John 8:29 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 8:29, NIV: "The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.'"

John 8:29, ESV: "And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”"

John 8:29, KJV: "And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him."

John 8:29, NASB: "And He who sent Me is with Me; Hehas not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.'"

John 8:29, NLT: "And the one who sent me is with me--he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.'"

John 8:29, CSB: "The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him.""

What does John 8:29 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A major theme of Jesus' teaching in this debate with the Pharisees is the fact that He has been sent by God. The miracles Jesus has done, in and of themselves, should tell these critics that He is operating with the blessing of God (John 5:36). Jesus has also been consistent in professing to have God's judgment (John 8:16), power (John 5:19), and knowledge (John 7:16). He has overtly stated His role as the one and only source of spiritual truth (John 8:12). And yet, critics such as the Pharisees reject Jesus—they fail to grasp His message (John 7:17), not because they cannot know, but because they do not want to know.

Even when human friends abandon Him, Jesus will still be with God the Father (John 16:32). This ties directly into Jesus' constant reminders that His mission is to do the will of God (John 6:38). This makes those who reject Him all the more rightly condemned; to reject Jesus Christ is to reject God Himself (John 3:36).