Jesus hid himself (Jn 8:59-8:59)

“Thus,

They picked up stones

To throw

At Jesus.

But Jesus hid himself.

He went out

Of the Temple.”

ἦραν οὖν λίθους ἵνα βάλωσιν ἐπ’ αὐτόν· Ἰησοῦς δὲ ἐκρύβη καὶ ἐξῆλθεν ἐκ τοῦ ἱεροῦ.

John uniquely indicated that after Jesus made this assertion that he was God, the Jewish leaders picked up stones (ἦραν οὖν λίθους) to throw at Jesus (ἵνα βάλωσιν ἐπ’ αὐτόν).  However, Jesus (Ἰησοῦς) hid himself (δὲ ἐκρύβη).  He went out (καὶ ἐξῆλθεν) of the Temple (ἐκ τοῦ ἱεροῦ).  This statement by Jesus that he was eternal like Yahweh really upset the Jewish people.  They were going to stone him.  However, Jesus escaped, as he often did in the synoptics also.  Have you ever hidden yourself?

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