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John 11:51-52

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.

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