New International Version
The Jews there were amazed and asked, "How did this man get such learning without having been taught?"
King James Bible
And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
Darby Bible Translation
The Jews therefore wondered, saying, How knows this [man] letters, having never learned?
World English Bible
The Jews therefore marveled, saying, "How does this man know letters, having never been educated?"
Young's Literal Translation
and the Jews were wondering, saying, 'How hath this one known letters -- not having learned?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? - The Jewish learning consisted in the knowledge of their own scriptures, and the traditions of their elders. In this learning our blessed Lord excelled. No person ever spoke with more grace and dignity, or knew better how to make a more proper use, or a happier application, of Jewish allegories and parables; because none ever penetrated the sense of the Scriptures as he did; none ever cited them more successfully, or ever showed their accomplishment in so complete and satisfactory a manner. As these branches of learning were taught at the Jewish schools, and our Lord had never attended there, they were astonished to find him excelling in that sort of learning, of which they themselves professed to be the sole teachers.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
letters. or, learning.
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If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.--JOHN 7:37. My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.--O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
One Saying with Two Meanings
Answer to Mr. W's Sixth Objection.
Want of Universality in the Knowledge and Reception of Christianity, and of Greater Clearness in the Evidence.
1 Samuel 10:11
When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other, "What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?"
Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
Now this was John's testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.
Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, "Where is he?"
But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
At this point Festus interrupted Paul's defense. "You are out of your mind, Paul!" he shouted. "Your great learning is driving you insane."
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