John 7:17

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If any man will doe his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speake of my selfe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or {whether} I speak from Myself.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or `whether' I speak from myself.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If any man is ready to do God's pleasure he will have knowledge of the teaching and of where it comes from--from God or from myself.
- Basic English Bible

If any one desire to practise his will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is of God, or [that] I speak from myself.
- Darby Bible

If any man will do his will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God, or whether I speak from myself.
- Webster's Bible

If any one is willing to do His will, he shall know about the teaching, whether it is from God or originates with me.
- Weymouth Bible

If anyone desires to do his will, he will know about the teaching, whether it is from God, or if I am speaking from myself.
- World English Bible

If ony man wole do his wille, he schal knowe of the techyng, whethir it be of God, or Y speke of my silf.
- Wycliffe Bible

if any one may will to do His will, he shall know concerning the teaching, whether it is of God, or -- I do speak from myself.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 7:17


7:17 If any man be willing to do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God - This is a universal rule, with regard to all persons and doctrines. He that is thoroughly willing to do it, shall certainly know what the will of God is.


People's Bible Notes for John 7:17


Joh 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine. The Common Version is ambiguous. The Revised Version is clear: "If any man willeth to do", etc. The difficulty is in the way of the Jews recognizing the teaching of Jesus as divine, was that they were not willing to do God's will. This spirit of disobedience is the source of most, if not all, skepticism. Unbelief is due, not to the head, but to the heart. He who in his heart says, "Thy will be done, give me light and I will walk in it", will find that Christ is just the teacher demanded by his soul, and that the gospel meets his soul's want. Jesus will so meet the wants of his soul that he will be satisfied and will know the doctrine, that it comes from him who made the soul. The great German poet, Heine, was a scoffer until old and tortured with chronic disease. Then he said: ``I have discarded my proud philosophy and learned to trust in the consolations of religion.'' He had no more outward evidence than before, but his heart had changed.

Discussion for John 7

  • Truth Seeker
    This is just another example of why it matters, because Jesus said believe on him as the scriptures have said! And if people were really Christians they would stop rejecting truth! and stop teaching a lie, the people are waking up and your 400 years of lying about Jesus is being revealed!
  • Tracy
    I'm amazed how the Jews knew there never was a man that spoke like Jesus. That reminded me when the children of Isreal was in the wilderness and God spoke to them. They told Moses to speak with God then tell them what He said. They were afraid just as they were when Jesus spoke. The same thing is happening. I want the Holy Spirit to speak to me. I know the spirit of God will tell me no wrong.
  • Karl
    responds to Martha; good question, it is confusing isn't it? My interpretation would be that the LORD being made man, would withhold the blessing and gift of his Holy spirit, until his time as Jesus had been fulfilled and "glorified" in the hearts of those who embraced him. Glorified then referring to man's full realization of his(Jesus) true nature/sprit, how's that sound to you?
  • Martha
    praise the Lord , to who this concern I am trying to understand something hope you may answer this question for me what does it mean in this verse john7:39 because Jesus was not yet glorified, what does it mean.
  • Martha
    praise the Lord , to who this concern I am trying to understand something hope you may answer this question for me what does it mean in this verse john7:39 because Jesus was not yet glorified, what does it mean.
  • i would like to know the date this year that this verse refers to... what is the date of the last day of the great feast this year? i was filled with living water according to this scripture at around this time in 1982, and i would like to celebrate with my Lord in a special way this year. sincerely, arlene

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