New International Version
Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.
King James Bible
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Darby Bible Translation
Why do ye not know my speech? Because ye cannot hear my word.
World English Bible
Why don't you understand my speech? Because you can't hear my word.
Young's Literal Translation
wherefore do ye not know my speech? because ye are not able to hear my word.
John 8:43 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Why do ye not understand my speech? - Την λαλιαν την εμην, This my mode of speaking - when illustrating spiritual by natural things: λαλια refers to the manner of speaking; λογος, to the matter or subject on which he spoke. For λαλιαν, the Codex Bezae had originally αληθειαν: why do ye not acknowledge this Truth of mine? A few other MSS. agree in this reading.
Because ye cannot hear my word - That is, ye cannot bear my doctrine: it comes too close to you; it searches your hearts, detects your hypocrisy, and exposes your iniquitous intentions and designs; and as ye are determined not to leave your sins, so ye are purposed not to hear my doctrine.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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, …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
February 27 Evening
On the Words of the Gospel, John viii. 31, "If Ye Abide in My Word, Then are Ye Truly My Disciples," Etc.
Believing on Jesus, and Its Counterfeits
For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.
Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?"
"Abraham is our father," they answered. "If you were Abraham's children," said Jesus, "then you would do what Abraham did.
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