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 8:58

  • Simplebeing for verse 58
    There are lots of verses that indicated that Jesus is the One and the same God, and there are some too that indicated that He is the Son and not the Almighty One. This things are beyond our minds, but I prefer to believe that He is the only One. It make sense to me that the One who saved mankind is the same One who created us, because it will not make sense If the Almighty God we are talking about is not the one who sacrificed Himself for His creations. All His sacrifices will be futile.
  • What I believe Jesus was saying was, that yes Abraham was a great man but before he was aware of being Abraham. He was aware of Being - I AM. In other words I AM is pure unconditioned being. An individual expression of God and not separate in any way. Only in Spirit can one be individual and yet not separate. You I AM are aware of becoming conditioned as a physical form. Before you were aware of being who you are, you were aware of just -Being. I AM aware of being. Now when the I AM becomes defined in any way it is limited. So first you are I AM. Pure unconditioned being that is one with God- I AM that I AM. Notice here the name of God remains undefined or unlimited. There is no real definition here because to define the I AM is to limit it and God cannot be limited. The misunderstanding comes from the idea that Jesus was referring to himself personally. He was referring to the I AM or Christ within. The very essence of his being. This give us the power to proclaim the I AM for ourselves. This is not an ego thing. This is you identifying with the very essence of yourself to be whole and complete. The I AM can be seen as the Christ within. That is where we knock and it is opened.
  • Trinitarian alert Luke 1 35 answers who Jesus was. He was never called God or said he was God.You might ask yourself who sent him, because he did not send himself. Remember also, no one has ever seen God.John 1 18.
  • F Stephen for verse 58
    Here, Jesus Christ clearly states His Divinity and Person.

    That men may worship the Son as they worship the Father.

    Oh I love Jesus because He first loved me!
  • God; eternally existent, He also said,Abraham was.

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