John 7:38
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English Standard Version
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

King James Bible
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

American Standard Version
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, from within him shall flow rivers of living water.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that believeth in me, as the scripture saith, Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

English Revised Version
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Weymouth New Testament
He who believes in me, from within him--as the Scripture has said--rivers of living water shall flow."

John 7:38 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

The scripture hath said

There is no exactly corresponding passage, but the quotation harmonizes with the general tenor of several passages, as Isaiah 55:1; Isaiah 58:11; Zechariah 13:1; Zechariah 14:8; Ezekiel 47:1; Joel 3:18.

Belly (κοιλίας)

The word is often used in the Old Testament for the innermost part of a man, the soul or heart. See Job 15:35; Job 32:19; Proverbs 18:8; Proverbs 20:27, Proverbs 20:30. The rite of drawing and pouring out the water pointed back to the smitten rock in the desert. In Exodus 17:6, "there shall come water out of it," is literally, "there shall come water from within him." The word belly here means the inmost heart of the believer, which pours forth spiritual refreshment. Compare 1 Corinthians 10:4; John 4:14.

Shall flow (ῥεύσουσιν)

The word occurs only here in the New Testament.

Rivers

A type of abundance. Compare Numbers 20:11.

Living water

Compare John 4:10.

John 7:38 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Deuteronomy 18:15 The LORD your God will raise up to you a Prophet from the middle of you, of your brothers, like to me; to him you shall listen;

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John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst...

Job 32:18,19 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constrains me...

Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on him that is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground: I will pour my spirit on your seed...

Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and make fat your bones...

Isaiah 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, said the LORD; My spirit that is on you, and my words which I have put in your mouth...

Ezekiel 47:1-12 Afterward he brought me again to the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward...

Zechariah 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea...

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith...

Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Cross References
Isaiah 12:3
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Isaiah 35:6
then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;

Isaiah 44:3
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

Isaiah 55:1
"Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Isaiah 58:11
And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Ezekiel 47:9
And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.

Zechariah 14:8
On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter.

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