John 7:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 7:9, NIV: After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee.

John 7:9, ESV: After saying this, he remained in Galilee.

John 7:9, KJV: When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

John 7:9, NASB: Now having said these things to them, He stayed in Galilee.

John 7:9, NLT: After saying these things, Jesus remained in Galilee.

John 7:9, CSB: After he had said these things, he stayed in Galilee.

What does John 7:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In chapter 6, Jesus performed a dramatic feeding of thousands, followed by a public debate in the city of Capernaum. These kinds of high-profile events brought attention from the religious leaders of Jerusalem, who had already condemned Jesus as a blasphemer (John 5:18). To avoid direct conflict, Jesus has been keeping to the region of Galilee, rather than getting to close to Jerusalem (John 7:1). This area was close enough to Jerusalem for news to travel, but outside of the immediate control of the Scribes and Pharisees.

However, as a Jewish man, Jesus was obligated to enter Jerusalem for the Feast of Booths (Deuteronomy 16:16). His unbelieving siblings have been teasing Him over the loss of disciples described in the last chapter (John 6:66). Somewhat sarcastically, they suggest that if Jesus wants to put on a show, He should go to the feast and do just that: draw a crowd. Instead, Jesus tells them to go on ahead without Him (John 7:8).

Christ's intent here is to honor God's timeline (John 7:6), and to make a quiet, private entrance. Then, several days into the festival, He will once again being publicly preaching (John 7:14). Jesus will not, however, perform miracles during this feast.