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John 11:47

    John 11:47 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many miracles.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many signs.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then the high priests and the Pharisees had a meeting and said, What are we doing? This man is doing a number of signs.

    Webster's Revision

    The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many signs.

    World English Bible

    The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, "What are we doing? For this man does many signs.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many signs.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 11:47

    Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council - The Pharisees, as such, had no power to assemble councils; and therefore only those are meant who were scribes or elders of the people, in conjunction with Annas and his son-in-law Caiaphas, who were the high priests here mentioned. See John 18:13, John 18:24.

    What do we? - This last miracle was so clear, plain, and incontestable, that they were driven now to their wit's end. Their own spies had come and borne testimony of it. They told them what they had seen, and on their word, as being in league with themselves against Jesus, they could confidently rely.

    Barnes' Notes on John 11:47

    A council - A meeting of the Sanhedrin, or Great Council of the nation. See the notes at Matthew 2:4. They claimed the right of regulating all the affairs of religion. See the notes at John 1:19.

    What do we? - What measures are we taking to arrest the progress of his sentiments?

    For this man doeth many miracles - If they admitted that he performed miracles, it was clear what they ought to do. They should have received him as the Messiah. It may be asked, If they really believed that he worked miracles, why did they not believe on him? To this it may be replied that they did not doubt that impostors might work miracles. See Matthew 24:24. To this opinion they were led, probably, by the wonders which the magicians performed in Egypt Exodus 7; 8, and by the passage in Deuteronomy 13:1. As they regarded the tendency of the doctrines of Jesus to draw off the people from the worship of God, and from keeping his law John 9:16, they did not suppose themselves bound to follow him, even if he did work miracles.

    Wesley's Notes on John 11:47

    11:47 What do we? - What? Believe. Yea, but death yields to the power of Christ sooner than infidelity.