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John 8:43-45 New English Translation (NET Bible)

43 Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept[a] my teaching.[b] 44 You people[c] are from[d] your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires.[e] He[f] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth,[g] because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies,[h] he speaks according to his own nature,[i] because he is a liar and the father of lies.[j] 45 But because I am telling you[k] the truth, you do not believe me.


  1. John 8:43 tn Grk “you cannot hear,” but this is not a reference to deafness, but rather hearing in the sense of listening to something and responding to it.
  2. John 8:43 tn Grk “my word.”
  3. John 8:44 tn The word “people” is supplied in the translation to clarify that the Greek pronoun and verb are plural.
  4. John 8:44 tn Many translations read “You are of your father the devil” (KJV, ASV, RSV, NASB) or “You belong to your father, the devil” (NIV), but the Greek preposition ἐκ (ek) emphasizes the idea of source or origin. Jesus said his opponents were the devil’s very offspring (a statement which would certainly infuriate them).
  5. John 8:44 tn Grk “the desires of your father you want to do.”
  6. John 8:44 tn Grk “That one” (referring to the devil).
  7. John 8:44 tn Grk “he does not stand in the truth” (in the sense of maintaining, upholding, or accepting the validity of it).
  8. John 8:44 tn Grk “Whenever he speaks the lie.”
  9. John 8:44 tn Grk “he speaks from his own.”
  10. John 8:44 tn Grk “because he is a liar and the father of it.”
  11. John 8:45 tn Or “because I tell you.”
New English Translation (NET)

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