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John 12:32

    John 12:32 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will make all men come to me.

    Webster's Revision

    And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself.

    World English Bible

    And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 12:32

    I-- will draw all men unto me - After I shall have died and risen again, by the preaching of my word and the influence of my Spirit, I shall attract and illuminate both Jews and Gentiles. It was one of the peculiar characteristics of the Messiah, that unto him should the gathering of the people be, Genesis 49:10. And probably our Lord refers to the prophecy, Isaiah 11:10, which peculiarly belonged to the Gentiles: "There shall be a root of Jesse which shall stand for an Ensign of the people, to it shall the Gentiles seek, and his rest shall be glorious." There is an allusion here to the ensigns or colors of commanders of regiments, elevated on high places, on long poles, that the people might see where the pavilion of their general was, and so flock to his standard.

    Instead of παντας, the Codex Bezae, another, several versions, and many of the fathers, read παντα, all men, or all things: so the Anglo-Saxon, I will draw all things to myself. But παντα may be here the accusative singular, and signify all men.

    The ancients fabled that Jupiter had a chain of gold, which he could at any time let down from heaven, and by it draw the earth and all its inhabitants to himself. See a fine passage to this effect in Homer, Iliad viii. ver. 18-27.

    Ειδ' αγε, πειρησασθε θεοι, ἱνα ειδετε παντες,

    Σειρην χρυσειην εξ ουρανοθεν κρεμασαντες·

    Παντες δ' εξαπτεσθε θεοι, πασαι τε θεαιναι. κ. τ. λ.

    "Now prove me: let ye down the golden chain

    From heaven, and pull at its inferior links,

    Both goddesses and gods: but me your king,

    Supreme in wisdom, ye shall never draw

    To earth from heaven, strive with me as ye may.

    But I, if willing to exert my power,

    The earth itself, itself the sea, and you,

    Will lift with ease together, and will wind

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    Barnes' Notes on John 12:32

    Be lifted up - See John 3:14; John 8:28.

    Will draw - John 6:44. The same word is used in both places.

    All men - I will incline all kinds of men; or will make the way open by the cross, so that all men may come. I will provide a way which shall present a strong motive or inducement - the strongest that can be presented to all men to come to me.

    Wesley's Notes on John 12:32

    12:32 Lifted up from the earth - This is a Hebraism which signifies dying. Death in general is all that is usually imported. But our Lord made use of this phrase, rather than others that were equivalent, because it so well suited the particular manner of his death. I will draw all men - Gentiles as well as Jews. And those who follow my drawings, Satan shall not be able to keep.