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John 12:6 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1 ) "This he said,'' (eipen de touto) "Yet he said this," impulsively, and covetously.

2) "Not that he cared for the poor;” (ouch hoti peri ton ptochon emelen auto) "Not because the poor mattered to him," or not that he cared about them, in any degree of love or compassion.

3) "But because he was a thief," (all' hoti kleptes hen) "But because he was(existed as) a thief," a kleptomaniac. John evidently had proof of this accusation, for even the Lord had already alluded to him, as a devil among the twelve, Joh 6:70-71; Joh 13:29.

4) "And had the bag," (kai to glossokomon echon) "And he held control of the bag," of money for the disciples, or of the purse box from which he appears to have habitually pilfered, or appropriated frequently for his personal benefit. The box or chest in the temple, for similar use, had a hole in it and the people cast in their contributions.

5) "And bare what was put therein." (ta ballomena ebastazen) "And carried the things (valuables) that were put in it," the contributions made by disciples of the Lord and those who came to hear His teachings and see and benefit from His miracles, These gifts were used for expenses of the disciples and His witnesses in travel with Him. The phrase "bare what was put therein,'' literally means he was taking away by stealth, purloining, or absconding from the offerings,

Consult other comments:

John 12:6 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 12:6 - The Greek Testament

John 12:6 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 12:6 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 12:6 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 12:6 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 12:6 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 12:6 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:6 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:6 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 12:6 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 12:6 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 12:6 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 12:6 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 12:6 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 12:6 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 12:6 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 12:6 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 12:6 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:6 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:6 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 12:6 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 12:6 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:6 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary