Understanding Jesus’ apparent lie in John 7:8

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John 7:8:

“…You go to the festival. I am not[a] going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.”

The all important footnote:

[a] John 7:8 Some manuscripts not yet

It seems strange that many manuscripts omit “yet”, especially when there is a second “yet” in the verse (and both are the same Greek word; see Strong’s).

My questions are:

  1. Was “yet” added in later manuscripts so that Jesus could not be seen to lie?
  2. If the “yet” is not added, is there any way we can understand this verse such that Jesus was not lying (since according to verse 10 he did go to the festival)?

6 Comments

  • Reply February 28, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    now that’s a deep one Joseph D. Absher

  • Reply February 28, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    People want Jesus to be a liar, a homosexual, a fornicator, or a philosopher but it’s usually their own secret sin. these people just can’t bow down to Jesus, the Son of the living God, a lamb for sinners slain…

  • Reply February 28, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    Maybe later? I got a class this morning. Short notice. The three loves, Phileo, Eros, Agape. We’re gonna talk about sexual sin and whores. That ought to keep their attention.

  • Reply February 28, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    There are actually 4 in Greek but they are interchangeable at best

  • Reply February 28, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    I think I remember that now that you mention it. But I just went with what I know and can preach with conviction. I used Eros for both good and healthy sex in marriage and sexual sin, fornication and perversion. It actually went well. Ending with Agape and the passion of Christ for sinners.

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