John 4:49

49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”

Read John 4:49 Using Other Translations

The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
The official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.”

What does John 4:49 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 4:49

The nobleman saith unto him, Sir
Notwithstanding this reproof, and seeming denial, he presses him again, and addressing him in a handsome and courteous manner, importunately entreats him, saying:

come down ere my son die;
here was faith with a mixture of unbelief; he believed that Christ was able to heal his son, but he still thought that his going down with him was necessary; that he must be corporeally present, and must lay his hands on him, or touch him, or speak, and command the distemper off, or something of this kind, and which must be done before he died; for otherwise, should he die first, all hope was then gone; he had no notion of Christ being able to raise him from the dead.

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