John 7:36
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New International Version
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'?"

New Living Translation
What does he mean when he says, 'You will search for me but not find me,' and 'You cannot go where I am going'?"

English Standard Version
What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”

Berean Study Bible
What does He mean by saying, 'You will look for Me, but you will not find Me,' and, 'Where I am, you cannot come'?"

Berean Literal Bible
What is this word that He said, 'You will seek Me, and will not find Me,' and 'Where I am you are not able to come'?"

New American Standard Bible
"What is this statement that He said, 'You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come '?"

King James Bible
What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What is this remark He made: 'You will look for Me, and you will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come?"

International Standard Version
What does this statement mean that he said, 'You'll look for me but won't find me,' and, 'Where I am, you cannot come'?"

NET Bible
What did he mean by saying, 'You will look for me but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come'?"

New Heart English Bible
What is this word that he said, 'You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you cannot come'?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“What is this statement that he spoke?: 'You will seek me and will not find me, and wherever I am, you are not able to come?' “

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What does he mean when he says, 'You will look for me, but you won't find me,' and 'You can't go where I'm going'?"

New American Standard 1977
“What is this statement that He said, ‘You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come’?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
What manner of saying is this that he said, 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
What manner of saying is this that he said, You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, there you cannot come?

American King James Version
What manner of saying is this that he said, You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither you cannot come?

American Standard Version
What is this word that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me; and where I am, ye cannot come?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What is this saying that he hath said: You shall seek me, and shall not find me; and where I am, you cannot come?

Darby Bible Translation
What word is this which he said, Ye shall seek me and shall not find [me]; and where I am ye cannot come?

English Revised Version
What is this word that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, ye cannot come?

Webster's Bible Translation
What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye will seek me, and will not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?

Weymouth New Testament
What do those words of his mean, 'You will look for me, but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come'?"

World English Bible
What is this word that he said, 'You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come'?"

Young's Literal Translation
what is this word that he said, Ye will seek me, and ye shall not find? and, Where I am, ye are not able to come?'
Study Bible
Is Jesus the Christ?
35At this, the Jews said to one another, “Where does He intend to go that we will not find Him? Will He go where the Jews are dispersed among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? 36What does He mean by saying, ‘You will look for Me, but you will not find Me,’ and, ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?” 37On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.…
Cross References
John 7:34
You will look for Me, but you will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come."

John 8:21
Again He said to them, "I am going away, and you will look for Me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come."

John 13:33
Little children, I am with you only a little while longer. You will look for Me, and as I said to the Jews, so now I say to you: 'Where I am going, you cannot come.'
Treasury of Scripture

What manner of saying is this that he said, You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither you cannot come?

manner.

John 3:4,9 Nicodemus said to him, How can a man be born when he is old? can …

John 6:41,52,60 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which …

John 12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ …

John 16:17,18 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that …

Ye shall.

John 7:34 You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither …

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: …

(36) What manner of saying is this . . .?--We get a better sense by omitting the words in italics, and reading, "What saying is this . . .?" Their scorn does not solve their difficulty, and gives place to wonder. They feel His words cannot mean what they have said. "What, then, do they mean? What is the force of His saying?"

Verse 36. - What is this word (λόγος) which he spake, Ye shall seek me, and ye shall not find (me), and where I am, ye cannot come? This verse is simply a repetition of the Lord's sentence, which, notwithstanding their damaging interpretation and unconscious prophecy of great events, haunted them with a weird power, and left them, as his word left the officers who were silenced and paralyzed by it, with a sense of undiscovered and awful meaning. Both here and in ver. 45 we see that the evangelist had access to the ideas and converse of the "Jews," which proves that he had special sources of information to which the ordinary synoptic tradition was strange. The thought grows upon one that John was more than the mere fisherman of the lake. He was a friend of Nicodemus, and known to Caiaphas. It is clear that some further time elapses. This conversation, of which we have the prominent items, the chief utterances, was producing its effect upon the two-sided multitude, upon "the Jews," the "Pharisees," the city party, the chief priests. The Lord probably retired once more to the house of Lazarus or of John. What manner of saying is this that he said,.... It is not easy to be understood; and if that is not meant, which is suggested, what should he mean by saying,

ye shall seek me, and shall not find me, and where I am, thither ye cannot come? repeating the words of Christ just now expressed by him. 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.
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