Jesus Teaches at the Feast
1 After this, Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. He did not want to travel in Judea, because the Jews there were trying to kill Him. 2 However, the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles a was near. 3 So Jesus’ brothers said to Him, “Leave here and go to Judea, so that Your disciples there may see the works You are doing. 4 For no one who wants to be known publicly acts in secret. Since You are doing these things, show Yourself to the world.” 5 For even His own brothers did not believe in Him.
6 Therefore Jesus told them,
11 So the Jews were looking for Him at the feast and asking, “Where is He?”
12 Many in the crowds were whispering about Him. Some said, “He is a good man.”
But others replied, “No, He deceives the people.”
13 Yet no one would speak publicly about Him for fear of the Jews.
20 “You have a demon,” the crowd replied. “Who is trying to kill You?”
21 Jesus answered them,
Is Jesus the Christ?
25 Then some of the people of Jerusalem began to say, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26 Yet here He is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying anything to Him. Have the rulers truly recognized that this is the Christ? 27 But we know where this man is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where He is from.”
28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out,
30 So they tried to seize Him, but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. 31 Many in the crowd, however, believed in Him and said, “When the Christ comes, will He perform more signs than this man?”
32 When the Pharisees heard the crowd whispering these things about Jesus, they and the chief priests sent officers to arrest Him.
33 So Jesus said,
35 At this, the Jews said to one another, “Where does He intend to go that we will not find Him? Will He go where the Jews are dispersed among the Greeks, d and teach the Greeks?
36 What does He mean by saying,
37 On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice,
Division over Jesus
40 On hearing these words, some of the people said, “This is truly the Prophet.”
41 Others declared, “This is the Christ.”
The Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders
45 Then the officers returned to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring Him in?”
46 “Never has anyone spoken like this man!” the officers answered.
53 Then each went to his own home.
2 a That is, Sukkot, the autumn feast of pilgrimage to Jerusalem; also translated as the Feast of Booths or the Feast of Shelters and originally called the Feast of Ingathering (see Exodus 23:16 and Exodus 34:22).
8 b NE, WH, BYZ, and TR I am not yet
14 c Literally the temple ; also in verse 28
35 d Literally Will He go to the Diaspora among the Greeks ; the Jewish people living outside the land of Israel since the Babylonian exile were referred to as the Diaspora .
39 e Literally the Spirit was not yet ; BYZ and TR the Holy Spirit was not yet
42 f See Micah 5:2.
52 g Some early manuscripts do not include John 7:53 through John 8:11.