11:51 (Now he did not say this on his own, 1 but because he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish nation, 2 11:52 and not for the Jewish nation 3 only, 4 but to gather together 5 into one the children of God who are scattered.) 6
1 tn Grk “say this from himself.”
2 tn The word “Jewish” is not in the Greek text, but is clearly implied by the context (so also NIV; TEV “the Jewish people”).
3 tn See the note on the word “nation” in the previous verse.
4 sn The author in his comment expands the prophecy to include the Gentiles (not for the Jewish nation only), a confirmation that the Fourth Gospel was directed, at least partly, to a Gentile audience. There are echoes of Pauline concepts here (particularly Eph 2:11-22) in the stress on the unity of Jew and Gentile.
5 tn Grk “that he might gather together.”
6 sn This is a parenthetical note by the author.