"Come and See": A Web Commentary on the Gospel of John: Section 8 Jesus at Tabernacles (Jn 7.1- 8.59)


8.2 Teaching during the Feast (Jn 7.14-36)


14Now then at the mid-point of the feast Jesus went up to the Temple and taught. 15Then the Judaeans (or the Jerusalemites) were astounded, saying “How does this fellow know his letters when he hasn't been taught?” 16Then Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not my own, but his that sent me. 17If anyone wants to do the will of the one that sent me1, they will know about the teaching, whether it is from God or I am speaking for myself. 18Someone speaking for themself seeks their own glory, but the one seeking the glory of the one that sent them is genuine2 and there is no unrighteousness in them.

19“Did not Moses give you the Law? Yet none of you obeys the Law! Why do you seek to kill me?”

20The crowd answered, “You're possessed!3 Who's trying to kill you?” 21Jesus answered and said to them, “I did a single deed and you all wondered 22at it. Moses gave you the rite of circumcision -- not that it is from Moses, but from the patriarchs -- and you circumcise a person on Sabbath. 23If a person receives circumcision on Sabbath so as not to break the law of Moses, are you angry at me because I made the whole person healthy on Sabbath? 24Don't judge according to outward appearance, but judge justly.”4

25Then some of the residents of Jerusalem said, “Is this not the fellow they were seeking to kill? 26And look, he speaks publicly and they say nothing to him. Do the leaders5 perhaps really know that he is the Messiah? 27But we know where he is from; yet when the Messiah comes, no-one will know where he comes from.” 28Then while he was teaching in the Temple Jesus cried out, saying “Indeed you know me and you know where I am from. Indeed I have not come from myself, rather the one that sent me is true6: you do not know him! 29I know him because I am from him and he himself sent me.” 30Then they sought to arrest him and no-one touched him, because his hour had not yet come.

31Many from the crowd trusted in him and said, “When the Messiah comes, surely he won't do more signs than this fellow did, will he?” 32The Pharisees heard that the crowd was muttering these things about him, and the high priests and the Pharisees sent Temple attendents to arrest him. 33Then Jesus said “I am still with you for a little while and I am going away to the one who sent me. 34You will seek me and you will not find [me], and where I am you cannot come.” 35Then the Judaeans (or the Jerusalemites) said to themselves, “Where is this fellow going to that we won't find him? Surely he's not going to go to the Diaspora, among the Greeks and teach Greeks, is he? 36What is this remark that he made, 'You will seek me and you will not find [me], and where I am you cannot come'?”

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1Gk his will

2or real; literally true

3Gk You have an evil spirit!

4Gk but judge a just (or righteous) judgement

5or rulers

6or genuine or real