John 11:55 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 11:55, NIV: "When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover."

John 11:55, ESV: "Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves."

John 11:55, KJV: "And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves."

John 11:55, NASB: "Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem from the country prior to the Passover, in order to purify themselves."

John 11:55, NLT: "It was now almost time for the Jewish Passover celebration, and many people from all over the country arrived in Jerusalem several days early so they could go through the purification ceremony before Passover began."

John 11:55, CSB: "Now the Jewish Passover was near, and many went up to Jerusalem from the country to purify themselves before the Passover."

What does John 11:55 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Events described in this chapter have occurred not long before Passover. During those festivals, Jewish men who lived within a certain distance were obligated to come into the city to observe certain rites (Deuteronomy 16:16). That greatly increased the number of people in an around the city. For this reason, political leaders such as Pilate—who ordinarily lived far from Jerusalem—made their way into the city to supervise peacekeeping efforts.

Curiosity about Jesus stems from recent events. In response to Jesus' recent miracle (John 11:39–44), religious leaders have decided to actively seek His death (John 11:45–53). In order to maintain God's timeline (John 7:6–8; Mark 14:41), Jesus has once again moved away from the immediate influence of these leaders (John 11:54). Many of the people moving in and out of the city wonder if the danger will be enough to make Jesus break His habit of honoring the festival requirements (John 11:56).