John 8:31-41 NIV

The Children of Abraham

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching,1 you are really my disciples.

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32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."2

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33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendantsa3 and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?"

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    • b 8:33 - Greek "seed "; also in verse 37
      34 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.4

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      35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.5

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      36 So if the Son sets you free,6 you will be free indeed.

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          37 I know you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me,7 because you have no room for my word.

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            • 43 8:37 - ver 39,40
              38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence,8 and you do what you have heard from your father.b "9

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                • c 8:38 - Or "presence. Therefore do what you have heard from the Father."
                  39 "Abraham is our father," they answered. "If you were Abraham's children,"10 said Jesus, "then you wouldc do the things Abraham did.

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                    • d 8:39 - Some early manuscripts ""If you are Abraham's children," said Jesus, "then"
                      40 As it is, you are determined to kill me,11 a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.12 Abraham did not do such things.

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                          41 You are doing the things your own father does."13 "We are not illegitimate children," they protested. "The only Father we have is God himself."14

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