John 5:16
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English Standard Version
And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.

King James Bible
And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

American Standard Version
And for this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did these things on the sabbath.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, because he did these things on the sabbath.

English Revised Version
And for this cause did the Jews persecute Jesus, because he did these things on the sabbath.

Webster's Bible Translation
And therefore the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath.

Weymouth New Testament
and on this account the Jews began to persecute Jesus--because He did these things on the Sabbath.

John 5:16 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Did the Jews persecute

The imperfect tense (ἐδίωκον) might be rendered began to persecute, as this is an opening of hostilities against Jesus, or, more probably, corresponds with the same tense in ἐποίει, he did, or better, was wont to do. Διώκω, to persecute, is originally to run after, to pursue with hostile purpose, and thence to harass.

And sought to kill Him

The best texts omit.

He did

See above. Godet observes: "the imperfect malignantly expresses the idea that the violation of the Sabbath has become with Him a sort of maxim."

John 5:16 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

persecute.

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me...

Acts 9:4,5 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me...

and sought.

John 5:13 And he that was healed knew not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

John 7:19,20,25 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why go you about to kill me...

John 10:39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

Matthew 12:13 Then said he to the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

Mark 3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

Luke 6:11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

Cross References
John 1:19
And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"

John 5:10
So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed."

John 5:15
The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.

John 5:17
But Jesus answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I am working."

John 5:18
This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

John 7:21
Jesus answered them, "I did one work, and you all marvel at it.

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