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John 7:16

7:16 So Jesus replied, 1  “My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me. 2 

John 7:28-29


7:28 Then Jesus, while teaching in the temple courts, 3  cried out, 4  “You both know me and know where I come from! 5  And I have not come on my own initiative, 6  but the one who sent me 7  is true. You do not know him, 8  7:29 but 9  I know him, because I have come from him 10  and he 11  sent me.”

1 tn Grk “So Jesus answered and said to them.”

2 tn The phrase “the one who sent me” refers to God.

3 tn Grk “the temple.”

4 tn Grk “Then Jesus cried out in the temple, teaching and saying.”

5 sn You both know me and know where I come from! Jesus’ response while teaching in the temple is difficult – it appears to concede too much understanding to his opponents. It is best to take the words as irony: “So you know me and know where I am from, do you?” On the physical, literal level, they did know where he was from: Nazareth of Galilee (at least they thought they knew). But on another deeper (spiritual) level, they did not: He came from heaven, from the Father. Jesus insisted that he has not come on his own initiative (cf. 5:37), but at the bidding of the Father who sent him.

6 tn Grk “And I have not come from myself.”

7 tn The phrase “the one who sent me” refers to God.

8 tn Grk “the one who sent me is true, whom you do not know.”

9 tn Although the conjunction “but” is not in the Greek text, the contrast is implied (an omitted conjunction is called asyndeton).

10 tn The preposition παρά (para) followed by the genitive has the local sense preserved and can be used of one person sending another. This does not necessarily imply origin in essence or eternal generation.

11 tn Grk “and that one.”

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