John 15:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 15:24, NIV: "If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father."

John 15:24, ESV: "If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father."

John 15:24, KJV: "If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father."

John 15:24, NASB: "If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not havesin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well."

John 15:24, NLT: "If I hadn't done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father."

John 15:24, CSB: "If I had not done the works among them that no one else has done, they would not have sin. Now they have seen and hated both me and my Father."

What does John 15:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse mirrors the statement given by Jesus in John 15:22. That context is important to avoid misinterpretation. Those who "abide" in Christ's teachings (John 15:3–5) should not be surprised when the non-believing world attacks them for it. Unbelievers do not know God, so they hate to be reminded of their sin (John 15:21). Rage and hatred are common responses when believers refuse to join non-believers in evil (1 Peter 4:4). Still, God gives enough evidence in everyone's daily experience (Romans 1:18–20) that failure to seek God is our own fault (Matthew 6:7–8).

This is an even more potent point when those who reject Christ do so in the face of His Words and His followers (John 9:39–41). Jesus' point here is not that anyone who has never seen His miracles is innocent of sin. His point—shown by the context of this very passage—is that those who persecute the church are not acting in ignorance. Nor are they being rational (John 15:25). They're reacting in hatred.