John 16:2
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New International Version
They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.

New Living Translation
For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.

English Standard Version
They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.

New American Standard Bible
"They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.

King James Bible
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They will ban you from the synagogues. In fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering service to God.

International Standard Version
You'll be thrown out of the synagogues. Yes, a time is coming when the one who kills you will think he's serving God.

NET Bible
They will put you out of the synagogue, yet a time is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For they shall put you out from their assemblies, and the hour will come when everyone who would kill you will think that he presents an offering to God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You will be thrown out of synagogues. Certainly, the time is coming when people who murder you will think that they are serving God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They shall put you out of the synagogues, and the hour will even come when whosoever kills you will think that he does God service.

King James 2000 Bible
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time comes, that whosoever kills you will think that he does God service.

American King James Version
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes, the time comes, that whoever kills you will think that he does God service.

American Standard Version
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you shall think that he offereth service unto God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God.

Darby Bible Translation
They shall put you out of the synagogues; but the hour is coming that every one who kills you will think to render service to God;

English Revised Version
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you shall think that he offereth service unto God.

Webster's Bible Translation
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes, the time cometh, that whoever killeth you, will think that he doeth God service.

Weymouth New Testament
You will be excluded from the synagogues; nay more, the time is coming when any one who has murdered one of you will suppose he is offering service to God.

World English Bible
They will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time comes that whoever kills you will think that he offers service to God.

Young's Literal Translation
out of the synagogues they will put you; but an hour doth come, that every one who hath killed you, may think to offer service unto God;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:1-6 Our Lord Jesus, by giving his disciples notice of trouble, designed that the terror might not be a surprise to them. It is possible for those who are real enemies to God's service, to pretend zeal for it. This does not lessen the sin of the persecutors; villanies will never be changed by putting the name of God to them. As Jesus in his sufferings, so his followers in theirs, should look to the fulfilling of Scripture. He did not tell them sooner, because he was with them to teach, guide, and comfort them; they needed not then this promise of the Holy Spirit's presence. It will silence us to ask, Whence troubles come? It will satisfy us to ask, Whither go they? for we know they work for good. It is the common fault and folly of melancholy Christians to look only on the dark side of the cloud, and to turn a deaf ear to the voice of joy and gladness. That which filled the disciples' hearts with sorrow, was too great affection for this present life. Nothing more hinders our joy in God, than the love of the world, and the sorrow of the world which comes from it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 2, 3. - They (used impersonally, as the German man, or the French ou) shall make (or, declare) you excommunicate - ἀποσυναγώγους "put you out of the synagogue," expel you from the fellowship of your country's worship (cf. John 9:22 and John 12:42) - nay, further (the ἀλλὰ abruptly introduces a very much stronger assertion) an hour cometh, that - ἵνα is here, by Meyer and many others, said to involve a Divine order, purpose, or destiny, intended by the drawing on of the foreordained crisis; but it seems enough to convey by it the contemplated result (see Canon Evans, Expositor, 1882) - whosoever killeth you will deem that he is offering service - sacrificial homage - to God (προσφέρειν; both these words are persistently used with this meaning. See, for προσφέρειν, Matthew 5:23; Matthew 8:4; Acts 7:42; Hebrews 5:1). The well-known quotation from 'Bammidbar Rabba,' fol. 329. 1, "Every one shedding the blood of the wicked is equal to him who offers sacrifice," may throw light on the expression. The intensity of the fanaticism was well exhibited in the persecution in which Stephen fell, and which St. Paul deemed worthy service, and one which he ought to have rendered (Acts 26:9; Galatians 1:13, 14). The curse was long and deep and tragic, and Christ explains it by the awful reiteration, These things will they do because they have not known the Father, nor me (see John 15:22, etc.). He reiterates the explanation already given of the manner and form as well as the fact of the world's hatred.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They shall put you out of the synagogues,.... The Jews had made a law already, that he that confessed that Jesus was the Messiah, should be cast out of their synagogues; and they had put it in execution upon the blind man Christ restored to sight, for his profession of faith in him; which struck such a terror upon the people, that even many of the chief rulers who believed that Jesus was the true Messiah, durst not confess him, because of this law; for it was what they could not bear the thoughts of, to be deemed and treated as heretics and apostates, and the vilest of wretches: for this putting out of the synagogue, was not the lesser excommunication, which was called "Niddui", and was a "separation" from a particular synagogue for a while; but the greater excommunication, either by "Cherem", or "Shammatha"; when a person was cut out from the whole body of the Jewish church, called often the synagogue, or congregation of the people; and was devoted and consigned to utter destruction, which was the height of their ecclesiastical power, their rage and malice could carry them to; and this the apostles were to expect; nay, not only this, but to have their lives taken away by ruffians, under a pretence of zeal for the service of God, and interest of religion:

yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth God service. For this is not to be understood of their being delivered up into the hands of civil magistrates, and of their being tried, judged, condemned, and put to death by their orders, but of their being murdered by a set of men called "zealots"; who, in imitation of Phinehas, as they pretended, took upon them, whenever they found any person guilty of a capital crime, as idolatry, blasphemy, &c. or what they judged so, to fall upon him at once, and without any more ado kill him; nor were they accountable to any court of judicature for such an action, and which was reckoned laudable and praiseworthy: in this way, and by the hands of such miscreants, Stephen the protomartyr lost his life; for though they had him before a council, and suborned witnesses against him, yet when in his own defence he said what these "zealots" interpreted blasphemy, they ran upon him at once, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him to death; and without any leave or authority from the sanhedrim, as appears: and these men were accounted good men, zealous, (y) "with a zeal for God", his honour and glory; and valued themselves much upon such butcheries and inhumanity, and thought, as our Lord here says, that they "did God service"; or as the Syriac renders it, , "offered a sacrifice to God", and so the Arabic and Ethiopic: and indeed this is a rule the Jews (z), and which they form upon the instance and example of Phinehas;

"that whoever sheds the blood of wicked men, (and such they reckoned the apostles and followers of Christ to be,) , "it is all one as if he offered a sacrifice";''

they looked upon this to be a sacrifice acceptable and well pleasing to God: so the Apostle Paul, in his unregenerate state, thought he ought to do many things contrary to the name of Christ: and that he was doing God service, when he prosecuted the church, and gave his voice with these ruffians, to put the saints to death.

(y) Jarchi & Bartenora in Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 9. sect. 6. (z) Bemidbar Rabbit, Parash, 21. fol. 229. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. They shall put you out of the synagogue—(Joh 9:22; 12:42).

the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service—The words mean religious service—"that he is offering a service to God." (So Saul of Tarsus, Ga 1:13, 14; Php 3:6).

John 16:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus' Warning
1"These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. 2"They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. 3"These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me.…
Cross References
Isaiah 66:5
Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: "Your own people who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, 'Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!' Yet they will be put to shame.

Daniel 11:33
"Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered.

Matthew 24:9
"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.

Luke 6:22
Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.

John 4:21
"Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.

John 4:23
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

John 9:22
His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.

John 16:25
"Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.

John 16:32
"A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

Acts 26:9
"I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Revelation 6:9
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.
Treasury of Scripture

They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes, the time comes, that whoever kills you will think that he does God service.

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John 9:22,34 These words spoke his parents, because they feared the Jews: for …

John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but …

Luke 6:22 Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate …

1 Corinthians 4:13 Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, …

the time.

Isaiah 65:5 Which say, Stand by yourself, come not near to me; for I am holier …

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…

Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: …

Acts 5:33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

Acts 6:13,14 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceases not to speak …

Acts 7:56-60 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing …

Acts 8:1-3 And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time there was …

Acts 9:1,2 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the …

Acts 22:3,4,19-23 I am truly a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, …

Acts 26:9-11 I truly thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary …

Romans 10:2,3 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according …

Galatians 1:13,14 For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, …

Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness …

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