John 8:51

51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”

John 8:51 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
English Standard Version (ESV)
51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."
New Living Translation (NLT)
51 I tell you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!”
The Message Bible (MSG)
51 I say this with absolute confidence. If you practice what I'm telling you, you'll never have to look death in the face."
American Standard Version (ASV)
51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my word, he shall never see death.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
51 I can guarantee this truth: Whoever obeys what I say will never see death."
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
51 I assure you: If anyone keeps My word, he will never see death-ever!"
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
51 What I'm about to tell you is true. Anyone who obeys my word will never die."

John 8:51 Meaning and Commentary

John 8:51

Verily, verily, I say unto you
This is truth, and may be depended upon, as coming from the "Amen", and faithful witness:

if a man keep my saying;
or doctrine, receives the Gospel in the love of it, obeys it from his heart, and cordially embraces and firmly believes it; and retains and holds it fast, having a spiritual and comfortable experience of the doctrines of Christ, and yielding a cheerful and ready obedience to his commands and ordinances, in faith and love:

he shall never see death;
the second death, eternal death, which is an everlasting separation of a man, body and soul, from God: this death shall have no power on such a person, he shall never be hurt by it; and though he dies a corporeal death, that shall not be a curse, a penal evil to him; nor shall he always lie under the power of it, but shall rise again, and live in soul and body, for ever with the Lord: seeing and tasting death, as in ( John 8:52 ) , are Hebraisms expressive of dying.

John 8:51 In-Context

49 “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me.
50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.
51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
52 At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death.
53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”

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