John 7:13

13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.

Read John 7:13 Using Other Translations

Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.
Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.
But no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.

What does John 7:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 7:13

Howbeit, no man spoke openly of him
So loud as to be overheard, at least by many, but in a secret and whispering way; or did not speak with freedom, or all their mind, what they really thought of him, nor with courage and boldness:

for fear the Jews;
for fear of being mobbed by them, or up and prosecuted, or turned out of the synagogue; for a law was made, that whoever confessed him, should be so used; and this deterred persons from expressing the true sentiments of their minds about him.

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