John 8:43

Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Why doe yee not vnderstand my speech? euen because yee cannot heare my word.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Why do you not understand what I am saying? {It is} because you cannot hear My word.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Why do ye not understand my speech? `Even' because ye cannot hear my word.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Why are my words not clear to you? It is because your ears are shut to my teaching.
- Basic English Bible

Why do ye not know my speech? Because ye cannot hear my word.
- Darby Bible

Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
- Webster's Bible

How is it you do not understand me when I speak? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words.
- Weymouth Bible

Why don't you understand my speech? Because you can't hear my word.
- World English Bible

Whi knowen ye not my speche? for ye moun not here my word.
- Wycliffe Bible

wherefore do ye not know my speech? because ye are not able to hear my word.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 8:43


8:43 Ye cannot - Such is your stubbornness and pride, hear - Receive, obey my word. Not being desirous to do my will, ye cannot understand my doctrine, #John 7:17|.


People's Bible Notes for John 8:43


Joh 8:43 Ye cannot hear my word. Cannot receive it because Satan has your hearts, and is your father.

Discussion for John 8

  • A disciple
    Eric (cont.); If you accept something that you have been offered, you say yes to it or agree to take it. If you accept a plan or an intended action, you agree to it and allow it to happen. The problem however arises from the lazy and self-centered T.V. watching mentality of our modern generation, that makes us view everything in a merely passive NON-participatory state of mind; while we MUST act!
  • A disciple
    Dear Eric; I understand very well your reference Scripture, and how we MUST "receive" Jesus. But I strongly DISAGREE with the ultra popular contemporary notion which directs people to "Accept" Jesus into their darkened and alienated by nature lives, with absolutely NO mention or even a basic teaching about repentance and CONVERSION. We have to follow the Lord's own teaching about what we must do.
  • Eric
    Rev 3:20. Accepting Jesus into your heart IS scriptural. Please, everyone, be careful what you claim is scriptural or not. Read John 5:39. Of course we need to repent to have salvation, but sometimes we need Jesus in our hearts to do so. "Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more". First Jesus does not condemn, THEN, tells her to repent.
  • BSP
    Verse 29: Jesus always did what was pleasing to his father even when it was difficult for him.
  • A disciple
    (continuing) "Accepting Jesus into your heart" IS NOT REPENTANCE! It started with being afraid to hurt peoples' feelings or get them mad; it started with a cowardly watering down of the Word of the cross of Christ in order to supposedly bring people to the Lord "easier:" but it is a false gospel about another Jesus! It is God's way to first convict of sin and THEREBY lead to repent and convert!
  • A disciple
    (continuing) "When we come to Jesus in the first place; isn't it because we are scared and ashamed because of our sins, and we are looking for Jesus to rescue us from ourselves?" Here then we have to ask, How did you come to Jesus? What did you pray? or rather, How were you led to pray? Words DO matter! The very popular, but UNSCRIPTURAL, "Accepting Jesus into your heart" IS NOT REPENTANCE!

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