John 12:20
New International Version
Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival.

New Living Translation
Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration

English Standard Version
Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.

Berean Study Bible
Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the feast.

Berean Literal Bible
Now there were certain Greeks among those coming up that they might worship at the feast.

King James Bible
And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

New King James Version
Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast.

New American Standard Bible
Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast;

NASB 1995
Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast;

NASB 1977
Now there were certain Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast;

Amplified Bible
Now there were some Greeks (Gentiles) among those who were going up to worship at the feast;

Christian Standard Bible
Now some Greeks were among those who went up to worship at the festival.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now some Greeks were among those who went up to worship at the festival.

American Standard Version
Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But there were also some of them from among the Gentiles who came up to worship at the feast.

Contemporary English Version
Some Greeks had gone to Jerusalem to worship during Passover.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now there were certain Gentiles among them, who came up to adore on the festival day.

English Revised Version
Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast:

Good News Translation
Some Greeks were among those who had gone to Jerusalem to worship during the festival.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some Greeks were among those who came to worship during the Passover festival.

International Standard Version
Now some Greeks were among those who had come up to worship at the festival.

Literal Standard Version
And there were certain Greeks out of those coming up that they may worship in the celebration,

NET Bible
Now some Greeks were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast.

New Heart English Bible
Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast.

Weymouth New Testament
Now some of those who used to come up to worship at the Festival were Greeks.

World English Bible
Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast.

Young's Literal Translation
And there were certain Greeks out of those coming up that they may worship in the feast,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jesus Predicts His Death
19Then the Pharisees said to one another, “You can see that this is doing you no good. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!” 20Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the feast. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested of him, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.”…

Cross References
John 7:35
At 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?

John 12:1
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, the hometown of Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.

John 12:19
Then the Pharisees said to one another, "You can see that this is doing you no good. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!"

Acts 8:27
So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official in charge of the entire treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship,


Treasury of Scripture

And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

Greeks.

John 7:35
Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?

Mark 7:26
The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

Acts 14:1
And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

to worship.

1 Kings 8:41-43
Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake; …

Isaiah 11:10
And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

Isaiah 60:2-14
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee…









(20) And there were certain Greeks.--Comp. Note on John 7:35, where we have the same word in the original, and Acts 6:1; Acts 9:29; and Acts 11:20. They were not Hellenists, i.e., Greek Jews, but Hellenes, i.e., Gentiles.

Among them that came up to worship at the feast.--The words imply that they were in the habit of going up to Jerusalem at the feasts, i.e., that though Greeks by birth, they had been admitted to the privileges of Judaism. They belonged to the class known as "Proselytes of the Gate." (Comp. Notes on Matthew 23:15 and Acts 8:27.)

Verse 20. - Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast. Τινες implies a group, and a larger company of these ἀναβαινόντων, who were and are in the habit of going up (perhaps were still doing it even when John, before writing his Gospel, had first put the narrative into words). They went up with a view to worship in the feast, that is, there were burnt offerings and thank offerings which they were allowed to present. This shows that they were not heathen nor uncircumcised Hellenists, whichever view of that word be accepted.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Now
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

there were
Ἦσαν (Ēsan)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

some
τινες (tines)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

Greeks
Ἕλληνές (Hellēnes)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1672: From Hellas; a Hellen or inhabitant of Hellas; by extension a Greek-speaking person, especially a non-Jew.

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

those who
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

went up
ἀναβαινόντων (anabainontōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 305: To go up, mount, ascend; of things: I rise, spring up, come up. From ana and the base of basis; to go up.

to
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

worship
προσκυνήσωσιν (proskynēsōsin)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 4352: From pros and a probable derivative of kuon; to fawn or crouch to, i.e. prostrate oneself in homage.

at
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

feast.
ἑορτῇ (heortē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1859: A festival, feast, periodically recurring. Of uncertain affinity; a festival.


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