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George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
John 1:47

Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and he said of him, Behold truly an Israelite, in whom there is no guile!

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Commentaries:

- Clarke Commentary;   A.W. Pinks's Commentary;   Birdgeway Bible Commentary;   Coffman Commentaries;   Barne's Notes;   Box's Commentaries on Selected Books;   Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes;   Calvin's Commentary;   Cambridge Greek Testament;   Lapide's Commentary;   Chuck Smith Commentary;   Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible ;   Constable's Expository Notes;   Daily Study Bible;   Darby's Synopsis;   Ellicott's Commentary;   Expositor's Greek Testament;   Family Bible New Testament;   Hole's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Gaebelein's Annotated;   Golden Chain Commentary;   Morgan's Biblical Exposition;   Gill's Exposition;   Everett's Study Notes;   Geneva Study Bible;   Alford's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Mahan's Commentary;   The Bible Study New Testament;   Ironside's Notes;   Bengel's Gnomon;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged;   Lightfoot's Commentary;   The People's Bible;   Sutcliffe's Commentary;   Trapp's Commentary;   Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible;   Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures;   Grant's Commentary;   Wells of Living Water;   MacLaren's Expositions;   Henry's Complete;   Henry's Concise;   Poole's Annotations;   Pett's Bible Commentary;   Peake's Bible Commentary;   Preacher's Homiletical Commentary;   Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary;   Benson's Commentary;   Robertson's Word Pictures;   Ryle's Exposiory Thougths;   Sermon Bible;   Schaff's New Testament Commentary;   Horae Homileticae;   Spurgeon's Verse Expositions;   Biblical Illustrator;   Coke's Commentary;   Expositor's Bible;   Fourfold Gospel;   Pulpit Commentaries;   Treasury of Knowledge;   Vincent's Studies;   Whedon's Commentary;  

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Character;   Holiness;   Integrity;   Jesus, the Christ;   Jesus Continued;   Nathanael;   Obedience;   Perfection;   Philip;   Sincerity;   Scofield Reference Index - Faith;   Life;   Thompson Chain Reference - Guileless;   Innocence-Guilt;   Piety;   Religion;   Religion, True-False;   True Religion;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Character of Saints;   Sincerity;  

Dictionaries:

- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Bartholomew;   Galilee;   Nathanael;   Philip;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Jesus christ;   Nathanael;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Universalists;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Bartholomew;   Israel;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Bartholomew;   Nathanael;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Bartholomew;   Guile;   John, the Gospel of;   Nathanael;   Philip;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israelite;   Judging;   Nathanael;   Philip;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Appreciation (of Christ);   Bartholomew ;   Boyhood of Jesus;   Brotherhood (2);   Call, Calling;   Character of Christ;   Complacency;   Deceit, Deception, Guile;   Doctrines;   Foresight;   Israel, Israelite;   Israelite;   John the Baptist;   Nathanael ;   Nazareth;   Numbers (2);   People ;   Prophet;   Religious Experience;   Sincerity;   Slowness of Heart;   Wisdom of Christ;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Nathanael ;   Philip ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Nathanael;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Bartholomew;   Israel kingdom of;   Jesus christ;   Jew;   Nathanael;   Philip;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Jew;   Nathan'ael;   Naz'areth;  

Encyclopedias:

- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Guile;   Israelite;   John, the Apostle;   Nathanael (2);   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Bartholomew;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Jesus of Nazareth;  

Devotionals:

- Today's Word from Skip Moen - Devotion for November 11;  

Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said concerning him, See! Here is an Israelite indeed [a true descendant of Jacob], in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor falsehood nor duplicity!

The Complete Jewish Bible
Yeshua saw Natan'el coming toward him and remarked about him, "Here's a true son of Isra'el -- nothing false in him!"

American Standard Version
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

Bible in Basic English
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and said of him, See, here is a true son of Israel in whom there is nothing false.

English Revised Version
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

Contemporary English Version
When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said, "Here is a true descendant of our ancestor Israel. And he isn't deceitful."

English Standard Version
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!"

Easy-to-Read Version
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him. Jesus said, "This man coming is truly one of God's people. There is nothing false in him."

The Geneva Bible (1587)
Iesus sawe Nathanael comming to him, and saide of him, Beholde in deede an Israelite, in whom is no guile.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
Iesus sawe Nathanael commyng to hym, & sayeth of hym: Beholde a ryght Israelite, in whom is no guile.

Darby's Translation
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and says of him, Behold [one] truly an Israelite, in whom there is no guile.

King James Version (1611)
Iesus saw Nathaneel comming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed in whom is no guile.

New Revised Standard
When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and he saith of him: Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile.

New Century Version
As Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said, "Here is truly an Israelite. There is nothing false in him."

James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta
And Jesus saw Nathaniel coming towards him, and said of him: Behold a real Israelite, in whom is no deceit.

Good News Translation
When Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, he said about him, <>

Holman Christian Standard
Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said about him, "Here is a true Israelite; no deceit is in him."

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
Iesus sawe Nathanael comynge to him, and sayde of him: Beholde, a righte Israelite, in whom is no gyle.

Mace New Testament (1729)
Jesus seeing Nathanael coming, said of him, there's a true Israelite, in whom is no guile. how do you know me?

J.P. Green Literal Translation
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said concerning him, Behold, truly an Israelite in whom is no guile!

New King James
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!"

New Living Translation
As they approached, Jesus said, "Here comes an honest man – a true son of Israel."

New International Version
When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

King James Version
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

New Life Version
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him and said, "See! There is a true Jew. There is nothing false in him."

Hebrew Names Version
Yeshua saw Natan'el coming to him, and said about him, "Behold, an Yisra'elite indeed, in whom is no deceit!"

International Standard Version
Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward him and said about him, "Look, a true Israelite, in whom there is no falsehood!"

John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta
And Jeshu saw Nathanael as he was coming to him, and said of him, Behold truly a son of Isroel who hath no guile in him.

New American Standard Version
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!"

The Emphasised Bible
Jesus saw Nathanael coming unto him, and saith concerning him - See! Truly, an Israelite, in whom is no guile.

Revised Standard Version
Jesus saw Nathan'a-el coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!"

Tyndale Bible
Iesus sawe Nathanael commynge to him and sayde of him. Beholde a ryght Israelite in who is no gyle.

Updated Bible Version 1.9
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and says of him, Look, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

The Webster Bible
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

World English Bible
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said about him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!"

Wesley's New Testament (1755)
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile.

Weymouth New Testament
Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, and said of him, "Look! here is a true Israelite, in whom there is no deceitfulness!"

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
Filip seide to hym, Come, and se. Jhesus siy Nathanael comynge to hym, and seide to hym, Lo! verili a man of Israel, in whom is no gile.

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus saw Nathanael coming unto him, and he saith concerning him, `Lo, truly an Israelite, in whom guile is not;'

The Message
When Jesus saw him coming he said, "There's a real Israelite, not a false bone in his body."

Lexham English Bible
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, "Look! A true Israelite in whom is no deceit!"

Contextual Overview

43The next day Jesus wanted to leave for Galilee, and he found Philip, and said to him, Follow me. 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Simon. 45Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, We have found that Jesus, the son of Joseph, of Nazareth, is the one concerning whom Moses wrote in the law and the prophets. 46Nathanael said to him, Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and you will see. 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and he said of him, Behold truly an Israelite, in whom there is no guile! 48Nathanael said to him, Whence do you know me? Jesus said to him. Even before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you. 49Nathanael answered, saying to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel. 50Jesus said to him, Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? you shall see greater things than these. 51He said to him, Truly, truly, I say to all of you, that from now on you will see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending to the Son of man.

Verse Review

from
Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
Behold
8:31,39; Romans 2:28,29; 9:6; Philippians 3:3
in
Psalms 32:2; 73:1; 1 Peter 2:1,22; Revelation 14:5

Gill's Notes on the Bible

Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him,.... For notwithstanding his prejudices, he was a man of so much uprightness and honesty, that he thought Philip's request was very reasonable; and that it was but right, and fair, that he should see, and hear, and judge, for himself, whether the person Philip spoke of was the Messiah, or not; and therefore he came along with him; and as he was coming, Jesus saw him, who knew all that had passed between him and Philip:

and saith of him; to those that were standing by him, and in the hearing of Nathanael,

behold an Israelite indeed! a son of Israel, as the Syriac and Persic versions read; a true son of Jacob's; an honest, plain hearted man, like him; one that was an Israelite at heart; inwardly so; not one after the flesh only, but after the Spirit; see Romans 2:28; and which was a rare thing at that time; and therefore a note of admiration is prefixed to it; for all were not Israel, that were of Israel; and indeed but a very few then: and so, בן ישראל, "a son of Israel", and ישראל גמור, "a perfect Israelite", are said of such who have regard to the articles of the Jewish faith, though not even of the seed of Israel: it is added,

in whom there is no guile; not that he was without sin; nor is this said of him; nor was he in such sense without guile, as Christ himself was; but guile was not a governing sin in him: the course of his life, and conversation, was with great integrity, and uprightness, and without any prevailing hypocrisy and deceit, either to God, or men. This Christ said to show how much such a character is approved by him; and that he knew the secrets of men's hearts, and the inward frames of their minds,

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

An Israelite indeed - One who is really an Israelite - not by birth only, but one worthy of the name. One who possesses the spirit, the piety, and the integrity which become a man who is really a Jew, who fears God and obeys his law. Compare Romans 9:6; Romans 2:28-29.

No guile - No deceit, no fraud, no hypocrisy. He is really what he professes to be - a Jew, a descendant of the patriarch Jacob, fearing and serving God. He makes no profession which he does not live up to. He does not say that Nathanael was without guilt or sin, but that he had no disguise, no trick, no deceit - he was sincere and upright. This was a most honorable testimony. How happy would it be if he, who knows the hearts of all as he did that of Nathanael, could bear the same testimony of all who profess the religion of the gospel!

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

Behold an Israelite indeed - A worthy descendant of the patriarch Jacob, who not only professes to believe in Israel's God, but who worships him in sincerity and truth, according to his light.

In whom is no guile! - Deceitfulness ever has been, and still is, the deeply marked characteristic of the Jewish people. To find a man, living in the midst of so much corruption, walking in uprightness before his Maker, was a subject worthy the attention of God himself. Behold this man! and, while you see and admire, imitate his conduct.


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