"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."
Jesus answered, "The truth is, I existed before Abraham was even born!"
"Believe me," said Jesus, "I am who I am long before Abraham was anything."
Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, Before Abraham came into being, I am.
Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am."
Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."
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1 tn Grk “Truly, truly, I say to you.”
2 tn Grk “before Abraham was.”
3 sn I am! is an explicit claim to deity. Although each occurrence of the phrase “I am” in the Fourth Gospel needs to be examined individually in context to see if an association with Exod 3:14 is present, it seems clear that this is the case here (as the response of the Jewish authorities in the following verse shows).