New International Version
"You are not yet fifty years old," they said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"
King James Bible
Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Darby Bible Translation
The Jews therefore said to him, Thou hast not yet fifty years, and hast thou seen Abraham?
World English Bible
The Jews therefore said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"
Young's Literal Translation
The Jews, therefore, said unto him, 'Thou art not yet fifty years old, and Abraham hast thou seen?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thou art not yet fifty years old - Some MSS. read forty. The age of our blessed Lord has never been properly determined. Some of the primitive fathers believed that he was fifty years old when he was crucified; but their foundation, which is no other than these words of the Jews, is but a very uncertain one. Calmet thinks that our Lord was at this time about thirty-four years and ten months old, and that he was crucified about the middle of his thirty-sixth year; and asserts that the vulgar era is three years too late. On the other hand, some allow him to have been but thirty-one years old, and that his ministry had lasted but one year. Many opinions on this subject, which are scarcely worthy of being copied, may be found in Calmet.
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
Now this was John's testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.
"Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
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