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John 12:37-41 NIV

Belief and Unbelief Among the Jews

37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.

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38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: “Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”a

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39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them.”b

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41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.

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Study tools for John 12:37-41

  • a 12:3 - Or about 0.5 liter
  • b 12:5 - Greek "three hundred denarii"
  • c 12:8 - See Deut. 15:11.
  • d 12:13 - A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise
  • e 12:13 - Psalm 118:25,26
  • f 12:15 - Zech. 9:9
  • g 12:32 - The Greek for "lifted up" also means "exalted" .
  • h 12:38 - Isaiah 53:1
  • i 12:40 - Isaiah 6:10