which is the language of carnal men, who desire not the company of Christ, nor the knowledge of his ways; and like the Gergesenes, who preferred their swine to Christ, and desired him to depart out of their coasts:
and go into
among his most inveterate enemies, who sought to take away his life; and which doubtless they knew; which showed a quite different regard to him, from that of his true disciples, ( John 11:7 John 11:8 ) , for which they give some plausible reasons:
disciples also may see the works that thou doest:
meaning not his twelve disciples, who were now with him, but the disciples he had made, and baptized in Judea, ( John 4:1 John 4:2 ) . Or his disciples in the several parts of the land, who would all be at Jerusalem, at the feast of tabernacles; and so, should he go, would have an opportunity of seeing his miracles, and thereby be the more confirmed in the faith of him,
F12 R. Isaac Chizzuk Emuna, par. 2. c. 45. p. 434, 435.