howbeit when he, the spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth! for he shall not

speak from himself but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak.

(holy bible) john 16:13

i have consistently been using the king james version in my biblical quotations, but for greater clarity, i give below, alternate rendering from some different versions of the above emphasised sentence:

1. for he will not speak on his own

authority, but will tell only what he hears.

the new english bible

2. he will not speak on his own; he will

speak only what he hears.

new international version

3. for he will not be presenting his own ideas,

but he will be passing on to you what he has heard.

the living bible

this "spirit of truth," this prophet of truth. "al-amin.' will not be speaking spiritual truths on his own impulse, but he will speak on the same basis as his previous comforter — jesus (pbuh) had spoken:

for i speak not from myself; but the father that sent me, he hath given me the commandment, what i should say, and what i should speak.

.,. even as the father hath saith unto me, so i speak.

(holy bible) john 12: 49-50

in an identical manner god almighty testifies his revelation to his messenger muhummed (pbuh).

nor does he say (aught) of (his own) desire.

it is no less than, inspiration sent down to him.

he was taught by one mighty in power. 1

(sura najm) holy qur'an 53; 3-5

this is how god communicated with all his chosen messengers, whether abraham, moses or jesus.2 it would be absurd to think that this "spirit of truth" is the holy ghost, because we are told that "he will not speak from himself, but what he hears," surely not from himself?


1. all quranic commentators understand this role to refer to the archangel gabriel. call him the "holy ghost" if you like.

luke 1:70:
"and he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began."
acts 1:16:
.."this scripture must needs have been fulfilled , which the holy ghost spake by the mouth of david concerning judas."
luke 12:12:
" for the holy ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say."

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