John 1:43
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New International Version
The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."

New Living Translation
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Come, follow me."

English Standard Version
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”

Berean Study Bible
The next day Jesus decided to set out for Galilee. Finding Philip, He told him, "Follow Me."

Berean Literal Bible
On the next day He desired to go forth into Galilee. And He finds Philip. And Jesus says to him, "Follow Me."

New American Standard Bible
The next day He purposed to go into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, "Follow Me."

King James Bible
The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The next day He decided to leave for Galilee. Jesus found Philip and told him, "Follow Me!"

International Standard Version
The next day, Jesus decided to go away to Galilee, where he found Philip and told him, "Follow me."

NET Bible
On the next day Jesus wanted to set out for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me."

New Heart English Bible
On the next day, he was determined to go out into Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, "Follow me."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the next day Yeshua wanted to depart to Galilee and he met Phillipus and he said to him: “Follow me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The next day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee. He found Philip and told him, "Follow me!"

New American Standard 1977
The next day He purposed to go forth into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
The day following Jesus desired to go forth into Galilee and found Philip and said unto him, Follow me.

King James 2000 Bible
The day following Jesus went forth into Galilee, and found Philip, and said unto him, Follow me.

American King James Version
The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and finds Philip, and said to him, Follow me.

American Standard Version
On the morrow he was minded to go forth into Galilee, and he findeth Philip: and Jesus saith unto him, Follow me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
On the following day, he would go forth into Galilee, and he findeth Philip. And Jesus saith to him: Follow me.

Darby Bible Translation
On the morrow he would go forth into Galilee, and Jesus finds Philip, and says to him, Follow me.

English Revised Version
On the morrow he was minded to go forth into Galilee, and he findeth Philip: and Jesus saith unto him, Follow me.

Webster's Bible Translation
The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith to him, follow me.

Weymouth New Testament
The next day, having decided to leave Bethany and go into Galilee, Jesus found Philip, and invited him to follow Him.

World English Bible
On the next day, he was determined to go out into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, "Follow me."

Young's Literal Translation
On the morrow, he willed to go forth to Galilee, and he findeth Philip, and saith to him, 'Be following me.'
Study Bible
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
42Andrew brought him to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which means Peter). 43The next day Jesus decided to set out for Galilee. Finding Philip, He told him, “Follow Me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the same town as Andrew and Peter.…
Cross References
Matthew 4:12
When Jesus heard that John had been imprisoned, He withdrew to Galilee.

Matthew 8:22
But Jesus told him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Matthew 10:3
Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;

John 1:28
All this happened at Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John 1:29
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

John 1:35
The next day John was standing there again with two of his disciples.

John 1:44
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the same town as Andrew and Peter.

John 2:11
Jesus performed this first sign at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

John 6:5
When Jesus looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward Him, He said to Philip, "Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?"

John 6:7
Philip answered, "Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to have a small piece."
Treasury of Scripture

The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and finds Philip, and said to him, Follow me.

and findeth.

Isaiah 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that …

Matthew 4:18-21 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon …

Matthew 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from there, he saw a man, named Matthew, …

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: …

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

(43) The day following, that is, the fourth day from the inquiry by the Sanhedrin (see John 1:29; John 1:35; John 1:43).

Findeth Philip.--Just as he was going forth from his lodging of the previous night (John 1:39). Philip is mentioned in the other Gospels only in the lists of the Twelve. The touches of character are all found in St. John. (Comp. John 6:5; John 12:21; John 14:8.)

Follow me.--This command, so full of meaning, is never used in the Gospels except as spoken by our Lord Himself, and is addressed to but one outside the circle of the Apostles, the rich young man whom Jesus loved (Matthew 19:21; Mark 10:21). In other parts of the New Testament it is used but once, in the words of the angel to Peter (Acts 12:8). We cannot, therefore, limit the words to an invitation to accompany Him on that day's walk, though this is included, and in that walk from Bethania to Bethsaida there came the revelation which made the "Follow Me" a power binding for the whole of life. (Comp. Matthew 8:22.)

Verses 43, 44. - On the morrow - i.e. on the fourth day after the deputation from the Sanhedrin - he willed - or was minded - to go forth into Galilee, to commence his homeward journey. Whether this implies an actual beginning of his route, or suggests, before any step was taken in that direction, that the following incidents occurred, cannot be determined, though commentators take opposite sides, as though something important depended upon it. The former supposition is, however, in keeping with the considerable distance, on any hypothesis of the site of Bethany, between it and Cana. And he (the Lord himself "finds;" the two earliest disciples had sought and found him) findeth Philip; very probably on the route from the scene of John's baptism to the Bethsaida on the western shore of the Lake of Galilee. And Jesus saith to him, Follow me; become one of my ἀκόλουθοι. The arguments, the reasons, which weighed with him are not given at first, but we find that he soon learned the same great lesson as that which the other disciples had acquired, and he clothes them in memorable words. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. This is a remark of the evangelist, who did not consider it necessary to say from what city or neighbourhood he had himself issued. This town has utterly perished (Matthew 11:20), although some travellers (Robinson, 3:359; Wilson and Warren) believe that indications were found north of Khan Minyeh, and others have identified it with Tell-Hum. Some writers ('Picturesque Palestine,' vol. 2:74, 81, etc.) discover it in Ain et Tabighah, where some remains of a fountain reservoir and other buildings are found. It was identified by Thomson with Abu-Zany, on the west of the entrance of Jordan into the lake. The two pairs of brothers must have been familiar with Philip. Some interesting hints of character are attainable from John 6:5, in which an incident occurs where Philip revealed a practical wisdom and confident purpose, and again in John 12:21, 22, where Andrew and Philip are made the confidants of the Greeks, and Philip is the one who seems able and willing to introduce them to Jesus. In John 14:8 Philip uttered one of the great longings of the human heart - a passionate desire to solve all mysteries, by the vision of the Father; but he lets out the fact that be had not seen all that he might have seen and known in Jesus himself. Subsequent history shows that Philip was one of the "great lights of Asia," and was held in the highest esteem (Eusebius, 'Hist. Eccl.,' 3:31). He must not be confounded with Philip the evangelist, whose daughters prophesied (Acts 8; Acts 21:8). The day following,.... Not the day after John had pointed out Christ, as the Lamb of God, to two of his disciples; but the day after Simon had been with him, being brought by Andrew:

Jesus would go forth into Galilee; from whence he came to Jordan, to John, to be baptized by him; and which being done, and his temptations in the wilderness over, it was his will, resolution, and determination, to return to Galilee, the place of his education and conversation, till this time; and therefore chose to begin his ministry, and miracles, there, both to give honour to it, and to fulfil a prophecy in Isaiah 9:1; and besides this, he had doubtless another end in going thither: which was to call some other disciples that dwelt there:

and findeth Philip; as he was going to Galilee, or rather when in it; not by hap or chance; but knowing where he was, as the shepherd and bishop of souls, looked him up and found him out, and called him by his grace, and to be a disciple of his; See Gill on Matthew 10:3,

and saith unto him, follow me; leave thy friends, thy calling, and business, and become a disciple of mine: and such power went along with these words, that he at once left all, and followed Christ; as the other disciples, Peter, and Andrew, James, and John, and Matthew did, as is recorded of them, though not of this; but the following history makes it appear he did. 43. would go … into Galilee—for from His baptism He had sojourned in Judea (showing that the calling at the Sea of Galilee [Mt 4:18] was a subsequent one, see on [1763]Lu 5:1).

Follow me—the first express call given, the former three having come to Him spontaneously.1:43-51 See the nature of true Christianity, it is following Jesus; devoting ourselves to him, and treading in his steps. Observe the objection Nathanael made. All who desire to profit by the word of God, must beware of prejudices against places, or denominations of men. They should examine for themselves, and they will sometimes find good where they looked for none. Many people are kept from the ways of religion by the unreasonable prejudices they conceive. The best way to remove false notions of religion, is to make trial of it. In Nathanael there was no guile. His profession was not hypocritical. He was not a dissembler, nor dishonest; he was a sound character, a really upright, godly man. Christ knows what men are indeed. Does He know us? Let us desire to know him. Let us seek and pray to be Israelites indeed, in whom is no guile; truly Christians, approved of Christ himself. Some things weak, imperfect, and sinful, are found in all, but hypocrisy belongs not to a believer's character. Jesus witnessed what passed when Nathanael was under the fig-tree. Probably he was then in fervent prayer, seeking direction as to the Hope and Consolation of Israel, where no human eye observed him. This showed him that our Lord knew the secrets of his heart. Through Christ we commune with, and benefit by the holy angels; and things in heaven and things on earth are reconciled and united together.
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