John 11:48
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New International Version
If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation."

New Living Translation
If we allow him to go on like this, soon everyone will believe in him. Then the Roman army will come and destroy both our Temple and our nation."

English Standard Version
If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

Berean Study Bible
If 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."

Berean Literal Bible
If we shall let Him alone like this, all will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and will take away both our place and nation."

New American Standard Bible
"If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

King James Bible
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If we let Him continue in this way, everyone will believe in Him! Then the Romans will come and remove both our place and our nation."

International Standard Version
If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our Temple and our nation."

NET Bible
If we allow him to go on in this way, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary and our nation."

New Heart English Bible
If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And if we allow him to do so, all the people will believe in him and the Romans will come and take away our position and our nation.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If we let him continue what he's doing, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will take away our position and our nation."

New American Standard 1977
“If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
If we let him thus alone, everyone will believe on him, and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and the nation.

King James 2000 Bible
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

American King James Version
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

American Standard Version
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If we let him alone so, all will believe in him; and the Romans will come, and take away our place and nation.

Darby Bible Translation
If we let him thus alone, all will believe on him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.

English Revised Version
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.

Webster's Bible Translation
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans will come, and take away both our place and nation.

Weymouth New Testament
If we leave him alone in this way, everybody will believe in him, and the Romans will come and blot out both our city and our nation."

World English Bible
If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

Young's Literal Translation
if we may let him alone thus, all will believe in him; and the Romans will come, and will take away both our place and nation.'
Study Bible
The Plot to Kill Jesus
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.” 49But one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all!…
Cross References
Matthew 22:9
Go therefore to the crossroads and invite to the banquet as many as you can find.'

Matthew 24:15
So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination of desolation,' described by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand),
Treasury of Scripture

If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

we let.

Acts 5:28,38-40 Saying, Did not we straightly command you that you should not teach …

all.

John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all …

Luke 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then comes the devil, and …

Luke 11:52 Woe to you, lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge: …

1 Thessalonians 2:15,16 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have …

and the.

Deuteronomy 28:50-68 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person …

Daniel 9:26,27 And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but …

Zechariah 13:7,8 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is …

Zechariah 14:1,2 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, and your spoil shall be divided …

Matthew 21:40-42 When the lord therefore of the vineyard comes, what will he do to …

Matthew 22:7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth …

Matthew 23:35-38 That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth…

Matthew 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

Luke 19:41-44 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it…

Luke 21:20-24 And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know …

Luke 23:28-31 But Jesus turning to them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not …

(48) If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him.--He who but a short time since had escaped from their stones and violence, and had retired to Bethany, was now within two miles of Jerusalem. One work had carried conviction to the minds of all who had seen it, though many of them were of their own party. Another such miracle in the city itself would carry conviction, they think, to the minds of all.

And the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.--The dread of the Roman power must have been constantly present to the Jews of that generation. They had seen Archelaus deposed, and a Roman procurator had come to carry into effect the enrolment decreed by Augustus (Luke 2:1). Pontius Pilate had suppressed outbreaks by violence in the Temple itself. There had been tumults in connection with the Corban money and with Barabbas. The Temple mountain was the site of the Roman fortress Antonia, and this dread power may at any moment destroy the national life, which only existed on sufferance.

The attempts to prove that "our place" can mean "the Temple" must now be given up; and if we attach a local meaning to the word we must understand it of Jerusalem. It may, however, be questioned whether the word has any local signification here. Like our words "standing," and "place," and "position," it certainly may have a moral sense, and New Testament examples of this usage are frequent. (See Acts 1:25; Romans 15:23; 1Corinthians 14:16; Hebrews 12:17.) It is suggested that this sense is more in harmony with the feeling of the Pharisees. They possessed no local power; and the city could not be taken away from them more entirely than it already was. Their existence as rulers depended upon the Mosaic law and upon the services of the Temple. Round these centres they had gathered human tradition and ordinance, to which they clung because they only could interpret them, and they only could use the vast powers which were thus exercised over men. The Law had become practically an intricate system of tradition, and the Temple-service had become practically an intricate system of ritual. With this the Roman empire, following its usual policy, had not interfered, and the Jewish hierarchy had become the centre and the rulers of the national life. But in direct opposition to both of them had been the work and teaching of Christ. He had sought to establish for law and service the simplicity of their first spiritual principles. His spiritual teaching was a cutting to the very root of their whole being. If all the people believed on Him their raison d'tre would be gone, and the Romans would no longer suffer an imperium in imperio, which they now allowed because it swayed the masses of the people. They would take both their position, and with it the rank which they still claimed as a nation.

The emphatic position of the word "our" should be noted, and also that "place and nation" are linked together as one complex thought attached to it.

Verse 48. - If we let him alone thus, as we have been doing hitherto - if we suffer him to do these things - all men will believe on him, and the Romans will come and take away from us, i.e. from the Sanhedrin, from the lawful rulers in all matters affecting religious order or privilege, our place - the city or temple - and the nation, which we rule through our subordinates and surrogates, but to accomplish which we shall prove our incompetence if we cannot keep down all insubordination and hold perilous enthusiasm in check. De Wette and Hengstenberg strongly urge that by τόπον was meant the temple, "the dwelling-place and seat of the whole people" (Psalm 84:4; Psalm 27:4; cf. Matthew 23:38). Ewald, Godet, Meyer, Watkins, consider τόπον to be the city, the seat of all the power of the nation, spiritual and civil. The nation was a province of the Roman empire, but the hierarchy was still invested with great powers. If we let him thus alone,.... Going about from place to place, teaching the people, and doing such miracles:

all men will believe on him; the whole nation will receive him as the Messiah, and proclaim him their king, and yield a cheerful obedience to all his commands:

the Romans will come; against us, with their powerful armies; interpreting the setting him up as Messiah, to be an instance of rebellion against Caesar, and his government:

and take away both our place and nation; that is, will destroy the temple, their holy place, the place of their religion and worship; and their city, the place of their habitation, and lay waste their country; and take away from them that little share of power and government they had, and strip them both of their civil and religious privileges: the Persic version renders it, "they will take away our place, and make a decree against our religion". 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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