John 18:20

“Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iesus answered him, I spake openly to the world, I euer taught in the Synagogue, and in the Temple, whither the Iewes alwayes resort, and in secret haue I said nothing:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together; and I spoke nothing in secret.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Jesus answered him, I have spoken openly to the world; I ever taught in synagogues, and in the temple, where all the Jews come together; and in secret spake I nothing.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Jesus made answer, I said things openly to the world at all times; I have given my teaching in the Synagogues and in the Temple to which all the Jews come; and I have said nothing secretly.
- Basic English Bible

Jesus answered him, I spoke openly to the world; I taught always in [the] synagogue and in the temple, where all the Jews come together, and in secret I have spoken nothing.
- Darby Bible

Jesus answered him, I spoke openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
- Webster's Bible

As for me, replied Jesus, "I have spoken openly to the world. I have continually taught in some synagogue or in the Temple where all the Jews are wont to assemble, and I have said nothing in secret.
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus answered him, "I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues, and in the temple, where the Jews always meet. I said nothing in secret.
- World English Bible

Jhesus answerde to hym, Y haue spokun opynli to the world; Y tauyte euermore in the synagoge, and in the temple, whider alle the Jewis camen togidere, and in hiddlis Y spak no thing.
- Wycliffe Bible

Jesus answered him, `I spake freely to the world, I did always teach in a synagogue, and in the temple, where the Jews do always come together; and in secret I spake nothing;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 18:20


18:20 I spake openly - As to the manner: continually - As to the time: in the synagogue and temple - As to the place. In secret have I said nothing - No point of doctrine which I have not taught in public.


Discussion for John 18

  • Irene123
    Jesus, in His earthly life, would not have 'signed' a contract with anybody. If He would have - He would also have called down angels to free Him.
  • Steve morrow
    john 18:37 pilate therefore said unto him art thou a king then JESUS answered thou sayest that I am a king to this end was I born and for this cause came I into the world that I should bear witness unto the truth every one that is of the truth heareth MY voice JOHN 10:5 AND A STRANGER THEY WILL NOT FOLLOW BUT WILL FLEE FROM HIM FOR THEY KNOW NOT THE VOICE OF STRANGERS
  • Jacob
    Jesus mighty was certain that was why they fell down when he asks them who they seek, His mighty was certain that was why He put back one of them when Simon Peter struck him by sword, His mighty was certain that was He uses Pilate's words without fear of him as a judge. In that drama the ultimate goal was that the purpose of Him being on the earth must come to pass, that is the will of God. Amen
  • LeVonne
    John 18 represents so much chaos and strife encircling Jesus and the disciples. Betrayal, aggression, acts of violence and denial of who He is by his chosen disciples. All of this takes place in the dark. Yet, Jesus is the only one who remains fixed and focused. Hallelujah! What a Savior! The "Light" of the world.
  • Uruakpa Anthonia
    For as many that are under the bondage and captivity of the enemy, get yourself loose today by the word of God in John 18: 7-8. This is because before Jesus surredered his life to the arresters, he signed a contract with them, the contract is found in verse 8 which says 'If ye seek me, therefore let these go their way ' Beloved, receive the divine mandate today and be set free from that long age bondage. But, you must surrender your life to christ first. God bless you.
  • Uruakpa Anthonia
    Jesus purposely laid down himself to be arrested because at that point they could not recognise Jesus. It was Jesus who asked them 'Whom seek ye? ' Even when Jesus said 'I am He ', they all fell to the ground. This simply shows that they don 't have the power to arrest Jesus but because Jesus knows his purpose on earth and it was time to fulfill that purpose, he simply laid down himself to be arrested.

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