John 7:14
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New International Version
Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach.

New Living Translation
Then, midway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach.

English Standard Version
About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching.

Berean Study Bible
About halfway through the feast, Jesus went up to the temple courts and began to teach.

Berean Literal Bible
And of the feast now being in the middle, Jesus went up into the temple and was teaching.

New American Standard Bible
But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and began to teach.

King James Bible
Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the festival was already half over, Jesus went up into the temple complex and began to teach.

International Standard Version
Halfway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began teaching.

NET Bible
When the feast was half over, Jesus went up to the temple courts and began to teach.

New Heart English Bible
But when it was now the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when the midpoint of the feast had arrived, Yeshua came up to The Temple and he taught.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the festival was half over, Jesus went to the temple courtyard and began to teach.

New American Standard 1977
But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and began to teach.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught.

King James 2000 Bible
Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

American King James Version
Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

American Standard Version
But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now about the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

Darby Bible Translation
But when it was now the middle of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught.

English Revised Version
But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now about the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

Weymouth New Testament
But when the Festival was already half over, Jesus went up to the Temple and commenced teaching.

World English Bible
But when it was now the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught.

Young's Literal Translation
And it being now the middle of the feast, Jesus went up to the temple, and he was teaching,
Study Bible
Jesus Teaches at the Feast
13Yet no one would speak about Him publicly for fear of the Jews. 14About halfway through the feast, Jesus went up to the temple courts and began to teach. 15The Jews were amazed and asked, “How did this man attain such learning without having studied?”…
Cross References
Matthew 26:55
At that time Jesus said to the crowd, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would an outlaw? Every day I sat teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest Me.

John 7:28
Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, "You know Me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on My own accord, but He who sent Me is true. You do not know Him,

John 8:20
He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts, near the treasury. Yet no one seized Him, because His hour had not yet come.
Treasury of Scripture

Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

the midst.

John 7:2,37 Now the Jew's feast of tabernacles was at hand…

Numbers 29:12,13,17,20,23 And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have an holy …

the temple.

John 5:14 Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said to him, Behold, …

John 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the …

John 18:20 Jesus answered him, I spoke openly to the world; I ever taught in …

Haggai 2:7-9 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall …

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

Matthew 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that …

Luke 19:47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the …

(14) Now about the midst of the feast.--Better, But now, when it was the middle of the feast. (Comp. John 7:8.) This was the technical Ch?l M?'?d or M?'?d Kat?n, "the Middle of the Feast," or "the Lesser Feast." He had taken no part in the greater festival itself, and now He appears in the Temple, as far as we know, for the first time as a public teacher, probably (John 7:19) as an expounder of some Scripture which had been read.

Verse 14. - When it was already the midst of the feast; or, when already the festival had reached the middle stage. Since the feast lasted seven or eight days, this is reasonably supposed to be on the fourth day. We may presume that he had been spending a few days at Bethany (Luke 10:38), front retirement of which he issued rather as a Prophet and Teacher than as the Messiah of the popular expectation. He went up - he came suddenly - into the temple, into the midst of the crowds where his followers would be found, who would shield him, humanly speaking, from the covert designs of his angry assailants. "He was adorned with the wreath of popular veneration, till this wreath was torn and withered by the poisonous breath of their enmity" (Lange). He went up into the temple, and taught (ἐδίδασκε, continuously taught). We can only conjecture the theme of these instructions. They must have been sufficiently varied and peculiar to have excited much attention. Either parable, or apothegm, or stirring appeal, or quotation and interpretation from the Old Testament, or voice from the fathomless depths of his own consciousness, may have formed its staple. In his burning summons to conscience, and his gracious offers of mercy, the people who had listened to him on the mountainside or lakeside were accustomed to say, "He speaks with authority, not as the scribes." Now about the midst of the feast,.... About the fourth day of it, for it lasted eight days; this might be on the sabbath day, which sometimes was , "in the middle of the feast" (n); and the rather, since it follows,

Jesus went up into the temple; as the Lord and proprietor of it, and as was his usual method; he had for some reasons kept himself retired till now, and now he appeared publicly:

and taught the people his doctrine; he expounded the Scriptures, gave the true sense of them, and instructed the people out of them.

(n) Misa. Succa, c. 5. sect. 5. 14, 15. about the midst of the feast—the fourth or fifth day of the eight, during which it lasted.

went up into the temple and taught—The word denotes formal and continuous teaching, as distinguished from mere casual sayings. This was probably the first time that He did so thus openly in Jerusalem. He had kept back till the feast was half through, to let the stir about Him subside, and entering the city unexpectedly, had begun His "teaching" at the temple, and created a certain awe, before the wrath of the rulers had time to break it.7:14-24 Every faithful minister may humbly adopt Christ's words. His doctrine is not his own finding out, but is from God's word, through the teaching of his Spirit. And amidst the disputes which disturb the world, if any man, of any nation, seeks to do the will of God, he shall know whether the doctrine is of God, or whether men speak of themselves. Only those who hate the truth shall be given up to errors which will be fatal. Surely it was as agreeable to the design of the sabbath to restore health to the afflicted, as to administer an outward rite. Jesus told them to decide on his conduct according to the spiritual import of the Divine law. We must not judge concerning any by their outward appearance, but by their worth, and by the gifts and graces of God's Spirit in them.
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