John 4:48
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New International Version
"Unless you people see signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."

New Living Translation
Jesus asked, "Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?"

English Standard Version
So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”

Berean Study Bible
Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe."

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe."

New American Standard Bible
So Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe."

King James Bible
Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jesus told him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.""

International Standard Version
Jesus told him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe."

NET Bible
So Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders you will never believe!"

New Heart English Bible
Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders, you will in no way believe."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to him, “If you will not see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus told the official, "If people don't see miracles and amazing things, they won't believe."

New American Standard 1977
Jesus therefore said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Jesus said unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said Jesus unto him, Except you see signs and wonders, you will not believe.

American King James Version
Then said Jesus to him, Except you see signs and wonders, you will not believe.

American Standard Version
Jesus therefore said unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will in no wise believe.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus therefore said to him: Unless you see signs and wonders, you believe not.

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus therefore said to him, Unless ye see signs and wonders ye will not believe.

English Revised Version
Jesus therefore said unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will in no wise believe.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said Jesus to him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

Weymouth New Testament
"Unless you and others see miracles and marvels," said Jesus, "nothing will induce you to believe."

World English Bible
Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders, you will in no way believe."

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus then said unto him, 'If signs and wonders ye may not see, ye will not believe.'
Study Bible
Jesus Heals the Official's Son
47When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Him to come down and heal his son, who was about to die. 48Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe.” 49“Sir,” The official said, “come down before my child dies.”…
Cross References
Daniel 4:2
"It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the Most High God has done for me.

Daniel 6:27
"He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions."

Matthew 24:24
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible.

Mark 13:22
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible.

John 4:49
"Sir," The official said, "come down before my child dies."

Acts 2:19
I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and clouds of smoke.

Acts 2:22
Men of Israel, listen to this message: Jesus of Nazareth was a man certified by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know.

Acts 4:30
as You stretch out Your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of Your holy servant Jesus."

Acts 5:12
The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people, and with one accord the believers gathered together in Solomon's Colonnade.

Acts 6:8
Now Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people.
Treasury of Scripture

Then said Jesus to him, Except you see signs and wonders, you will not believe.

Except.

John 4:41,42 And many more believed because of his own word…

John 2:18 Then answered the Jews and said to him, What sign show you to us, …

John 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed …

John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, …

John 20:29 Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: …

Numbers 14:11 And the LORD said to Moses, How long will this people provoke me? …

Matthew 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired …

Matthew 27:42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, …

Luke 10:18 And he said to them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Luke 16:31 And he said to him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither …

Acts 2:22 You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved …

1 Corinthians 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

(48) Signs and wonders.--See Note on John 2:11. The words are here addressed to Jews, for there is no reason to think that the nobleman himself was not one. They are spoken to him, but the ye extends them to others standing near and to the class of persons whom he represents. It had been so with the Jews in Jerusalem (John 2:18; John 2:23), and it was so with the Jews in Galilee. (Comp. 1Corinthians 1:22.) How different from this faith, which demanded a miracle, and therefore was not faith, but sight, was the acceptance by the Samaritans without a miracle, who believed for the woman's word, and more fully when they heard the word of Christ Himself.

Ye will not believe.--The negative is in its strongest form, Ye will by no means believe.

Verse 48. - Then said Jesus to him - as representing the whole class whose faith rested upon, and was nourished, by, the outward sign, with a certain amount of reproof if not of irony in the strength of his phrase - Except ye see (there is no special emphasis laid on the ἴδητε, as distinct from the mere report or testimony of such things) signs and wonders, ye will by no means believe. This is the only occasion in John's Gospel where these two terms are conjoined. They are frequently brought together in Acts (Acts 2:22, 43; Acts 4:30; Acts 5:12, etc.), and used in conjunction in Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; Romans 15:19; 2 Corinthians 12:12. John ordinarily uses (ἔργα) "works" to denote those objective tangible facts which were "signs" (σημεῖα) of the Lord's higher nature and claims. Here τέρατα, a word meaning "portents," remarkable, inexplicable events out of the common order, accompanies "signs," to complete the notion. The craving for "signs and wonders" did absorb the higher life of Judaism. "The Jews require a sign" (1 Corinthians 1:22), and minds that are yet in the Jewish stage of partial discipline, for spiritual revelation, still do the same. There is still in many of us the weak faith which needs the stimulating diet of the "sign" before there is any full recognition of the Divine fulness of blessing. Christ does not condemn, though he mourns over, this spiritual babyhood; and while he says (John 10:38; John 14:11; John 15:24) that belief for the works' sake may lead up to true faith, yet the language addressed to Thomas, "Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed," reveals his deepest thought of their comparative worth. The demand for "signs and wonders" in Galilee contrasts with the ready reception which the Samaritans had given to his word. Many of the difficulties of these narratives arise from the obvious fact that they are so closely compressed. Weiss has a hard task to make what he calls this "harsh answer" tally with Matthew's account of the reception of the centurion, and of the "great faith" which in his case preceded the miracle. A single sentence in the urgent request of the nobleman, implying that at Capernaum they needed the same kind of proof that had been given at Jerusalem of the Lord's prophetic claims, would account for all the emphasis laid upon the inperfect faith of the Galilaeans. He who "knew what was in man" knew in what way to rouse in this suppliant an adequate recognition of the Divine in himself. Then said Jesus unto him,.... With some degree of roughness in his speech, and severity in his countenance, in a way of reproof for his unbelief, as if he could not heal his son without going down to Capernaum along with him:

except ye see signs and wonders ye will not believe. This was the cast of the Jews every where, both in Judea and Galilee; they required signs and miracles to be wrought, in confirmation of Christ's being the Messiah, and which indeed was but right; and Christ did perform them for that purpose: but their sin of unbelief lay in this, that they wanted still more and more signs; they could not be contented with what they had seen, but required more, being sluggish and backward to believe. Our Lord seems to say this chiefly for the sake of the Galilaeans, that were about him; who, though they might be acquainted with his former miracles, when among them, of turning water into wine, and had seen his wondrous works at the feast at Jerusalem, yet were very desirous of seeing more, and perhaps very pressing for this cure. 48-54. Except ye see signs, etc.—He did believe, both as his coming and his urgent entreaty show; but how imperfectly we shall see; and our Lord would deepen his faith by such a blunt and seemingly rough answer as He made to Nicodemus.4:43-54 The father was a nobleman, yet the son was sick. Honours and titles are no security from sickness and death. The greatest men must go themselves to God, must become beggars. The nobleman did not stop from his request till he prevailed. But at first he discovered the weakness of his faith in the power of Christ. It is hard to persuade ourselves that distance of time and place, are no hinderance to the knowledge, mercy, and power of our Lord Jesus. Christ gave an answer of peace. Christ's saying that the soul lives, makes it alive. The father went his way, which showed the sincerity of his faith. Being satisfied, he did not hurry home that night, but returned as one easy in his own mind. His servants met him with the news of the child's recovery. Good news will meet those that hope in God's word. Diligent comparing the works of Jesus with his word, will confirm our faith. And the bringing the cure to the family brought salvation to it. Thus an experience of the power of one word of Christ, may settle the authority of Christ in the soul. The whole family believed likewise. The miracle made Jesus dear to them. The knowledge of Christ still spreads through families, and men find health and salvation to their souls.
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