John 5:16
 
John 5:16
(KJV) And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
(1611 KJV) And therefore did the Iewes persecute Iesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day.
(1587 Geneva Bible) And therefore the Iewes did persecute Iesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day.
(1526 Tyndale) And therfore the Iewes dyd persecute Iesus and sought the meanes to slee him because he had done these thinges on the Saboth daye.
 
Counterfeit Versions
(NIV) So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him.
(NASV) For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.
(THE MESSAGE) That is why the Jews were out to get Jesus—because he did this kind of thing on the Sabbath.
(AMP) For this reason the Jews began to persecute (annoy, torment) Jesus and sought to kill Him, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.
(NLT) So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules.
(ESV) And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.
(CEV) They started making a lot of trouble for Jesus because he did things like this on the Sabbath.
(NCV) Because Jesus was doing this on the Sabbath day, some evil people began to persecute him.
(1901 ASV) And for this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did these things on the sabbath.
(HCSB) Therefore, the Jews began persecuting Jesus because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.
(RSV) And this was why the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did this on the sabbath.
(NAB-Roman Catholic) Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he did this on a sabbath.
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) So on this account the Jews went persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things during Sabbath.
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
kai dia touto ediwkon ton ihsoun oi ioudaioi kai ezhtoun auton apokteinai oti tauta epoiei en sabbatw
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
kai dia touto ediwkon oi ioudaioi ton ihsoun oti tauta epoiei en sabbatw
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century
D 05 - Bezae Cantabrigiensis - Fifth century
L 019 - Seventh century
33 (Miniscule) - Ninth Century
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
K 017 - Ninth century
Gamma 036 - Ninth or Tenth century
Delta 037 - Ninth century
Theta 038 - Ninth century
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Omit “and sought to slay him”
Greisbach, Johann - 1805
Lachmann, Karl - 1842 (in margin or brackets)
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Weiss, Bernhard - 1894
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
 
Affected Teaching
Jesus was being accused of being a sabbath breaker because he healed the man with the disease for 38 years. The religious leaders had reviled him for breaking the sabbath plus they wanted to take it to the next level and slay Him. The modern versions omit the part where the religious leaders sought to slay the Lord Jesus Christ, either by bringing charges against Him before the council or some other way. This portion shows the hostility those leaders had toward the Lord Jesus Christ and the principle is important because those of us who are Christians can expect the religious establishment to hate us also. Religion has always been the enemy of Christianity and there have been many attempts down through the ages to amalgamate the two, but water and oil cannot be homogenized. This verse is a warning to Christians that not only would we be persecuted for our faith but that persecution can also include our well-being. We may be silenced by either being told to be quiet and keep our views to ourselves or we may be physically killed. That is why this is an important part of the verse and should not have been omitted because it keeps the true Christian on their toes.

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