John 8:46 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 8:46, NIV: "Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?"

John 8:46, ESV: "Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?"

John 8:46, KJV: "Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?"

John 8:46, NASB: "Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?"

John 8:46, NLT: "Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don't you believe me?"

John 8:46, CSB: "Who among you can convict me of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?"

What does John 8:46 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In responding to His critics, Jesus has already pointed out the evidence to which they have access. This includes Scripture (John 5:39–40), miracles (John 8:18; John 5:36), eyewitnesses (John 5:32–33), and His own God-given words (John 8:26). The fact that they reject these is not because they cannot understand, but because they will not understand. They are the spiritual children of the devil, who is a murder and liar (John 8:44). So, they are bound to reject what Jesus teaches. It's the truth, which they "cannot bear" to hear (John 8:43).

At this point, Jesus also brings out another major piece of evidence which supports His claims: His sinless life. If the religious leaders had a single incident which they could use to accuse Jesus of immorality, they would have already brought it out. This is why they resorted to cheap tricks and challenges—they had no other "dirt" to throw. Here, Jesus brings this up directly: none of these men can accuse Him of any sin!

This ties into the hypocrisy of their rejection. If Jesus is attested to by miracles (John 20:30–31), displays a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), and speaks the truth, why would they not believe Him? The answer will be repeated in the next verse: they are not of God and do not want to hear.