John 7:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 7:19, NIV: "Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?'"

John 7:19, ESV: "Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?”"

John 7:19, KJV: "Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?"

John 7:19, NASB: "'Did Moses not give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? Why are you seeking to kill Me?'"

John 7:19, NLT: "Moses gave you the law, but none of you obeys it! In fact, you are trying to kill me.'"

John 7:19, CSB: "Didn't Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me? ""

What does John 7:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Here, Jesus once again attacks the self-righteous, self-confident, self-centered religion of Jerusalem's spiritual leaders. To the people of Israel, there was no more important figure than Moses, and no ideal higher than following the laws given to Israel by Moses. For Jesus to criticize their adherence to the law was an attack on their very sense of identity. This is a criticism Jesus has posed in the past (John 5:39–47), and will bring up again (John 8:39–44). This meshes with the point Jesus made in verses 17 and 18, that those who refuse to obey God will not understand the truth. Worse, their refusal to accept Jesus is, in effect, a rejection of the very Scriptures they claim to uphold.

Despite the crowd's skepticism (John 7:20), Jesus is well aware that the religious leaders of Jerusalem have sought to kill Him as a blasphemer (John 5:18). He is well aware that their rejection of Him is not superficial—it is deadly serious (John 7:1). And, it proves the very prediction made by Jesus in the early verses of this chapter: convicting the world of sin earns the world's hatred (John 7:7).