John 4:48

48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

John 4:48 in Other Translations

KJV
48 Then said Jesus unto him,Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
ESV
48 So Jesus said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe."
NLT
48 Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?”
MSG
48 Jesus put him off: "Unless you people are dazzled by a miracle, you refuse to believe."
CSB
48 Jesus told him, "Unless you [people] see signs and wonders, you will not believe."

John 4:48 Meaning and Commentary

John 4:48

Then said Jesus unto him
With some degree of roughness in his speech, and severity in his countenance, in a way of reproof for his unbelief, as if he could not heal his son without going down to Capernaum along with him:

except ye see signs and wonders ye will not believe.
This was the cast of the Jews every where, both in Judea and Galilee; they required signs and miracles to be wrought, in confirmation of Christ's being the Messiah, and which indeed was but right; and Christ did perform them for that purpose: but their sin of unbelief lay in this, that they wanted still more and more signs; they could not be contented with what they had seen, but required more, being sluggish and backward to believe. Our Lord seems to say this chiefly for the sake of the Galilaeans, that were about him; who, though they might be acquainted with his former miracles, when among them, of turning water into wine, and had seen his wondrous works at the feast at Jerusalem, yet were very desirous of seeing more, and perhaps very pressing for this cure.

John 4:48 In-Context

46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.
47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.
48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”The man took Jesus at his word and departed.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Daniel 4:2,3; S John 2:11; Acts 2:43; Acts 14:3; Romans 15:19; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:4