New International Version
I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father."
King James Bible
I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
Darby Bible Translation
I speak what I have seen with my Father, and ye then do what ye have seen with your father.
World English Bible
I say the things which I have seen with my Father; and you also do the things which you have seen with your father."
Young's Literal Translation
I -- that which I have seen with my Father do speak, and ye, therefore, that which ye have seen with your father -- ye do.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I speak that which I have seen - I speak nothing but that unchangeable, eternal truth which I have received from the bosom of God.
Ye do that which ye have seen - Instead of ἑωρακατε, ye have seen, I think we should read ηκουσατε, ye have heard, on the authority of BCKL, fifteen others; Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian, later Syriac in the margin, Gothic, one copy of the Itala; Origen, Cyril, and Chrysostom. This reading, says Bishop Pearce, (who has adopted it), seems preferable to the other, because it could not be said, with the same propriety, that the Jews had seen any thing with their father the devil, as it could that Jesus had seen with his.
Jesus saw the Father, for he was the Word that was with God from eternity. The Jews did not see, they only felt and heard, their father the devil. It is the interest of Satan to keep himself out of sight, and to work in the dark.
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Eversley. Chester Cathedral. 1872. St John viii. 58. "Before Abraham was, I am." Let us consider these words awhile. They are most fit for our thoughts on this glorious day, on which the Lord Jesus ascended to His Father, and to our Father, to His God, and to our God, that He might be glorified with the glory which He had with the Father before the making of the world. For it is clear that we shall better understand Ascension Day, just as we shall better understand Christmas or Eastertide, …
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You are doing the works of your own father." "We are not illegitimate children," they protested. "The only Father we have is God himself."
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
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