John 7:13

However no man spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.
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Cornelius a Lapide

AD 1637
Howbeit no man spake, &c, i.e, from fear of the Scribes, Pharisees, and Chief Priests. S. John speaks of them merely as Jews, so as not to derogate from the authority of the Scribes and Priests, and also, as Cyril says, he counted it wrong to term persons so estrayed from holiness, priests or elders. "No one," i.e, of those who said that Jesus was a good Prayer of Manasseh , says Euthymius; or as S. Augustine says, "They loudly proclaimed, "He seduces the people;" "He is a good Prayer of Manasseh ," they spoke in suppressed whispers." But about the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple. On the fourth or fifth day, for it lasted for eight days. S. Augustine, Theophylact, and others think that Christ entered Jerusalem and the temple on the same day: for when He came to the city He used first of all to visit the temple, as an act of piety, and many Christians follow his example. On the other hand, Toletus, Maldonatus, and others think that He went up shortly after His kinsfo...

Cyril of Alexandria

AD 444
There was murmuring among the Jews, and for fear of the Jews, he says that no man could speak openly. The Divine Evangelist then is calling the rulers of the Jews emphatically Jews, not deigning (as seems to me) to call them elders or priests, or the like, kindled with pious jealousy unto grief to themward, whom with reason does God accuse of destroying His spiritual vineyard, saying in the prophets, Many pastors destroyed My vineyard, they defiled My portion, they gave My longed-for portion for an impassable wilderness, it hath become a vanishing of perdition. For how shall we not suppose that the Lord's vineyard hath in truth been destroyed by their abominations, when they shewed that even to agree with the good, and only to marvel at that which is worthy of marvel is hazardous? But that this too works a sorer punishment for the rulers of the Jews and the rest of them, what wise man will doubt? Lo, for lo, the whole people fear and tremble before them, yet are not instructed in the l...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
No one publicly took the part of Jesus, however favourable were their private sentiments; for the Jews hated and persecuted such as sided with him. (Bible de Vence)

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Do you see everywhere the ruling body corrupted, and the ruled sound indeed in judgment, but not having that proper courage which a multitude especially lacks?

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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