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John 12:26

    John 12:26 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will the Father honor.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If any man is my servant, let him come after me; and where I am, there will my servant be. If any man becomes my servant, my Father will give him honour.

    Webster's Revision

    If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will the Father honor.

    World English Bible

    If anyone serves me, let him follow me. Where I am, there will my servant also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will the Father honour.

    Definitions for John 12:26

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 12:26

    If any man serve me - Christ is a master in a twofold sense:

    1. To instruct men.

    2. To employ and appoint them their work. He who wishes to serve Christ must become:

    1. His disciple or scholar, that he may be taught:

    2. His servant, that he may be employed by and obey his master. To such a person a twofold promise is given:

    1. He shall be with Christ, in eternal fellowship with him; and

    2. He shall be honored by the Lord: he shall have an abundant recompense in glory; but how great, eye hath not seen, ear heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive.

    How similar to this is the saying of Creeshna (an incarnation of the supreme God, according to the Hindoo theology) to his disciple Arjoon! "If one whose ways were ever so evil serve me alone, he soon becometh of a virtuous spirit, is as respectable as the just man, and obtaineth eternal happiness. Consider this world as a finite and joyless place, and serve me. Be of my mind, my servant, my adorer, and bow down before me. Unite thy soul unto me, make me thy asylum, and thou shalt go unto me." And again: "I am extremely dear to the wise man, and he is dear to me-I esteem the wise man even as myself, because his devout spirit dependeth upon me alone as his ultimate resource." Bhagvat Geeta, pp. 71 and 82.

    The rabbins have an extravagant saying, viz. "God is more concerned for the honor of the just man than for his own."

    Barnes' Notes on John 12:26

    Serve me - Will be my disciple, or will be a Christian. Perhaps this was said to inform the Greeks John 12:20 of the nature of his religion.

    Let him follow me - Let him imitate me; do what I do, bear what I bear, and love what I love. He is discoursing here particularly of his own sufferings and death, and this passage has reference, therefore, to calamity and persecution. "You see me triumph - you see (me enter Jerusalem, and you supposed that my kingdom was to be set up without opposition or calamity; but it is not. I am to die; and if you will serve me, you must follow me even in these scenes of calamity; be willing to endure trial and to bear shame, looking for future reward."

    Where I am - See John 14:3; John 17:24. That is, he shall be in heaven, where the Son of God then was in his divine nature, and where he would be as the glorified Messiah. See the notes at John 3:13. The natural and obvious meaning of the expression "I am" implies that he was then in heaven. The design of this verse is to comfort them in the midst of persecution and trial. They were to follow him to any calamity; but, as he was to be glorified as the result of his sufferings, so they also were to look for their reward in the kingdom of heaven, Revelation 3:21; "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne."

    Wesley's Notes on John 12:26

    12:26 Let him follow me - By hating his life: and where I am - In heaven. If any man serve me - Thus, him will the Father honour.