John 7:13
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New International Version
But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.

New Living Translation
But no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.

English Standard Version
Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

New American Standard Bible
Yet no one was speaking openly of Him for fear of the Jews.

King James Bible
Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Still, nobody was talking publicly about Him because they feared the Jews.

International Standard Version
Nevertheless, no one would speak openly about him because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders.

NET Bible
However, no one spoke openly about him for fear of the Jewish leaders.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But no man spoke openly about him, for fear of the Judeans.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, no one would talk openly about him because they were afraid of the Jews.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But no one spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.

King James 2000 Bible
However no man spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.

American King James Version
However, no man spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.

American Standard Version
Yet no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yet no man spoke openly of him, for fear of the Jews.

Darby Bible Translation
However, no one spoke openly concerning him on account of [their] fear of the Jews.

English Revised Version
Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet, no man spoke openly of him, for fear of the Jews.

Weymouth New Testament
Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke out boldly about Him.

World English Bible
Yet no one spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.

Young's Literal Translation
no one, however, was speaking freely about him, through fear of the Jews.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:1-13 The brethren or kinsmen of Jesus were disgusted, when they found there was no prospect of worldly advantages from him. Ungodly men sometimes undertake to counsel those employed in the work of God; but they only advise what appears likely to promote present advantages. The people differed about his doctrine and miracles, while those who favoured him, dared not openly to avow their sentiments. Those who count the preachers of the gospel to be deceivers, speak out, while many who favour them, fear to get reproach by avowing regard for them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Howbeit no man - either those who murmured to each other a favourable or a calumnious judgment - spake out openly concerning him, by reason of (their) fear of the Jews. The hierarchy, the guardians of orthodoxy, the authorities, the rabbis by whose verdict the character and claims of Jesus must be decided, had not publicly delivered their opinion. Those who believed in the "goodness" of Jesus were silenced, or did not proceed beyond a feeble murmur of applause, however much some may have felt the truth of their own impression. Those who came to an adverse opinion were also so much cowed by the "Jews," by the ecclesiastical authorities, that even they did not venture to express themselves save "with bated breath and whispered humbleness," lest they might err in the form of their condemnation. The section vers. 14-36 contains three discourses: one of which (vers. 14-24) describes the nature and ground of his human ministry; vers. 25-29, while treating the insolence of the multitude, portray an animated scene of conflicting opinion, in the course of which the Lord renewed the assurance of his Divine origin, as well as of the Divine sources of his teaching; vers. 30-36 refer to his approaching death or departure, as part of a Divine plan concerning him. Throughout, with dramatic propriety, the varying opinions of different classes of the people are introduced.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Howbeit, no man spoke openly of him,.... So loud as to be overheard, at least by many, but in a secret and whispering way; or did not speak with freedom, or all their mind, what they really thought of him, nor with courage and boldness:

for fear the Jews; for fear of being mobbed by them, or up and prosecuted, or turned out of the synagogue; for a law was made, that whoever confessed him, should be so used; and this deterred persons from expressing the true sentiments of their minds about him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. none spake openly of him—that is, in His favor, "for fear of the [ruling] Jews."

John 7:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Teaches at the Feast
12There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning Him; some were saying, "He is a good man"; others were saying, "No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray." 13Yet no one was speaking openly of Him for fear of the Jews. 14But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and began to teach.…
Cross References
John 7:1
After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him.

John 7:11
Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, "Where is he?"

John 7:15
The Jews there were amazed and asked, "How did this man get such learning without having been taught?"

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 12:42
Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue;

John 19:38
Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away.

John 20:19
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"
Treasury of Scripture

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