John 5:46

46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.

John 5:46 in Other Translations

KJV
46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
ESV
46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.
NLT
46 If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me.
MSG
46 If you believed, really believed, what Moses said, you would believe me. He wrote of me.
CSB
46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me.

John 5:46 Meaning and Commentary

John 5:46

For had ye believed Moses
The doctrine of Moses, and what he says in his writings:

ye would have believed me;
for there is an agreement between Moses and Christ; Christ is the end of the law of Moses, and in him is the accomplishment of his writings:

for he wrote of me;
in the books written by him, Christ is spoken of, as the seed of the woman, that should bruise the serpent's head; as the seed of Abraham, in whom all nations of the earth should be blessed; as the Shiloh, to whom the gathering of the people should be; and as that prophet, who should be like unto himself, to whom the people of Israel should hearken; and he wrote many things typically of Christ; and indeed, the whole Mosaic economy was typical of Christ, as the epistle to the Hebrews shows: and therefore disbelieving Christ, was disbelieving Moses; who therefore would be an accuser of them, and a witness against them.

John 5:46 In-Context

44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set.
46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.
47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”

Cross References 1

  • 1. Genesis 3:15; S Luke 24:27,44; Acts 26:22