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John 12:42

    John 12:42 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Nevertheless even of the rulers many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess it , lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    However, a number even of the rulers had belief in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not say so openly for fear that they might be shut out from the Synagogue:

    Webster's Revision

    Nevertheless even of the rulers many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess it , lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

    World English Bible

    Nevertheless even of the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they didn't confess it, so that they wouldn't be put out of the synagogue,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Nevertheless even of the rulers many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

    Clarke's Commentary on John 12:42

    Among the chief rulers - many believed on him - We only know the names of two of them, Nicodemus, and Joseph of Arimathea.

    But - they did not confess him - Or it: they were as yet weak in the faith, and could not bear the reproach of the cross of Christ. Besides, the principal rulers had determined to excommunicate every person who acknowledged Christ for the Messiah; see John 9:22.

    Barnes' Notes on John 12:42

    The chief rulers - Members of the Sanhedrin - Nicodemus, Joseph, and others like them.

    Because of the Pharisees - The Pharisees were a majority of the council.

    Did not confess him - Did not openly avow their belief that he was the Messiah. Two of them, however, did afterward evince their attachment to him. These were Joseph and Nicodemus, John 19:38-39. That Joseph was one of them appears from Mark 15:43; Luke 23:50-51.

    Put out of the synagogue - Excommunicated. See the notes at John 9:22.