John 12:20

Some Greeks Seek Jesus

20 Now 1among those who went up to worship at the feast were some 2Greeks.

John 12:20 Meaning and Commentary

John 12:20

And there were certain Greeks
"Hellenes", so called, from Hellen, a king of that name, as Pliny says F18 These were not Graecizing Jews, or Jews that dwelt in Greece, and spoke the Greek language; for they were called not Hellenes, but Hellenists; but these were, as the Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions render it, Gentiles; and were either mere Gentiles, and yet devout and religious men, who were allowed to offer sacrifice, and to worship, in the court of the Gentiles; or they were proselytes, either of righteousness, and so were circumcised, and had a right to eat of the passover, as well as to worship at it; or of the gate, and so being uncircumcised, might not eat of the passover, yet might worship at it; which latter seems to be the case, by what follows: for these were

among them, that came up to worship at the feast;
of the passover, which was near at hand: these were among those, that went forth to meet Jesus, and that attended him to Jerusalem, who were come up out of the country to this feast; and these came along with them to worship at it, to offer their sacrifices, and join in prayer, though they might not eat of the passover.


FOOTNOTES:

F18 Nat. His. l. 4. c. 7.

John 12:20 In-Context

18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.
19 So the Pharisees said to one another, "You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him."
20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.
21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."
22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.

Cross References 2

  • 1. [1 Kings 8:41-43; Acts 8:27]
  • 2. Acts 17:4; [Mark 7:26]; See John 7:35