John 8:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 8:17, NIV: "In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true."

John 8:17, ESV: "In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true."

John 8:17, KJV: "It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true."

John 8:17, NASB: "Even in your Law it has been written that the testimony of two people istrue."

John 8:17, NLT: "Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact."

John 8:17, CSB: "Even in your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true."

What does John 8:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

It is interesting that Jesus uses the phrase "your law" here. Most likely, He is referring to Deuteronomy 17:6 or Deuteronomy 19:15. Generally, when Jesus refers to the Old Testament, He calls it "the law" or "the Law of Moses," or "the Scriptures." The words used here might mean that Jesus is speaking of some other, non-scriptural Rabbinic law. Then again, it might also show how personal this particular debate is. In this conversation, the Pharisees will question Jesus' birth (John 8:41), His sanity (John 8:48), and even try to kill Him (John 8:59). Jesus has already criticized the judgment of these opposing religious leaders (John 8:15). Later, He will claim that they do not know God (John 8:19), that they are children of the Devil (John 8:44), and that they are liars (John 8:55).

Specifically, the Pharisees have challenged Jesus claim to be "the light of the world" (John 8:12). This is quite a grand suggestion, implying that Jesus is the sole source of both salvation and spiritual wisdom. Earlier in His ministry, Jesus noted that some claims should be supported with earthly evidence, which He provided to prove His claims (John 5:30–47). Now, however, Jesus is speaking of heavenly issues, which no other person has seen or experienced. To testify about Himself, then, is perfectly legitimate. Even more so, Jesus has the testimony of a second person: God the Father (John 8:18).