Continually. Till the day of his death. This is the privilege of a son, to inherit and dispose of the property.