John 7:52
New International Version
They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”

New Living Translation
They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself—no prophet ever comes from Galilee!” ---------- [ The most ancient Greek manuscripts do not include John 7:53–8:11. ]

English Standard Version
They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

Berean Study Bible
“Aren’t you also from Galilee?” they replied. “Look into it, and you will see that no prophet comes out of Galilee.”

Berean Literal Bible
They answered and said to him, "Are you not also from Galilee? Search and see that a prophet is not raised out of Galilee."

King James Bible
They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

New King James Version
They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.”

New American Standard Bible
They answered and said to him, “You are not from Galilee as well, are you? Examine the Scriptures, and see that no prophet arises out of Galilee.”

NASB 1995
They answered him, “You are not also from Galilee, are you? Search, and see that no prophet arises out of Galilee.”

NASB 1977
They answered and said to him, “You are not also from Galilee, are you? Search, and see that no prophet arises out of Galilee.”

Amplified Bible
They responded, “Are you also from Galilee? Search [and read the Scriptures], and see [for yourself] that no prophet comes from Galilee!”

Christian Standard Bible
“You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? ” they replied. “Investigate and you will see that no prophet arises from Galilee.” [The earliest mss do not include 7:53–8:11.] [

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You aren’t from Galilee too, are you?” they replied. “Investigate and you will see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

American Standard Version
They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and see that out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and see that a Prophet will not arise from Galilee.”

Contemporary English Version
Then they said, "Nicodemus, you must be from Galilee! Read the Scriptures, and you will find that no prophet is to come from Galilee."

Douay-Rheims Bible
They answered, and said to him: Art thou also a Galilean? Search the scriptures, and see, that out of Galilee a prophet riseth not.

English Revised Version
They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and see that out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

Good News Translation
"Well," they answered, "are you also from Galilee? Study the Scriptures and you will learn that no prophet ever comes from Galilee."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They asked Nicodemus, "Are you saying this because you're from Galilee? Study [the Scriptures], and you'll see that no prophet comes from Galilee."

International Standard Version
They answered him, "You aren't from Galilee, too, are you? Search and see that no prophet comes from Galilee."

Literal Standard Version
They answered and said to him, “Are you also out of Galilee? Search and see that a prophet has not risen out of Galilee”; [[

NET Bible
They replied, "You aren't from Galilee too, are you? Investigate carefully and you will see that no prophet comes from Galilee!"

New Heart English Bible
They answered him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search, and see that no prophet comes from Galilee."

Weymouth New Testament
"Do you also come from Galilee?" they asked in reply. "Search and see for yourself that no Prophet is of Galilaean origin."

World English Bible
They answered him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search, and see that no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."

Young's Literal Translation
They answered and said to him, 'Art thou also out of Galilee? search and see, that a prophet out of Galilee hath not risen;'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders
51“Does our law convict a man without first hearing from him to determine what he has done?” 52“Aren’t you also from Galilee?” they replied. “Look into it, and you will see that no prophet comes out of Galilee.” 53Then each went to his own home.…

Cross References
John 1:46
"Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.

John 5:39
You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me,

John 7:41
Others declared, "This is the Christ." But still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee?

John 7:53
Then each went to his own home.


Treasury of Scripture

They answered and said to him, Are you also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee rises no prophet.

Art.

John 9:34
They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Genesis 19:9
And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

Exodus 2:14
And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.

Search.

John 7:41
Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

John 1:46
And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Isaiah 9:1,2
Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations…









(52) Art thou also of Galilee?--They seek to avoid his question, to which there could have been but one answer, by a counter-question expressing their surprise at the position he is taking: "Surely thou art not also of Galilee?" "Thou art not His countryman, as many of this multitude are?" They imply that Nicodemus could not have asked a question which claimed for Jesus the simple justice of the Law itself, without being, like Him, a Galilean.

Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.--The words mean, "Search the records, examine, scrutinize the authorities." (Comp. John 5:39.) They seek to pass from the matter of fact immediately before them to the question of authority. Their generalisation includes an historical error which cannot be explained away. Jonah is described in 2Kings 14:25 as of Gathhepher, which was a town of Zebulun, in Lower Galilee. Possibly Elkosh, the birthplace of Nahum, was also in Galilee, and Hosea was certainly a prophet of the Northern Kingdom, though not necessarily of Galilee. Adverse criticism would lay this error also to the charge of the Evangelist. (Comp. Notes on John 7:42, and John 1:45; John 8:33.) But the obvious explanation is, that the Sanhedrin, in their zeal to press their foregone conclusion that Jesus is not a prophet, are not bound by strict accuracy; and it is not unlikely that, in the general contempt of Judaeans for Galilee, this assertion had become a by-word, especially with men with so little of the historical sense as the later Rabbis. As compared with Judaea, it was true that Galilee was not a country of prophets, and by-words of this kind often rest on imperfect generalisations. We have seen that of the great prophets of Christianity all were Galileans. Judas Iscariot alone, of the Twelve Apostles, was probably a Judaean (Note on John 6:71). . . .

Verse 52. - They answered and said to him, Art thou also, as he is and his supporters are, from Galilee? and, therefore, is this criticism of yours on our baffled plan the dictate of provincial pride? They sought to fix a contemptuous country cousin sobriquet upon this distinguished man, instead of replying to his sensible inquiry. Search, and see, that out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. The present tense has very nearly the force of the perfect, and denotes the general rule of the Divine providence in the matter. The prophetic order can scarcely be thought to have been recruited from the northern province. Even Hosea had his origin in Samaria. Amos was an inhabitant of Tekoah; twelve miles south of Jerusalem. Nahum the El-koshite cannot be proved to have sprung from the Galilaean town of Elkosh; though it is not impossible, it is at least probable, that Elkosh in Assyria, on the Tigris, two miles north of Mosul and south of Nineveh, was the place whence Nahum and his prophecies issued. Elijah the Tishbite, of the land of Gilead, cannot be claimed as a Gallilaean. The case is different with reference to Jonah of Gath-Hepher, of the tribe of Zebulon (2 Kings 14:25), who, as a solitary and by no means morally impressive character, might almost as an exception prove the truth of the general statement. The historical error is far from difficult to account for in the stress of the discontent which these Pharisees were now manifesting towards everything Galilaean. Godet, on the authority of ἀγήγερται, being the text, would have it that "there has not now arisen in the Person of Jesus a Prophet." Baumlein presses this still further, by making the "prophet" mean "the Messiah." There is no reasonable ground for charging on these Pharisees "an incredible ignorance or incomprehensible misunderstanding." Such a charge is more like one of the incomprehensible misunderstandings of the modern critical school whenever a chance opens of assailing the authenticity of the Fourth Gospel.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
“Aren’t
εἶ (ei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd 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
σὺ (sy)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

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

from
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

Galilee?”
Γαλιλαίας (Galilaias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 1056: Of Hebrew origin; Galiloea, a region of Palestine.

they replied.
Ἀπεκρίθησαν (Apekrithēsan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 611: From apo and krino; to conclude for oneself, i.e. to respond; by Hebraism to begin to speak.

“Look into it,
ἐραύνησον (eraunēson)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 2045: To search diligently, examine. Apparently from ereo; to seek, i.e. to investigate.

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

you will see
ἴδε (ide)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 2400: See! Lo! Behold! Look! Second person singular imperative middle voice of eido; used as imperative lo!

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

no
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

prophet
προφήτης (prophētēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 4396: From a compound of pro and phemi; a foreteller; by analogy, an inspired speaker; by extension, a poet.

comes
ἐγείρεται (egeiretai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1453: (a) I wake, arouse, (b) I raise up. Probably akin to the base of agora; to waken, i.e. Rouse.

out of
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

Galilee.”
Γαλιλαίας (Galilaias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 1056: Of Hebrew origin; Galiloea, a region of Palestine.


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