English Standard Version
I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.
King James Bible
I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
American Standard Version
I know that ye are Abraham's seed: yet ye seek to kill me, because my word hath not free course in you.
I know that you are the children of Abraham: but you seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
English Revised Version
I know that ye are Abraham's seed; yet ye seek to kill me, because my word hath not free course in you.
Webster's Bible Translation
I know that ye are Abraham's offspring; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
Weymouth New Testament
You are descendants of Abraham, I know; but you want to kill me, because my teaching gains no ground within you.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
Hath no place (οὐ χωρεῖ)
Rev., hath not free course, or maketh no way. This rendering is in harmony with John 8:30, John 8:31, concerning those who believed, but did not believe on Him, and who showed by their angry answer, in John 8:33, that the word of Jesus had made no advance in them. The rendering of the A.V. is not supported by usage, though Field ("Otium Norvicense") cites an undoubted instance of that sense from the Epistles of Alciphron, a post-Christian writer, who relates the story of a parasite returning gorged from a banquet and applying to a physician, who administered an emetic. The parasite, describing the effect of the medicine, says that the doctor wondered where such a mess had place (ἐχώρησε). For the rendering of the Rev., compare Aristophanes: πῶς οὖν οὐ χωρεῖ τοὔργον; "How is it that the work makes no progress?" ("Peace," 472). Plutarch, ἐχώρει διὰ τῆς πόλεως ὁ λόγος, "the word: (or report) spread (or advanced) through the city ("Caesar," 712).
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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.
After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him.
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'?"
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,
but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did.
Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad."
1 John 2:14
I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
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