John 15:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 15:25, NIV: "But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: 'They hated me without reason.'"

John 15:25, ESV: "But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’"

John 15:25, KJV: "But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause."

John 15:25, NASB: "But this has happened so that the word that is written in their Law will be fulfilled: ‘THEY HATED ME FOR NO REASON.’"

John 15:25, NLT: "This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: 'They hated me without cause.'"

John 15:25, CSB: "But this happened so that the statement written in their law might be fulfilled: They hated me for no reason."

What does John 15:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Sin is inherently irrational. Despite significant efforts to justify rejection of God, nothing in human experience makes sense outside of the Christian worldview. Every other approach ends in blatant contradiction, or despair, or both. Those who hate and revile the gospel aren't acting reasonably. They're reacting, like instinctive animals (2 Peter 2:12), according to the temptations of Satan (John 3:19; 8:44). The more a person knows—or ought to know—about God, the more obvious their rejection of Him will be (John 5:39–40; 9:39–41).

Jesus is probably quoting Psalm 109:3, though Psalm 35:19 and Psalm 69:4 use similar phrases. Belief in God is not "only" moral, spiritual, or emotional. It is also rational: it is the expected response of beings created for a purpose and given all the tools necessary to realize it (Romans 1:18–20; Psalm 19:1; Matthew 7:7–8). To reject God is not "only" immoral, unspiritual, or emotional. It is also irrational: it represents beings rebelling against their created purpose and ignoring what they already know (1 Peter 4:4).