John 7:34
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New International Version
You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come."

New Living Translation
You will search for me but not find me. And you cannot go where I am going."

English Standard Version
You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.”

New American Standard Bible
"You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come."

King James Bible
Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You will look for Me, but you will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come."

International Standard Version
You'll look for me but won't find me. And where I am, you cannot come."

NET Bible
You will look for me but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And you will seek me and you will not find me, and wherever I am, you cannot come.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You will look for me, but you won't find me. You can't go where I'm going."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye shall seek me and shall not find me, and where I shall be, ye shall not be able to come.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, there you cannot come.

American King James Version
You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither you cannot come.

American Standard Version
Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, ye cannot come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither you cannot come.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye shall seek me and shall not find [me], and where I am ye cannot come.

English Revised Version
Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, ye cannot come.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye will seek me, and will not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

Weymouth New Testament
You will look for me and will not find me, and where I am you cannot come."

World English Bible
You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come."

Young's Literal Translation
ye will seek me, and ye shall not find; and where I am, ye are not able to come.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:31-36 The discourses of Jesus convinced many that he was the Messiah; but they had not courage to own it. It is comfort to those who are in the world, but not of it, and therefore are hated by it and weary of it, that they shall not be in it always, that they shall not be in it long. Our days being evil, it is well they are few. The days of life and of grace do not last long; and sinners, when in misery, will be glad of the help they now despise. Men dispute about such sayings, but the event will explain them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 34. - Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me. Many interpretations are given of this.

(1) Origen and Grotius refer it to a hostile search for him which would not be gratified; but the whole story of the arrest which follows, as well as the quotation of these words in John 13:33, prove that this was not his meaning.

(2) Augustine and others imagine penitential seeking when it would be too late. This is not justified by the connection. The limitation of the day of grace for seeking souls is not the theme of this address, and it is, save under special circumstances, no teaching of the New Testament.

(3) The ideas of Hengstenberg and others, so largely built on the great texts in Proverbs 1:28 and Amos 8:12, show that the Messiah would be sought by them when they had utterly rejected Jesus. We do not believe that a genuine search for the Lord will ever be disappointed, but a vicious and vain search may be possible when the opportunity for due approach has gone by forever. Moments, catastrophes, did arrive in their tragic history when they had passionately desired, but in vain, to see one of the days of the Son of man. The individuals who turned to him found the veil which concealed him taken away (2 Corinthians 3:16). The nation as a whole was blinded; they crucified their King, the Lord of glory; and they brought uttermost extinction on themselves as a nation. "They sought their Messiah in vain" (Weiss). Where I am - in the glory in which I dwell, and to which I belong, and to which I am now inviting you - you cannot come. "The door will be shut;" you will not "have known the day of your visitation." "How often would I have gathered you, but ye would not!" The seeking cannot be the search of penitence, but of unavailing despair. You have the opportunity now. In a little while I go, and then you will find it impossible to follow me.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Ye shall seek me,.... That is, the Messiah, who he was; meaning, that after his departure they should be in great distress, and be very much on the inquiry after, and solicitous for the coming of the Messiah, to be a Redeemer and Deliverer of them out of their troubles:

and shall not find me; no Messiah will appear, no Saviour will be sent, no Redeemer will come to relieve them; they shall inquire, and look for one in vain, as they did.

And where I am, thither ye cannot come; intimating hereby, that not only their temporal estate and condition would be very distressed and miserable, but also their eternal estate; since they should not be able to come where he would be in his human nature, and where he now was as a divine person, namely, in heaven.



John 7:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
Is Jesus the Messiah?
33Therefore Jesus said, "For a little while longer I am with you, then I go to Him who sent Me. 34"You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come." 35The Jews then said to one another, "Where does this man intend to go that we will not find Him? He is not intending to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks, is He?…
Cross References
John 7:36
What did he mean when he said, 'You will look for me, but you will not find me,' and 'Where I am, you cannot come'?"

John 8:21
Once more Jesus said to them, "I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come."

John 13:33
"My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.
Treasury of Scripture

You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither you cannot come.

John 8:21-24 Then said Jesus again to them, I go my way, and you shall seek me, …

John 13:33-36 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You shall seek …

John 14:3,6 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive …

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me …

Proverbs 1:24-31 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, …

Hosea 5:6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the …

Matthew 23:39 For I say to you, You shall not see me from now on, till you shall …

Luke 13:24,25,34,35 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

Luke 17:22,23 And he said to the disciples, The days will come, when you shall …

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