John 7:46
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New International Version
"No one ever spoke the way this man does," the guards replied.

New Living Translation
"We have never heard anyone speak like this!" the guards responded.

English Standard Version
The officers answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!”

Berean Study Bible
"Never has anyone spoken like this man!" the officers answered.

Berean Literal Bible
The officers answered, "Never has a man spoken like this, as this man speaks."

New American Standard Bible
The officers answered, "Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks."

King James Bible
The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The police answered, "No man ever spoke like this!"

International Standard Version
The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like that!"

NET Bible
The officers replied, "No one ever spoke like this man!"

New Heart English Bible
The officers answered, "No one ever spoke like this man."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The guards were saying to them, “Never in this way has a man spoken as This Man speaks.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The temple guards answered, "No human has ever spoken like this man."

New American Standard 1977
The officers answered, “Never did a man speak the way this man speaks.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
The officers answered, Never has anyone spoken like this man.

King James 2000 Bible
The officers answered, Never man spoke like this man.

American King James Version
The officers answered, Never man spoke like this man.

American Standard Version
The officers answered, Never man so spake.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The ministers answered: Never did man speak like this man.

Darby Bible Translation
The officers answered, Never man spoke thus, as this man [speaks].

English Revised Version
The officers answered, Never man so spake.

Webster's Bible Translation
The officers answered, Never man spoke like this man.

Weymouth New Testament
"No mere man has ever spoken as this man speaks," said the officers.

World English Bible
The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!"

Young's Literal Translation
The officers answered, 'Never so spake man -- as this man.'
Study Bible
Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders
45Then the officers returned to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring Him in?” 46“Never has anyone spoken like this man!” the officers answered. 47“Have you also been deceived?” replied the Pharisees.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:28
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching,

Luke 4:32
They were astonished at His teaching, because His message had authority.

John 7:32
When the Pharisees heard the crowd whispering these things about Jesus, they and the chief priests sent officers to arrest Him.
Treasury of Scripture

The officers answered, Never man spoke like this man.


John 7:26 But, see, he speaks boldly, and they say nothing to him. Do the rulers …

Matthew 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Luke 4:22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which …

(46) Never man spake like this man.--Some of the oldest MSS., including the Vatican, have a shorter text, "Never man spake thus"; but the longer reading is to be preferred. The very officers acknowledged His power, and tell the professed teachers, whose opinions and words were the rule of all Jewish life, that never man spake as He whom they sought to take! It is probable that in the section immediately preceding (John 7:32-34), St. John gives us only a rsum of what Jesus had said, and that words which have not come down to us were among those which produced so profound an impression on the officers.

The officers answered,.... Very honestly and uprightly, making use of no shifts and excuses; as that they could not find him, or could not come at him, because of the multitude about him, or that they were afraid of the people, lest they should rise upon them, and stone them, and rescue Jesus; which would have carried a show of probability, and have brought them off; but they tell the naked truth,

never man spake like this man; not Moses, the spokesman of the people of Israel; nor David, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet Psalmist of Israel; nor Solomon, the wisest of men; nor that sublime and evangelical prophet Isaiah; nor any of the other prophets; nor John Baptist his forerunner, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: never man spoke words for matter like him; such gracious words, or words, and doctrines of grace, which so fully express the grace of God, and are so grateful to men; such as free justification by his righteousness, full pardon by his blood, peace and reconciliation by his sacrifice, the liberty captives from the bondage of sin, Satan, and the law, and spiritual and eternal salvation by him: never man spoke such words of truth, as he who is full of truth, and truth itself did: or such words of wisdom, who is the wisdom of God, on whom the spirit of wisdom rested, and in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; nor such wholesome and salutary words, which nourish up unto eternal life. Nor did ever any speak words for form and manner, as he did; words so apt and pertinent, with such propriety, beauty, and gracefulness, with such majesty and authority, and with such power and efficacy; which at once charmed the ear, affected the heart; carried evidence and conviction with them, enlightened the understanding, and fastened attention to them; which was the case with these men, so that they had not power to execute their commission. He delivered such excellent things, and in such a charming manner, they could not find in their hearts to use any violence towards him; or be the means of bringing him into any trouble or danger. The Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions read, "never man spake as this man speaks". 46. Never man spake like this man—Noble testimony of unsophisticated men! Doubtless they were strangers to the profound intent of Christ's teaching, but there was that in it which by its mysterious grandeur and transparent purity and grace, held them spellbound. No doubt it was of God that they should so feel, that their arm might be paralyzed, as Christ's hour was not yet come; but even in human teaching there has sometimes been felt such a divine power, that men who came to kill them (for example, Rowland Hiss) have confessed to all that they were unmanned.7:40-53 The malice of Christ's enemies is always against reason, and sometimes the staying of it cannot be accounted for. Never any man spake with that wisdom, and power, and grace, that convincing clearness, and that sweetness, wherewith Christ spake. Alas, that many, who are for a time restrained, and who speak highly of the word of Jesus, speedily lose their convictions, and go on in their sins! People are foolishly swayed by outward motives in matters of eternal moment, are willing even to be damned for fashion's sake. As the wisdom of God often chooses things which men despise, so the folly of men commonly despises those whom God has chosen. The Lord brings forward his weak and timid disciples, and sometimes uses them to defeat the designs of his enemies.
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