John 11:50

50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

Read John 11:50 Using Other Translations

Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish."
You don’t realize that it’s better for you that one man should die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed.”

What does John 11:50 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 11:50

Nor consider that it is expedient for us
Priests, Levites, Pharisees, the sanhedrim, and ecclesiastical rulers of the people; who, as Caiaphas apprehended, must suffer in their characters and revenues, must quit their honourable and gainful posts and places, if Jesus went on and succeeded at this rate: wherefore it was most expedient and advantageous for them, which was the main thing to be considered in such a council, so he thought it was,

that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation
perish not;
he proceeded entirely upon this political principle, that a public good ought to be preferred to a private one; that it was no matter what the man was, whether innocent or not; common prudence, and the public safety of the nation, required him to fall a sacrifice, rather than the Romans should be exasperated and provoked to such a degree, as to threaten the utter ruin and destruction of the whole nation.

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