John 1:46
New International Version
"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.

New Living Translation
"Nazareth!" exclaimed Nathanael. "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" "Come and see for yourself," Philip replied.

English Standard Version
Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

Berean Study Bible
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.

Berean Literal Bible
And Nathanael said to him, "Is any good thing able to be out of Nazareth?" Philip says to him, "Come and see."

New American Standard Bible
Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

King James Bible
And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Christian Standard Bible
“Can anything good come out of Nazareth? ” Nathanael asked him. “Come and see,” Philip answered.

Contemporary English Version
Nathanael asked, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip answered, "Come and see."

Good News Translation
"Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," answered Philip.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Nathanael asked him." Come and see," Philip answered.

International Standard Version
Nathaniel asked him, "From Nazareth? Can anything good come from there?" Philip told him, "Come and see!"

NET Bible
Nathanael replied, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip replied, "Come and see."

New Heart English Bible
And Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Nathaniel said to him: “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”Phillipus said to him, “come and see”.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Nathanael said to Philip, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip told him, "Come and see!"

New American Standard 1977
And Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Nathanael said unto him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said unto him, Come and see.

King James 2000 Bible
And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said unto him, Come and see.

American King James Version
And Nathanael said to him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see.

American Standard Version
And Nathanael said unto him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Nathanael said to him: Can any thing of good come from Nazareth? Philip saith to him: Come and see.

Darby Bible Translation
And Nathanael said to him, Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip says to him, Come and see.

English Revised Version
And Nathanael said unto him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Nathanael said to him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith to him, Come and see.

Weymouth New Testament
"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" replied Nathanael. "Come and see," said Philip.

World English Bible
Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

Young's Literal Translation
and Nathanael said to him, 'Out of Nazareth is any good thing able to be?' Philip said to him, 'Come and see.'
Study Bible
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law, the One the prophets foretold—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46“Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. 47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, He said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is no deceit.”…
Cross References
Matthew 2:23
and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."

Matthew 10:3
Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;

John 1:44
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the same town as Andrew and Peter.

John 1:45
Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law, the One the prophets foretold--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

John 6:5
When Jesus looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward Him, He said to Philip, "Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?"

John 6:7
Philip answered, "Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to have a small piece."

John 7:41
Others declared, "This is the Christ." But still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee?

John 7:52
"Aren't you also from Galilee?" they replied. "Look into it, and you will see that no prophet comes out of Galilee."

John 12:21
They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested of him, "Sir, we want to see Jesus."

John 14:8
Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us."

Treasury of Scripture

And Nathanael said to him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see.

Can.

John 7:41,42,52
Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? …

Luke 4:28,29
And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, …

Come.

John 4:29
Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

Luke 12:57
Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

1 Thessalonians 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.







Lexicon
“Can
δύναταί (dynatai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

anything good
ἀγαθὸν (agathon)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 18: A primary word; 'good'.

come
εἶναι (einai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

from
Ἐκ (Ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

Nazareth?”
Ναζαρὲτ (Nazaret)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3478: Or Nazaret nad-zar-et'; of uncertain derivation; Nazareth or Nazaret, a place in Palestine.

Nathanael
Ναθαναήλ (Nathanaēl)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3482: Of Hebrew origin; Nathanael, an Israelite and Christian.

asked.
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“Come
Ἔρχου (Erchou)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

see,”
ἴδε (ide)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2400: See! Lo! Behold! Look! Second person singular imperative middle voice of eido; used as imperative lo!

said
Λέγει (Legei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

Philip.
Φίλιππος (Philippos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5376: From philos and hippos; fond of horses; Philippus, the name of four Israelites.
(46) The question is not, "Can the Messiah come out of Nazareth," but "Can there any good thing come?" The question is asked by an inhabitant of a neighbouring village who looks upon the familiar town with something of local jealousy and scorn; but the form of the question would seem to point to an ill repute in reference to its people. The place is unknown to earlier history, and is not mentioned even in Josephus; but what we find in Mark 6:6 and Luke 4:29 agrees with Nathanael's opinion. (For account of the town, comp. Note on Luke 1:26.)

Come and see expresses the fulness of his own conviction. An interview had brought certainty to his own mind. It would do so likewise to that of his friend.

Verses 46-49. -

(c) The Son of God and King of Israel. Verse 46. - And Nathanael said to him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? The ordinary interpretations of the meaning of this question are not satisfactory.

(1) The prejudice against Nazareth as being a Galilean town cannot have weighed with Nathanael of Cana in Galilee (John 21:2), even though he may have shared the ignorant opinion that "out of Galilee ariseth no prophet" (John 7:52). He might have known that Jonah, Hosea, Nahum, probably Elijah, Elisha, and Amos, were Galileans.

(2) That Nazareth was a secluded and contemptible village seems disproved by the interesting papers of Dr. Selah Merrill, on "Galilee in the Time of our Lord," Amer. Bibl. Sacra., January and April, 1874.

(3) That the character of its people should have been jealous, turbulent, capricious, and led to our Lord's subsequent preference for Capernaum, does not explain the force of the inquiry. The "good thing" may, however, be the contrast between the unimportance of the place in the political or religious history of the people, as compared with Jerusalem, Tiberias, Jericho, Bethlehem. It is never mentioned in the Old Testament or in Josephus. Nathanael may have known its mediocrity, and have been startled by the possibility of a carpenter's son, in a spot utterly undistinguished, being the Messiah of whom their sacred writers spoke. "Despised Nazareth" is a phrase rather due to the splendour of the flower that grew upon its barren soil, and became contrasted afterwards with the unlooked for glory and claims of the Nazarene. Philip saith unto him, Come and see. This was his strongest argument. To look upon him is to believe. He had much more to learn in after days (John 14:8, 9). At this moment he and Nathanael stood on ground consecrated by ancient history, and thrilling with the thunder peals of the Baptist, mazed and wistful from much longing, thinking of the union between heaven and earth which had been revealed in the experience of ancient prophets, dwelling on the careers of Israel, Moses, and Elijah in their rapt transports, musing under fig trees or the like, and longing for the great King. He may naturally have reasoned on this wise: "Can it be true that the Christ, the King of Israel, the Lord of the temple, the Baptizer with the Holy Ghost, is indistinguishable from the rest of mankind in this very crowd? Would that I too might see in him, as John has done, some vision of the opened heaven, that I too might hear some unmistakable voice!" If these were the musings of Nathanael - and surely there is not a trace of unreason in such meditations in the breast of a disciple of the Baptist - the conversation which follows is more easy to understand. 1:43-51 See the nature of true Christianity, it is following Jesus; devoting ourselves to him, and treading in his steps. Observe the objection Nathanael made. All who desire to profit by the word of God, must beware of prejudices against places, or denominations of men. They should examine for themselves, and they will sometimes find good where they looked for none. Many people are kept from the ways of religion by the unreasonable prejudices they conceive. The best way to remove false notions of religion, is to make trial of it. In Nathanael there was no guile. His profession was not hypocritical. He was not a dissembler, nor dishonest; he was a sound character, a really upright, godly man. Christ knows what men are indeed. Does He know us? Let us desire to know him. Let us seek and pray to be Israelites indeed, in whom is no guile; truly Christians, approved of Christ himself. Some things weak, imperfect, and sinful, are found in all, but hypocrisy belongs not to a believer's character. Jesus witnessed what passed when Nathanael was under the fig-tree. Probably he was then in fervent prayer, seeking direction as to the Hope and Consolation of Israel, where no human eye observed him. This showed him that our Lord knew the secrets of his heart. Through Christ we commune with, and benefit by the holy angels; and things in heaven and things on earth are reconciled and united together.
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