John 8:33
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English Standard Version
They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

King James Bible
They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

American Standard Version
They answered unto him, We are Abraham's seed, and have never yet been in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Douay-Rheims Bible
They answered him: We are the seed of Abraham, and we have never been slaves to any man: how sayest thou: you shall be free?

English Revised Version
They answered unto him, We be Abraham's seed, and have never yet been in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Webster's Bible Translation
They answered him, We are Abraham's offspring, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Weymouth New Testament
"We are descendants of Abraham," they answered, "and have never at any time been in slavery to any one. What do those words of yours mean, 'You shall become free'?"

John 8:33 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Were never in bondage (δεδουλεύκαμεν πώποτε)

Rev., better, have never yet been in bondage; thus giving the force of the perfect tense, never up to this time, and of the πώ, yet. In the light of the promises given to Abraham, Genesis 17:16; Genesis 22:17, Genesis 22:18, the Jews claimed not only freedom, but dominion over the nations. In their reply to Jesus they ignore alike the Egyptian, Babylonian, and Syrian bondage, through which the nation had successively passed, as well as their present subjection to Rome, treating these merely as bondage which, though a fact, was not bondage by right, or bondage to which they had ever willingly submitted, and, therefore, not bondage in any real sense. Beside the fact that their words were the utterance of strong passion, it is to be remembered that the Romans, from motives of policy, had left them the semblance of political independence. As in so many other cases, they overlook the higher significance of Jesus' words, and base their reply on a technicality. These are the very Jews who believed Him (John 8:31). Stier remarks: "These poor believers soon come to the end of their faith." The hint of the possible inconstancy of their faith, conveyed in the Lord's words if ye abide in my word, is thus justified.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

We be.

John 8:39 They answered and said to him, Abraham is our father. Jesus said to them, If you were Abraham's children...

Leviticus 25:42 For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as slaves.

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say to you...

Luke 16:24-26 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water...

and were.

John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

Genesis 15:13 And he said to Abram, Know of a surety that your seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them...

Exodus 1:13,14 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigor...

Judges 2:18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge...

Judges 3:8 Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia...

Judges 4:3 And the children of Israel cried to the LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron...

Ezra 9:9 For we were slaves; yet our God has not forsaken us in our bondage, but has extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia...

Nehemiah 5:4-8 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that on our lands and vineyards...

Nehemiah 9:27,28,36,37 Therefore you delivered them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried to you...

Cross References
Matthew 3:9
And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.

Luke 3:8
Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.

John 8:37
I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.

John 8:39
They answered him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did,

John 8:43
Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.

Romans 9:7
and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named."

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