2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near,

Other Translations of John 7:2

King James Version

2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.

English Standard Version

2 Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand.

The Message

2 It was near the time of Tabernacles, a feast observed annually by the Jews.

New King James Version

2 Now the Jews' Feast of Tabernacles was at hand.

New Living Translation

2 But soon it was time for the Jewish Festival of Shelters,

Matthew Henry's Commentary on John 7:2

Commentary on John 7:1-13

(Read John 7:1-13)

The brethren or kinsmen of Jesus were disgusted, when they found there was no prospect of worldly advantages from him. Ungodly men sometimes undertake to counsel those employed in the work of God; but they only advise what appears likely to promote present advantages. The people differed about his doctrine and miracles, while those who favoured him, dared not openly to avow their sentiments. Those who count the preachers of the gospel to be deceivers, speak out, while many who favour them, fear to get reproach by avowing regard for them.