John 7:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 7:11, NIV: "Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, 'Where is he?'"

John 7:11, ESV: "The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?”"

John 7:11, KJV: "Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?"

John 7:11, NASB: "So the Jews were looking for Him at the feast and saying, 'Where is He?'"

John 7:11, NLT: "The Jewish leaders tried to find him at the festival and kept asking if anyone had seen him."

John 7:11, CSB: "The Jews were looking for him at the festival and saying, "Where is he? ""

What does John 7:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Feast of Booths, also known as the Festival of Tabernacles, was one of the grandest events on the Jewish calendar. For an entire week, the people of Israel participated in rituals and events commemorating their journey out of Egypt through the wilderness. As one of the required feasts for all Jewish men (Deuteronomy 16:16), those who were curious about Jesus expected to see Him arrive at some point in time. None would have been more interested than the religious leaders of Jerusalem, whom the gospel of John typically labels "the Jews."

It seems the religious leaders are making the same mistake as Jesus' brothers (John 7:4–5). They assume that what Jesus wants is publicity, popularity, and power. On the contrary, Jesus is committed to preaching the truth (John 6:26–27), even when it causes most people to turn away (John 6:66). For this reason, Jesus entered the festival alone, and in private, after His family had already arrived (John 7:8–10). He arrives to find the people debating His character and mission.