John 7:40

40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”

John 7:40 in Other Translations

40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
40 When they heard these words, some of the people said, "This really is the Prophet."
40 When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, “Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.”
40 Those in the crowd who heard these words were saying, "This has to be the Prophet."
40 When some from the crowd heard these words, they said, "This really is the Prophet!"

John 7:40 Meaning and Commentary

John 7:40

Many of the people therefore
Of the common people, and it may be chiefly those that came out of the country:

when they heard this saying;
or discourse of Christ, on the last and great day of the feast, relating to the large measure of grace, and the effusion of the Spirit on him, that believed:

said, of a truth this is the prophet;
spoken of in ( Deuteronomy 18:15 ) , which some understood not of the Messiah, but of some extraordinary prophet distinct from him, who should come before him, or about the same time; or they imagined he was one of the old prophets raised from the dead, whom they also expected about the times of the Messiah: or their sense might only be, that he was a prophet, which was true, though not all the truth; they had some knowledge, though but small; and they spake of him, though but as children in understanding.

John 7:40 In-Context

38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”
41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee?
42 Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?”

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Matthew 21:11; John 1:21
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