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

  • Jesus Saves
    Not so much about the text as about those who comment. Though we as individuals may not always agree on every point of doctrine but It is certainly a joy to see God's people express there excitement of what they get from God's word.
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 7:38 HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME AS THE SCRIPTURE HATH SAID OUT OF HIS BELLY SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER JEREMIAH 2:13 FOR MY PEOPLE HAVE COMMITTED TWO EVILS THEY HAVE FORSAKEN ME THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS AND HEWED THEM OUT CISTERNS BROKEN CISTERNS THAT CAN HOLD NO WATER
  • Robert Van Der Walle
    Lets All Have A Love For The Truth In God"s Holy Word
  • Irene123
    V. 39 - " ... the Holy Ghost was not yet given BECAUSE ... "; Jesus spirit, poured out on the 120 plus (Acts 2:4) is what IMMEDIATELY open ALL their eyes to see Acts 2:38 - baptism in the NAME ..." (not titles of father, son, and holy ghost). Jesus VERY words were " ... in the NAME of ...". Repentance, baptism, receiving the H.G. - were the keys Jesus gave Peter; VERBAL (spoken) not metal keys.
  • Zeingoff
    The paradox is that Jesus endured the trial of spiritual practice, ie praying all night, fasting 40 days, learning scripture from the phd's of his day, hung out with his cousin, John. We are born empty of knowledge. Obviously, the Jew had a zeal for religion and a 500 year tradition of the law and the prophets. I myself have studied these texts and confess their potency for in them God speaks
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 7:38 HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME AS THE SCRIPTURE HATH SAID OUT OF HIS BELLY SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER 7:39 BUT THIS SPAKE HE OF THE SPIRIT WHICH THEY THAT BELIEVE ON HIM SHOULD RECEIVE FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS NOT YET GIVEN BECAUSE THAT JESUS WAS NOT YET GLORIFIED JOHN 3:24 FOR HE WHOM --- GOD HATH SENT --- SPEAKETH THE WORDS OF GOD FOR GOD GIVETH NOT THE SPIRIT BY MEASURE UNTO HIM

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