John 7:51
New International Version
"Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?"

New Living Translation
"Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?" he asked.

English Standard Version
“Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?”

Berean Study Bible
“Does our law convict a man without first hearing from him to determine what he has done?”

Berean Literal Bible
"Does our Law judge the man unless first it has heard from him and known what he does?"

New American Standard Bible
"Our Law does not judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?"

King James Bible
Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?

Christian Standard Bible
"Our law doesn't judge a man before it hears from him and knows what he's doing, does it?"

Contemporary English Version
"Our Law doesn't let us condemn people before we hear what they have to say. We cannot judge them before we know what they have done."

Good News Translation
"According to our Law we cannot condemn people before hearing them and finding out what they have done."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Our law doesn't judge a man before it hears from him and knows what he's doing, does it?""

International Standard Version
"Surely our Law does not condemn a person without first hearing from him and finding out what he is doing, does it?"

NET Bible
"Our law doesn't condemn a man unless it first hears from him and learns what he is doing, does it?"

New Heart English Bible
"Does our Law judge a man, unless it first hears from him personally and knows what he does?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Does our Written Law condemn a man unless one shall hear him first and know what he has done?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Do Moses' Teachings enable us to judge a person without first hearing that person's side of the story? We can't judge a person without finding out what that person has done."

New American Standard 1977
“Our Law does not judge a man, unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Does our law judge any man before it hears him and knows what he does?

King James 2000 Bible
Does our law judge any man, before it hears him, and knows what he does?

American King James Version
Does our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he does?

American Standard Version
Doth our law judge a man, except it first hear from himself and know what he doeth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Doth our law judge any man, unless it first hear him, and know what he doth?

Darby Bible Translation
Does our law judge a man before it have first heard from himself, and know what he does?

English Revised Version
Doth our law judge a man, except it first hear from himself and know what he doeth?

Webster's Bible Translation
Doth our law judge any man before it heareth him, and knoweth what he doeth?

Weymouth New Testament
"Does our Law," he asked, "judge a man without first hearing what he has to say and ascertaining what his conduct is?"

World English Bible
"Does our law judge a man, unless it first hears from him personally and knows what he does?"

Young's Literal Translation
'Doth our law judge the man, if it may not hear from him first, and know what he doth?'
Study Bible
Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders
50Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier, and who himself was one of them, asked, 51“Does our law convict a man without first hearing from him to determine what he has done?” 52“Aren’t you also from Galilee?” they replied. “Look into it, and you will see that no prophet comes out of Galilee.”…
Cross References
Exodus 23:1
You shall not spread a false report. Do not join the wicked by being a malicious witness.

Numbers 35:30
If anyone kills a person, the murderer is to be put to death on the testimony of multiple witnesses. But no one is to be put to death based on the testimony of a lone witness.

Deuteronomy 17:6
On the testimony of two or three witnesses a man shall be put to death, but he shall not be executed on the testimony of a lone witness.

Deuteronomy 19:15
A lone witness is not sufficient to establish any wrongdoing or sin against a man, regardless of what offense he may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

Proverbs 18:13
He who answers a matter before he hears it--this is folly and disgrace to him.

Acts 23:3
Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit here to judge me according to the Law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck."

Treasury of Scripture

Does our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he does?

Deuteronomy 1:17
Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

Deuteronomy 17:8-11
If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose; …

Deuteronomy 19:15-19
One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established…







Lexicon
“{Does} 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.

law
νόμος (nomos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3551: From a primary nemo; law, genitive case, specially, (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively.

convict
κρίνει (krinei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2919: Properly, to distinguish, i.e. Decide; by implication, to try, condemn, punish.

a man
ἄνθρωπον (anthrōpon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

without
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

first
πρῶτον (prōton)
Adverb - Superlative
Strong's Greek 4412: First, in the first place, before, formerly. Neuter of protos as adverb; firstly.

hearing
ἀκούσῃ (akousē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

from
παρ’ (par’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 3844: Gen: from; dat: beside, in the presence of; acc: alongside of.

him
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 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.

to determine
γνῷ (gnō)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

what
τί (ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

he has done?”
ποιεῖ (poiei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.
(51) Doth our law judge any man?--He identifies Himself with them. He, like they, is an expounder of the Law. The force of the question is in the word "Law," which they had used but the moment before in their scorn for the people who knew not the Law. "Well, this Law, which we do know and understand, doth it judge without open investigation?" Did they in their blind zeal forget such passages as Exodus 23:1; Deuteronomy 1:16-17; Deuteronomy 19:15? They had determined a death, and were seeking to carry their sentence into effect in direct contravention of the Law. This holy people, instructed in the Law--they were the Law-breakers.

Before it hear him.--The better reading is, unless it hear first from him.

And know what he doeth--i.e., know the deed for which he is tried.

7:40-53 The malice of Christ's enemies is always against reason, and sometimes the staying of it cannot be accounted for. Never any man spake with that wisdom, and power, and grace, that convincing clearness, and that sweetness, wherewith Christ spake. Alas, that many, who are for a time restrained, and who speak highly of the word of Jesus, speedily lose their convictions, and go on in their sins! People are foolishly swayed by outward motives in matters of eternal moment, are willing even to be damned for fashion's sake. As the wisdom of God often chooses things which men despise, so the folly of men commonly despises those whom God has chosen. The Lord brings forward his weak and timid disciples, and sometimes uses them to defeat the designs of his enemies.
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