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.

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