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John 7:4

    John 7:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For there is no man that does any thing in secret, and he himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For no man doeth anything in secret, and himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou doest these things, manifest thyself to the world.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Because no man does things secretly if he has a desire that men may have knowledge of him. If you do these things, let yourself be seen by all men.

    Webster's Revision

    For no man doeth anything in secret, and himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou doest these things, manifest thyself to the world.

    World English Bible

    For no one does anything in secret, and himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, reveal yourself to the world."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For no man doeth anything in secret, and himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou doest these things, manifest thyself to the world.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 7:4

    No man that doeth any thing in secret, etc. - They took it for granted that Christ was influenced by the same spirit which themselves felt; and that therefore he should use every opportunity of exhibiting himself to the public, that he might get into repute; and they hoped that a part of his honor would be reflected back upon themselves, as being his near relations. They seem to have said: "It is too little to employ thyself in working miracles in Galilee, in the country, and in small villages, among an ignorant and credulous people, from whom thou canst not get much credit: go to Jerusalem, the capital, and among the learned doctors, in the presence of the whole nation assembled at this feast, work thy miracles, and get thyself a name."

    Barnes' Notes on John 7:4

    For there is no man ... - The brethren of Jesus supposed that he was influenced as others are. As it is a common thing among men to seek popularity, so they supposed that he would also seek it; and as a great multitude would be assembled at Jerusalem at this feast, they supposed it would be a favorable time to make himself known. What follows shows that this was said, probably, not in sincerity, but in derision; and to the other sufferings of our Lord was to be added, what is so common to Christians, derision from his relatives and friends on account of his pretensions. If our Saviour was derided, we also may expect to be by our relatives; and, having his example, we should be content to bear it.

    If thou do ... - It appears from this that they did not really believe that he performed miracles; or, if they did believe it, they did not suppose that he was the Christ. Yet it seems hardly credible that they could suppose that his miracles were real, and yet not admit that he was the Messiah. Besides, there is no evidence that these relatives had been present at any of his miracles, and all that they knew of them might have been from report. See the notes at Mark 3:21. On the word brethren in John 7:5, see the Matthew 13:55 note, and Galatians 1:19 note.

    Wesley's Notes on John 7:4

    7:4 For no man doth any thing - Of this kind, in secret; but rather desireth to be of public use. If thou really dost these things - These miracles which are reported; show thyself to the world - To all men.
    Book: John