John 7:3

3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do.

John 7:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
ESV
3 So his brothers said to him, "Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing.
NLT
3 and Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles!
MSG
3 His brothers said, "Why don't you leave here and go up to the Feast so your disciples can get a good look at the works you do?
CSB
3 so His brothers said to Him, "Leave here and go to Judea so Your disciples can see Your works that You are doing.

John 7:3 Meaning and Commentary

Ver. 3 His brethren therefore said unto him
That is, the brethren of Jesus, as the Syriac and Persic versions express it; who were not James and Joses, and Simon and Judas, the sons of Alphaeus, the brother of Joseph, the husband of Mary, so called, ( Matthew 13:55 ) , for some of these were of the number of the twelve; and all of them believers in Christ; whereas these his brethren were not. The Jew
FOOTNOTES:

F12 therefore is mistaken, who supposed the above persons are here intended; and objects this their unbelief to Jesus, as if they knew him too well to give him any credit; whereas they did believe in him, and abode by him to the last; and some of them, if not all, suffered death for his sake. They therefore are to be understood of some distant relations of Mary or Joseph, that dwelt at Nazareth, or Capernaum, or in some of those parts; and the feast of tabernacles being at hand, they put him upon going up to it, being willing to be rid of him: saying,

depart hence:
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 Judea;
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:

that thy 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.

John 7:3 In-Context

1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him.
2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near,
3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do.
4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.”
5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Matthew 12:46