John 13:13
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New International Version
"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am.

New Living Translation
You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and you are right, because that's what I am.

English Standard Version
You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.

New American Standard Bible
"You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.

King James Bible
Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am.

International Standard Version
You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right because that is what I am.

NET Bible
You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and do so correctly, for that is what I am.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You call me, 'our Rabbi' and 'Our Lord', and you say rightly, for I am.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You call me teacher and Lord, and you're right because that's what I am.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye call me Master and Lord; and ye say well, for so I am.

King James 2000 Bible
You call me Teacher and Lord: and you say rightly; for so I am.

American King James Version
You call me Master and Lord: and you say well; for so I am.

American Standard Version
Ye call me, Teacher, and, Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You call me Master, and Lord; and you say well, for so I am.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye call me the Teacher and the Lord, and ye say well, for I am [so].

English Revised Version
Ye call me, Master, and, Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye call me Master, and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

Weymouth New Testament
You call me 'The Rabbi' and 'The Master,' and rightly so, for such I am.

World English Bible
You call me, 'Teacher' and 'Lord.' You say so correctly, for so I am.

Young's Literal Translation
ye call me, The Teacher and The Lord, and ye say well, for I am;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:1-17 Our Lord Jesus has a people in the world that are his own; he has purchased them, and paid dear for them, and he has set them apart for himself; they devote themselves to him as a peculiar people. Those whom Christ loves, he loves to the end. Nothing can separate a true believer from the love of Christ. We know not when our hour will come, therefore what we have to do in constant preparation for it, ought never to be undone. What way of access the devil has to men's hearts we cannot tell. But some sins are so exceedingly sinful, and there is so little temptation to them from the world and the flesh, that it is plain they are directly from Satan. Jesus washed his disciples' feet, that he might teach us to think nothing below us, wherein we may promote God's glory, and the good of our brethren. We must address ourselves to duty, and must lay aside every thing that would hinder us in what we have to do. Christ washed his disciples' feet, that he might signify to them the value of spiritual washing, and the cleansing of the soul from the pollutions of sin. Our Lord Jesus does many things of which even his own disciples do not for the present know the meaning, but they shall know afterward. We see in the end what was the kindness from events which seemed most cross. And it is not humility, but unbelief, to put away the offers of the gospel, as if too rich to be made to us, or too good news to be true. All those, and those only, who are spiritually washed by Christ, have a part in Christ. All whom Christ owns and saves, he justifies and sanctifies. Peter more than submits; he begs to be washed by Christ. How earnest he is for the purifying grace of the Lord Jesus, and the full effect of it, even upon his hands and head! Those who truly desire to be sanctified, desire to be sanctified throughout, to have the whole man, with all its parts and powers, made pure. The true believer is thus washed when he receives Christ for his salvation. See then what ought to be the daily care of those who through grace are in a justified state, and that is, to wash their feet; to cleanse themselves from daily guilt, and to watch against everything defiling. This should make us the more cautious. From yesterday's pardon, we should be strengthened against this day's temptation. And when hypocrites are discovered, it should be no surprise or cause of stumbling to us. Observe the lesson Christ here taught. Duties are mutual; we must both accept help from our brethren, and afford help to our brethren. When we see our Master serving, we cannot but see how ill it becomes us to domineer. And the same love which led Christ to ransom and reconcile his disciples when enemies, still influences him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Ye name me the Teacher and the Lord. "Rabbi and Mara," the names of reverence which disciples of the Hebrew teachers were accustomed to offer to their masters. Φωνεῖν means to name, and the two nominatives are used appellatively, not as vocatives. Tholuck regards them as vocatives. Scholars dared not address their teachers without some marks of respect. Διδάσκαλος is John's equivalent for רבי, my Master (see John 1:29; John 20:16). And ye say well; for so I am. At this supreme moment he does not repudiate this high function, nor abate any of his lofty claims. He was most obviously the highest in his condescending love. He had given no more amazing proof of the originality and supremacy of his nature than this inversion of all ordinary relations. So I AM - more, indeed, than "the Teacher," "the Savior," more than "the Master," as Peter said on a memorable occasion, "God was with him," and he was Immanuel - "God with us," and "Lord of all" (Acts 10:37, 38).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Ye call me Master and Lord,.... and "Master" and "Lord", were dignified titles among the Jews, which they frequently (y) gave to their doctors and men of learning, and are often to be met with in their writings: hence the disciples called Christ by these names, not out of flattery, but reverence of him, and esteem for him; nor are they blamed, but commended for it:

and ye say well, for so I am; though he had acted the part of a servant in such a surprising manner, by washing their feet; yet he had not dropped and lost, but still maintains his place and authority as a "Master" to teach and instruct them, and as a "Lord" to rule and govern them.

(y) Vid. T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 3. 1. Derech Erets, c. 6. fol. 18. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. Ye call me Master—Teacher.

and Lord—learning of Him in the one capacity, obeying Him in the other.

and ye say well, for so I am—The conscious dignity with which this claim is made is remarkable, following immediately on His laying aside the towel of service. Yet what is this whole history but a succession of such astonishing contrast from first to last?

John 13:13 Additional Commentaries
Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet
12So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? 13"You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14"If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.…
Cross References
Matthew 20:28
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

John 11:2
(This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)

John 11:3
So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick."

John 11:28
After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. "The Teacher is here," she said, "and is asking for you."

1 Corinthians 8:6
yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

1 Corinthians 12:3
Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 6:9
And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

Philippians 2:11
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Treasury of Scripture

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