John 13:4
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New International Version
so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.

New Living Translation
So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist,

English Standard Version
rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.

Berean Study Bible
So He got up from the supper, laid aside His outer garments, and wrapped a towel around His waist.

Berean Literal Bible
He rises from the supper and lays aside the garments. And having taken a towel, He girded Himself.

New American Standard Bible
got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.

King James Bible
He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So He got up from supper, laid aside His robe, took a towel, and tied it around Himself.

International Standard Version
therefore he got up from the table, removed his outer robe, and took a towel and fastened it around his waist.

NET Bible
he got up from the meal, removed his outer clothes, took a towel and tied it around himself.

New Heart English Bible
arose from the meal, and removed his outer garments. He took a towel, and wrapped a towel around his waist.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He arose from supper and put off his robe and took a towel and tied it around his waist.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So he got up from the table, removed his outer clothes, took a towel, and tied it around his waist.

New American Standard 1977
rose from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself about.

Jubilee Bible 2000
arose from the supper and laid aside his garments and took a towel and girded himself.

King James 2000 Bible
He rose from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

American King James Version
He rises from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

American Standard Version
riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments; and he took a towel, and girded himself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments, and having taken a towel, girded himself.

Darby Bible Translation
rises from supper and lays aside his garments, and having taken a linen towel he girded himself:

English Revised Version
riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments; and he took a towel, and girded himself.

Webster's Bible Translation
He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

Weymouth New Testament
rose from the table, threw off His upper garments, and took a towel and tied it round Him.

World English Bible
arose from supper, and laid aside his outer garments. He took a towel, and wrapped a towel around his waist.

Young's Literal Translation
doth rise from the supper, and doth lay down his garments, and having taken a towel, he girded himself;
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet
3Jesus knew that the Father had delivered all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was returning to God. 4So He got up from the supper, laid aside His outer garments, and wrapped a towel around His waist. 5After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel that was around Him.…
Cross References
2 Kings 3:11
But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD by him?" And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, "Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who used to pour water on the hands of Elijah."

Luke 12:37
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds on watch when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve and will have them recline at the table, and he himself will come and wait on them.

Luke 17:8
Instead, won't he tell him, 'Prepare my meal and dress yourself to serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink'?

John 13:12
When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His outer garments, He reclined with them again and asked, "Do you know what I have done for you?

1 John 3:11
This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
Treasury of Scripture

He rises from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

laid aside. That is, his gown, or upper coat, [himatia,] with the girdle by which it was girdled close to his tunic, or inner coat; and instead of his girdle, he tied a towel about him, that he might have it in readiness to dry their feet,and that he might appear as a servant. Indeed the whole action was a servile one; and never performed by a superior to an inferior.

Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes shall find …

Luke 17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will …

Luke 22:27 For whether is greater, he that sits at meat, or he that serves? …

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he …

Philippians 2:6-8 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God…

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