John 5:17
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English Standard Version
But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

King James Bible
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

American Standard Version
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh even until now, and I work.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Jesus answered them: My Father worketh until now; and I work.

English Revised Version
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh even until now, and I work.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

Weymouth New Testament
His reply to their accusation was, "My Father works unceasingly, and so do I."

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Vincent's Word Studies


The discussion turned on work on the Sabbath. The Father's work in maintaining and redeeming the world has continued from the creation until the present moment (ἕως ἄρτι): until now, not interrupted by the Sabbath.

And I work (κἀγὼ ἐργάζομαι)

Or, I also work. The two clauses are coordinated. The relation, as Meyer observes, is not that of imitation, or example, but of equality of will and procedure. Jesus does not violate the divine ideal of the Sabbath by His holy activity on that day. "Man's true rest is not a rest from human, earthly labor, but a rest for divine, heavenly labor. Thus the merely negative, traditional observance of the Sabbath is placed in sharp contrast with the positive, final fulfillment of spiritual service, for which it was a preparation" (Westcott).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.

John 14:10 Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak to you I speak not of myself...

Genesis 2:1,2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them...

Psalm 65:6 Which by his strength sets fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these things, that brings out their host by number...

Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

Acts 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons...

Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

1 Corinthians 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all.

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones...

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power...

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

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 10:36
do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?

1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

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