John 7:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 7:32, NIV: "The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him."

John 7:32, ESV: "The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him."

John 7:32, KJV: "The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him."

John 7:32, NASB: "The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering these things about Him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest Him."

John 7:32, NLT: "When the Pharisees heard that the crowds were whispering such things, they and the leading priests sent Temple guards to arrest Jesus."

John 7:32, CSB: "The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things about him, and so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent servants to arrest him."

What does John 7:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus' actions have already created problems for the religious leaders of Jerusalem. Most recently, His public preaching has made the crowds of Jerusalem question their authority. Since Jesus has already been marked for death (John 5:18), but is currently teaching in the open, the people are curious. Do the religious leaders lack the resolve to deal with Jesus or do they now believe what He is saying (John 7:25–26)? Even worse, for the religious authorities, some people are willing to openly defend Jesus as the Promised One, based on His miracles (John 7:31).

As a result, the Pharisees send a group of official peacekeepers to arrest Jesus. As with other attempts explained in the gospels, this effort to seize Jesus will fail. In certain incidents, this failure has a supernatural feeling to it (John 10:24, 39). In others, Jesus most likely blends into the crowd and leaves (John 5:13), or is protected by the presence of a sympathetic throng (Matthew 21:46). Here, however, the reason Jesus remains free is perhaps the most surprising. Despite being sent to arrest Him, the men who hear Him find His words so perplexing that they will leave Him be (John 7:44–46). This may have been because they found Him persuasive or because they interpret His words to mean He plans to leave the area (John 7:33–36). This enrages the Pharisees who sent them (John 7:47–50).