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John 7:51 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1) "Doth our law judge any man," (me ho nomos hemon krinei ton anthropon) "Our law does not judge the man," who is accused, or pre-judge any man, and condemn him by presumption, does it? Yet these rulers were prejudging Jesus with prejudice and malice aforethought to kill Him, Joh 5:16; Joh 5:18; Joh 7:19-25.

2) "Before it hear him,'' (ean me akouse proton par' autou) "Unless it first hear from him," Exo 23:1; Deu 1:16, hear his testimony and/or the testimony of possible witnesses to charges against Him, in defense? Pro 18:13 reads, "He that answereth a matter before he hear it, it is folly and shame unto him," and this is what the rulers would do to Jesus.

3) "And know what he doeth?'' (kai gno ti poiei) "And know by evidence and testimony what he does, does it?" In the nature of their own law they were disregarding all major premise of equity and justice, Deu 19:15; 2Co 13:1; Nicodemus would remind his rash Sanhedrin companion rulers, that to judge without hearing, observing, and weighing available testimony against an accused person under their own law, constituted itself an unjust crime, a sharp rebuke indeed.

Nicodemus would have these religious rulers in Israel to examine what Jesus had said and the miraculous deeds He had done, as he himself had done, before they prejudge or conclude that He should be killed. The first principle of justice and equity in law is to define the charges against the accused; and the second principle of justice and equity is to give the accused a reasonable time to offer testimony relating to the charges, and make amends of wrong or error if guilty, or amends of wrong if possible. These would de neither toward Jesus, if they had their own way; See also Deu 17:6; Num 35:30; Joh 8:17-18.

Consult other comments:

John 7:51 - The Greek Testament

John 7:51 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 7:51 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 7:51 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 7:51 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 7:51 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 7:51 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 7:51 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 7:51 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 7:51 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 7:51 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 7:51 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 7:51 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 7:51 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 7:51 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 7:51 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 7:51 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 7:51 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 7:51 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 7:51 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary