John 18:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 18:20, NIV: I have spoken openly to the world,' Jesus replied. 'I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret.

John 18:20, ESV: Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret.

John 18:20, KJV: Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.

John 18:20, NASB: Jesus answered him, 'I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught insynagogues and in the temple area, where all the Jews congregate; and I said nothing in secret.

John 18:20, NLT: Jesus replied, 'Everyone knows what I teach. I have preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple, where the people gather. I have not spoken in secret.

John 18:20, CSB: "I have spoken openly to the world," Jesus answered him. "I have always taught in the synagogue and in the temple, where all the Jews gather, and I haven't spoken anything in secret.

What does John 18:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus enemies are putting on a show, going through the motions of a trial, when they've already condemned and sentenced Him in their own minds (John 11:57; Mark 14:1–2). Jerusalem's religious leaders intend to paint Jesus as a blasphemer in the eyes of Israel, and a rebel in the eyes of the Roman Empire. Part of that sham will involve false witnesses (Mark 14:55–59). It also includes asking Jesus to explain His teachings (John 18:19).

Christ's response is matter-of-fact. He also appeals to the idea of a fair trial (John 18:21). In short, Jesus' response is to say, "everyone knows what I teach, so where is your evidence I've done wrong?" In truth, it has been Jesus' public teaching and conflict with these very religious leaders that has earned their hatred (John 7:26; Matthew 22:46). Even though Jesus will submit to their abuse (John 18:22) and condemnation, He will leave them no room to plead ignorance.