John 7:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 7:4, NIV: "No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.'"

John 7:4, ESV: "For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.”"

John 7:4, KJV: "For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world."

John 7:4, NASB: "For no one does anything in secret when he himself is striving to be known publicly. If You are doing these things, show Yourself to the world.'"

John 7:4, NLT: "You can't become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!'"

John 7:4, CSB: "For no one does anything in secret while he's seeking public recognition. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.""

What does John 7:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse continues the sarcastic, mocking tone of Jesus' brothers. Based on passages such as Matthew 12:46, Mark 6:3, and allusions to prophecies such as Psalm 69, there is every reason to think these were Jesus' actual half-siblings. That is, these were other sons of His mother, Mary. When Jesus fed thousands, it attracted a significant level of attention (John 6:14). However, when Jesus explained the real meaning of His ministry, most of those followers turned away (John 6:66). Perhaps this is the motivation for His brothers' mocking: "go make a scene if you want to be such a big deal!"

Jesus, on the other hand, is only interested in following God the Father's timetable (John 7:6). Much of what Jesus does will attract controversy, but this is not the real purpose of His actions. In order to avoid needless scandal, and to make a more subtle entrance, Jesus will let His brothers go ahead of Him so He can enter the festival alone, and quietly (John 7:9–10). Notably, Jesus will perform no miracles at this particular festival.