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John 8:32


and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 1 


Ps 25:5,8,9; Ps 119:45; Pr 1:23,29; Pr 2:1-7; Pr 4:18; So 1:7,8; Isa 2:3; Isa 30:21; Isa 35:8; Isa 54:13; Isa 61:1; Jer 6:16; Jer 31:33,34; Ho 6:3; Mal 4:2; Mt 11:29; Mt 13:11,12; Joh 6:45; Joh 7:17; Joh 8:36; Joh 14:6; Joh 16:13; Joh 17:17; Ro 6:14-18,22; Ro 8:2,15; 2Co 3:17,18; Ga 5:13; 2Ti 2:25,26; 2Ti 3:7; Jas 1:25; Jas 2:12; 1Pe 2:16

NET © Notes

tn Or “the truth will release you.” The translation “set you free” or “release you” (unlike the more traditional “make you free”) conveys more the idea that the hearers were currently in a state of slavery from which they needed to be freed. The following context supports precisely this idea.

sn The statement the truth will set you free is often taken as referring to truth in the philosophical (or absolute) sense, or in the intellectual sense, or even (as the Jews apparently took it) in the political sense. In the context of John’s Gospel (particularly in light of the prologue) this must refer to truth about the person and work of Jesus. It is saving truth. As L. Morris says, “it is the truth which saves men from the darkness of sin, not that which saves them from the darkness of error (though there is a sense in which men in Christ are delivered from gross error)” (John [NICNT], 457).

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