John 7:36
New International Version
What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”

New Living Translation
What does he mean when he says, ‘You will search for me but not find me,’ and ‘You cannot go where I am going’?”

English Standard Version
What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”

Berean Study Bible
What does He mean by saying, ‘You will look for Me, but you will not find Me,’ and, ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”

Berean Literal Bible
What is this word that He said, 'You will seek Me, and will not find Me,' and 'Where I am you are not able to come'?"

King James Bible
What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?

New King James Version
What is this thing that He said, ‘You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come’?”

New American Standard Bible
What is this statement that He said, ‘You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come’?”

NASB 1995
“What is this statement that He said, ‘You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come ‘?”

NASB 1977
“What is this statement that He said, ‘You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come’?”

Amplified Bible
What does this statement of His mean, ‘You will look for Me, and will not [be able to] find Me; and where I am, you cannot come’?”

Christian Standard Bible
What is this remark he made: ‘You will look for me, and you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come’? ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What is this remark He made: ‘You will look for Me, and you will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come?”

American Standard Version
What is this word that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me; and where I am, ye cannot come?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“What is this statement that he spoke?: 'You will seek me and will not find me, and wherever I am, you are not able to come?' “

Contemporary English Version
What did he mean by saying that we will look for him, but won't find him? Why can't we go where he is going?"

Douay-Rheims Bible
What is this saying that he hath said: You shall seek me, and shall not find me; and where I am, you cannot come?

English Revised Version
What is this word that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, ye cannot come?

Good News Translation
He says that we will look for him but will not find him, and that we cannot go where he will be. What does he mean?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What does he mean when he says, 'You will look for me, but you won't find me,' and 'You can't go where I'm going'?"

International Standard Version
What does this statement mean that he said, 'You'll look for me but won't find me,' and, 'Where I am, you cannot come'?"

Literal Standard Version
What is this word that He said, You will seek Me, and you will not find? And, Where I am, you are not able to come?”

NET Bible
What did he mean by saying, 'You will look for me but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come'?"

New Heart English Bible
What is this word that he said, 'You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you cannot come'?"

Weymouth New Testament
What do those words of his mean, 'You will look for me, but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come'?"

World English Bible
What is this word that he said, 'You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come'?"

Young's Literal Translation
what is this word that he said, Ye will seek me, and ye shall not find? and, Where I am, ye are not able to come?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Is Jesus the Christ?
35At this, the Jews said to one another, “Where does He intend to go that we will not find Him? Will He go where the Jews are dispersed among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? 36What does He mean by saying, ‘You will look for Me, but you will not find Me,’ and, ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?” 37On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.…

Cross References
John 7:34
You will look for Me, but you will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come."

John 8:21
Again He said to them, "I am going away, and you will look for Me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come."

John 13:33
Little children, I am with you only a little while longer. You will look for Me, and as I said to the Jews, so now I say to you: 'Where I am going, you cannot come.'


Treasury of Scripture

What manner of saying is this that he said, You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither you cannot come?

manner.

John 3:4,9
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? …

John 6:41,52,60
The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven…

John 12:34
The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?

Ye shall.

John 7:34
Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.









(36) What manner of saying is this . . .?--We get a better sense by omitting the words in italics, and reading, "What saying is this . . .?" Their scorn does not solve their difficulty, and gives place to wonder. They feel His words cannot mean what they have said. "What, then, do they mean? What is the force of His saying?"

Verse 36. - What is this word (λόγος) which he spake, Ye shall seek me, and ye shall not find (me), and where I am, ye cannot come? This verse is simply a repetition of the Lord's sentence, which, notwithstanding their damaging interpretation and unconscious prophecy of great events, haunted them with a weird power, and left them, as his word left the officers who were silenced and paralyzed by it, with a sense of undiscovered and awful meaning. Both here and in ver. 45 we see that the evangelist had access to the ideas and converse of the "Jews," which proves that he had special sources of information to which the ordinary synoptic tradition was strange. The thought grows upon one that John was more than the mere fisherman of the lake. He was a friend of Nicodemus, and known to Caiaphas. It is clear that some further time elapses. This conversation, of which we have the prominent items, the chief utterances, was producing its effect upon the two-sided multitude, upon "the Jews," the "Pharisees," the city party, the chief priests. The Lord probably retired once more to the house of Lazarus or of John.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
What
τίς (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

does He mean
λόγος (logos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

by
ὃν (hon)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3739: Who, which, what, that.

saying,
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

‘You will look for
Ζητήσετέ (Zētēsete)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.

Me,
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

[but]
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

you will not find
εὑρήσετέ (heurēsete)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2147: A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find.

Me,’
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

and,
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

‘Where
Ὅπου (Hopou)
Adverb
Strong's 3699: Where, whither, in what place. From hos and pou; what(-ever) where, i.e. At whichever spot.

I
ἐγὼ (egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

am,
εἰμὶ (eimi)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

you
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

cannot
δύνασθε (dynasthe)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

come’?”
ἐλθεῖν (elthein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 2064: To come, go.


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