New American Standard Bible
"If I alone testify about Myself, My testimony is not true.
King James Bible
If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
Darby Bible Translation
If I bear witness concerning myself, my witness is not true.
World English Bible
"If I testify about myself, my witness is not valid.
Young's Literal Translation
'If I testify concerning myself, my testimony is not true;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If I bear witness of myself - If I have no other evidence than my own testimony about myself.
My witness - My testimony; my evidence. The proof would not be decisive.
Is not true - The word "true," here, means worthy of belief, or established by suitable evidence. See Matthew 22:16; "We Know that thou art true" - that is, worthy of confidence, or that thou hast been truly sent from God, Luke 20:21; John 8:13, John 8:17. The law did not admit a man to testify in his own case, but required two witnesses, Deuteronomy 17:6. Though what Jesus said was true John 8:13, John 8:17, yet he admitted it was not sufficient testimony alone to claim their belief. They had a right to expect that his statement that he came from God would be confirmed by other evidence. This evidence he gave in the miracles which he performed as proof that God had sent him.
LibraryJuly 2 Evening
[Jesus] prayed the third time, saying the same words.--MATT. 26:44. Who in the days of his flesh . . . offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.--Continuing instant in prayer.--Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication.--By prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
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So the Pharisees said to Him, "You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true."
Jesus answered and said to them, "Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.
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