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

  • Dewey J
    We must not forget that the main focus of the Bible is Jesus Christ. God chose Abraham not because he was the greatest saint though he is the father of the faithful but because of God's grace Gen. 12. For by grace are we saved Eph. 2:8,9. By making Abraham a name and him a blessings to the families of the earth mainly through Joseph and Moses in Egypt delivering them God made his own name Great.
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 5:21 FOR AS THE FATHER RAISETH UP THE DEAD AND QUICKENETH THEM EVEN SO THE SON QUICKENETH WHOM HE WILL JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU THEY ARE LIFE AND THEY ARE SPIRIT ---ACTS 20:30 ALSO OF YOUR OWN SELVES SHALL MEN ARISE SPEAKING PERVERSE THINGS TO DRAW AWAY DISCIPLES AFTER THEM JOHN 15:4 ABIDE IN ME AND I IN YOU........
  • Matt
    The Abrahamic covenant was made with Abraham, Issac and Jacob. After the cross, a new covenant was made. The Israelites were promised the Savior, and that was why Christ was sent to them first, to let them know their Shepherd had arrived. When He gave His life on the cross, all races, kinds, etc. could be saved if they believe on Him. The 'Jews' are not Abraham's children. Read John chapter 8.
  • Irene123
    God's 'chosen' people. God chose Abraham and his seed as His people. Because Abraham was the first to have faith COMPLETELY in God (God called him 'friend'). Noah, altho' was righteous before God, he 'fell' after the flood; Abraham never did. The faith Abraham had was in his genes and his teaching to his family. In Isaac shall thy seed be called. It's just the way it is; it's of God.
  • Matt
    @ William, that is because they are not of God as He stated in John ch. 8 v. 44-45:

    Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
  • DMBL
    God is more concern about establishing a relationship with people than rituals.

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