John 7:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 7:8, NIV: "You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.'"

John 7:8, ESV: "You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.”"

John 7:8, KJV: "Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come."

John 7:8, NASB: "Go up to the feast yourselves; I am not going up to this feast, because My time has not yet fully arrived.'"

John 7:8, NLT: "You go on. I'm not going to this festival, because my time has not yet come.'"

John 7:8, CSB: "Go up to the festival yourselves. I'm not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.""

What does John 7:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jewish men were obligated to attend several feasts in Jerusalem each year (Deuteronomy 16:16). The biggest of these was the seven-day Feast of Booths, also known as the Festival of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:34). During this time of year, Jerusalem would have been swarming with pilgrims, visitors, and travelers. Instead of travelling to the feast with His brothers, Jesus intends to arrive alone, in order to make a quieter entrance (John 7:10). Despite the teasing coming from His siblings (John 7:1–5), Jesus is not seeking publicity or popularity (John 6:25–29). On the contrary, He knows that His message will be opposed, since people hate to be reminded of their own sin (John 7:7; 15:24–25). Jesus is also sensitive to the will of God the Father and knows that His work on earth needs to follow God's ultimate plan.

As shown in later verses, Jesus does attend the feast, though He does not begin to preach or teach until several days later (John 7:14). For this reason, some manuscripts add a Greek word for "yet" into Jesus' statement to His brothers: "I am not [yet] going up…" This is true to the context, but not necessary, and also not found in the older copies of Scripture. Jesus' meaning is clear both in context and in practice: "you go now, I am not."

Notice, also, that Jesus performs no miracles during this particular festival.