John 15:11
Parallel Verses
New International Version
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

New Living Translation
I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

English Standard Version
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

New American Standard Bible
"These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

King James Bible
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.

International Standard Version
I've told you this, so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

NET Bible
I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I have spoken these things with you that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be perfect.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have told you this so that you will be as joyful as I am, and your joy will be complete.

Jubilee Bible 2000
These things I have spoken unto you that my joy may abide in you and that your joy might be fulfilled.

King James 2000 Bible
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

American King James Version
These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

American Standard Version
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

Douay-Rheims Bible
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be filled.

Darby Bible Translation
I have spoken these things to you that my joy may be in you, and your joy be full.

English Revised Version
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be fulfilled.

Webster's Bible Translation
These things have I spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

Weymouth New Testament
"These things I have spoken to you in order that I may have joy in you, and that your joy may become perfect.

World English Bible
I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full.

Young's Literal Translation
these things I have spoken to you, that my joy in you may remain, and your joy may be full.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:9-17 Those whom God loves as a Father, may despise the hatred of all the world. As the Father loved Christ, who was most worthy, so he loved his disciples, who were unworthy. All that love the Saviour should continue in their love to him, and take all occasions to show it. The joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment, but the joy of those who abide in Christ's love is a continual feast. They are to show their love to him by keeping his commandments. If the same power that first shed abroad the love of Christ's in our hearts, did not keep us in that love, we should not long abide in it. Christ's love to us should direct us to love each other. He speaks as about to give many things in charge, yet names this only; it includes many duties.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11 - John 16:6. -

(8) The results of the union between Christ and his disciples. Verses 11-16. - (a) To themselves. The Lord moves into another and wider development of the union between himself and his disciples. He drops the metaphor of the vine and the branches, and comes to the essence of the relation between them; that is, he does much to explain the meaning and nature of his abiding in them, and the character of the fruit which they were expected by the great Husbandman and Father to bring forth and ripen. A connection between the second section and the first is revealed in the new beginning. Verse 11. - These things I have spoken, and am still speaking, to you (perfect, not aorist) with this purpose, that the joy that is mine may be in you. This is variously explained. Augustine, "My joyfulness concerning you," which is scarcely the burden of the previous verses; Grotius, "Your delight in me," which would be somewhat tautologous; Calvin and De Wette, "The joyfulness capable of being produced in you by me, might be in you." But the words are more simply explained by Lange, Meyer, Lucke, Westcott, Alford, and Moulton, as the communication to his disciples of his own absolute and personal joy. "The joy that is mine," like "the peace which is mine," is graciously bestowed. A joy was set before him, the joy of perfect self-sacrifice, which gave to his present acts an intensity and fullness of bliss. It was this, in its motives and character and supernatural sweetness, which would be in them. If they receive his life into them, it will convey not only his peace, but that peace uprising and bursting into joy; and he adds, in order that your joy may be fulfilled, i.e. perfected, reach its highest expression, its fullness of contents and entire sufficiency for all needs. 1 John 1:1-4 is the best commentary on this last clause. The Old Testament prophets had often spoken of Jehovah's joy in his people, comparing it to the bridegroom's joy, and the bride's (Isaiah 62:5; Zephaniah 3:17). This entire idea is linked with Ver. 10; where the keeping of his commandments, from motives of love, will enable the disciples to "abide in his love." He now passes the whole law of the second table into the light of his joy and the power of his example.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

These things have I spoken unto you,.... Concerning the vine and branches, his abiding in them, and they in him, their fruitfulness from him, and perseverance in him, his love to them, and theirs to him:

that my joy might remain in you; meaning either that joy with which he joyed in and over them, as united to him, and which is of the same nature as the joy of the bridegroom over the bride, and which will always remain and continue the same; or rather that joy which he is the author, object, ground, and matter of, for there is always reason to rejoice in him, even in the most afflictive circumstances of life:

and that your joy might be full; that grace of joy which is implanted in the soul, by the Spirit of God in regeneration, and arises from, and is increased by discoveries of the person, grace, blood, righteousness, and sacrifice of Christ; and is "full of glory", 1 Peter 1:8; upon a clear sight of him in this life, and will be entirely full, completely perfected in the other world, when he will be seen as he is,



John 15:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus the True Vine
10"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 11"These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12"This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
Cross References
John 3:29
The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.

John 16:24
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

John 17:13
"I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
Treasury of Scripture

These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

my.

Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: …

Isaiah 62:4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall your land any …

Jeremiah 32:41 Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them …

Jeremiah 33:9 And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honor before …

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God in the middle of you is mighty; he will save, he …

Luke 15:5,9,23,32 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing…

1 John 1:4 And these things write we to you, that your joy may be full.

your.

John 16:24,33 Till now have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, …

John 17:13 And now come I to you; and these things I speak in the world, that …

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, …

2 Corinthians 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of …

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Philippians 1:25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue …

1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice ever more.

1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, …

2 John 1:12 Having many things to write to you, I would not write with paper …

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