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John 7:41-43

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7:41 Others said, “This is the Christ!” 1  But still others said, “No, 2  for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? 3  7:42 Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant 4  of David 5  and comes from Bethlehem, 6  the village where David lived?” 7  7:43 So there was a division in the crowd 8  because of Jesus. 9 

1 tn Or “the Messiah” (Both Greek “Christ” and Hebrew and Aramaic “Messiah” mean “one who has been anointed”).

sn See the note on Christ in 1:20.

2 tn An initial negative reply (“No”) is suggested by the causal or explanatory γάρ (gar) which begins the clause.

3 tn Questions prefaced with μή (mh) in Greek anticipate a negative answer. This can sometimes be indicated by using a “tag” at the end in English (here the tag is “does he?”).

4 tn Grk “is from the seed” (an idiom for human descent).

5 sn An allusion to Ps 89:4.

6 sn An allusion to Mic 5:2.

map For location see Map5 B1; Map7 E2; Map8 E2; Map10 B4.

7 tn Grk “the village where David was.”

8 tn Or “among the common people” (as opposed to the religious authorities like the chief priests and Pharisees).

9 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.



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