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Jhn 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed

Jhn 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

 I have seen that you are the seeds of Abraham. However, you look to destroy me. The fact is that my teaching doesn't grow within you. 

This verse is a great example of Christ's use of wordplay. What comes across as somewhat confuse and perhaps paranoid in English translation just seems clever in Greek. 

"First, the word translated as "seed" means both offspring and physical seeds used in planting. this later idea becomes important at the end of the verse.  

The word translated as "seek" has the sense of not only searching for something but also of desiring and wanting something. It has a double meaning. In English, we use the phrase "looking for" in a similar way. We see this double meaning at work in the song lyric, "looking for love in all the wrong places." 

The word translated as "hath...place," choreo, also has a double or maybe triple meaning. It means 1) having the capacity for something, 2) making progress, and 3) making way or room for someone or something else.  In English, we have not similar combination of ideas in one word so we have to focus on one or the other of this word's meanings to translate it, but the best understanding comes from holding all these ideas at once in our mind. Those who are looking to destroy him have no capacity for his ideas to grow within them.

There is a play on words between the idea his listeners being the "seeds" of Abraham and the idea of choreo.

The root word for choreo is chora, which is a space between two limits. However, it is used to specifically mean land that is plowed or cultivated. It generally means the area farmland surrounding a town or city, that feeds the inhabitants of the city. 

This idea of having a capacity for something to grow within you fits very well with this idea.

οἶδα (1st sg perf ind act) "I know" is from oida which is a form of eido, (eidon) which means "to see," "to examine," "to perceive," "to behold," "to know how to do," "to see with the mind's eye," and "to know."

ὅτι "That" is from hoti (hoti), which introduces a statement of fact "with regard to the fact that," "seeing that," and acts as a causal adverb meaning "for what," "because," "since," and "wherefore."  

σπέρμα “Seed” is from sperma, which means both “seed” of plants and the “sperm” of animals. It also means “origin,” “offspring,” and “descent.” Children are the offspring of seed.

Ἀβραάμ  "Abraham" is from Abraam, which is the Greek form of "Abraham."

ἐστε: (2nd pl pres ind act) "Are" is from eimi (eimi), which means "to be," "to exist," "to be the case," and "is possible." (The future form is esomai. The 3rd person present indicative is "esti.")

 ἀλλὰ "But" is from alla (alla), which means "otherwise," "but," "still," "at least," "except," "yet,"  nevertheless," "rather," "moreover," and "nay." It denotes an exception or a simple opposition.

ζητεῖτέ (2nd pl pres ind act) "You seek" is from zeteo, which means "inquire for", "search for", "seek after", "desire", and "feel the want of." 

με  "Me" is from eme, which means "I", "me", and "my".  

ἀποκτεῖναι,   "To kill" is from apokteinô (apokteino), which means "to kill," and "to slay." It combines the word for "to slay" (kteino) with the proposition, apo, indicating separation, meaning "from" or "away from."but it is a stronger form than the normal verb kteino. It is more like our "destroy."

 ὅτι "Because" is from hoti (hoti), which introduces a statement of fact "with regard to the fact that," "seeing that," and acts as a causal adverb meaning "for what," "because," "since," and "wherefore." 

 λόγος "Word" is from logos (logos), which means "word," "computation," "relation," "explanation," "law," "rule of conduct," "continuous  statement," "tradition," "discussion," "reckoning," and "value."

ἐμὸς "My" is from emos, which means "mine," "of me," "my," "relating to me," and "against me." 

οὐ  "Not" is from οὐ ou which is the negative adverb for facts and statements, negating both singles words and sentences. The other negative adverb, μή applies to will and thought; οὐ denies, μή rejects; οὐ is absolute, μή relative; οὐ objective, μή subjective.

χωρεῖ (3rd sg pres ind act) "Hath...place" is from choreo, which means "to leave room for another," "to make way," "to withdraw," "to go forward," "to make progress," "to advance," "to proceed," [of money] "to be spent," "to have room for," "to hold," "to contain," and "to be capable of." 

ἐν "In" is from en, which means "in," "on," "at," "by," "among," "within," "surrounded by," "in one's hands", "in one's power," and "with".

ὑμῖν "You" is from humas (humas) and humôn (humon), which are the plural forms of su the pronoun of the second person, "you."

A play on the concept of "seeds" and the concept of having fertile ground within you for an idea to grow. 

Christ's Words Posts in Verse Order

  • Gospel of John: Most recent posts in current format.
  • Gospel of Mark: Almost entire Gospel with later posts in current format. 
  • Gospel of Matthew: Complete Gospel but more primitive posts, being updated through the In His Own Words project.

Christ: In His Own Words

Imagine Christ addressing an audience today describing his life and message.

Let me start by saying that for now, we must let go of what we think is "proper." It's the only way we can see everything through to the finish. 

I let everything go by walking into the desert. After a little while I was so hungry that I was tempted to eat stones, but I discovered that, God's words filled me with more life than food ever could.

Filled with God's word, I was tempted to test the powers that I discovered within myself by braving death, but those same words told me that we cannot test the source of my power, God.

God has the power to test us, We don't have the power to test him. 

Thinking about my being the Christ, the Messiah, I was tempted use my power to free my people, rule a kingdom, build an empire, maybe even write a book. I saw that these desires were my person demons.

I put my demons out of my mind, humbling myself to my Father's will, putting Him above everything else. 

 

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Jhn 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed

 I have seen that you are the seeds of Abraham. However, you look to destroy me. The fact is that my teaching doesn't grow within you. 

Jhn 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free

 If then the Son has liberated you, truly liberated you will be. 

Jhn 8:35 And the servant abideth not

 The slave, however, doesn't stay in the family for a lifetime. The son stays for a lifetime. 

Jhn 8:34 Whosoever committeth sin

To reap truly, I teach you. The fact is that everyone who is making mistakes is a slave [of failure]. 

Jhn 8:32 And ye shall know the truth,

 Not only will you perceive reality, but reality will also set you free. 

Jhn 8:31 If ye continue in my word

 If you might stay in my teaching, you are obviously my students. 

Jhn 8:29 And he that sent me is with me:

Also, the one who sent me exists along with me. He never let me go away alone since I am always doing all that pleases him. 

Jhn 8:28 When ye have lifted up the Son of man,

Whenever you will raise up the Son of Man, at that time you will learn to see that I am and I create nothing from myself. However, the Father has taught me these things that I say. 

Jhn 8:26 I have many things to say

Much I  hold [inside] to proclaim and decide concerning you. However, the one who sent me out is unerring, and what I have heard from him, this I proclaim in the world. 

Jhn 8:25 Even the same that I said

Whoever: I just proclaim the beginning to you. 
or
Primarily, somebody: I also chat with you. 

Jhn 8:24 I said therefore unto you,

I spoke to you so that you would not die with your failures. If you are not going to trust in what I am, you are going to die with your failures. 

Jhn 8:23 Ye are from beneath;

 You are out of the downwards. I am out of the upwards. You are out of the familiar world order. I am not out of the world order [that is] familiar. 

Jhn 8:21 I go my way

I withdraw and you are all going to look for me and are going to die in your failure. Where I lead, you lack the power to follow. 

Jhn 8:19 Ye neither know me,

You have seen neither me nor my Father. If you had seen me, you also might have seen my Father.

Jhn 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself,

 I am giving evidence concerning myself, and he is giving evidence concerning me [pause] the one who sent me out, the Father.