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John 7:48-49

7:48 None of the rulers 1  or the Pharisees have believed in him, have they? 2  7:49 But this rabble 3  who do not know the law are accursed!”

1 sn The chief priests and Pharisees (John 7:45) is a comprehensive term for the groups represented in the ruling council (the Sanhedrin) as in John 7:45; 18:3; Acts 5:22, 26. Likewise the term ruler here denotes a member of the Sanhedrin, the highest legal, legislative, and judicial body among the Jews. Note the same word (“ruler”) is used to describe Nicodemus in John 3:1, and Nicodemus also speaks up in this episode (John 7:50).

2 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 “have they?”).

3 tn Grk “crowd.” “Rabble” is a good translation here because the remark by the Pharisees is so derogatory.

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