John 5:12
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New International Version
So they asked him, "Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?"

New Living Translation
"Who said such a thing as that?" they demanded.

English Standard Version
They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”

Berean Study Bible
"Who is this man who told you to pick it up and walk?" they asked.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore they asked him, "Who is the man having said to you, 'Take it up and walk'?"

New American Standard Bible
They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Pick up your pallet and walk '?"

King James Bible
Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who is this man who told you, Pick up your mat and walk?" they asked.

International Standard Version
They asked him, "Who is the man who told you, 'Pick it up and walk'?"

NET Bible
They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Pick up your mat and walk'?"

New Heart English Bible
Then they asked him, "Who is the man who said to you to pick it up and walk?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they asked him: “Who is this man who said to you, 'Take up your bed and walk?'”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Jews asked him, "Who is the man who told you to pick it up and walk?"

New American Standard 1977
They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk’?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then they asked him, Who is the man that said unto thee, Take up thy bed and walk?

King James 2000 Bible
Then asked they him, What man is that who said unto you, Take up your bed, and walk?

American King James Version
Then asked they him, What man is that which said to you, Take up your bed, and walk?

American Standard Version
They asked him, Who is the man that said unto thee, Take up thy bed , and walk?

Douay-Rheims Bible
They asked him therefore: Who is that man who said to thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

Darby Bible Translation
They asked him [therefore], Who is the man who said to thee, Take up thy couch and walk?

English Revised Version
They asked him, Who is the man that said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then they asked him, What man is that who said to thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

Weymouth New Testament
"Who is it," they asked, "that said to you, 'Take up your mat and walk'?"

World English Bible
Then they asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your mat, and walk'?"

Young's Literal Translation
they questioned him, then, 'Who is the man who is saying to thee, Take up thy couch and be walking?'
Study Bible
The Pool of Bethesda
11But he answered, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” 12“Who is this man who told you to pick it up and walk?” they asked. 13But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away while the crowd was there.…
Cross References
John 5:11
But he answered, "The man who made me well told me, 'Pick up your mat and walk.'"

John 5:13
But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away while the crowd was there.
Treasury of Scripture

Then asked they him, What man is that which said to you, Take up your bed, and walk?

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Judges 6:29 And they said one to another, Who has done this thing? And when they …

1 Samuel 14:38 And Saul said, Draw you near here, all the chief of the people: and …

Matthew 21:23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders …

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

(12) What man is that which said unto thee . . .?--They pass over the giving of the power, and quote only the command which comes under their technical prohibition. The life and strength of once-palsied limb is as nothing; the fact that this man was breaking their tradition is secondary. The real motive is a charge against Him whose power the body of the Jewish people was feeling as a life-current, quickening deadened energies, and rousing men to a sense of God's presence in their midst. Aye, and these Jews of Judaism feel the thrill of this current all around them, though their will tries to isolate them by the coldness of unbelief from a power which they have not directed, and which they refuse to be directed by. Men and women who have been all their lives lying in moral helplessness, waiting and looking for God, yet never helped by God's priests and rulers, are now standing and moving in the strength that their new Teacher gives. They cannot deny it, but can they prevent it? This spirit is life, but there is still the letter which killeth. It cuts them to the heart to see His power in their midst, but there is the body of Rabbinic precept and oral law. He has now crossed that. They will apply it to stamp out His work and kill Him.

Take up thy bed, and walk.--Omit "thy bed," with the best MSS. It is inserted from the previous verse. Their passionate question expresses itself in the fewest words.

Verse 12. - [Then] they asked him, Who is the man (contemptuous use of ἄνθρωπος, as distinct from God's great messengers, or the legislators and prophets of the olden time, who have laid down the eternal Law of God) that said unto thee, Take up [thy bed], and walk? "The Jews" here ignore the work of healing and mercy, and seek to fasten a charge of overt criminality against some person unknown. A technical offence has been clone against the honour of their sacred place. The work of healing is an insignificant compensation for such a disgrace. They would be even with the heretical healer. Saving men by questionable methods is not to be endured. "Who is the man?" "Men and women lying in moral helplessness, not helped by God's priests and rulers, are now standing and moving in the strength their new Teacher has given. They cannot deny it; but can they prevent it? The rabbinic precept which he has crossed shall be applied to stamp out his work and kill him" (Watkins). Then asked they him,.... Suspecting who had made him whole, and gave him this order:

what man is that which said unto thee, take up thy bed and walk? they take no notice of the cure, being unwilling to give any glory to Christ, and still less to spread it; but chose rather that it should be obscured, hid, and unobserved; but they laid hold on that, which they thought might be improved to his reproach and scandal; and they call him a man, as supposing him to be a mere man, and a wicked man too, for giving orders to transgress a tradition of the elders, though no mere man could work such a cure as this was. And so the Jews since, though they cannot find fault with the cure, which they put an "if" upon, yet are highly displeased with the order, to take up his bed and carry it:

"if (say they (a)) he wrought a cure, lo, that is good, but why did he bid him take up his bed?''

the answer may be, to show that he was cured.

(a) Vet. Nizzachon, p. 207. 5:10-16 Those eased of the punishment of sin, are in danger of returning to sin, when the terror and restraint are over, unless Divine grace dries up the fountain. The misery believers are made whole from, warns us to sin no more, having felt the smart of sin. This is the voice of every providence, Go, and sin no more. Christ saw it necessary to give this caution; for it is common for people, when sick, to promise much; when newly recovered, to perform only something; but after awhile to forget all. Christ spoke of the wrath to come, which is beyond compare worse than the many hours, nay, weeks and years of pain, some wicked men have to suffer in consequence of their unlawful indulgences. And if such afflictions are severe, how dreadful will be the everlasting punishment of the wicked!
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