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.”

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!"

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."

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.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

48-54. Except ye see signs, &c.—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.

John 4:48 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Heals the Official's Son
47When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and was imploring Him to come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. 48So Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe." 49The royal official said to Him, "Sir, come down before my child dies."…
Cross References
Daniel 4:2
It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.

Daniel 6:27
He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions."

Matthew 24:24
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Mark 13:22
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

John 4:49
The royal official said, "Sir, 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 billows of smoke.

Acts 2:22
"Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.

Acts 4:30
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 all the believers used to meet together in Solomon's Colonnade.

Acts 6:8
Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.

Acts 7:36
He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness.

Acts 14:3
So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.

Acts 15:12
The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them.

Romans 15:19
by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:22
Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,

2 Corinthians 12:12
I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.

2 Thessalonians 2:9
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,

Hebrews 2:4
God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
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:

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