New International Version
and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.
King James Bible
And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
Darby Bible Translation
and not for the nation only, but that he should also gather together into one the children of God who were scattered abroad.
World English Bible
and not for the nation only, but that he might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
Young's Literal Translation
and not for the nation only, but that also the children of God, who have been scattered abroad, he may gather together into one.
John 11:52 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And not for that nation only, etc. - These, and the preceding words in John 11:51, are John's explication of what was prophetic in the words of Caiaphas: as if John had said, He is indeed to die for the sins of the Jewish nation, but not for theirs alone, but for the sins of the whole world: see his own words afterwards, 1 John 2:1, 1 John 2:2.
Gather together in one - That he should collect into one body; - form one Church out of the Jewish and Gentile believers.
Children of God that were scattered abroad - Probably John only meant the Jews who were dispersed among all nations since the conquest of Judea by the Romans; and these are called the dispersed, John 7:35, and James 1:1; and it is because he refers to these only, that he terms them here, the children of God, which was an ancient character of the Jewish people: see Deuteronomy 32:5; Isaiah 43:6; Isaiah 45:11; Jeremiah 32:1. Taking his words in this sense, then his meaning is this: that Christ was to die, not only for the then inhabitants of Judea, but for all the Jewish race wheresoever scattered; and that the consequence would be, that they should be all collected from their various dispersions, and made one body. This comports with the predictions of St. Paul: Romans 11:1-32. This probably is the sense of the passage; and though, according to this interpretation, the apostle may seem to confine the benefits of Christ's death to the Jewish people only, yet we find from the passage already quoted from his first epistle, that his views of this subject were afterwards very much extended; and that he saw that Jesus Christ was not only a propitiation for their sins (the Jews) but for the sins of the whole world: see his 1st epistle, 1 John 2:2. All the truths of the Gospel were not revealed at once, even to the apostles themselves.
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Our friend sleepeth.--JOHN 11:11. I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. If the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. But now is Christ risen from the …
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June 22 Evening
A Mystery! Saints Sorrowing and Jesus Glad!
Beloved, and yet Afflicted
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 John 3:2
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
1 John 3:10
This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God's child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
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