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John 1:47

    John 1:47 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and said of him, See, here is a true son of Israel in whom there is nothing false.

    Webster's Revision

    Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

    World English Bible

    Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said about him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

    Definitions for John 1:47

    Guile - Deceit; craftiness.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 1:47

    Behold an Israelite indeed - A worthy descendant of the patriarch Jacob, who not only professes to believe in Israel's God, but who worships him in sincerity and truth, according to his light.

    In whom is no guile! - Deceitfulness ever has been, and still is, the deeply marked characteristic of the Jewish people. To find a man, living in the midst of so much corruption, walking in uprightness before his Maker, was a subject worthy the attention of God himself. Behold this man! and, while you see and admire, imitate his conduct.

    Barnes' Notes on John 1:47

    An Israelite indeed - One who is really an Israelite - not by birth only, but one worthy of the name. One who possesses the spirit, the piety, and the integrity which become a man who is really a Jew, who fears God and obeys his law. Compare Romans 9:6; Romans 2:28-29.

    No guile - No deceit, no fraud, no hypocrisy. He is really what he professes to be - a Jew, a descendant of the patriarch Jacob, fearing and serving God. He makes no profession which he does not live up to. He does not say that Nathanael was without guilt or sin, but that he had no disguise, no trick, no deceit - he was sincere and upright. This was a most honorable testimony. How happy would it be if he, who knows the hearts of all as he did that of Nathanael, could bear the same testimony of all who profess the religion of the gospel!