Division Among the People
Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is x the Prophet."
Others said, "This is y the Christ." But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee?
z "Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, a where David was?"
So b there was a division among the people because of Him.
Now c some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.
Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?"
The officers answered, d "No man ever spoke like this Man!"
Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived?
"Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him?
"But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed."
Nicodemus e (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them,
f "Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?"
They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for g no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear.
I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.
Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.
"Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
The LORD has sworn in truth to David; He will not turn from it: "I will set upon your throne the fruit of your body.
Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting."
So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David.
1 Samuel 16:1
Now the LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.
1 Samuel 16:4
So Samuel did what the LORD said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, "Do you come peaceably?
And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said, "He is good"; others said, "No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.
Therefore they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.
When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, "Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
"And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?"
So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, "Is this not Joseph's son?
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.
And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
Then I commanded your judges at that time, saying, 'Hear the cases between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the stranger who is with him.
'You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man's presence, for the judgment is God's. The case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.'
One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.
Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, As when at first He lightly esteemed The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, And afterward more heavily oppressed her, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, In Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.
The land of Zebulun and the land of NaphtalI, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: