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Verses of John 11

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John 11:49 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

The foregoing verses acquainted us with the apprehension which the chief priests had of the necessity of taking away the life of our blessed Savious; Lest the Romans should take away both their place and nation.

Now here in these verses Caiaphas the high priest delivers his opinion for the preventing of this danger; he tells the rest, that they ought not to to boggle at the matter, but come to a positve and peremptory resolution to provide for the public safety, right or wrong: and that it is a great folly to prefer one man's life, thoguh ever so innocent, before a nation's welfare; a most wicked and devilish speech; as a judge he regarded not what was lawful, but as a wicked politician, he consulted what was expedient; he declares, that one man, though ever so good and holy, though ever so just and innocent, had better die, than a whole nation suffer; as where it is in any case unlawful to do evil that good may come.

Learn hence, That although it be the duty of all persons to pray for, and endeavour after, the public welfare of a church and nation, whereof they are members; yet it is altogether unlawful to promote the greatest national good, by wicked and unlawful means.

Observe farther, How God over-ruled the tongue of Caiaphas beyond his own intention, prophetically to foretell that great good, which, by our Saviour's death, should redound to the world, and that the fruit and benefit of his death should not only extend to the Jews, but to the Gentiles also; and that he should gather in one body, or church, all that truly believe in him, though far and wide dispersed upon the face of the earth.

Hence learn, 1. That the spirit of prophecy did fall sometimes upon very bad men, and God has been pleased to reveal some part of his mind to the worst of men. Thus Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar had in their dreams a revelation form God, what things he intended to do.

Learn, 2. That it is consistent with the holiness of God, sometimes to make use of the tongues of the worst of men, to publish and declare his will. Caiaphas here, though a vile and wicked man, was influenced by God to prophecy and speak as an oracle. Almighty God may, when he pleases, employ wicked men this way, without any prejudice to his holiness. This Caiaphas spake not of himself, but, being high priest that year, he prophesied, that Jesus should die for that nation.

Verses of John 11

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John 11:49 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 11:49 - The Greek Testament

John 11:49 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 11:49 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 11:49 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 11:49 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 11:49 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 11:49 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 11:49 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 11:49 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 11:49 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:49 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:49 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 11:49 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 11:49 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 11:49 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 11:49 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 11:49 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 11:49 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

John 11:49 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 11:49 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 11:49 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 11:49 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 11:49 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 11:49 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 11:49 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:49 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 11:49 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 11:49 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 11:49 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament