"Come and See": A Web Commentary on the Gospel of John: Section 11. Jesus begins to move from death to new life (Jn 12.1-50)


11.4 The Paradox of Jesus' Signs and the End of his Public Teaching (Jn 12.37-50)




37But although he did such great signs in their presence, they did not put their trust in him, 38so that the word that Isaiah the prophet spoke would be fulfilled:

Lord, who trusted in our report?

And to whom has the power1 of the Lord been revealed?2

39They were not able to put their trust in him3 because, as Isaiah also said,

40He has blinded their eyes

And hardened their hearts,

For fear that they would see with their eyes

And discern with their heart,

And turn back and I shall heal them.4

41Isaiah said this because he saw the Lord's glory5 and spoke about him. 42Yet nevertheless many even of the rulers put their trust in him but because of the Pharisees they did not admit it openly so that they would not be put out of synagogue. 43For they valued the good opinion of people more than the good opinion of God.

44But Jesus cried out and said, "The one who trusts in me does not trust in me, but in the one who sent me; 45and the one who sees me, sees the one who sent me. 46I have come as a light to the world, so that the one who trusts in me may not stay in darkness. 47And if anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge them, for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48The one who disregards me and does not keep my words has someone to judge them: that word that I have spoke judges them on the last day, 49since I have not spoken on my own; rather the Father who sent me told me what to say and what to speak. 50And I know that his word contains6 eternal life. So what I say, I say just as the Father told me to say it7."


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1 the power: literally, the arm

2 Cp Isaiah 53.1

3 in him: supplied

4 Cp Isaiah 6.10

5 the Lord's glory: literally his glory

6 contains: literally is

7 it: supplied