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John 1:43-51 (Angel)

March 12, 2013

43The next day he wanted to go out into the Galatia and finds Philip and the Jesus says to him, “Follow me.” 44And he was Philip from Bethesda, out of the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip finds the Nathaniel and says to him, “What Moses wrote in the law and the speakers we have found, Jesus son of the Joseph from Nazareth.” 46And Nathaniel said to him, “Can anything good be out of Nazareth?” Philip says to him, “Come and see.” 47The Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward him and says about him, “Look! Truly [an] Israelite in who there is no deceit.” 48Nathaniel says to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip made a sound to you while being under the fig tree I saw you.” 49Nathaniel answered him, “Rabbi, YOU are the son of the God, YOU are the king of the Israel.” 50Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you beneath the fig tree, you believe? You will see greater [things] than these. 51And he said to him, “Truly, truly I say to you(pl), you(pl) will see

The heaven having opened and the messengers of the God going up and coming down on the son of the man.

There is lots of wordy narrative here, and many translations cut it down (doesn’t seem to be much harm in that here). Notice the (pl) after the “you” in verse 51. This is to mark that this is plural and he is talking to everyone that is there. So far that sort of thing has been clear contextually. In King James English, there were different words for “you” that showed if it was just one person or not, but that distinction has dropped out of English now. Still it’s kind of weird that this says “he said to him, “truly, truly I say to you (pl)…”

Also in verse 51 is the word normally translated “angel” (from Greek “angelos”), but really, it just means messenger. That is to say, it’s not always clear if an “angel” being talked about is a supernatural one.

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