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


8.3 Teaching on the Last Day of the Feast and Reactions (Jn 7.37-52)


37Then on the last day of the feast, the greatest one, Jesus stood and cried out, saying “If anyone is thirsty, let them come to me and let the one that trusts in me drink. 38As Scripture says: 'From his inmost parts rivers of living water will flow.'” 39He said this because of the Spirit, whom those who trust in him were going to receive; for the Spirit was not yet present because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

40Then some of the crowd listening to these words said, “This man is truly the prophet.” 41Others said, “He is the messiah.” Then some said, “The messiah surely doesn't come from Galilee, does he? 42Doesn't the Scripture say that the messiah comes from David's line1 and from Bethlehem, the village David was from?” 43So there was a split in the crowd about him; 44some indeed wished to lay hold on him, but no-one laid hands on him.

45Then the Temple attendents came to the high priests and Pharisees and they said to them, “Why didn't you bring him?” 46The attendents answered, “No person ever spoke like that!” 47Then the Pharisees answered them: “You haven't also been led astray, have you? 48None of the rulers nor of the Pharisees put their trust in him, did they? 49But this crowd of people ignorant of Torah have -- they are condemned!” 50Nicodemos said to them -- he had visited Jesus before and was one of them -- “Our Law does not judge a person without hearing from them first and knowing what they are doing, does it?” 52They answered and said to him “Surely you're not a Galilean too, are you? Look and see! A prophet doesn't come out of Galilee.”

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1literally from David's seed