No falsehood (Jn 7:18-7:18)

“Those who speak

On their own,


Their own glory.

But the one

Who seeks

The glory of him

Who sent him

Is true.

There is nothing

False in him.”

ὁ ἀφ’ ἑαυτοῦ λαλῶν τὴν δόξαν τὴν ἰδίαν ζητεῖ· ὁ δὲ ζητῶν τὴν δόξαν τοῦ πέμψαντος αὐτὸν, οὗτος ἀληθής ἐστιν καὶ ἀδικία ἐν αὐτῷ οὐκ ἔστιν.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said those who speak on their own accord (ὁ ἀφ’ ἑαυτοῦ λαλῶν) seek (ζητεῖ) their own glory (τὴν δόξαν τὴν ἰδίαν).  But the one who seeks (ὁ δὲ ζητῶν) the glory (τὴν δόξαν) of him who sent him (τοῦ πέμψαντος αὐτὸν) is true (οὗτος ἀληθής ἐστιν).  There is nothing false or unrighteous in him (καὶ ἀδικία ἐν αὐτῷ οὐκ ἔστιν).  The veracity of the message would truly indicate the source of this message.  Was greater glory given to the individual or God?  Seeking your own glory is a sign of unrighteousness.  This might be an implied criticism of some Jewish Jerusalem leaders with their self-glorification practices.  Jesus always emphasized the one who sent him.  Do you seek your own glory?