John 7:40

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

Read John 7:40 Using Other Translations

Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
When they heard these words, some of the people said, "This really is the Prophet."
When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, “Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.”

What does John 7:40 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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.

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