John 5:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 5:22, NIV: "Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,"

John 5:22, ESV: "For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,"

John 5:22, KJV: "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:"

John 5:22, NASB: "For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son,"

John 5:22, NLT: "In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge,"

John 5:22, CSB: "The Father, in fact, judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son,"

What does John 5:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Local religious leaders are incensed at Jesus for two primary reasons. First, He is violating their traditional views of the Sabbath (John 5:16). Second, He is claiming to be equal to God (John 5:18). Rather than run from these claims, Jesus is in the process of explaining how He does, in fact, possess all of the qualities of God.

In prior verses, Jesus claimed the same works (John 5:19) and love (John 5:20) as God. He has also claimed the divine right of power over life and death, and the ability to choose when to use it (John 5:21). Later, He will claim equal honor to God the Father as well (John 5:23).

Here, Jesus claims to have the power of divine judgment. This same thought will be repeated in verse 27. According to Genesis 18:25, God's sovereignty includes the right to judge all things. Here Jesus claims that the right to issue verdicts has been given to Him, by God. This foreshadows Christ's eventual judgment of all mankind (Revelation 20:11–15). This right goes hand-in-hand with the power over life and death (John 5:21).