John 11:48
New International Version
If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation."

New Living Translation
If we allow him to go on like this, soon everyone will believe in him. Then the Roman army will come and destroy both our Temple and our nation."

English Standard Version
If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

Berean Study Bible
If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

Berean Literal Bible
If we shall let Him alone like this, all will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and will take away both our place and nation."

New American Standard Bible
"If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

King James Bible
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

Christian Standard Bible
If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

Contemporary English Version
If we don't stop him now, everyone will put their faith in him. Then the Romans will come and destroy our temple and our nation."

Good News Translation
If we let him go on in this way, everyone will believe in him, and the Roman authorities will take action and destroy our Temple and our nation!"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If we let Him continue in this way, everyone will believe in Him! Then the Romans will come and remove both our place and our nation."

International Standard Version
If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our Temple and our nation."

NET Bible
If we allow him to go on in this way, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary and our nation."

New Heart English Bible
If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And if we allow him to do so, all the people will believe in him and the Romans will come and take away our position and our nation.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If we let him continue what he's doing, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will take away our position and our nation."

New American Standard 1977
“If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
If we let him thus alone, everyone will believe on him, and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and the nation.

King James 2000 Bible
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

American King James Version
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

American Standard Version
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If we let him alone so, all will believe in him; and the Romans will come, and take away our place and nation.

Darby Bible Translation
If we let him thus alone, all will believe on him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.

English Revised Version
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.

Webster's Bible Translation
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans will come, and take away both our place and nation.

Weymouth New Testament
If we leave him alone in this way, everybody will believe in him, and the Romans will come and blot out both our city and our nation."

World English Bible
If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

Young's Literal Translation
if we may let him alone thus, all will believe in him; and the Romans will come, and will take away both our place and nation.'
Study Bible
The Plot to Kill Jesus
47Then the chief priests and Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we to do? This man is performing many signs. 48If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49But one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all!…
Cross References
Matthew 22:9
Go therefore to the crossroads and invite to the banquet as many as you can find.'

Matthew 24:15
So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination of desolation,' described by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand),

Treasury of Scripture

If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

we let.

Acts 5:28,38-40
Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us…

all.

John 1:7
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

Luke 8:12
Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Luke 11:52
Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

and the.

Deuteronomy 28:50-68
A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: …

Daniel 9:26,27
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined…

Zechariah 13:7,8
Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones…







Lexicon
If
ἐὰν (ean)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1437: If. From ei and an; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.

we let
ἀφῶμεν (aphōmen)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 863: From apo and hiemi; to send forth, in various applications.

Him
αὐτὸν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

go on like this,
οὕτως (houtōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3779: Thus, so, in this manner. Or (referring to what precedes or follows).

everyone
πάντες (pantes)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

will believe
πιστεύσουσιν (pisteusousin)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4100: From pistis; to have faith, i.e. Credit; by implication, to entrust.

in
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

Him,
αὐτόν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

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

the
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Romans
Ῥωμαῖοι (Rhōmaioi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4514: Roman; subst: a Roman citizen. From Rhome; Romaean, i.e. Roman.

will come
ἐλεύσονται (eleusontai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

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

take away
ἀροῦσιν (arousin)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 142: To raise, lift up, take away, remove.

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

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

place
τόπον (topon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5117: Apparently a primary word; a spot, i.e. Location; figuratively, condition, opportunity; specially, a scabbard.

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

[our]
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

nation.”
ἔθνος (ethnos)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1484: Probably from etho; a race, i.e. A tribe; specially, a foreign one.
(48) If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him.--He who but a short time since had escaped from their stones and violence, and had retired to Bethany, was now within two miles of Jerusalem. One work had carried conviction to the minds of all who had seen it, though many of them were of their own party. Another such miracle in the city itself would carry conviction, they think, to the minds of all.

And the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.--The dread of the Roman power must have been constantly present to the Jews of that generation. They had seen Archelaus deposed, and a Roman procurator had come to carry into effect the enrolment decreed by Augustus (Luke 2:1). Pontius Pilate had suppressed outbreaks by violence in the Temple itself. There had been tumults in connection with the Corban money and with Barabbas. The Temple mountain was the site of the Roman fortress Antonia, and this dread power may at any moment destroy the national life, which only existed on sufferance.

The attempts to prove that "our place" can mean "the Temple" must now be given up; and if we attach a local meaning to the word we must understand it of Jerusalem. It may, however, be questioned whether the word has any local signification here. Like our words "standing," and "place," and "position," it certainly may have a moral sense, and New Testament examples of this usage are frequent. (See Acts 1:25; Romans 15:23; 1Corinthians 14:16; Hebrews 12:17.) It is suggested that this sense is more in harmony with the feeling of the Pharisees. They possessed no local power; and the city could not be taken away from them more entirely than it already was. Their existence as rulers depended upon the Mosaic law and upon the services of the Temple. Round these centres they had gathered human tradition and ordinance, to which they clung because they only could interpret them, and they only could use the vast powers which were thus exercised over men. The Law had become practically an intricate system of tradition, and the Temple-service had become practically an intricate system of ritual. With this the Roman empire, following its usual policy, had not interfered, and the Jewish hierarchy had become the centre and the rulers of the national life. But in direct opposition to both of them had been the work and teaching of Christ. He had sought to establish for law and service the simplicity of their first spiritual principles. His spiritual teaching was a cutting to the very root of their whole being. If all the people believed on Him their raison d'etre would be gone, and the Romans would no longer suffer an imperium in imperio, which they now allowed because it swayed the masses of the people. They would take both their position, and with it the rank which they still claimed as a nation.

The emphatic position of the word "our" should be noted, and also that "place and nation" are linked together as one complex thought attached to it.

Verse 48. - If we let him alone thus, as we have been doing hitherto - if we suffer him to do these things - all men will believe on him, and the Romans will come and take away from us, i.e. from the Sanhedrin, from the lawful rulers in all matters affecting religious order or privilege, our place - the city or temple - and the nation, which we rule through our subordinates and surrogates, but to accomplish which we shall prove our incompetence if we cannot keep down all insubordination and hold perilous enthusiasm in check. De Wette and Hengstenberg strongly urge that by τόπον was meant the temple, "the dwelling-place and seat of the whole people" (Psalm 84:4; Psalm 27:4; cf. Matthew 23:38). Ewald, Godet, Meyer, Watkins, consider τόπον to be the city, the seat of all the power of the nation, spiritual and civil. The nation was a province of the Roman empire, but the hierarchy was still invested with great powers. 11:47-53 There can hardly be a more clear discovery of the madness that is in man's heart, and of its desperate enmity against God, than what is here recorded. Words of prophecy in the mouth, are not clear evidence of a principle of grace in the heart. The calamity we seek to escape by sin, we take the most effectual course to bring upon our own heads; as those do who think by opposing Christ's kingdom, to advance their own worldly interest. The fear of the wicked shall come upon them. The conversion of souls is the gathering of them to Christ as their ruler and refuge; and he died to effect this. By dying he purchased them to himself, and the gift of the Holy Ghost for them: his love in dying for believers should unite them closely together.
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