John 8:58
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English Standard Version
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

King James Bible
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

American Standard Version
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was born, I am.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am.

English Revised Version
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus said to them, Verily, verily, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Weymouth New Testament
"In most solemn truth," answered Jesus, "I tell you that before Abraham came into existence, I am."

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Vincent's Word Studies

Was, I am (γενέσθαι, ἐγώ εἰμι)

It is important to observe the distinction between the two verbs. Abraham's life was under the conditions of time, and therefore had a temporal beginning. Hence, Abraham came into being, or was born (γενέσθαι). Jesus' life was from and to eternity. Hence the formula for absolute, timeless existence, I am (ἐγώ εἰμι). See on John 1:3; see on John 7:34.

John 8:58 Parallel Commentaries

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Verily.

John 8:34,51 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin...

Before.

John 1:1,2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...

John 17:5,24 And now, O Father, glorify you me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was...

Proverbs 8:22-30 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old...

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful...

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah...

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Hebrews 1:10-12 And, You, Lord, in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of your hands...

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Revelation 1:11,17,18 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What you see, write in a book...

Revelation 2:8 And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things said the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

I am. That our Lord by this expression asserted his divinity and eternal existence, as the great I AM, appears evident from the use of the present tense, instead of the past tense, from its being in answer to the Jews, who enquired whether he had seen Abraham, and from its being thus understood by the multitude, who were exasperated at it to such a degree that they took up stones to stone him. The ancient Jews not only believed that the Messiah was superior to and Lord of all the patriarchs, and even of angels, but that his celestial nature existed with God from whom it emanated, before the creation, and that the creation was effected by his ministry.

Exodus 3:14 And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.

Isaiah 43:13 Yes, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

Isaiah 44:6,8 Thus said the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last...

Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

Isaiah 48:12 Listen to me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Cross References
Exodus 3:14
God said to Moses, " I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel: ' I AM has sent me to you.'"

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 8:24
I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins."

John 8:28
So Jesus said to them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.

John 10:25
Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me,

John 17:5
And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

John 17:24
Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

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