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John 13:23

    John 13:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    There was at the table reclining in Jesus bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    There was at table one of his disciples, the one dear to Jesus, resting his head on Jesus' breast.

    Webster's Revision

    There was at the table reclining in Jesus bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

    World English Bible

    One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was at the table, leaning against Jesus' breast.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    There was at the table reclining in Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 13:23

    Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom - The Jews of those days, at their suppers, reclined, supported by their left arm, on couches placed round the table, as the Greeks and Romans did. On each couch there were two or three persons; and the head of one of them came near to the bosom of him who reclined above him on the same couch. The person here mentioned was John, the writer of this history, who, being more tenderly loved by Christ than the rest, had always that place at table which was nearest to his Lord.

    Barnes' Notes on John 13:23

    Leaning on Jesus' bosom - This does not mean that he was at that time actually lying on his bosom, but that he occupied a situation next to him at the table, so that his head naturally fell back on his bosom when he spoke to him. See the notes at Matthew 23:6.

    Whom Jesus loved - This was doubtless John himself. The evangelists are not accustomed to mention their own names when any mark of favor or any good deed is recorded. They did not seek publicity or notoriety. In this case the appellation is more tender and honorable than any mere name. John was admitted to special friendship, perhaps, because the natural disposition of our Saviour was more nearly like the amiableness and mildness of John than any of the other disciples (Robert Hall). The highest honor that can be conferred on any man is to say that Jesus loved him. Yet this is an honor which all may possess, but which none can inherit without his spirit and without loving him. It is an honor which cannot be won by wealth or learning, by beauty or accomplishments, by rank or earthly honors, but only by the possession of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price, 1 Peter 3:4; compare Romans 8:9.

    Wesley's Notes on John 13:23

    13:23 There was lying in the bosom of Jesus - That is, sitting next to him at table. This phrase only expresses the then customary posture at meals, where the guests all leaned sidewise on couches. And each was said to lie in the bosom of him who was placed next above him. One of the disciples whom Jesus loved - St. John avoids with great care the expressly naming himself. Perhaps our Lord now gave him the first proof of his peculiar love, by disclosing this secret to him.