John 12:29
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New International Version
The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

New Living Translation
When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him.

English Standard Version
The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”

Berean Study Bible
The crowd standing there heard it and said it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to Him.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore the crowd having stood, and having heard, was saying, "There has been thunder." Others were saying, "An angel has spoken to Him."

New American Standard Bible
So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, "An angel has spoken to Him."

King James Bible
The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The crowd standing there heard it and said it was thunder. Others said that an angel had spoken to Him.

International Standard Version
The crowd standing there heard this and said that it was thunder. Others were saying, "An angel has spoken to him."

NET Bible
The crowd that stood there and heard the voice said that it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to him.

New Heart English Bible
The crowd therefore, who stood by and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the crowd that was standing there heard, and they were saying, “It was thunder”, and others were saying “An Angel spoke with him.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The crowd standing there heard the voice and said that it had thundered. Others in the crowd said that an angel had talked to him.

New American Standard 1977
The multitude therefore, who stood by and heard it, were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “An angel has spoken to Him.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
The people, therefore, that were present and heard it, said that it thundered; others said, An angel spoke to him.

King James 2000 Bible
The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spoke to him.

American King James Version
The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spoke to him.

American Standard Version
The multitude therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it had thundered: others said, An angel hath spoken to him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The multitude therefore that stood and heard, said that it thundered. Others said: An angel spoke to him.

Darby Bible Translation
The crowd therefore, which stood [there] and heard [it], said that it had thundered. Others said, An angel has spoken to him.

English Revised Version
The multitude therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it had thundered: others said, An angel hath spoken to him.

Webster's Bible Translation
The people therefore that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered. Others said, An angel spoke to him.

Weymouth New Testament
The crowd that stood by and heard it, said that there had been thunder. Others said, "An angel spoke to him."

World English Bible
The multitude therefore, who stood by and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."

Young's Literal Translation
the multitude, therefore, having stood and heard, were saying that there hath been thunder; others said, 'A messenger hath spoken to him.'
Study Bible
Jesus Predicts His Death
28Father, glorify Your name!” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29The crowd standing there heard it and said it had thundered.” Others said that an angel had spoken to Him.” 30In response, Jesus said, “This voice was not for My benefit, but yours.…
Cross References
Acts 9:7
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless. They heard the voice but did not see anyone.

Acts 23:9
A great clamor arose, and some scribes from the party of the Pharisees got up and contended sharply, "We find nothing wrong with this man. What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?"
Treasury of Scripture

The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spoke to him.

thundered.

Exodus 19:16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were …

Exodus 20:18 And all the people saw the thunder, and the lightning, and the noise …

Job 37:2-5 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goes …

Job 40:9 Have you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him?

Ezekiel 10:5 And the sound of the cherubims' wings was heard even to the outer …

Revelation 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as …

Revelation 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, …

Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in …

Revelation 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and …

An angel.

Acts 23:8,9 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, …

Revelation 18:1,2 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, …

(29) The people . . . . said that it thundered.--Better, the multitude. Nothing could be stronger testimony to the fact that this narrative was written by one who was present at the events of which he tells, than the way in which these thoughts of the people at the time are preserved to us. Their insertion by a later hand is all but impossible; and they are, moreover, opposed to what must be assumed as the object of a later writer. In a treatise to prove the divinity of Christ there could be no place for them. In a Gospel which assumes the truth that He is divine, and does not seek to prove it, but to bear witness to the life which carries its own proof (comp. Notes on John 1:7; John 20:30-31), they are evidence that the witness is true. The fact that St. John clearly means us to understand (John 12:28) that a distinct voice spake from heaven does not forbid our understanding also that this voice was heard more or less distinctly, or was as a voice not heard at all, in proportion as the hearts of the hearers were or were not receptive of the voice of God. To some it seemed but as natural thunder, but their own Scripture had taught again and again "God thundereth marvellously with His voice: great things doeth He which we cannot comprehend," and the religious interpretation of nature hears everywhere the voice of God. Others, and these must have been Pharisees (comp. Acts 23:8-9), recognise a voice which is more than that of nature or of man, and think that an angel hath spoken. (Comp. Note on John 5:4.)

The people therefore that stood by and heard it,.... Some more confusedly, who were farthest off; others more distinctly, who were nearer: the first of these,

said that it thundered; as it used to do when "Bath Kol" was heard, which, as the Jews say (a),

"is a voice that comes out of heaven proceeding from the midst of another voice,''

as thunder; wherefore some took this for thunder, and others for the voice of an angel out of the thunder:

others said, an angel spoke to him; these being nearer, perceived it was an articulate voice, which expressed certain distinct words, which they thought were delivered by an angel; for the Jews had a mighty notion of the discourse and conversation of angels with men, which their doctors pretended to understand; particularly R. Jochanan ben Zaccai, a Rabbi, who was living at this time, had learned their speech, and was well versed in it (b).

(a) Piske Tosephot in T. Bab. Sanhedrin, art. 30. (b) T. Bab. Succa, fol. 28. 1. & Bava Bathra, fol. 134. 1.29-33. The people therefore that stood by, said, It thundered; others, An angel spake to him—some hearing only a sound, others an articulate, but to them unintelligible voice.12:27-33 The sin of our souls was the troubled of Christ's soul, when he undertook to redeem and save us, and to make his soul an offering for our sin. Christ was willing to suffer, yet prayed to be saved from suffering. Prayer against trouble may well agree with patience under it, and submission to the will of God in it. Our Lord Jesus undertook to satisfy God's injured honour, and he did it by humbling himself. The voice of the Father from heaven, which had declared him to be his beloved Son, at his baptism, and when he was transfigured, was heard proclaiming that He had both glorified his name, and would glorify it. Christ, reconciling the world to God by the merit of his death, broke the power of death, and cast out Satan as a destroyer. Christ, bringing the world to God by the doctrine of his cross, broke the power of sin, and cast out Satan as a deceiver. The soul that was at a distance from Christ, is brought to love him and trust him. Jesus was now going to heaven, and he would draw men's hearts to him thither. There is power in the death of Christ to draw souls to him. We have heard from the gospel that which exalts free grace, and we have heard also that which enjoins duty; we must from the heart embrace both, and not separate them.
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