John 5:39

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Search the Scriptures, for in them ye thinke ye haue eternall life, and they are they which testifie of me.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of me;
- American Standard Version (1901)

You make search in the holy Writings, in the belief that through them you get eternal life; and it is those Writings which give witness about me.
- Basic English Bible

Ye search the scriptures, for ye think that in them ye have life eternal, and they it is which bear witness concerning me;
- Darby Bible

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
- Webster's Bible

You search the Scriptures, because you suppose that in them you will find the Life of the Ages; and it is those Scriptures that yield testimony concerning me;
- Weymouth Bible

You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me.
- World English Bible

Seke ye scripturis, in which ye gessen to haue euerlastynge lijf; and tho it ben, that beren witnessyng of me.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Ye search the Writings, because ye think in them to have life age-during, and these are they that are testifying concerning me;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 5:39


5:39 Search the Scriptures - A plain command to all men. In them ye are assured ye have eternal life - Ye know they show you the way to eternal life. And these very Scriptures testify of me.


People's Bible Notes for John 5:39


Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures. Rather, as in the Revised Version, "Ye search the Scriptures" for eternal life. Yet they were full of testimony of Christ. Yet they turned away from him who is the life of whom their Scriptures spoke.

Discussion for John 5

  • Bruce
    A Person does not have to know one Word of The Bible. All they need to know is that Their Sin will send them to Hell. That comes about when a Believer shares The Way of Salvation. They may have never been in a Church or seen a Bible. The Spirit will tug on Their Heart. Without knowing one Word of The Bible,you can bring others to Salvation with your Testimony. Let us bring them in. The Day is-----
  • Irene123
    This is such a good Bible site. I just went to 'more', then 'various Bible topics', then clicked on 's', scrolled to 'studying the word', and up came no less than 17 vs. on STUDYING His Word. And, there are many more allusions to studying His throughout the Bible, Josiah the reformer when the Word of God was read to him, when the decree of Cyrus was found, and so many more.
  • Irene123
    As far as not needing to read the Bible for salvation - then why did Jesus give us Jn.5:39 (His own words); Acts17:11; Col.1:10. During His earthly ministry that's ALL He did - was quote scripture (no, what He said wasn't ALL written down yet, but - He knew it would be; Jesus was omniscient - all knowing) As it came from His mouth it was - scripture..
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 5:30 I CAN OF MINE OWN SELF DO NOTHING AS I HEAR I JUDGE AND MY JUDGEMENT IS JUST BECAUSE I SEEK NOT MINE OWN WILL BUT THE WILL OF THE FATHER WHICH SENT ME JOHN 8:26 I HAVE MANY THINGS TO SAY AND TO JUDGE OF YOU BUT HE THAT SENT ME IS TRUE AND I SPEAK TO THE WORLD --- THOSE THINGS WHICH I HAVE HEARD OF HIM ---
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 5:26 FOR AS THE FATHER HATH LIFE IN HIMSELF SO HATH HE GIVEN TO THE SON TO HAVE LIFE IN HIMSELF 5:27 AND HATH GIVEN --- HIM --- AUTHORITY TO EXECUTE JUDGEMENT ALSO BECAUSE HE IS THE SON OF MAN
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 5:28 MARVEL NOT AT THIS FOR THE HOUR IS COMING IN THE WHICH ALL THAT ARE IN THE GRAVES SHALL HEAR HIS VOICE ***5:29 AND SHALL COME FORTH THEY THAT --- HAVE DONE GOOD --- UNTO THE RESURRECTION OF LIFE AND THEY THAT HAVE EVIL UNTO THE RESURRECTION OF DAMNATION

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