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John 7


 1 After these things, Jesus walked in Galilee, and would not walk in Judea, for the Jews sought to kill him.


 2 Now the Jews’ (*) (a) (♣) feast of the Tabernacles was at hand.


(*) Leviticus 23:34 .

(a) This feast was so called, because of the booths and tents which they pight of divers kinds of boughs, and sat under them seven days together, all which time the feast lasted.

(♣) At this feast they dwelled seven days in the tents, which put them in remembrance, that they had no city here permanent, but that they must seek one to come.


 3  (1) His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judea, that thy disciples may see thy works that thou doest.


(1) The grace of God cometh not by inheritance, but it is a gift that cometh other ways, whereby it cometh to pass, that often times the children of God suffer more affliction by their own kinsfolk than by strangers.


 4 For there is no man that doeth anything secretly, and he himself seeketh to be (*) famous. If thou doest these things, shew thyself to the world.


(*) Or, manifest.


 5 For as yet his (b) brethren believed not in him.


(b) His kinsfolk’s, for so used the Hebrews to speak.


 6  (2) Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come, but your time is alway ready.


(2) We must not follow the foolish desires of our friends.


 7 The world cannot hate you, but me it hateth, (*) because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.


(*) Why the world hateth Christ.


 8 Go ye up unto this feast; I will (♣) not go up yet unto this feast, (*) for my time is not yet fulfilled.


(♣) Christ doeth not utterly deny that he would go to the feast, but signifieth that as yet he was not fully determined.

(*) John 8:20 .


 9  ¶ These things he said unto them, and abode still in Galilee.


 10  (3) But as soon as his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were privily.


(3) An example of horrible confusion in the very bosom of the Church. The Pastors oppress the people with terrors and fear; the people seek Christ, when he appeareth not; when he offereth himself, they neglect him. Some also that know him condemn him rashly, a very few think well of him, and that in secret.


 11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?


 12 And much murmuring was there of him among the people. Some said, He is a good man; others said, Nay, but he deceiveth the people.


 13 Howbeit no man spake (c) openly of him for fear of the (*) Jews.


(c) Or, boldly, and freely; for the chief of the Jews sought nothing so much, as to bury his fame and name.  

(*) These were the heads of the people who did envy Christ.


 14  (4) Now when (d) half the feast was done, Jesus went up into the Temple, and taught.


(4) Christ striveth with goodness against the wickedness of the world, in the mean season the most part of men take occasion of offence even by that fame, whereby they ought to have been stirred up to embrace Christ.
(d) About the fourth day of the feast.


 15 And the Jews marveled, saying, How knoweth this man the (*) Scriptures, seeing that he never learned?


(*) Or, letters.


 16  (5) Jesus answered them, and said, (e) My doctrine is not (*) mine, but his that sent me.


(5) Therefore are there few to whom the Gospel favoreth well, because the study of godliness is very rare.
(e) Look above in John 5:22; and he speaketh this after the opinion of the Jews, as if he said, My doctrine is not mine, that is, it is not his whom you take to be a man as others are, and therefore set light by him, but it is his that sent me.

(*) In that, that he is man only.


 17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.


 18  (6) He (*) that speaketh of himself, seeketh his own glory; but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no (♣) unrighteousness is in him.


(6) The true doctrine of salvation differeth from the false in this, that the same setteth forth the glory of God, and this by puffing up of men darkeneth the glory of God.

(*) By this mark we may know whether the doctrine be of God, or of man.

(♣) Nothing counterfeit or untrue.


 19  (*) (7) Did not Moses give you a Law, and yet none of you keepeth the Law? (♣) Why go ye about to kill me?


(*) Exodus 24:3 .

(7) None do more confidently boast themselves to be the defenders of the Law of God, than they that do most impudently break it.

() John 5:18 .


 20 The (*) people answered, and said, Thou hast a devil, who goeth about to kill thee?


(*) Who did not know the fetch of the Scribes.


 21  (8) Jesus answered, and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all (*) marvel.


(8) The Sabbath day (which is here set before us for a rule of all ceremonies) was not appointed to hinder but to further and practice God's works, amongst which the love of our neighbor is the chiefest.

(*) Because I did it on the Sabbath day.


 22  (*) Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision, (not because it is of Moses, but of the (♣) fathers) and ye on the Sabbath day circumcise a man.


(*) Leviticus 12:3 .

(♣) Genesis 17:10 .


 23 If a man on the Sabbath receive circumcision, that the (f) Law of Moses should not be broken, be ye angry with me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the Sabbath day?


(f) That is to say, if the law of circumcision which Moses gave, be of so great account amongst you, that you doubt not to circumcise upon the Sabbath, do you rightly reprove me for healing a man thoroughly?


 24  (*) (9) Judge not (g) according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.


(*) Deuteronomy 1:16 .

(9) We must judge according to the truth of things, lest the persons of men do turn us and carry us away.
(g) By the shew that I make, for I seem to be but an abject and rabble of Galilee, and a carpenter's son, whom no man maketh account of; but mark the matter itself well, and judge the tree by the fruit.


 25  ¶ (10) Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he whom they go about to kill?


(10) Many do marvel that the endeavors of the enemies of God have no success; yet in the mean season they do not acknowledge the virtue and power of God.


 26 And behold, he speaketh (*) openly, and they say nothing to him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?


(*) Or, freely.


 27  (11) Howbeit we know this man whence he is; but when the Christ cometh, no man shall know whence he is.


(11) Men are very wise to procure stops and stays to themselves.


 28  ¶ (12) Then cried Jesus in the Temple as he taught, saying, Ye (*) both know me, and know whence I am; yet am I not come of myself, but he that sent me, is true, whom ye know not.


(12) The truth of Christ doeth not hang upon the judgment of man.

(*) He speaketh this, as it were scornfully.



 29 But I know him, for I am of him, and he hath sent me.


 30  (13) Then they sought to take him, but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.


(13) The wicked cannot do what they list, but what God hath appointed.


 31 Now many of the people (*) believed in him, and said, When the Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than this man hath done?


(*) They were well minded to hear him; which preparation is here called (although properly) faith.


 32  (14) The Pharisees heard that the people murmured these things of him, and the Pharisees, and high Priests sent officers to take him.


(14) As the kingdom of God increaseth, so increaseth the rage of his enemies, till at length they in vain seek for those blessings absent, which they despised when they were present.


 33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet am I (*) a little while with you, and then go I unto him that sent me.


(*) He sheweth unto them that they have no power over him until the time comes that his Father hath ordained.


 34  (*) Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me, and where I (♣) am, can ye not come.


(*) John 13:33 .

(♣) Or, shall be.


 35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? Will he go unto them that are (h) (*) dispersed among the (♣) Grecians, and teach the Grecians?


(h) Word for word, (to the dispersion of the Gentiles or Grecians) and under the name of the Grecians he understandeth Jews which were dispersed amongst the Gentiles.

(*) Greek, dispersion.

(♣) Among the Jews which were scattered here and there among the Gentiles.


 36 What saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me? And where I am, can ye not come?


 37  (15) Now in the (i) last and (*) great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.


(15) There are two principles of our salvation; the one is to be thoroughly touched with a true feeling of our extreme poverty; the other to seek in Christ only (whom we catch hold on by faith) the abundance of all good things.
(i) The last day of the feast of Tabernacles, that as, the eighth day, was as high a day, as the first.

(*) Leviticus 23:5 .


 38 He that (♣) believeth in me, (*) as saith the (k) Scripture, out of his belly shall flow rivers of water (♠) of life.


(♣) The true way to come to Christ is by faith.

(*) Deuteronomy 18:15 .

(k) This is not read word for word in any place, but it seemeth to be taken out of many places where mention is made of the gifts of the holy Ghost, as in  Joel 2; Isaiah 44; but especially in Isaiah 55 .

(♠) Which shall never dry up.


 39 ( (*) This spake he of the Spirit, which they that believed in him, should receive; for the (l) (♣) holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet (m) glorified.)


(*) Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17 .

(l) What is meant by the holy Ghost, he expressed a little before, speaking of the Spirit which they that believed in him should receive. So that by the name of holy Ghost, are meant the virtues and mighty workings of the holy Ghost.

(♣) These were the visible graces, which were given to the Apostles after his ascension.
(m) That is, those things were not yet seen and perceived, which were to shew and set forth the glory of the only begotten.


 40  (16) So many of the people, when they heard this saying, said, (*) Of a truth this is the (♣) Prophet;


(16) There is contention even in the Church itself about the chief point of religion; neither hath Christ any more cruel enemies than those that occupy the seat of truth; yet can they not do what they would.

(*) Deuteronomy 18:15 .

(♣) They looked for some notable Prophet besides the Messiah, John 1:21 .


 41 Others said, This is the Christ. And some said, But shall Christ come out of Galilee?


 42  (*) Saith not the Scripture that Christ shall come of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?


(*) Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:5 .


 43 So was there dissension among the people for him.


 44 And some of them would have taken him, but no man laid hands on him.


 45  (17) Then came the officers to the high Priests and Pharisees, and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?


(17) God from heaven scorneth such as are his son's enemies.


 46 The officers answered, (*) Never man spake like this man.


(*) Wherein appeareth the mighty power of Christ’s word against his enemies.


 47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?


 48  (18) Doeth any of the (*) rulers, or of the Pharisees believe in him?


(18) False Pastors are so fond and foolish that they esteem the Church of God according to the multitude and outward shew.

(*) They allege the authority of man against God’s authority.


 49 But this people, which know not the Law, are cursed.


 50 Nicodemus said unto them, ( (*) he that came to Jesus by night, and was one of them.)


(*) John 3:2 .


 51 Doth our Law judge a man before it hear him, (*) and know (n) what he hath done?


(*) Deuteronomy 17:8; Deuteronomy 19:15 .

(n) What he hath committed, who is accused.


 52 They answered, and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search and look, for out of Galilee ariseth no Prophet.


 53  (19) And every man went unto his own house.


(19) There is no counsel against the Lord.




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