John 7:51

51 “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”

Read John 7:51 Using Other Translations

Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?
"Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?"
“Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?” he asked.

What does John 7:51 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 7:51

Doth our law judge any man
Or condemn any man; or can any man be lawfully condemned:

before it hear him:
what he has to say for himself; is this the usual process in our courts? or is this a legal one to condemn a man unheard?

and know what he doth?
what his crimes are. This he said, having a secret respect for Christ, though he had not courage enough openly to appear for him.

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