Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

John 6:70

Context
NET ©

Jesus replied, 1  “Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is the devil?” 2 

NIV ©

Then Jesus replied, "Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!"

NASB ©

Jesus answered them, "Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?"

NLT ©

Then Jesus said, "I chose the twelve of you, but one is a devil."

MSG ©

Jesus responded, "Haven't I handpicked you, the Twelve? Still, one of you is a devil!"

BBE ©

Then Jesus said, Did I not make a selection of you, the twelve, and one of you is a son of the Evil One?

NRSV ©

Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil."

NKJV ©

Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?"


KJV
Jesus
<2424>
answered
<611> (5662)
them
<846>_,
Have
<1586> (0)
not
<3756>
I
<1473>
chosen
<1586> (5668)
you
<5209>
twelve
<1427>_,
and
<2532>
one
<1520>
of
<1537>
you
<5216>
is
<2076> (5748)
a devil
<1228>_?
NASB ©
Jesus
<2424>
answered
<611>
them, "Did I Myself
<1473>
not choose
<1586>
you, the twelve
<1427>
, and yet one
<1520>
of you is a devil
<1228>
?"
GREEK
apekriyh
<611> (5662)
V-ADI-3S
autoiv
<846>
P-DPM
o
<3588>
T-NSM
ihsouv
<2424>
N-NSM
ouk
<3756>
PRT-N
egw
<1473>
P-1NS
umav
<5209>
P-2AP
touv
<3588>
T-APM
dwdeka
<1427>
A-NUI
exelexamhn
<1586> (5668)
V-AMI-1S
kai
<2532>
CONJ
ex
<1537>
PREP
umwn
<5216>
P-2GP
eiv
<1520>
A-NSM
diabolov
<1228>
A-NSM
estin
<1510> (5748)
V-PXI-3S
NET © [draft] ITL
Jesus
<2424>
replied
<611>
, “Didn’t
<3756>
I
<1473>
choose
<1586>
you
<5209>
, the twelve
<1427>
, and
<2532>
yet one
<1520>
of
<1537>
you
<5216>
is
<1510>
the devil
<1228>
?”
NET ©

Jesus replied, 1  “Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is the devil?” 2 

NET © Notes

tn Grk “Jesus answered them.”

tn Although most translations render this last phrase as “one of you is a devil,” such a translation presupposes that there is more than one devil. This finds roots in the KJV in which the Greek word for demon was often translated “devil.” In fact, the KJV never uses the word “demon.” (Sixty-two of the 63 NT instances of δαιμόνιον [daimonion] are translated “devil” [in Acts 17:18 the plural has been translated “gods”]. This can get confusing in places where the singular “devil” is used: Is Satan or one of the demons in view [cf. Matt 9:33 (demon); 13:39 (devil); 17:18 (demon); Mark 7:26 (demon); Luke 4:2 (devil); etc.]?) Now regarding John 6:70, both the construction in Greek and the technical use of διάβολος (diabolos) indicate that the one devil is in view. To object to the translation “the devil” because it thus equates Judas with Satan does not take into consideration that Jesus often spoke figuratively (e.g., “destroy this temple” [John 2:19]; “he [John the Baptist] is Elijah” [Matt 11:14]), even equating Peter with the devil on one occasion (Mark 8:33). According to ExSyn 249, “A curious phenomenon has occurred in the English Bible with reference to one particular monadic noun, διάβολος. The KJV translates both διάβολος and δαιμόνιον as ‘devil.’ Thus in the AV translators’ minds, ‘devil’ was not a monadic noun. Modern translations have correctly rendered δαιμόνιον as ‘demon’ and have, for the most part, recognized that διάβολος is monadic (cf., e.g., 1 Pet 5:8; Rev 20:2). But in John 6:70 modern translations have fallen into the error of the King James translators. The KJV has ‘one of you is a devil.’ So does the RSV, NRSV, ASV, NIV, NKJV, and the JB [Jerusalem Bible]. Yet there is only one devil…The legacy of the KJV still lives on, then, even in places where it ought not.”



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