John 13:20
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New International Version
Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me."

New Living Translation
I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me."

English Standard Version
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

Berean Study Bible
Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever receives the one I send receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives the One who sent Me."

Berean Literal Bible
Truly, truly, I say to you, the one receiving whomever I shall send, receives Me; and the one receiving Me, receives the One having sent Me."

New American Standard Bible
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."

King James Bible
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I assure you: Whoever receives anyone I send receives Me, and the one who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."

International Standard Version
Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, the one who receives whomever I send receives me, and the one who receives me receives the one who sent me."

NET Bible
I tell you the solemn truth, whoever accepts the one I send accepts me, and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me."

New Heart English Bible
Truly, truly, I tell you, he who receives whomever I send, receives me; and he who receives me, receives him who sent me."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Timeless truth, I speak to you: whoever receives him whom I send receives me and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I can guarantee this truth: Whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me."

New American Standard 1977
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me.

King James 2000 Bible
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives me; and he that receives me receives him that sent me.

American King James Version
Truly, truly, I say to you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives me; and he that receives me receives him that sent me.

American Standard Version
Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Amen, amen I say to you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.

Darby Bible Translation
Verily, verily, I say to you, He who receives whomsoever I shall send receives me; and he that receives me receives him who has sent me.

English Revised Version
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Verily, verily, I say to you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.

Weymouth New Testament
In most solemn truth I tell you that he who receives whoever I send receives me, and that he who receives me receives Him who sent me."

World English Bible
Most certainly I tell you, he who receives whomever I send, receives me; and he who receives me, receives him who sent me."

Young's Literal Translation
verily, verily, I say to you, he who is receiving whomsoever I may send, doth receive me; and he who is receiving me, doth receive Him who sent me.'
Study Bible
Jesus Predicts His Betrayal
19I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it comes to pass, you will believe that I am He. 20Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever receives the one I send receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives the One who sent Me.” 21After Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit and testified, “Truly, truly, I tell you, one of you will betray Me.”…
Cross References
Matthew 10:40
He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives the One who sent Me.

Mark 9:37
"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in My name welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me welcomes not only Me, but the One who sent Me."

Luke 9:48
And He said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me. For whoever is the least among all of you, he is the greatest."

Luke 10:16
Whoever listens to you listens to Me; whoever rejects you rejects Me; and whoever rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me."

Galatians 4:14
And although my illness was a trial to you, you did not despise me or reject me. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.
Treasury of Scripture

Truly, truly, I say to you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives me; and he that receives me receives him that sent me.

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John 12:44-48 Jesus cried and said, He that believes on me, believes not on me, …

Matthew 10:40-42 He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives …

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch …

Mark 9:37 Whoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receives me: …

Luke 9:48 And said to them, Whoever shall receive this child in my name receives …

Luke 10:16 He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; …

Galatians 4:14 And my temptation which was in my flesh you despised not, nor rejected; …

Colossians 2:6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him:

1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also …

(20) He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me.--The thoughts presented to their minds in the preceding verses are--(1) their mission as His servants; (2) the betrayal by one of their own number; (3) the announcement of this beforehand that in the event it may be a confirmation of their faith. They are to go forth, then, and to be content if their path is as that which their Master has trodden. They are not to be disheartened by treachery even in their midst, for this He had foreseen. The words spoken when they were called to be Apostles still hold true. Their honour and encouragement is in the fact that they are Apostles from Him, as He is an Apostle from the Father. This truth is one of those solemn utterances on which He would have them dwell, and is therefore introduced by "Verily, verily." (Comp. Note on John 1:51.) For the words, which are exactly the same as those of the first commission, comp. Note on Matthew 10:40.

Verse 20. - The connection of the solemn utterance that follows is not easy to seize. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He who receiveth whomsoever I shall send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. In the earlier utterance of an analogous saying (Matthew 10:40), δεχέσθαι is used instead of λαμβάνειν. The ἐάν τίνα πέμψω suggests that those who may receive his commission need not, and will not, be confined to the twelve apostles, although including them. The words reveal a claim to issue such commissions, and to confer upon his apostolic and other representatives something of his own dignity and glory, viz. the glory of sacrifice far others, the dignity of service. He may have intended:

(1) To comfort those who are bewildered by the thought of the treachery within their enclosure, and to assure them that such conduct on the part of an apostle must not be allowed to lower their estimate of apostolic duty. Certain ecclesiastical interpreters find here that the unworthiness even of Judas did not destroy the Divine character of his testimony, and that the immoral character of the minister now does not annul the commission he has received. This dogma is essentially hostile to the teaching of the New Testament (Matthew 7:17-21).

(2) The royal power of the dying Christ; and

(3) the bold identification of his own claims with those of his Father. Few more wonderful sayings were uttered by Jesus, if we ponder the connection in which they stand; but let it be observed that we do not owe to the Fourth Gospel the matter of this saying. It must have been familiar to the readers of John from the solemn records of the Gospel of Matthew. Verily, verily, I say unto you,.... You may assure yourselves of the truth of what I am going to say, and which I say for your comfort and encouragement:

he that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me, and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me; I have sent you in my name to preach the Gospel; you are my ambassadors, and you will be honourably received by many; and which I shall regard and take notice of, and esteem, as though they had received me; even as my Father has sent me into this world, as a Saviour and Redeemer, a prophet, priest, and King; and as many as have received me, are looked upon by my Father, as having received him: in short, such as cordially receive and embrace the ministers of the Gospel, receive Christ, in whose name they come, and whom they preach; and such who receive Christ, as preached and held forth in the everlasting Gospel, receive the Father of Christ; and partake of his love, grace, and kindness, shown forth in the mission and gift of Christ to them: Christ, as Mediator, represented his Father that sent him; and the ministers of Christ represent him; so that what is done to them, either in a way of reception or rejection, he takes as done to himself: it is a common saying among the Jews (c), "that the messenger of a man is as himself".

(c) T Bab. Beracot, fol. 34. 2. Kiddushin, fol. 41. 9. & 42. 1. & 43. 1. Bava Metzia, fol. 96. 1.20. He that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me, etc.—(See on [1846]Mt 10:40). The connection here seems to be that despite the dishonor done to Him by Judas, and similar treatment awaiting themselves, they were to be cheered by the assurance that their office, even as His own, was divine.13:18-30 Our Lord had often spoken of his own sufferings and death, without such trouble of spirit as he now discovered when he spake of Judas. The sins of Christians are the grief of Christ. We are not to confine our attention to Judas. The prophecy of his treachery may apply to all who partake of God's mercies, and meet them with ingratitude. See the infidel, who only looks at the Scriptures with a desire to do away their authority and destroy their influence; the hypocrite, who professes to believe the Scriptures, but will not govern himself by them; and the apostate, who turns aside from Christ for a thing of naught. Thus mankind, supported by God's providence, after eating bread with Him, lift up the heel against Him! Judas went out as one weary of Jesus and his apostles. Those whose deeds are evil, love darkness rather than light.
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