John 8:44

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.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Ye are of your father the deuill, and the lusts of your father ye will doe: hee was a murtherer from the beginning, and abode not in the trueth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his owne: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You are of {your} father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own {nature,} for he is a liar and the father of lies.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye are of `your' father the devil, and the lusts of your father it is your will to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and standeth 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 thereof.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You are the children of your father the Evil One and it is your pleasure to do his desires. From the first he was a taker of life; and he did not go in the true way because there is no true thing in him. When he says what is false, it is natural to him, for he is false and the father of what is false.
- Basic English Bible

Ye are of the devil, as [your] father, and ye desire to do the lusts of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks falsehood, he speaks of what is his own; for he is a liar and its father:
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

The father whose sons you are is the Devil; and you desire to do what gives him pleasure. *He* was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand firm in the truth--for there is no truth in him. Whenever he utters his lie, he utters it out of his own store; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.
- Weymouth Bible

You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn't stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and its father.
- World English Bible

Ye ben of the fadir, the deuel, and ye wolen do the desyris of youre fadir. He was a mansleere fro the bigynnyng, and he stood not in treuthe; for treuthe is not in hym. Whanne he spekith lesyng, he spekith of his owne; for he is a liere, and fadir of it.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Ye are of a father -- the devil, and the desires of your father ye will to do; he was a man-slayer from the beginning, and in the truth he hath not stood, because there is no truth in him; when one may speak the falsehood, of his own he speaketh, because he is a liar -- also his father.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 8:44


8:44 He was a murderer - In inclination, from the beginning - Of his becoming a devil; and abode not in the truth - Commencing murderer and liar at the same time. And certainly he was a killer of men (as the Greek word properly signifies) from the beginning of the world: for from the very creation he designed and contrived the ruin of men. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own - For he is the proper parent, and, as it were, creator of it. See the origin not only of lies, but of evil in general!


People's Bible Notes for John 8:44


Joh 8:44 Ye are of [your] father, the devil. There are two households: that of God, composed of his children; and that of the devil, composed of his children. All who hear the voice of Christ become God's children by adoption (Ro 8:15-17), and all who refuse to hear him, do so because they belong to the devil's household and hear his voice. They "will do the lusts of their father". He was a murderer from the beginning. He caused the first murder, moves those who do murder, and those who seek to kill Christ are of his spirit.

Discussion for John 8

  • A disciple
    "..I am the Light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life." In order to get the first-most importance of the meaning in any Scripture passage, we have to first understand it in the context of the whole part in which it appears. In this instance then, there were once again, hateful adversaries running upon the Lord with what they assumed was an impossible predicament, so that through it they could have something to accuse the Lord and thus publicly expose Him as a fraud and impostor. But what happens is their own foul consciences and evil intentions are exposed to their own shame. First There are NO Commandments in the Scriptures that are impossible for us to keep, for ANY reason! And Second The Statutes of capital punishment for certain crimes was to be executed, NOT by a vindictive and self-righteous mob, seeking to make an example but for a pure and holy people to protect their society from being ruined. Now that the "society" is utterly corrupt and filled with sinning against God What is the Lord Jesus to do? How is He to act toward people whom He wants to SAVE FROM THEIR SINS AND NOT KILL THEM FOR THEM? He does not condemn us but lets us go free to live! He frankly forgives all of us who have NOTHING to pay and in love leads us to REPENTANCE and a CHANGED LIFE! He is the Light which gives us Light!
  • Steve morrow
    JOB 38:2 who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge PSALM 18:28 for thou wilt light my candle --- THE LORD my GOD --- will enlighten my darkness 1 JOHN 2:9 he that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother is in darkness even until now --2:10--he that loveth his brother abideth in the light and there is --- none occasion of stumbling in him --2:11-- but he that hateth his brother is in darkness and walketh in darkness and knoweth not whither he goeth because that --- darkness hath blinded him --- PSALM 119:130 the entrance of --- THY words giveth light --- it giveth understanding to the simple ISAIAH 8:20 to the law and to the testimony if they speak not --- according to this word --- there is no light in them PROVERBS 6:23 for the commandment is a lamp and the --- law is light --- and reproofs of instruction are the way of life 2 PETER 1:19 we have also a more sure word of prophecy whereunto you do well that you take heed as --- unto a light --- that shineth in a dark place until the day dawn and the day star arise in your hearts
  • A disciple
    "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." The ones who are walking in darkness don't know that they are in darkness, and cannot see where they're going, BECAUSE the darkness has blinded their eyes. Those who say they see, but have no need of repentance, their sins are retained. But if we DO the will of the Father if we with a good and honest heart receive the Word of the Glad Tidings Announced, and DO ALL that Jesus has commanded us then WE DO KNOW the Doctrine, and have our hearts assured that we are accepted of God in Christ. You cannot refuse instruction, refuse conviction of sin and error, refuse humility and compassion for others... REFUSE LIGHT and also have the Light of the world shining in you! The tree is know by its fruit and we are known whether we are of God, by our reception of His Spirit and His Word and by the reflection of His character and natural disposition, in all our course in life. But he that lacks these things IS BLIND, SHORT-SIGHTED, and HAS FORGOTTEN THE PURGING OF HIS SINS!
  • A disciple
    Dear Sister Lilian; I just want to give you a Word of comfort and encouragement. When Jesus washed the disciples' feet; Peter feeling so intensely his own unworthiness, first thrust Jesus away, saying, You shall never wash my feet! But after talking with the Lord about it he was shown that we are really free, and clean every whit through Jesus' washing us from our sins; but need to wash our feet.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Their is and always has been only one of two spiritual seeds any man or woman can ever receive and its permanent. The incorruptible seed of the Blessed Hope which is Speaking in Tongues made of the temple without hands Christ in you or- / the seed of the serpent. All those who Blaspheme the Holy Ghost have the absolute hate of their father the devil in them. Acts through Jude. Religion rejects it
  • Lilian
    Jesus is the only light of the world thru him there's no darkness. Let your holy Spirit Jesus to be with me and help me to be born again in Spirit every moment of my life. Amen

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