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

  • 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 ....
  • Irene123
    Mari; You made my day! You really did. I was wondering about you, why I hadn't seen you. Are you alright? All Glory be to the Lord and our God JESUS!!! Jn.20:28
  • Mari
    Irene, its like a bible study for me w the many verses you put up. I write them down
  • Irene123
    Levell - Lk. 23:47 - even the centurion, who helped crucify Jesus, said, " ... certainly this was a righteous man." Jesus' words, that he did nothing of Himself referred to His flesh man; but as His Father taught Him, He (Jesus) did those things. It's the same with us; when we have God's spirit in us (Acts 2:38) it's HIS spirit that does the works, speaks the words of wisdom from His word.

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