John 13:5
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New International Version
After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

New Living Translation
and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples' feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

English Standard Version
Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Berean Study Bible
After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel that was around Him.

Berean Literal Bible
After that, He pours water into the basin, and He began to wash the feet of the disciples and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

New American Standard Bible
Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

King James Bible
After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Next, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples' feet and to dry them with the towel tied around Him.

International Standard Version
Then he poured some water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to dry them with the towel that was tied around his waist.

NET Bible
He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to dry them with the towel he had wrapped around himself.

New Heart English Bible
Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He took water in a wash basin and began to wash the feet of his disciples and he wiped them with a towel which he had tied around his waist.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel that he had tied around his waist.

New American Standard 1977
Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

Jubilee Bible 2000
After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded.

King James 2000 Bible
After that he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded.

American King James Version
After that he pours water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded.

American Standard Version
Then he poureth water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Douay-Rheims Bible
After that, he putteth water into a basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Darby Bible Translation
then he pours water into the washhand basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them with the linen towel with which he was girded.

English Revised Version
Then he poureth water into the bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Webster's Bible Translation
After that, he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded.

Weymouth New Testament
Then He poured water into a basin, and proceeded to wash the feet of the disciples and to wipe them with the towel which He had put round Him.

World English Bible
Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Young's Literal Translation
afterward he putteth water into the basin, and began to wash the feet of his disciples, and to wipe with the towel with which he was being girded.
Study Bible
Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet
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. 6He came to Simon Peter, who asked Him, “Lord, are You going to wash my feet?”…
Cross References
Genesis 18:4
"Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree;

Genesis 19:2
And he said, "Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant's house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way." They said however, "No, but we shall spend the night in the square."

Genesis 43:24
Then the man brought the men into Joseph's house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys fodder.

Judges 19:21
So he took him into his house and gave the donkeys fodder, and they washed their feet and ate and drank.

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 7:44
And turning to the woman, He said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give Me water for My feet, but she wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

John 13:6
He came to Simon Peter, who asked Him, "Lord, are You going to wash my feet?"

1 Timothy 5:10
and well known for good deeds such as bringing up children, entertaining strangers, washing the feet of the saints, imparting relief to the afflicted, and devoting herself to every good work.
Treasury of Scripture

After that he pours water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded.

poureth.

John 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and immediately …

2 Kings 3:11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that …

Ezekiel 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: …

Zechariah 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David …

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

1 John 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by …

to wash.

John 13:8 Peter said to him, You shall never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, …

Exodus 29:4 And Aaron and his sons you shall bring to the door of the tabernacle …

Leviticus 14:8 And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off …

2 Kings 5:10-13 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan …

Psalm 51:2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

Isaiah 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before …

Acts 22:16 And now why tarry you? arise, and be baptized, and wash away your …

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, …

Titus 3:3-5 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having …

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship …

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

Revelation 7:14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they …

feet.

John 13:10,12-14 Jesus said to him, He that is washed needs not save to wash his feet, …

Genesis 18:4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and …

Genesis 19:2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your …

1 Samuel 25:41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold…

Luke 7:38,44 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet …

1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, …

(5) After that he poureth water into a bason.--Better, . . . into the bason. It was the bason in the room, commonly used, and now ready for suck purposes. The water was at hand. All suggested then that one of the disciples might have performed this act which the Lord now performs. That it was commonly regarded as an act of reverence from an inferior to a superior is made clear by the Rabbinical passages quoted here by Schottgen and Lightfoot. (Comp. Note on Luke 7:44.)

And began to wash the disciples' feet.--The exactness of the narrative notes that the act was only begun, and was interrupted by the objection of Peter. This word "began" is frequent in the earlier Gospels, but it is only in this touch of accuracy that St. John uses it.

After that be poureth water into a bason,.... This also was a servile work, and what properly belonged to servants to do; see John 2:5. The bason to wash the feet in, called by the Jews was fixed by their doctors to hold, "from two logs to nine kabs" (t); not "from two logs to ten", as Dr. Lightfoot has rendered the passage referred to. A "kab" held about a quart of our measure, and a "log" was the fourth part of a "kab".

And began to wash the disciples feet. This custom of washing the feet was not used by the Jews at their passover, nor at their private entertainments, or common meals, but at the reception of strangers or travellers, which were just come off of a journey, whereby they had contracted dirt and filth, and was a servile work, never performed by superiors to their inferiors, but by inferiors to superiors; as by the wife to the husband, by the son to the father, and by the servant to his master; and was an instance of great humility in any others, as in Abigail, who said to David, "let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my Lord", 1 Samuel 25:41, upon which place some Jewish Rabbins (u) have this note:

"this she said, , "by way of humility", to show, that it would have been sufficient to her, if she became a wife to one of the servants of David, and washed his feet, as was the custom of a wife to her husband.''

But what a surprising instance of humility and condescension is this, that Christ, the Lord and master, should wash the feet of his disciples, when it was their proper work and business to have washed his? Though Dr. Lightfoot says, he does not remember that this was expected from the disciple toward his master, unless included in that rule, "that the disciple is to honour his master, more than his father"; whereas it was a fixed point (w) with the Jews,

"that all works which a servant does to his master, a disciple does to his master, except unloosing his shoe.''

Since therefore it was the work of a servant to wash his master's feet, a disciple was obliged to do this to his master likewise:

and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded; as he began he went through with his work; and having washed their feet, he wipes them clean; which may design the purity of the lives and conversations of the saints in general, and of the ministers of the Gospel in particular, whose feet are beautiful when shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace, and their conversations are as become the Gospel they preach; both which they have from Christ.

(t) Misn. Yadaim, c. 4. sect. 1. Vid. Misn. Celim, c. 20. sect. 2.((u) R. Levi ben Gersom & R. Samuel Laniado in 1 Samuel 25.41. Vid. T. Bab. Cetubot, fol. 96. 1. & Maimon. Hilch. Ishot, c. 21. sect. 7. (w) T. Bab. Cetubot, fol. 96. 1.5. began to wash—proceeded to wash. Beyond all doubt the feet of Judas were washed, as of all the rest.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.
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