John 12:30

30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine.

John 12:30 in Other Translations

30 Jesus answered and said,This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
30 Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not mine.
30 Then Jesus told them, “The voice was for your benefit, not mine.
30 Jesus said, "The voice didn't come for me but for you.
30 Jesus responded, "This voice came, not for Me, but for you.

John 12:30 Meaning and Commentary

John 12:30

Jesus answered and said
To the people that stood by, and were disputing among themselves about what they heard, whether it was thunder, or the voice of an angel:

this voice came not because of me;
at least not only and chiefly; it was not so much in answer to his prayer, or in order to comfort him under the apprehensions he had of his sufferings and death, or to assure him of his future glorification, though all this was true:

but for your sakes;
to convince them that he was the Messiah, and engage them to believe in him, or to leave them without excuse; since not only miracles were wrought before their eyes, but with their ears they heard God speaking to him, and which is the rule that they themselves prescribe; for according to them, no man is to be hearkened to, though he should do as many signs and wonders as Moses, the son of Amram, unless they hear with their ears, that the Lord speaks to him as he did to Moses F3.


F3 R. Mosis Kotsensis praefat. ad Mitzvot Tora, pr. Affirm.

John 12:30 In-Context

28 Father, glorify your name!”Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine.
31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.
32 And I, when I am lifted upfrom the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

Cross References 1

  • 1. Exodus 19:9; John 11:42
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