John 8:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 8:15, NIV: "You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one."

John 8:15, ESV: "You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one."

John 8:15, KJV: "Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man."

John 8:15, NASB: "You judgeaccording to the flesh; I am not judging anyone."

John 8:15, NLT: "You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone."

John 8:15, CSB: "You judge by human standards. I judge no one."

What does John 8:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Contrary to popular belief, Jesus never gave a blanket command that Christians ought not to judge at all. Rather, all of Jesus' remarks about judgment were in the context of judging appropriately (John 7:24). Here, Jesus points out that the Pharisees are using flawed, unspiritual judgment. He, on the other hand, is not yet executing judgment, even though He has the right and the authority to do so! At this point in His ministry, Jesus role is not to bring judgment for sin (John 3:17)—that judgment will come later, on those who reject Him and His message (John 3:18; 3:36).

Jesus is giving this response to the Pharisees who have challenged His claim to be "the light of the world" (John 8:12). While issues such as miracles and Scripture are subject to human testimony (John 5:36–41), Jesus is now speaking of heavenly matters. On those, only He has true knowledge, so only He can speak truthfully about them. Even so, Jesus can point to two separate "persons" to support His claim: Himself and God the Father (John 5:18). The Pharisees earlier claim that Jesus' "I AM" statement cannot be accepted, then, is missing the mark. Jesus' unflattering remarks about these religious leaders are part of an escalating pattern in this dialogue, which will end with the Pharisees in a murderous rage.