John 13:17
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New International Version
Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

New Living Translation
Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.

English Standard Version
If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

New American Standard Bible
"If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

King James Bible
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

International Standard Version
If you understand these things, how blessed you are if you put them into practice!

NET Bible
If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you understand all of this, you are blessed whenever you follow my example.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If ye know these things, ye shall be blessed if ye do them.

King James 2000 Bible
If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

American King James Version
If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

American Standard Version
If ye know these things, blessed are ye if ye do them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If you know these things, you shall be blessed if you do them.

Darby Bible Translation
If ye know these things, blessed are ye if ye do them.

English Revised Version
If ye know these things, blessed are ye if ye do them.

Webster's Bible Translation
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

Weymouth New Testament
If you know all this, blessed are you if you act accordingly.

World English Bible
If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Young's Literal Translation
if these things ye have known, happy are ye, if ye may do them;
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 17. - If ye know these things, blessed are ye if ye do them. Knowing and doing are often perilously divorced (cf. Matthew 7:21, etc.; Luke 6:46; Luke 12:47; and James 1:25). The sublime principle by itself may be something, but if it be never put into practice, the last great beatitude is forfeited. Mere admiration of an ethical or a Christian principle degenerating into a heartless and fruitless ceremony is hardening to the heart and deadening to the conscience. The same truths had been taught independently of parable and symbol, in Matthew 23:8-12; Matthew 20:28.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If ye know these things,.... The duties they owed to him, and one another; those kind offices of love and respect to each other; the humility, condescension, and brotherly love, which ought to be in them, and of which he had given them an example:

happy are ye if ye do them; for the bare theory, or a mere speculative knowledge of these things, is not sufficient; not he that knows and does not, but he that knows and does his master's will, is blessed; he is blessed with communion with his Lord, and shall hereafter enter into his joy, with "well done good and faithful servant". There is an happiness "in" doing well, and which follows "on" it, though not "for" it, in a way of merit; on the other hand, persons who know and do not, are very unhappy; the Jews have a saying (a),

, "he that learns but not to do", it would have been better for him, if he had never been created; and says R. Jochanan, he that learns but not to do, it would have been better for him if his secundine had been turned upon his face, and he had never come into the world.''

(a) Hieros. Beracot, fol. 3. 2.



John 13:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet
16"Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. 17"If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
Cross References
Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction.

Jeremiah 11:6
The LORD said to me, "Proclaim all these words in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: 'Listen to the terms of this covenant and follow them.

Matthew 7:24
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Luke 11:28
He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

Romans 2:13
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

James 1:25
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it--not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it--they will be blessed in what they do.
Treasury of Scripture

If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

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John 15:14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.

Genesis 6:22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

Exodus 40:16 Thus did Moses: according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he.

Psalm 19:11 Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there …

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Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my …

Matthew 7:24,25 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will …

Matthew 12:50 For whoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the …

Matthew 22:38-41 This is the first and great commandment…

Luke 12:47,48 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, …

2 Corinthians 5:14,15 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

Hebrews 11:7,8 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved …

James 1:25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues …

James 2:20-24 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead…

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right …

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