John 7:7

7 The world cannot hate you, but 1it hates me because I testify about it that 2its works are evil.

John 7:7 Meaning and Commentary

John 7:7

The world cannot hate you
Because they were of the world, belonged to it; they were like unto it, and every like loves its like; and they were the world's own, and therefore instead of being hated, were loved by it; and they walked according to the course of it; and wicked men not only take pleasure in sin, but in them that do it:

but me it hateth;
though without a cause; that is, without a just cause, or reason; a cause there was, and it follows:

because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil;
even those works of it, which were reckoned good works; Christ bore his testimony of these, that they were evil; being done either not according to the command of God, but the traditions of the elders; or not from a right principle, as of faith and love, nor to a right end, as the glory of God; but only to be seen of men: and very severely did he inveigh against the pride, covetousness, hypocrisy, and uncleanness of the Scribes and Pharisees: and so he continued to do, and this drew upon him their hatred and ill will.

John 7:7 In-Context

5 For not even his brothers believed in him.
6 Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.
7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.
8 You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come."
9 After saying this, he remained in Galilee.

Cross References 2

  • 1. John 15:18, 24
  • 2. John 3:19; [Colossians 1:21; 1 John 3:12]
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