John 12:19
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New International Version
So the Pharisees said to one another, "See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!"

New Living Translation
Then the Pharisees said to each other, "There's nothing we can do. Look, everyone has gone after him!"

English Standard Version
So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Berean Study Bible
Then the Pharisees said to one another, "You can see that this is doing you no good. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!"

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore the Pharisees said among themselves, "You see that you gain nothing. Behold, the world has gone after Him."

New American Standard Bible
So the Pharisees said to one another, "You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him."

King James Bible
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the Pharisees said to one another, "You see? You've accomplished nothing. Look--the world has gone after Him!"

International Standard Version
Then the Pharisees told one another, "You see, there is nothing you can do. Look, the world has gone after him!"

NET Bible
Thus the Pharisees said to one another, "You see that you can do nothing. Look, the world has run off after him!"

New Heart English Bible
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "See how you accomplish nothing. Look, the whole world has gone after him."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Pharisees were saying to one another, “Do you see that you are not gaining anything? Behold, the whole world is going after him.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Pharisees said to each other, "This is getting us nowhere. Look! The whole world is following him!"

New American Standard 1977
The Pharisees therefore said to one another, “You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

King James 2000 Bible
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Do you see how you can do nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

American King James Version
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive you how you prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

American Standard Version
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Behold how ye prevail nothing: lo, the world is gone after him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves: Do you see that we prevail nothing? behold, the whole world is gone after him.

Darby Bible Translation
The Pharisees therefore said to one another, Ye see that ye profit nothing: behold, the world is gone after him.

English Revised Version
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Behold how ye prevail nothing: lo, the world is gone after him.

Webster's Bible Translation
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

Weymouth New Testament
The result was that the Pharisees said among themselves, "Observe how idle all your efforts are! The world is gone after him!"

World English Bible
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "See how you accomplish nothing. Behold, the world has gone after him."

Young's Literal Translation
the Pharisees, therefore, said among themselves, 'Ye see that ye do not gain anything, lo, the world did go after him.'
Study Bible
The Triumphal Entry
18That is also why the crowd went out to meet Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign. 19Then the Pharisees said to one another, “You can see that this is doing you no good. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!” 20Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the feast.…
Cross References
John 12:18
That is also why the crowd went out to meet Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign.

John 12:20
Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the feast.
Treasury of Scripture

The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive you how you prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

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Psalm 49:1 Hear this, all you people; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world:

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(19) Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing?--The words may be also read, "Look how ye profit nothing" (imperative); or, Ye perceive how ye profit nothing (indicative). Upon the whole this last is to be preferred. They blame each other for the failure of all their plans (comp. John 11:47), and prepare themselves to accept the counsel of Caiaphas.

Behold, the world is gone after him.--They use terms which express the bitterness of their despair. They who had asked in scorn, "Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?" who called "cursed" "this people who knoweth not the law" who followed Him (John 7:48-49), have heard Jews of Jerusalem express their belief in Him; and now, see Him whom they are seeking to kill, borne as the Messiah at the head of a throng of pilgrims.

The words rendered "gone after him" apply that they had gone away from themselves, and rejected their authority; and had then gone after Him. (Comp. Note on John 12:11.)

Verse 19. - The Pharisees therefore, at the sight of the popular enthusiasm, said to themselves; i.e. to their own inner circle. Hengstenberg thinks here is a hint of some medium of communication between John and the Pharisees, and imagines it to be found through Martha and Simon (her husband). Their language was, Perceive [ye] - or, ye perceive (either imperative or indicative) - that ye prevail nothing! The interrogative may also be a true translation. Do ye perceive that ye prevail nothing? On either hypothesis, it cannot be, as Chrysostom says, the language of the friends of Jesus among the Pharisees, but rather the cry of despair and rage. Behold, the (κόσμος) world has gone away after him. They are repenting that they had not followed out the coercive plans and murderous designs of Caiaphas, and had been content with half-measures. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves,.... Either when assembled in their own private houses, or in the sanhedrim; or as they stood together in the streets, seeing Jesus pass by in such pomp, and such a multitude with him:

perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? the Vulgate Latin and Arabic versions read, "we prevail nothing", so Nonnus; the sense is the same; suggesting, that all their wise schemes and crafty councils signified nothing; the commands they enjoined the people not to follow him, or to apprehend him, or to show them where he was, were disregarded; their threatenings to put out of the synagogue such as should confess him, were taken no notice of; their promises of reward were slighted; their examples were not followed; and all their artifice and cunning, backed with power and authority, did not succeed:

behold, the world is gone after him; the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions read, "the whole world", and so Nonnus; the Persic version, "all the people"; that is, a very great number of people; for they could not mean, that all the inhabitants of the world, or every individual of mankind were followers of him, and became his disciples, nor even all in their own land; they themselves, with multitudes more of the same complexion, were an exception to this: but they speak in the common dialect of that nation, of which take two or three instances;

"it happened to a certain high priest, that he went out of the sanctuary, , "and the whole world went after him"; and when they saw Shemaiah and Abtalion, they left him, and went after them (o).''

And again (p),

"R. Aba proclaimed, whoever seeks riches, and whoever seeks the way of life in the world to come, let him come and study in the law, and , "the whole world" will gather together to him.''

Once more (q),

"Jonathan said to David, 1 Samuel 23:17, "Thou shall be king over Israel, and I will be next to thee"; what is the meaning of this? perhaps Jonathan the son of Saul saw "the world" draw after David.''

This shows the sense of those phrases, "the world", and "the whole world", when used in the article of redemption by Jesus Christ; See Gill on 1 John 2:2.

(o) T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 71. 2.((p) Zohar in Gen. fol. 60. 4. (q) T. Bab. Bava Metzia, fol. 85. 1.12:12-19 Christ's riding in triumph to Jerusalem is recorded by all the evangelists. Many excellent things, both in the word and providence of God, disciples do not understand at their first acquaintance with the things of God. The right understanding of spiritual nature of Christ's kingdom, prevents our misapplying the Scriptures which speak of it.
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