John 7:5

5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

John 7:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.
ESV
5 For not even his brothers believed in him.
NLT
5 For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.
MSG
5 His brothers were pushing him like this because they didn't believe in him either.
CSB
5 (For not even His brothers believed in Him.)

John 7:5 Meaning and Commentary

John 7:5

For neither did his brethren believe in him.
] At first they might take to him, and embrace him as the Messiah, and expect he would set up a temporal kingdom; in which they might hope, on account of their relation to him, according to the flesh to enjoy great honours and privileges; but finding that he was not inclined to anything of that nature, and talked in a quite different way, they grew sick of him, and rejected him, as the Messiah; so, little regard is to be had, or confidence placed, in carnal descent from, or alliance to the best of men; as to Abraham, or any other true believer, if they have not the same grace, or the same faith as such have; and which comes not by blood, or natural generation, but by the free favour of God; for it matters not, if men have known Christ, or have been allied to him after the flesh, unless they are new creatures in him; they may be the one, and not the other; even the carnal brethren of Christ, and yet not believers in him; and it is only such who are so in a spiritual sense, that are regarded by him, ( Matthew 12:49 Matthew 12:50 ) .

John 7:5 In-Context

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.
6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.
7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 69:8; Mark 3:21