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John 12:43

    John 12:43 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    for they loved the glory that is of men more than the glory that is of God.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For the praise of men was dearer to them than the approval of God.

    Webster's Revision

    for they loved the glory that is of men more than the glory that is of God.

    World English Bible

    for they loved men's praise more than God's praise.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    for they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 12:43

    They loved the praise of men - Δοξαν, the glory or honor that cometh from men.

    How common are these four obstacles of faith! says Quesnel:

    1. Too great a regard to men.

    2. Riches and temporal advantages.

    3. The fear of disgrace.

    4. The love of the praise of men.

    Abundance of persons persuade themselves that they love God more than the world, till some trying occasion fully convinces them of their mistake. It is a very great misfortune for a person not to know himself but by his falls; but it is the greatest of all not to rise again after he has fallen. This is generally occasioned by the love of the praise of men, because in their account it is more shameful to rise again than it was to fall at first.

    Barnes' Notes on John 12:43

    The praise of men - The approval of human beings. It does not appear that they had a living, active faith, but that they were convinced in their understanding that he was the Messiah. They had that kind of faith which is so common among people - a speculative acknowledgment that religion is true, but an acknowledgment which leads to no self-denial, which shrinks from the active duties of piety, and fears man more than God. True faith is active. It overcomes the fear of man; it prompts to self-denying duties, Hebrews 11. Nevertheless, it was no unimportant proof that Jesus was the Messiah, that any part of the great council of the Jews were even speculatively convinced of it: and it shows that the evidence could not have been slight when it overcame their prejudices and pride, and constrained them to admit that the lowly and poor man of Nazareth was the long expected Messiah of their nation.