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

  • Ray321
    3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. 13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
  • Insight777
    V24 proves physical cutting means nothing. Jesus does not cut flesh and does not teach it.
    Paul however continues to circumcise to establish the adherence to Jewish law as the example of the Jewish woman that had a son with a Greek man. Paul does not follow the example of behavior that Jesus established. Paul is a Jew first, Christian second. Acts 16:3
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. Yes, Lord, I thirst of you daily. Give me to drink from the spring of living waters.
  • A disciple
    "After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him." The hostile and hateful who oppose and contradict Jesus and any and all who love Jesus; would love it to be fighting and quarreling with us all the time, and wasting our time! But we have to know when its time to let men have their own ways, and leave them alone.
  • Sparrow1950
    Probably, if they were practicing Jews and did it 8 days after birth according to laws.
  • Lu2677
    Thanks for posting Luke 2:21. I repent of saying,"scripture does not tell us if Mary and Joseph circumcised their children. It is important to repent when scripture corrects us when we err. Or God will reprove us and call us a liar. He doesn't take is lightly when we speak untruth. I don't want him to call me a liar, do you want him to call you a liar? A question for all to consider.

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