New International Version
Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death."
King James Bible
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
Darby Bible Translation
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If any one shall keep my word, he shall never see death.
World English Bible
Most certainly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death."
Young's Literal Translation
verily, verily, I say to you, If any one may keep my word, death he may not see -- to the age.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Shall never see death - As Moses promised a long life, with abundance of temporal blessings, to those who should keep his statutes and ordinances, so he who keeps my doctrine shall not only have a long life, but shall never see death - he shall never come under the power of the death of the soul, but shall live eternally with me in glory.
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
"Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.
At this they exclaimed, "Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death.
Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word.
and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
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