John 2:20

“Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then said the Iewes, Fourty and six yeres was this Temple in building, and wilt thou reare it vp in three dayes?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The Jews then said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The Jews therefore said, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou raise it up in three days?
- American Standard Version (1901)

The Jews said, The building of this Temple took forty-six years; and you will put it up in three days!
- Basic English Bible

The Jews therefore said, Forty and six years was this temple building, and thou wilt raise it up in three days?
- Darby Bible

Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
- Webster's Bible

It has taken forty-six years, replied the Jews, "to build this Sanctuary, and will you rebuild it in three days?"
- Weymouth Bible

The Jews therefore said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple! Will you raise it up in three days?"
- World English Bible

Therfor the Jewis seiden to hym, In fourti and sixe yeer this temple was bildid, and schalt thou in thre daies reise it?
- Wycliffe Bible

The Jews, therefore, said, `Forty and six years was this sanctuary building, and wilt thou in three days raise it up?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 2:20


2:20 Forty and six years - Just so many years before the time of this conversation, Herod the Great had begun his most magnificent reparation of the temple, (one part after another,) which he continued all his life, and which was now going on, and was continued thirty - six years longer, till within six or seven years of the destruction of the state, city, and temple by the Romans.


People's Bible Notes for John 2:20


Joh 2:20 Forty and six years. It had been forty-six years since Herod the Great began the reconstruction of the temple, and it was not yet entirely completed. When Jesus was on trial before the Sanhedrin, these words were brought up as blasphemy.

Discussion for John 2

  • Ray321
    John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. Jesus knows what's in man.
  • Ray321
    John 2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, Jesus knows our hearts.
  • Ray321
    Matthew 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. Thank you Jesus for saving my Soul and my house.
  • Reinaldo Ortiz
    John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. All of Disciples did not understand Jesus or Jesus hid it from there hearts.
  • A disciple
    Practical Christianity does take care for the natural comforts of this life. We are not made of stone, and the LORD never intended us to think, either of ourselves or others, in that way. In Matthew 25 for example, what will separate the saved from the damned will be HOW WE TOOK CARE OF ONE ANOTHER in natural and practical ways! Its not always to "spiritualize" the things; but love is spiritual!
  • Ray321
    1 Timothy 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre. We all know that bring drunk is a sin. 1 Timothy 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities. Wine is good if sick. The wine is the symbol of Jesus's blood.

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