John 12:42
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English Standard Version
Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue;

King James Bible
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
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:

Douay-Rheims Bible
However, many of the chief men also believed in him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, that they might not be cast out of the synagogue.

English Revised Version
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:

Webster's Bible Translation
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:

Weymouth New Testament
Nevertheless even from among the Rulers many believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they did not avow their belief, for fear they should be shut out from the synagogue.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Among the chief rulers (καὶ ἐκ τῶν ἀρχόντων)

Rev., more neatly and accurately, even of the rulers.

Believed on Him (ἐπίστευσαν εἰς αὐτόν)

See on John 1:12. It is to be noted that John here uses of this imperfect faith which refused to complete itself in confession, the formula for complete faith. Compare believed in His name (John 2:23), and see note there.

Confess Him (ὡμολόγουν)

The Him, or, Rev., it, is not in the text. The verb is used absolutely. They did not make confession. See on Matthew 7:23; see on Matthew 10:32; see on Matthew 14:7.

Lest they should be put out of the synagogue (ἵνα μὴ ἀποσυνάγωγοι γένωνται)

Better, that they should not be, etc. Compare Rev., John 12:35. On the phrase, be put out of the synagogue, see on John 9:22.

John 12:42 Parallel Commentaries

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among.

John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God...

John 7:48-51 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him...

John 11:45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.

John 19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews...

they did not.

Matthew 10:32 Whoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

Luke 12:8 Also I say to you, Whoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.

1 John 4:2,15 Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God...

lest.

John 7:13 However, no man spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.

John 9:22,34 These words spoke his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already...

John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes, the time comes, that whoever kills you will think that he does God service.

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare: but whoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Isaiah 51:7 Listen to me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear you not the reproach of men...

Isaiah 57:11 And of whom have you been afraid or feared, that you have lied, and have not remembered me, nor laid it to your heart?...

Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, you that tremble at his word; Your brothers that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said...

Matthew 26:69-75 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came to him, saying, You also were with Jesus of Galilee...

Luke 6:22 Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you...

Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

1 Peter 4:12-16 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you...

Cross References
Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.

Jeremiah 38:19
King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "I am afraid of the Judeans who have deserted to the Chaldeans, lest I be handed over to them and they deal cruelly with me."

Luke 23:13
Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,

John 7:13
Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

John 7:31
Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, "When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?"

John 7:48
Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?

John 9:22
(His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.)

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