John 8:33

“They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They answered him, We be Abraham seed, and were neuer in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Yee shall be made free?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will become free'?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

They answered unto him, We are Abraham's seed, and have never yet been in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
- American Standard Version (1901)

They said to him in answer, We are Abraham's seed and have never been any man's servant: why do you say, You will become free?
- Basic English Bible

They answered him, We are Abraham's seed, and have never been under bondage to any one; how sayest thou, Ye shall become free?
- Darby Bible

They answered him, We are Abraham's offspring, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
- Webster's Bible

We are descendants of Abraham, they answered, "and have never at any time been in slavery to any one. What do those words of yours mean, `You shall become free'?"
- Weymouth Bible

They answered him, "We are Abraham's seed, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How do you say, 'You will be made free?'"
- World English Bible

Therfor the Jewis answeriden to hym, We ben the seed of Abraham, and we serueden neuere to man; hou seist thou, That ye schulen be fre?
- Wycliffe Bible

They answered him, `Seed of Abraham we are; and to no one have we been servants at any time; how dost thou say -- Ye shall become free?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 8:33


8:33 They - The other Jews that were by, (not those that believed,) as appears by the whole tenor of the conversation. We were never enslaved to any man - A bold, notorious untruth. At that very time they were enslaved to the Romans.


People's Bible Notes for John 8:33


Joh 8:33 We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage. They trusted in their blood, rather than in obedience to the God of Abraham. Their proud language was false. Their nation had been in bondage for over six hundred years to Babylon, to Persia, to Macedon, to Syria, to Rome. They were also in bondage to sin.

Discussion for John 8:33

  • Doris early for verse 33
    This must be human fleshly nature .....TO FORGET.
    The Israelites had forgotten how bad it was in Egypt for their people. Much like we as born again children of God sometimes forget....what it was like to be a SLAVE to SIN.

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