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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 7:1-13

We have here, I. The reason given why Christ spent more of his time in Galilee than in Judea (John 7:1): because the Jews, the people in Judea and Jerusalem, sought to kill him, for curing the impotent man on the sabbath day, John 5:16. They thought to be the death of him, either by a popular tumult or by a legal prosecution, in consideration of which he kept at a distance in another part of the country, very much out of the lines of Jerusalem's communication. It is not said, He durst not,... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 7:1-9

7:1-9 After these things Jesus moved about in Galilee, for he did not wish to move about in Judaea, because the Jews were out to kill him. The festival of the Jews which is called the Festival of Tabernacles was near. So his brothers said to him: "Leave here and go down to Jerusalem so that your disciples will get the chance to see the works that you do. For no one goes on doing things in secret, when he wishes to draw public attention to himself. Since you can do these things, show yourself... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 7:2

Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. Which began on the fifteenth day of the month Tisri, which answers to part of our September; when the Jews erected tents or booths, in which they dwelt, and ate their meals during this festival; and which was done, in commemoration of the Israelites dwelling in booths in the wilderness; and was typical of Christ's tabernacling in human nature; and an emblem of the saints dwelling in the earthly houses and tabernacles of their bodies, in this... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 7:2

Feast of tabernacles - This feast was celebrated on the fifteenth day of the month Tisri, answering to the last half of our September, and the first half of October. This month was the seventh of the ecclesiastical, and first of the civil, year. The feast took its name from the tents which were erected about the temple, in public places, in courts, and on the flat roofs of their houses, and in gardens; in which the Jews dwelt for eight days, in commemoration of the forty years during which... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 7:2

Verse 2 2.Now a feast of the Jews was at hand. Though I do not affirm it, yet it is probable that this happened during the second year after Christ’s baptism. As to this feast, which the Evangelist mentions, it is not necessary at present to say much. For what purpose and use it was enjoined, Moses shows, (Leviticus 23:34.) It was, that by this annual ceremony the Jews might call to remembrance, that their fathers lived forty years in tabernacles, when they had no houses, that they might thus... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 7:1-2

And after these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he was not willing to walk in Judaea, £ because the Jews were seeking to kill him. Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Tabernacles, was at hand. The last clause supplies a valuable chronological datum. This great climacteric feast of ingathering and joyful memories of all the goodness of Jehovah was held on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ( Leviticus 23:1-44 . 34-36). Consequently, according to John's own... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 7:1-10

(1). Treatment of the unbelieving brethren; the hour of his full manifestation not yet come. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 7:1-53

John 7:1-53 . consists of three distinct parts: Verses 7:1-8:11 3. Christ as the Source of truth. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 7:2-10

The appeal to Jesus on the part of his unbelieving brothers. I. THE OCCASION OF THIS APPEAL . "But the Jews' Feast of Tabernacles was at hand." 1 . It was the last and greatest of the three yearly feasts, and occurred in our month of October. 2 . It was intended at once to commemorate the forty years' wandering in the wilderness, and also to celebrate the ingathering of the yearly harvest. 3 . The pilgrims, as well as the inhabitants of Jerusalem, left their... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - John 7:2

The Jews’ feast of tabernacles - Or the feast of tents. This feast was celebrated on the 15th day of the month Tisri, answering to the last half of our month September and the first half of October, Numbers 29:12; Deuteronomy 16:13-15. It was so called from the tents or tabernacles which on that occasion were erected in and about Jerusalem, and was designed to commemorate their dwelling in tents in the wilderness, Nehemiah 8:16-18. During the continuance of this feast they dwelt in booths or... read more

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