John 8:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 8:14, NIV: "Jesus answered, 'Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going."

John 8:14, ESV: "Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going."

John 8:14, KJV: "Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go."

John 8:14, NASB: "Jesus answered and said to them, 'Even if I am testifying about Myself, My testimony istrue, because I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going."

John 8:14, NLT: "Jesus told them, 'These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don't know this about me."

John 8:14, CSB: ""Even if I testify about myself," Jesus replied, "My testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I'm going. But you don't know where I come from or where I'm going."

What does John 8:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Some time ago, Jesus had debated with local religious leaders over His teaching and healing ministry. At that time, Jesus appealed to three separate lines of evidence to support His claims (John 5:30–47). At that moment, the topic at hand was a topic which other people had seen and witnessed. Namely, the content of the Scriptures, the occurrence of Jesus' miracles, and the claims of other people. In the prior verse, after Jesus claimed to be "the light of the world," the Pharisees have challenged Him with that standard of proof. Their claim is that this remark is just like Jesus' earlier claims, and so He cannot "bear witness" about Himself.

Here, however, Jesus takes an approach to evidence which is drastically different, but compatible with His prior remarks. In earlier debates, Jesus was discussing issues which the Pharisees had an equal access to knowledge. They could just as easily read the Scriptures, see the miracles, and hear from other people as anyone else. In this case, however, Jesus is speaking directly of things which no person on earth has first-hand knowledge of. For those statements, Jesus and Jesus alone has the authority to testify.