John 12:15
Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
"Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt."

New Living Translation
"Don't be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey's colt."

English Standard Version
“Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

Berean Study Bible
"Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. See, your King is coming, seated on the colt of a donkey."

Berean Literal Bible
"Fear not, daughter of Zion. Behold, your King comes, sitting on a colt of a donkey."

New American Standard Bible
"FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY'S COLT."

King James Bible
Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Fear no more, Daughter Zion. Look, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt.

International Standard Version
"Stop being afraid, people of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting upon a donkey's colt!"

NET Bible
"Do not be afraid, people of Zion; look, your king is coming, seated on a donkey' s colt!"

New Heart English Bible
"Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your King comes, sitting on a donkey's colt."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Fear not, daughter of Zion, behold your King comes to you and rides on a foal, a colt of a donkey.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Don't be afraid, people of Zion! Your king is coming. He is riding on a donkey's colt."

New American Standard 1977
“FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY’S COLT.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Fear not, daughter of Sion; behold, thy King comes, sitting on an ass's colt.

King James 2000 Bible
Fear not, daughter of Zion: behold, your King comes, sitting on a donkey's colt.

American King James Version
Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, your King comes, sitting on an ass's colt.

American Standard Version
Fear not, daughter of Zion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy king cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

Darby Bible Translation
Fear not, daughter of Zion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

English Revised Version
Fear not, daughter of Zion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

Webster's Bible Translation
Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

Weymouth New Testament
"Fear not, Daughter of Zion! See, thy King is coming riding on an ass's colt."

World English Bible
"Don't be afraid, daughter of Zion. Behold, your King comes, sitting on a donkey's colt."

Young's Literal Translation
'Fear not, daughter of Sion, lo, thy king doth come, sitting on an ass' colt.'
Study Bible
The Triumphal Entry
14Finding a young donkey, Jesus sat on it, as it is written: 15“Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. See, your King is coming, seated on the colt of a donkey.” 16At first His disciples did not understand these things, but after Jesus was glorified they remembered what had been done to Him, and they realized that these very things had also been written about Him.…
Cross References
Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Matthew 21:5
"Say to the daughter of Zion, 'See, your King comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'"

John 12:14
Finding a young donkey, Jesus sat on it, as it is written:
Treasury of Scripture

Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, your King comes, sitting on an ass's colt.

Fear.

Isaiah 35:4,5 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, …

Isaiah 40:9,10 O Zion, that bring good tidings, get you up into the high mountain; …

Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, you worm Jacob, and you men of Israel; I will help you, …

Isaiah 62:11 Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the world, Say you …

Micah 4:8 And you, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of …

Zephaniah 3:16,17 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear you not: and to Zion, …

Zechariah 2:9-11 For, behold, I will shake my hand on them, and they shall be a spoil …

Matthew 2:2-6 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen …

sitting.

Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people …

Judges 5:10 Speak, you that ride on white donkeys, you that sit in judgment, …

Judges 12:14 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on three score …

2 Samuel 15:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots …

2 Samuel 16:2 And the king said to Ziba, What mean you by these? And Ziba said, …

1 Kings 1:33 The king also said to them, Take with you the servants of your lord, …

(15) Fear not, daughter of Sion.--The quotation is made freely, and in an abbreviated form. (Comp. the fuller form in Matthew 21:5, and Note upon it there.) It is in the two Hebrew Gospels only that the connection of the fact with the prophecy is mentioned.

Sitting on an ass's colt.--The Greek (LXX.) has "a young ass." St. John's translation is nearer to the Hebrew. (Comp. Introduction, p. 374).

Verse 15. - John, as well as Matthew, sees here a symbolical fulfillment of what had been declared by one of the latest of the prophets, as the peculiarity of the Messiah (Zechariah 9:9): Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt. This oracle is admitted by commentators of opposite schools to refer to the Messiah. There was no need, in order to fulfill the spirit of the whole passage, that the King should come to his own literally upon the back of a beast of burden. The prophecy does, however, suggest the modesty, the absence of all pomp or display of worldly wealth and power; nay, the humiliation on the part of the true King. Both Matthew and John omit the characteristics of "righteous and saved," i.e. "delivered" from the hands of his cruel enemies. The suffering Servant of God of the great oracle of Isaiah 53. was in the mind of the Prophet Zechariah, and he adds this feature to the triumphant coming of the true Prince of Peace, that he would "cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem," i.e. so act that even the national pride and power and military prowess should come to an end; "Speak peace to the nations; rule from sea to sea, from the river to the ends of the earth." As John and Matthew both see the symbolical fulfillment of the prophecy, they doubtless would have us bear in mind the whole passage. John transforms the "Rejoice greatly, shout," etc., of the prophet into "Fear not." He seems to take it at one stage only of fulfillment, when anxiety might momentarily be put to rest. The "Fear not" is a lower form of "great rejoicing." It is something for men to dismiss their doubts and hush their unrest, even when they cannot burst into song. Hengstenberg and Godet urge that the "meekness and lowliness" to which the prophet referred, and which Matthew cited from him, was imaged in the lowly beast on which never man sat. But it must not be forgotten that the ass was used by distinguished personages (Judges 5:9, 10; Judges 10:4; 2 Samuel 17:23; 2 Samuel 19:26). And all that was really meant by it was the choice of a creature associated rather with daily life than with military display. Meyer and Moulton urge that it was a chosen symbol of peace (καθήμενος ισ substituted for the ἐπιβεβηκὼς ἐπὶ of the LXX. and Matthew 21:5). Contrary to Keim's animadversion, our Lord and his disciples adopted here the idea of a Jewish Messiah, stripping it of its worldly characteristics. It should be observed that, while John's narrative is in harmony with the synoptists, he greatly abbreviates it. Fear not, daughter of Zion,.... But rejoice; see Zechariah 9:9 and See Gill on Matthew 21:5. 12:12-19 Christ's riding in triumph to Jerusalem is recorded by all the evangelists. Many excellent things, both in the word and providence of God, disciples do not understand at their first acquaintance with the things of God. The right understanding of spiritual nature of Christ's kingdom, prevents our misapplying the Scriptures which speak of it.
Jump to Previous
Afraid Ass Ass's Colt Daughter Donkey's Fear Riding Seated Sion Sitting Young Zion
Jump to Next
Afraid Ass Ass's Colt Daughter Donkey's Fear Riding Seated Sion Sitting Young Zion
Links
John 12:15 NIV
John 12:15 NLT
John 12:15 ESV
John 12:15 NASB
John 12:15 KJV

John 12:15 Biblia Paralela
John 12:15 Chinese Bible
John 12:15 French Bible
John 12:15 German Bible

Alphabetical: a afraid be behold colt coming Daughter Do donkey's Fear is king not O of on seated see your Zion

NT Gospels: John 12:15 Don't be afraid daughter of Zion (Jhn Jo Jn) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
John 12:14
Top of Page
Top of Page