John 1:46
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New International Version
"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.

New Living Translation
"Nazareth!" exclaimed Nathanael. "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" "Come and see for yourself," Philip replied.

English Standard Version
Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

New American Standard Bible
Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

King James Bible
And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Nathanael asked him." Come and see," Philip answered.

International Standard Version
Nathaniel asked him, "From Nazareth? Can anything good come from there?" Philip told him, "Come and see!"

NET Bible
Nathanael replied, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip replied, "Come and see."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Nathaniel said to him: “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”Phillipus said to him, “come and see”.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Nathanael said to Philip, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip told him, "Come and see!"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Nathanael said unto him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said unto him, Come and see.

King James 2000 Bible
And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said unto him, Come and see.

American King James Version
And Nathanael said to him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see.

American Standard Version
And Nathanael said unto him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Nathanael said to him: Can any thing of good come from Nazareth? Philip saith to him: Come and see.

Darby Bible Translation
And Nathanael said to him, Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip says to him, Come and see.

English Revised Version
And Nathanael said unto him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Nathanael said to him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith to him, Come and see.

Weymouth New Testament
"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" replied Nathanael. "Come and see," said Philip.

World English Bible
Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

Young's Literal Translation
and Nathanael said to him, 'Out of Nazareth is any good thing able to be?' Philip said to him, 'Come and see.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:43-51 See the nature of true Christianity, it is following Jesus; devoting ourselves to him, and treading in his steps. Observe the objection Nathanael made. All who desire to profit by the word of God, must beware of prejudices against places, or denominations of men. They should examine for themselves, and they will sometimes find good where they looked for none. Many people are kept from the ways of religion by the unreasonable prejudices they conceive. The best way to remove false notions of religion, is to make trial of it. In Nathanael there was no guile. His profession was not hypocritical. He was not a dissembler, nor dishonest; he was a sound character, a really upright, godly man. Christ knows what men are indeed. Does He know us? Let us desire to know him. Let us seek and pray to be Israelites indeed, in whom is no guile; truly Christians, approved of Christ himself. Some things weak, imperfect, and sinful, are found in all, but hypocrisy belongs not to a believer's character. Jesus witnessed what passed when Nathanael was under the fig-tree. Probably he was then in fervent prayer, seeking direction as to the Hope and Consolation of Israel, where no human eye observed him. This showed him that our Lord knew the secrets of his heart. Through Christ we commune with, and benefit by the holy angels; and things in heaven and things on earth are reconciled and united together.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 46-49. -

(c) The Son of God and King of Israel. Verse 46. - And Nathanael said to him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? The ordinary interpretations of the meaning of this question are not satisfactory.

(1) The prejudice against Nazareth as being a Galilean town cannot have weighed with Nathanael of Cana in Galilee (John 21:2), even though he may have shared the ignorant opinion that "out of Galilee ariseth no prophet" (John 7:52). He might have known that Jonah, Hosea, Nahum, probably Elijah, Elisha, and Amos, were Galileans.

(2) That Nazareth was a secluded and contemptible village seems disproved by the interesting papers of Dr. Selah Merrill, on "Galilee in the Time of our Lord," Amer. Bibl. Sacra., January and April, 1874.

(3) That the character of its people should have been jealous, turbulent, capricious, and led to our Lord's subsequent preference for Capernaum, does not explain the force of the inquiry. The "good thing" may, however, be the contrast between the unimportance of the place in the political or religious history of the people, as compared with Jerusalem, Tiberias, Jericho, Bethlehem. It is never mentioned in the Old Testament or in Josephus. Nathanael may have known its mediocrity, and have been startled by the possibility of a carpenter's son, in a spot utterly undistinguished, being the Messiah of whom their sacred writers spoke. "Despised Nazareth" is a phrase rather due to the splendour of the flower that grew upon its barren soil, and became contrasted afterwards with the unlooked for glory and claims of the Nazarene. Philip saith unto him, Come and see. This was his strongest argument. To look upon him is to believe. He had much more to learn in after days (John 14:8, 9). At this moment he and Nathanael stood on ground consecrated by ancient history, and thrilling with the thunder peals of the Baptist, mazed and wistful from much longing, thinking of the union between heaven and earth which had been revealed in the experience of ancient prophets, dwelling on the careers of Israel, Moses, and Elijah in their rapt transports, musing under fig trees or the like, and longing for the great King. He may naturally have reasoned on this wise: "Can it be true that the Christ, the King of Israel, the Lord of the temple, the Baptizer with the Holy Ghost, is indistinguishable from the rest of mankind in this very crowd? Would that I too might see in him, as John has done, some vision of the opened heaven, that I too might hear some unmistakable voice!" If these were the musings of Nathanael - and surely there is not a trace of unreason in such meditations in the breast of a disciple of the Baptist - the conversation which follows is more easy to understand.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Nathanael said unto him,.... Taking notice of, and laying hold on what Philip said, that he was of Nazareth, which at once stumbled, and prejudiced him against Jesus being the Messiah; knowing very well that Bethlehem was to be the place of his birth:

can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? The whole country of Galilee was had in contempt with the Jews; but Nazareth was so mean a place, that it seems it was even despised by its neighbours, by the Galilaeans themselves; for Nathanael was a Galilean, that said these words. It was so miserable a place that he could hardly think that any sort of good thing, even any worldly good thing, could come from thence; and it was so wicked, as appears from their murderous designs upon our Lord, that he thought no good man could arise from hence; and still less, any prophet, any person of great note; and still least of all, that that good thing, or person, the Messiah, should spring from it: so that his objection, and prejudice, proceeded not only upon the oracle in Micah 5:2, which points out Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Messiah; but upon the wickedness, and meanness, and obscurity of Nazareth,

Philip saith unto him, come and see; who though he might not be master of this point, and knew not how to solve this difficulty, and remove this prejudice from Nathanael's mind, yet persuades him to go with him to Jesus; who, he doubted not, would give him full satisfaction in this, and all other points; and then it would most clearly appear to him, as it had done to him, that he was the true Messiah. The phrase, , "come, see", is often used in the book of Zohar (q): so it is, and likewise, , "come and see", in the Talmudic writings (r),

(q) In Gen. fol. 13. 1. & 14. 3. & 16. 1, 2. & in Exod. fol. 83. 4. & passim. (r) T. Bab. Taanith, fol. 8. 1. & 23. 2. & 24. 1. Kiddushin, fol. 20. 1. & 33. 1. & Sota, fol. 5. 1, 2. & passim.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

46. any good out of Nazareth—remembering Bethlehem, perhaps, as Messiah's predicted birthplace, and Nazareth having no express prophetic place at all, besides being in no repute. The question sprang from mere dread of mistake in a matter so vital.

Come and see—Noble remedy against preconceived opinions [Bengel]. Philip, though he could not perhaps solve his difficulty, could show him how to get rid of it. (See on [1765]Joh 6:68).

John 1:46 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote-- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 46Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!"…
Cross References
Matthew 2:23
and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

Matthew 10:3
Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;

John 1:44
Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.

John 1:45
Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

John 6:5
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?"

John 6:7
Philip answered him, "It would take more than half a year's wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"

John 7:41
Others said, "He is the Messiah." Still others asked, "How can the Messiah come from Galilee?

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

John 12:21
They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. "Sir," they said, "we would like to see Jesus."

John 14:8
Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."
Treasury of Scripture

And Nathanael said to him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see.

Can.

John 7:41,42,52 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come …

Luke 4:28,29 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were …

Come.

John 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not …

Luke 12:57 Yes, and why even of yourselves judge you not what is right?

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

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