The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJohn 3:22
After these things…
After Christ's coming to
Jerusalem, at the feast of the passover, with his disciples, and
driving the buyers and sellers from the temple, and doing the
miracles he did there, upon which many believed on him; and after
the long discourse he had with Nicodemus, concerning regeneration,
and other things:
came Jesus and his disciples, into the land of Judea;
or "into Judea
the country", having been in Jerusalem, the city part or chief city
in Judea; so that the country is distinguished from, and opposed to
the city. And thus, a countryman, and a Jerusalemite, or citizen of
Jerusalem, are distinguished F12;
``if, (yntrqh) , "a countryman", (one that lives in the country
any where in the land of Israel out of Jerusalem F13,)
receives a field, (ymlvwrym) , "from a man of Jerusalem", the
second tithes belong to the Jerusalemite; but the wise men
say, the countryman may bring them up, and eat them at
Or, it may be, because that Jerusalem was part of it in the tribe of
Benjamin, and the other in the tribe of Judah; therefore, when
Christ, and his disciples, left Jerusalem, they might more properly
be said to come into the land of Judea. Indeed, it is commonly said
by the Jews F14, that Jerusalem was not divided among the tribes,
and that it did not belong to any tribe; and if so, then with
greater propriety still might Christ be said to come into the land
of Judea, when he departed from Jerusalem; unless it should be
thought, that he went into Galilee, and after that came into the
land of Judea; so Nonnus:
and there he tarried with them:
with his disciples, as Nonnus; and
with the inhabitants of those parts: he made a longer stay here than
at Jerusalem, having more work to do here, and being more delighted
with the plainness and simplicity of the country people; or "he
conversed" with them, as the Syriac version renders it; he
exercised, and employed himself among them, as the Greek word used
signifies: he went about from village to village, doing good,
healing diseases, and preaching the Gospel which was made useful to
not he himself, but his disciples, by his orders, and
in his name; see (John 4:2) ; whereby he gave fresh countenance and
sanction to the ordinance of water baptism, administering it to
others, as well as submitting to it himself.
F12 Misn. Demai, c. 6. sect. 4.
F13 Maimon. Bartenora in ib.
F14 T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 12. 1, & Megilla, fol. 26. 1.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 3:22". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=joh&chapter=003&verse=022>. 1999.