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John 12:35 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1 ) "Then Jesus said unto them," (eipen oun autois ho lesous) "Then Jesus said directly to them," to those who were slow-hearted believers, seeking more knowledge or understanding. They did not comprehend how or why the Messiah could or should die. Why, because their false teachers had not taught them truth concerning the ceremonies, or the sacrifices, or the prophecies, etc. See Isa 53:1-12.

2) "Yet a little while is the light with you." (eti mikron chronon to phos en humin estin) "Yet (for) a little time the light is (exists) among you all," the "light of the world," and the light and life-giving one, Joh 1:4-5; Joh 1:9; Joh 7:33; Joh 8:12. So little time is left to work that none should trifle it away in profitless speculation.

3) "Walk while ye have the light," (peripateite hos to phos echete) "You all walk while you have the light," or follow me while I give you light, understanding, guidance, from the old to the new covenant way of worship and service to my Father, Joh 8:12; Mat 5:15-16; Walk after me, and keep on walking, not after Moses, is the idea, Luk 9:23; Heb 3:1-6.

4) "Lest darkness come upon you:” (hina me skotia humas katalabe) "in order that the darkness not overtake you," and you can no longer walk, or work on, following me, and causing others to do the same, Joh 9:4; 2Co 4:4; 2Co 4:3; 1Th 5:4.

5) "For he that walketh in darkness," (kai ho peripaton en te skotia) "And the one who walks about in the darkness," trifling and fittering away time, in moral, ethical or questionable ways. These were among those who had followed "blind guides," of Phariseeism and Sadduceeism, and many were about to enter eternal darkness, without hope, while they had the light of the world before them, Mat 23:24; Mat 23:26.

6) "Knoweth not whither he goeth." (ouk oiden pou hupagei) "He does not know or perceive where he is going," does not realize the dangers and perils before him, Joh 11:10; Jer 13:16; 1Jn 2:11.

Consult other comments:

John 12:35 - The Greek Testament

John 12:35 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 12:35 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 12:35 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 12:35 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 12:35 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 12:35 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:35 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:35 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 12:35 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 12:35 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 12:35 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 12:35 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 12:35 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 12:35 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 12:35 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:35 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 12:35 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

John 12:35 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 12:35 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 12:35 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 12:35 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 12:35 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 12:35 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:35 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:35 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 12:35 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary