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New Defender's Study Bible Notes
8:59 Jesus hid himself. Because they thought Jesus was a blasphemer, the Jews immediately sought to carry out the legal judgment of stoning (Leviticus 24:16). As He had done on several occasions before, however, Jesus merely passed through the midst of them (e.g., Luke 4:30; John 7:30), because “His hour was not yet come.” This verse says that Jesus “hid Himself,” but does not elaborate as to how this was done. Angels were always with Him (e.g., Mark 1:13; Luke 22:43), so they may well have been involved.