John 7:42 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 7:42, NIV: "Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David's descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?'"

John 7:42, ESV: "Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”"

John 7:42, KJV: "Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?"

John 7:42, NASB: "Has the Scripture not said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?'"

John 7:42, NLT: "For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.'"

John 7:42, CSB: "Doesn't the Scripture say that the Messiah comes from David's offspring and from the town of Bethlehem, where David lived? ""

What does John 7:42 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Some people have seen Jesus' miracles, listened to His words, and concluded that He is everything He claims to be (John 7:31; 7:40–41). Others are confused by Jewish traditions and reject Jesus' role as the Messiah as a result (John 5:27). Still others are ready to search the Scriptures (John 7:41), but don't know enough about Jesus to make the right decision, as shown in this verse. This last group rightly sees that the Old Testament predicts Messiah coming from Bethlehem, the city of David (Micah 5:2), and being of David's family. For the crowd, Jesus is "from" Nazareth, where He has lived since He was very young. However, these same people do not realize that Jesus was, in fact, born in Bethlehem, making Him the fulfillment of that prophecy.

This tangled web of interpretations, intentions, and arguments leads to more than just civil debate. The Greek term used in verse 43 is schisma, which implies a contentious, unhappy split between groups. This is much more than just a "controversy."