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John 7:40-53 (New International Version)

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40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, "Surely this man is the Prophet."1 41 Others said, "He is the Christ." Still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee?2 42 Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David's familya3 and from Bethlehem,4 the town where David lived?" 43 Thus the people were divided5 because of Jesus. 44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.6

Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders

45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why didn't you bring him in?" 46 "No one ever spoke the way this man does,"7 the guards declared. 47 "You mean he has deceived you also?"8 the Pharisees retorted. 48 "Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?9 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law--there is a curse on them." 50 Nicodemus,10 who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 "Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?" 52 They replied, "Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophetb does not come out of Galilee."11 53 Then each went to his own home.
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