John 12:43
New International Version
for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

New Living Translation
For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.

English Standard Version
for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

Berean Study Bible
For they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

Berean Literal Bible
For they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.

New American Standard Bible
for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

King James Bible
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Christian Standard Bible
For they loved human praise more than praise from God.

Contemporary English Version
And besides, the leaders liked praise from others more than they liked praise from God.

Good News Translation
They loved human approval rather than the approval of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

International Standard Version
For they loved the praise of human beings more than the praise of God.

NET Bible
For they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

New Heart English Bible
for they loved men's praise more than God's praise.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They were more concerned about what people thought of them than about what God thought of them.

New American Standard 1977
for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.

King James 2000 Bible
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

American King James Version
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

American Standard Version
for they loved the glory that is of men more than the glory that is of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.

Darby Bible Translation
for they loved glory from men rather than glory from God.

English Revised Version
for they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Weymouth New Testament
For they loved the glory that comes from men rather than the glory that comes from God.

World English Bible
for they loved men's praise more than God's praise.

Young's Literal Translation
for they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.
Study Bible
Belief and Unbelief
42Nevertheless, many of the leaders believed in Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue. 43For they loved praise from men more than praise from God. 44Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in Me does not believe in Me alone, but in the One who sent Me.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 15:30
"I have sinned," Saul replied. "Please honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel. Come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God."

Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man is a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD will be set securely on high.

John 5:41
I do not accept glory from men,

John 5:44
How can you believe if you accept glory from one another, yet do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

John 7:18
He who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory, but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is a man of truth; in Him there is no falsehood.

Romans 2:29
No, a man is a Jew because he is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man's praise does not come from men, but from God.

Treasury of Scripture

For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

they.

John 5:41,44
I receive not honour from men…

Matthew 6:2
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Matthew 23:5-7
But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, …

the praise of God.

John 12:26
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

John 8:54
Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:

1 Samuel 2:30
Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

they loved
ἠγάπησαν (ēgapēsan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 25: To love, wish well to, take pleasure in, long for; denotes the love of reason, esteem. Perhaps from agan; to love.

praise
δόξαν (doxan)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1391: From the base of dokeo; glory, in a wide application.

from men
ἀνθρώπων (anthrōpōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

more
μᾶλλον (mallon)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3123: More, rather. Neuter of the comparative of the same as malista; more) or rather.

than
ἤπερ (ēper)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2260: Than. From e and per; than at all.

praise
δόξαν (doxan)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1391: From the base of dokeo; glory, in a wide application.

from God.
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
(43) For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.--For "praise" read in both instances glory. "The glory which comes from men more than the glory which came from God." Comp. Note on John 5:44, where the truth is put in the form of a question by our Lord. Here it explains the fact that there were men who believed, and yet did not publicly confess their faith. There our Lord's question goes deeper, and asserts that the seeking of the glory which comes from men is inconsistent with the existence of any true belief in God.

Verse 43. - The generalization is given as a reason, For they loved the glory (δόξα, very nearly in the original Greek use of the word," opinion," "good reputation") of men, very much more (ἤπερ, another New Testament, ἅπαξ λεγόμενον, occurring in the narrative portion of John, and a mode in which the negative force of the is heightened; see Meyer, Jelf, p. 779, and English edition of Wirier, p. 549) than the glory of God. The form of the expressions, "of God' and "of men," is different from the παρὰ τοῦ μόνου Θεοῦ and παρὰ ἀλλήλων of John 5:44, and the statement is apparently inconsistent with the declaration that those in such a state of mind "could not believe." Moulton suggests that the glory here thought of by the apostle was the "glory" of ver. 41 - the glory of the union of the Redeemer with his people, the glory of suffering and death. The reference to Isaiah 6. appears to be the true solution. The glory of God himself in his awful holiness was of less interest than the glory of the Sanhedrin and the approval of the world. Alas! this glory is nearer, more obvious and has more to do with tangible, sensuous, advantages, than the Divine approval. 12:37-43 Observe the method of conversion implied here. Sinners are brought to see the reality of Divine things, and to have some knowledge of them. To be converted, and truly turned from sin to Christ, as their Happiness and Portion. God will heal them, will justify and sanctify them; will pardon their sins, which are as bleeding wounds, and mortify their corruptions, which are as lurking diseases. See the power of the world in smothering convictions, from regard to the applause or censure of men. Love of the praise of men, as a by-end in that which is good, will make a man a hypocrite when religion is in fashion, and credit is to be got by it; and love of the praise of men, as a base principle in that which is evil, will make a man an apostate, when religion is in disgrace, and credit is to be lost for it.
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