John 12:43
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New International Version
for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

New Living Translation
For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.

English Standard Version
for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

New American Standard Bible
for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

King James Bible
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

International Standard Version
For they loved the praise of human beings more than the praise of God.

NET Bible
For they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They were more concerned about what people thought of them than about what God thought of them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.

King James 2000 Bible
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

American King James Version
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

American Standard Version
for they loved the glory that is of men more than the glory that is of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.

Darby Bible Translation
for they loved glory from men rather than glory from God.

English Revised Version
for they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Weymouth New Testament
For they loved the glory that comes from men rather than the glory that comes from God.

World English Bible
for they loved men's praise more than God's praise.

Young's Literal Translation
for they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:37-43 Observe the method of conversion implied here. Sinners are brought to see the reality of Divine things, and to have some knowledge of them. To be converted, and truly turned from sin to Christ, as their Happiness and Portion. God will heal them, will justify and sanctify them; will pardon their sins, which are as bleeding wounds, and mortify their corruptions, which are as lurking diseases. See the power of the world in smothering convictions, from regard to the applause or censure of men. Love of the praise of men, as a by-end in that which is good, will make a man a hypocrite when religion is in fashion, and credit is to be got by it; and love of the praise of men, as a base principle in that which is evil, will make a man an apostate, when religion is in disgrace, and credit is to be lost for it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 43. - The generalization is given as a reason, For they loved the glory (δόξα, very nearly in the original Greek use of the word," opinion," "good reputation") of men, very much more (ἤπερ, another New Testament, ἅπαξ λεγόμενον, occurring in the narrative portion of John, and a mode in which the negative force of the is heightened; see Meyer, Jelf, p. 779, and English edition of Wirier, p. 549) than the glory of God. The form of the expressions, "of God' and "of men," is different from the παρὰ τοῦ μόνου Θεοῦ and παρὰ ἀλλήλων of John 5:44, and the statement is apparently inconsistent with the declaration that those in such a state of mind "could not believe." Moulton suggests that the glory here thought of by the apostle was the "glory" of ver. 41 - the glory of the union of the Redeemer with his people, the glory of suffering and death. The reference to Isaiah 6. appears to be the true solution. The glory of God himself in his awful holiness was of less interest than the glory of the Sanhedrin and the approval of the world. Alas! this glory is nearer, more obvious and has more to do with tangible, sensuous, advantages, than the Divine approval.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For they loved the praise of men,.... To be in the esteem of men, to have their applause, and receive honour from them:

more than the praise of God; than either to receive honour from him, and be praised by him, or to praise and glorify him. By confessing Christ they knew they should run the risk of losing their places of honour and profit, and of falling under the disgrace and contempt of men; and therefore they chose rather not to confess Christ, than by so doing to glorify God, and please him, and be praised by him, as all the faithful professors of Christ will be at the last day; for then every such an one will have praise of God, and it will be said, well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of thy Lord.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

43. they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God—"a severe remark, considering that several at least of these persons afterwards boldly confessed Christ. It indicates the displeasure with which God regarded their conduct at this time, and with which He continues to regard similar conduct" [Webster and Wilkinson].

John 12:43 Additional Commentaries
Context
Some Believe in Jesus
42Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; 43for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God. 44And Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 15:30
Saul replied, "I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God."

Proverbs 29:25
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

John 5:41
"I do not accept glory from human beings,

John 5:44
How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

John 7:18
Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.

Romans 2:29
No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person's praise is not from other people, but from God.
Treasury of Scripture

For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

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2 Corinthians 10:18 For not he that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

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1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

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