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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

John 7:13

Howbeit (mentoi).
See 4:27 for this compound particle (men, toi), by way of exception, but yet.

Spake (elalei).
Imperfect active of lalew, "was speaking," picturing the whispering or secret talk (

no man openly}, oudeiv parrhsiai). Best MSS. do not have en here with parrhsiai (locative or instrumental case of manner) as in 7:26; 10:24; 11:54, but en genuine in 7:4; Colossians 2:15. This adverbial use of parrhsiai is common enough (Mark 8:37). {For fear of the Jews (dia ton pobon twn Ioudaiwn).
Objective genitive. The crowds really feared the Jewish leaders and evidently did not wish to involve Jesus or themselves. See the same phrase and attitude on the part of the disciples in 19:38; 20:19.


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Bibliography Information
Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 7:13". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=joh&chapter=007&verse=013>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.