John 8:53

53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”

John 8:53 in Other Translations

KJV
53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?
ESV
53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?"
NLT
53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
MSG
53 Are you greater than Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you think you are!"
CSB
53 Are You greater than our father Abraham who died? Even the prophets died. Who do You pretend to be?"

John 8:53 Meaning and Commentary

John 8:53

Art thou greater than our father Abraham?
&c.] So the woman of Samaria said, concerning Jacob, ( John 4:12 ) . The Jews had a mighty opinion of their ancestors, especially of Abraham; and yet they allow the Messiah to be greater than he, as Jesus truly was: so one of their ancient commentators F23 on those words of ( Isaiah 52:13 ) thus paraphrases them,

``"Behold my servant shall deal prudently", this is the King Messiah; "he shall be exalted" above Abraham, as it is written, ( Genesis 14:22 ) , "and extolled" above Moses, as it is written, ( Numbers 11:12 ) , and he shall be higher than the ministering angels, as it is written, ( Ezekiel 1:26 ) ( Zechariah 4:7 ) , for he shall be (twba Nm lwdg) , "greater than the fathers".''

They add here, of Abraham,

which is dead;
he was a great and good man, and yet dead:

and the prophets are dead;
though they truly kept, and faithfully delivered the word of God:

whom makest thou thyself?
who art a poor carpenter's son, a Galilean, a Nazarene, and yet makest thyself greater than Abraham, or any of the prophets; yea, makest thyself to be God, to promise security from death, and an everlasting continuance of life upon keeping thy word.


FOOTNOTES:

F23 Tachuma apud Huls. p. 321.

John 8:53 In-Context

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?”
54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.
55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 39; John 4:12