John 11:47
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New International Version
Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. "What are we accomplishing?" they asked. "Here is this man performing many signs.

New Living Translation
Then the leading priests and Pharisees called the high council together. "What are we going to do?" they asked each other. "This man certainly performs many miraculous signs.

English Standard Version
So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs.

Berean Study Bible
Then the chief priests and Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, "What are we to do? This man is performing many signs.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and were saying, "What are we to do? For this man does many signs.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, "What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs.

King James Bible
Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, "What are we going to do since this man does many signs?

International Standard Version
So the high priests and the Pharisees assembled the Council and said, "What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs.

NET Bible
So the chief priests and the Pharisees called the council together and said, "What are we doing? For this man is performing many miraculous signs.

New Heart English Bible
The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, "What are we doing? For this man does many signs.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Chief Priests and the Pharisees were gathered, and they were saying, “What shall we do? This man is doing great miracles.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council. They asked, "What are we doing? This man is performing a lot of miracles.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the high priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, What shall we do? for this man does many signs.

King James 2000 Bible
Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many miracles.

American King James Version
Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many miracles.

American Standard Version
The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many signs.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The chief priests therefore, and the Pharisees, gathered a council, and said: What do we, for this man doth many miracles?

Darby Bible Translation
The chief priests, therefore, and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many signs.

English Revised Version
The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many signs.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and said, What do we? for this man performeth many miracles.

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore the High Priests and the Pharisees held a meeting of the Sanhedrin. "What steps are we taking?" they asked one another; "for this man is performing a great number of miracles.

World English Bible
The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, "What are we doing? For this man does many signs.

Young's Literal Translation
the chief priests, therefore, and the Pharisees, gathered together a sanhedrim, and said, 'What may we do? because this man doth many signs?
Study Bible
The Plot to Kill Jesus
46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47Then the chief priests and Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we to do? This man is performing many signs. 48If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”…
Cross References
Matthew 5:22
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be subject to the fire of hell.

Matthew 26:3
At that time, the chief priests and elders of the people assembled in the courtyard of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,

John 2:11
Jesus performed this first sign at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

John 6:2
A large crowd followed Him because they saw the signs He had performed on the sick.

John 7:32
When the Pharisees heard the crowd whispering these things about Jesus, they and the chief priests sent officers to arrest Him.

John 7:45
Then the officers returned to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why didn't you bring Him in?"

John 11:57
But the chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where He was must report it, so that they could arrest Him.

Acts 4:16
"What shall we do with these men?" they asked. "It is clear to everyone living in Jerusalem that a remarkable miracle has occurred through them, and we cannot deny it.
Treasury of Scripture

Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many miracles.

gathered.

Psalm 2:2-4 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel …

Matthew 26:3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the …

Matthew 27:1,2 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the …

Mark 14:1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread…

Luke 22:2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; …

Acts 4:5,6,27,28 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes…

Acts 5:21 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the …

What.

John 12:19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive you how you …

Acts 4:16,17 Saying, What shall we do to these men…

Acts 5:24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief …

[(3) LIFE, TRUTH, LIGHT, AND LOVE MORE FULLY MANIFESTED. CORRESPONDING INCREASE OF THE UNBELIEF OF THE JEWS (continued).

(b)The council of the Jews. The decree of death against the Giver of Life (John 11:47-53).

(c)The withdrawal to Ephraim. Many seek for Jesus (John 11:54-57).

(d)The supper at Bethany. Mary, Judas, the chief priests (love, selfishness, hatred) (John 12:1-11).

(e)The entry into Jerusalem. The King and His people (John 11:12-19).

(f)The wider kingdom (John 11:20-36).

Certain Greeks would see Jesus. The firstfruits of the West (John 11:20-22).

The seed and the harvest. Life in death (John 11:23-26).

(f)The wider kingdom (continued).

The world-wide attraction of the Cross. Light in darkness (John 11:27-36).

(g)The final issue of the unbelief of the Jews.

(?)The writer's own judgment (John 11:37-43)--

On no-faith (John 11:37-41);

On half-faith (John 11:42-43).

(?)The Judgment of Jesus (John 11:44-50).

The rejection of light (John 11:46); love ("that I might save the world," John 11:47); truth (John 11:49); life (John 11:50).]

(47) Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council.--Matters have reached too serious a stage for them to allow further delay. Opponents have become believers; enemies have become friends; and there are men of their own rank, and men with whom they had taken counsel against Him, who have now believed. The Pharisees go in their difficulty to the chief priests, who were for the most part Sadducees, and they together summon a meeting of the Sanhedrin.

What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.--The note of interrogation may be placed in the middle or at the end of the clause. The latter suits better the energy of their language. "What do we, seeing that this Man doeth many miracles?" They accept the testimony of the Jews who have come to them, and cannot longer throw doubt upon His miracles. The question is asked in the present tense; it is not a matter for future action. "What are we doing, seeing what this Man is doing?" They feel that they have been inactive but too long, while He has been daily gaining influence. The form of their question is a strange contradiction; they cannot but admit that He doeth many signs, and yet their pride will call Him by no name but the contemptuous "this Man!"

Verse 47. - The chief priests and Pharisees therefore gathered a council. If a formal meeting of the great council, if "the Sanhedrin," had been summoned, the article would have been used. (On the Sanhedrin, see Winer, art. "Sanhedrin," in his 'Bib. R. Wort.;' Lange, in loc.; Edersheim, vol. 2:553, etc. This name is Greek (though Hebraized in the Talmud), and signifies the supreme court of the people, resident in Jerusalem, consisting of seventy-one members, with a president, Nasi, and a vice-president, Ab-baith-den.) Extraordinary sessions of the Sanhedrin were called at the house of the high priest, but ordinary sessions in some rooms adjoining the temple. The points submitted to their cognizance were hierarchical and religious. They had at this time lost their actual power of inflicting capital punishment. They were a court of appeal from lower courts in the province, framed after the same model. Pharisees and Sadducees were alike to be found in their number. The family of Annas, his sons, and his son-in-law Caiaphas, were all Sadducees, and embraced the priestly part of the assembly. They were the most deadly enemies of Christ throughout. The Pharisees are scarcely again mentioned in the account of the Passion. The priestly Sadducean party became also bitter enemies of Christianity and of the Church during apostolic times. Here they take the initiative. And they said, What are we about? because this Man is (as we must admit) doing many signs, which will produce a perilous effect among the people. There were certain aspects and views both of the Pharisaic and Sadducean party with which our Lord's teaching coincided. When he denounced ritualism, literalism, and tradition, and laid emphasis on moral law, he had to some extent the ear of the Sadducees; when he cleansed the temple of the priestly bazaar, when he rebuked the secular conceptions of Messianic glory, the Pharisees inwardly rejoiced. Nevertheless, they had both too many g-rounds of criticism and dislike not to combine against him. The council of the nation found it a delicate and difficult task to frame charges in which the entire authorities of the nation and the popular clamor could coincide. Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council,.... They convened the sanhedrim, the great council of the nation together, of which they were some of the principal members:

and said, what do we? that is, why is nothing done? why are we so dilatory? why do we sit still, and do nothing? or what is to be done? this now lies before us, this is to be considered and deliberated on:

for this man doth many miracles; this is owned, and could not be denied by them; and should have been a reason why they should have acknowledged him to have been the Messiah, and embraced him; whereas they used it as a reason, why they should think of, and concert some measures, to hinder and put a stop to the belief of him as such. 47-54. What do we? for this man doeth many miracles—"While we trifle, 'this man,' by His 'many miracles,' will carry all before Him; the popular enthusiasm will bring on a revolution, which will precipitate the Romans upon us, and our all will go down in one common ruin." What a testimony to the reality of our Lord's miracles, and their resistless effect, from His bitterest enemies!11:47-53 There can hardly be a more clear discovery of the madness that is in man's heart, and of its desperate enmity against God, than what is here recorded. Words of prophecy in the mouth, are not clear evidence of a principle of grace in the heart. The calamity we seek to escape by sin, we take the most effectual course to bring upon our own heads; as those do who think by opposing Christ's kingdom, to advance their own worldly interest. The fear of the wicked shall come upon them. The conversion of souls is the gathering of them to Christ as their ruler and refuge; and he died to effect this. By dying he purchased them to himself, and the gift of the Holy Ghost for them: his love in dying for believers should unite them closely together.
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