Yeshua’s Law

Yeshua’s Law

Here is a brief passage from the Gospel of John, in which some versions contain a translation error implying that Torah is not his Law (which, of course, it is).

Yohanan Chapter 8, verses 14 to 18 (John 8:14–18)

[Yeshua:] Even if I give testimony of myself, my testimony is true [i.e.: valid], because I know from where I come and where I am going.

Yeshua is divine, the only Son of God the Almighty, so his testimony is necessarily valid.

But you [plural] do not know from where I come or where I am going.

You do not know who I am, that I am the only Son of God.

You [plural] judge according to the flesh [human nature without the Holy Spirit]; I am not judging anyone.

That is, I am not judging anyone now.

And even if I do judge, my judgement is true [that is, valid], because I am not alone, but I and the Father who has sent me.

Even according to the provisions of the Law which apply to you (all), my judgement is valid, because there are two of us: the Father and I.

In the Law FOR YOU [that is, not “your law”, but the provisions of the Torah which are incumbent upon you all] it is written that the testimony of two persons is true [that is, valid]: it is I who bear witness to myself, but also the Father, who has sent me, bears witness to me.

N.B.: It is not the case that Yeshua speaks of their Law, as if it is not also his! He wrote the Law for his people, and so the Torah is his!

For further reference, see: A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, (BDAG), 3rd Edition, p. 1027, ὑμέτερος (a) belonging to or INCUMBENT UPON YOU, Lk 6:20; >> J 8:17


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Author: David K. Trudgett

Updated: 2019-03-17 Sun 17:12 UTC+1100