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John 8:58


Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 1  before Abraham came into existence, 2  I am!” 3 


Ex 3:14; Pr 8:22-30; Isa 9:6; Isa 43:13; Isa 44:6,8; Isa 46:9; Isa 48:12; Mic 5:2; Joh 1:1,2; Joh 8:34,51; Joh 17:5,24; Col 1:17; Heb 1:10-12; Heb 13:8; Re 1:8; Re 1:11,17,18; Re 2:8

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tn Grk “Truly, truly, I say to you.”

tn Grk “before Abraham was.”

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).

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