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John 7:27

    John 7:27 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    However, we know this man from where he is: but when Christ comes, no man knows from where he is.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when the Christ cometh, no one knoweth whence he is.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    However, it is clear to us where this man comes from: but when the Christ comes no one will have knowledge where he comes from.

    Webster's Revision

    Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when the Christ cometh, no one knoweth whence he is.

    World English Bible

    However we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when the Christ cometh, no one knoweth whence he is.

    Definitions for John 7:27

    Whence - From where.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 7:27

    No man knoweth whence he is - The generality of the people knew very well that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, in the city, and of the family, of David; see John 7:42. But, from Isaiah 53:8, Who shall declare his generation? they probably thought that there should be something so peculiarly mysterious in his birth, or in the manner of his appearing, that no person could fully understand. Had they considered his miraculous conception, they would have felt their minds relieved on this point. The Jews thought that the Messiah, after his birth, would hide himself for some considerable time; and that when he began to preach no man should know where he had been hidden, and whence he had come. The rabbins have the following proverb: Three things come unexpectedly:

    1. A thing found by chance.

    2. The sting of a scorpion: and,

    3. The Messiah.

    It was probably in reference to the above that the people said, No man knoweth whence he is. However, they might have spoken this of his parents. We know that the Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem, of the family of David; but no man can know his parents: therefore they rejected him: John 6:42, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?

    Barnes' Notes on John 7:27

    Howbeit - But. They proceeded to state a reason why they supposed that he could not be the Messiah, whatever the rulers might think.

    We know this man whence he is - We know the place of his birth and residence.

    No man knoweth whence he is - From Matthew 2:5, it appears that the common expectation of the Jews was that the Messiah would be born at Bethlehem; but they had also feigned that after his birth he would be hidden or taken away in some mysterious manner, and appear again from some unexpected quarter. We find allusions to this expectation in the New Testament, where our Saviour corrects their common notions, Matthew 24:23; "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there, believe it not." And again John 7:26, "If they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert, go not forth; behold, he is in the secret chambers, believe it not." The following extracts from Jewish writings show that this was the common expectation: "The Redeemer shall manifest himself, and afterward be hid. So it was in the redemption from Egypt. Moses showed himself and then was hidden." So on the passage, Sol 2:9 - "My beloved is like a roe or a young hart" - they say: "A roe appears and then is hid; so the Redeemer shall first appear and then be concealed, and then again be concealed and then again appear." "So the Redeemer shall first appear and then be hid, and then, at the end of 45 days, shall reappear, and cause manna to descend." See Lightfoot. Whatever may have been the source of this opinion, it explains this passage, and shows that the writer of this gospel was well acquainted with the opinions of the Jews, however improbable those opinions were.

    Wesley's Notes on John 7:27

    7:27 When Christ cometh, none knoweth whence he is - This Jewish tradition was true, with regard to his Divine nature: in that respect none could declare his generation. But it was not true with regard to his human nature, for both his family and the place of his birth were plainly foretold.