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John 5:1 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

This chapter begins with a description of the famous pool of Bethesda; whose waters were medicinal, to cure the first come thereunto, whatsoever disease he had.

Some think this was effected in a natural way, and that the intrails of the sacrificed beasts being washed in this pool, an healing virtue was communicated for curing the palsy, and such cold diseases: as persons that have lame and withered hands, are at this day directed to put them into the belly of a beast newly opened.

But others look upon the healing virtue of this pool to be supernatural and miraculous, because it cured all diseases how great and desperate soever, and this in a moment, or very quickly; and but one at a time; and that one, the first that stepped in only, after an angel had descended and troubled the waters: all which shew, that the healing virtue came not from the goodness of the waters, but that it was a supernatural work.

Some think that the miracle of this pool was granted to the Jews, partly to strengthen them in the true worship of God, and to confirm them in their religious course of sacrificing, against the scoffs of the Romans, who were now their lords; such a virtue being given to that water wherein their sacrifices were wont to be washed.

Learn thence, That means of God's appointment, how improbable and unlikely soever, must not be despised, but awfully admird, and thankfully used; although the way and manner of their working be not understood or comprehended by us.

Consult other comments:

John 5:1 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 5:1 - The Greek Testament

John 5:1 - Barclay Daily Study Bible

John 5:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 5:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 5:1 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 5:1 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 5:1 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 5:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

John 5:1 - Through the Bible Commentary

John 5:1 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 5:1 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 5:1 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

John 5:1 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 5:1 - James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary

John 5:1 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 5:1 - John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

John 5:1 - Expositors Bible Commentary

John 5:1 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 5:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

John 5:1 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 5:1 - Expositor's Dictionary of Text by Robertson

John 5:1 - F. B. Hole's Old and New Testaments Commentary

John 5:1 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

John 5:1 - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

John 5:1 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 5:1 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

John 5:1 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 5:1 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 5:1 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

John 5:1 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 5:1 - Grant's Commentary on the Bible

John 5:1 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 5:1 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 5:1 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

John 5:1 - International Critical Commentary New Testament

John 5:1 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 5:1 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

John 5:1 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 5:1 - William Kelly Major Works (New Testament)

John 5:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 5:1 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

John 5:1 - Cornelius Lapide Commentary

John 5:1 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 5:1 - Neighbour's Wells of Living Water

John 5:1 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 5:1 - An Exposition on the Whole Bible

John 5:1 - Grant's Numerical Bible Notes and Commentary

John 5:1 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

John 5:1 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

John 5:1 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 5:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 5:1 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 5:1 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

John 5:1 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 5:1 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 5:1 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

John 5:1 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 5:1 - The Sermon Bible

John 5:1 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

John 5:1 - Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 5:1 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 5:1 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 5:1 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

John 5:1 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 5:1 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 5:1 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament