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Verses of John 7

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John 7:19 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. That our Lord, having vindicated his doctrine in the former verses, comes now to vindicate his practice in healing the impotent man on the sabbath-day, for which the Jews sought his life, as a violation of the fourth commandment given by Moses. Our Saviour tells them, That notwithstanding their pretended zeal for the law of Moses, they more notoriously broke the sixth commandment, by going about to kill him, an innocent person, than he had broken the fourth commandment, by making a man whole on the sabbath-day.

Hence learn, That it is damnable hypocrisy, when men pretend great zeal against the sins of others, and do allow and tolerate worse in themselves. This is for their practice to give their profession the lie: the Jews condemn our Saviour for a supposed breach of the fourth commandment; whilst they are guilty themselves of a real breach of the sixth commandment.

Observe, 2. The ignominy and reproach which the Jews fix upon our blessed Saviour, in the height of their rage and fury against him, Thou hast a devil. The king of saints in heaven, as well as the whole host of saints on earth, hath been frequently smitten and deeply wounded with reproach. Christ was reproached for our sake, and when we are reproached for his sake, he takes our reproach as his own. Moses's reproach was the reproach of Christ, Heb 11:26 And he esteemed it a treasure, which did more enrich him with its worth, than press him with its weight. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt.

Observe, 3. The wonderful meekness of Christ, in passing over this reproach and calumny, without one word of reply. Guilt is commonly clamorous and impatient, but, innocence is silent and regardless of misreports. Our Saviour is not at the pains of a word to vindicate himself from their impotent censure, but goes on with his discourse, and justifies his own action, in healing a man on the sabbath-day, from the Jews own practice in circumcising their children on that day, if it happen to be the eighth day: and the argument runs thus: "If circumcision may be administered to a child on the sabbath-day, which is a servile kind of work, and bodily exercise, without blame or censure, why must I fall under censure, for healing a man on the sabbath-day thoroughly and perfectly, only by a word speaking?"

Hence learn, that the law of doing good, and relieving the miserable at all times, is a more ancient and excellent law, than either that of the sabbath rest, or of circumscion upon the eighth day. A ritual law must and ought to give place to the law of nature, which is written in every man's heart. As if our Lord had said, "If you may wound a man by circumcision on the sabbath-day, may not I heal one? If you may heal on that day one member of the circumcised, may not I make a man whole every whit. If you be at pains cure such a one with your hand, may not I without pains cure a man with the word of my mouth?

Verses of John 7

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John 7:19 - The Greek Testament

John 7:19 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 7:19 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 7:19 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 7:19 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 7:19 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 7:19 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 7:19 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 7:19 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 7:19 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 7:19 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 7:19 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 7:19 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 7:19 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 7:19 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 7:19 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 7:19 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

John 7:19 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 7:19 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 7:19 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 7:19 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 7:19 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 7:19 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 7:19 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 7:19 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 7:19 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 7:19 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 7:19 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 7:19 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 7:19 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 7:19 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

John 7:19 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 7:19 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 7:19 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament