John 7:51

51 1"Does our law judge a man without first 2giving him a hearing and learning what he does?"

John 7:51 Meaning and Commentary

John 7:51

Doth our law judge any man
Or condemn any man; or can any man be lawfully condemned:

before it hear him:
what he has to say for himself; is this the usual process in our courts? or is this a legal one to condemn a man unheard?

and know what he doth?
what his crimes are. This he said, having a secret respect for Christ, though he had not courage enough openly to appear for him.

John 7:51 In-Context

49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed."
50 Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them,
51 "Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?"
52 They replied, "Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee."
53 [[They went each to his own house,

Cross References 2

  • 1. Deuteronomy 17:6; Deuteronomy 19:15; [Acts 23:3]
  • 2. Deuteronomy 1:16; Proverbs 18:13