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John 21:19

    John 21:19 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    This spoke he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he said to him, Follow me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now this he spake, signifying by what manner of death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now this he said, pointing out the sort of death by which he would give God glory. And after saying this, he said to him, Come after me.

    Webster's Revision

    Now this he spake, signifying by what manner of death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

    World English Bible

    Now he said this, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. When he had said this, he said to him, "Follow me."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now this he spake, signifying by what manner of death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 21:19

    Should glorify God - Ancient writers state that, about thirty-four years after this, Peter was crucified; and that he deemed it so glorious a thing to die for Christ that he begged to be crucified with his head downwards, not considering himself worthy to die in the same posture in which his Lord did. So Eusebius, Prudentius, Chrysostom, and Augustin. See Calmet.

    Follow me - Whether our Lord meant by these words that Peter was to walk with him a little way for a private interview, or whether he meant that he was to imitate his example, or be conformed to him in the manner of his death, is very uncertain.

    Barnes' Notes on John 21:19

    By what death ... - In these words two things are implied:

    1. that Peter would die a violent death; and,

    2. that his death would be such as to honor God.

    The ancients say that Peter was crucified at Rome, about 34 years after this, with his head downward. Clemens says that he was led to the crucifixion with his wife, and sustained her in her sufferings by exhorting her to remember the example of her Lord. He also adds that he died, not as the philosophers did, but with a firm hope of heaven, and patiently endured the pangs of the cross (Strom. vii.). This declaration of the Saviour was doubtless continually before the mind of Peter, and to the hour of his death he maintained the utmost constancy and fidelity in his cause, thus justifying the appellation which the Lord Jesus gave him - a rock.

    Wesley's Notes on John 21:19

    21:19 By what death he should glorify God - It is not only by acting, but chiefly by suffering, that the saints glorify God. Follow me - Showing hereby likewise what death he should die.