John 8:58

“Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iesus said vnto them, Uerely, verely I say vnto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was born, I am.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, Before Abraham came into being, I am.
- Basic English Bible

Jesus said to them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
- Darby Bible

Jesus said to them, Verily, verily, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I am.
- Webster's Bible

In most solemn truth, answered Jesus, "I tell you that before Abraham came into existence, I am."
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus said to them, "Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM."
- World English Bible

Therfor Jhesus seide to hem, Treuli, treuli, Y seie to you, bifor that Abraham schulde be, Y am.
- Wycliffe Bible

Jesus said to them, `Verily, verily, I say to you, Before Abraham's coming -- I am;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 8:58


8:58 Before Abraham was I AM - Even from everlasting to everlasting. This is a direct answer to the objection of the Jews, and shows how much greater he was than Abraham.


People's Bible Notes for John 8:58


Joh 8:58 Before Abraham was, I am. A solemn and official declaration, preceded by "Verily, verily" (see PNT "Joh 3:3"). The utterance is a remarkable one. It does not merely assert that he was before Abraham, but before Abraham was, I AM. It identifies with the I AM of the Old Testament. Divinity has no past tense, no future tense, but always the present.

Discussion for John 8

  • Arley3
    Two men? God is a Spirit. - John 4:24
  • Evangelist Andrew Kelly
    I love John 8 especially verse 17. Jesus was a separate being from God his Father. Two men walking in one accord in unity. Then latter comes the Holy Ghost and we have a trio and not a trinity.

    John 8:16] And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.
    17] It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.
  • A disciple
    "..He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.." We have all heard it said, that the devil will say many truths to put forth one lie: but what does the Lord say? There is no truth in him! And about false prophets; that God allows them in order to prove us, whether we will obey the Lord or not. We should'nt be ignorant of the devil's thoughts!
  • Lu2677
    John 8:7-9; Jesus was along with this woman, he did not instruct her to "tell no one".
    John 4:7-9: Jesus was alone with the woman from Samaria, he did not instruct her "tell no one"
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    This chapter is laden is many spiritual truths. Some are: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 8:38 I SPEAK THAT WHICH I HAVE SEEN WITH MY FATHER AND YOU DO THAT WHICH YOU HAVE SEEN WITH YOUR FATHER 8:39 AND THEY ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM ABRAHAM IS OUR FATHER JESUS SAID UNTO THEM --- IF --- YOU WERE ABRAHAMS CHILDREN YOU WOULD DO THE WORKS OF ABRAHAM***ROMANS 4:18 WHO AGAINST HOPE BELIEVED IN HOPE THAT HE MIGHT BECOME THE FATHER OF MANY NATIONS ACCORDING TO THAT WHICH WAS SPOKEN ....

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