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New International Version
Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."
New Living Translation
Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
English Standard Version
Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”
Berean Study Bible
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
Berean Literal Bible
Jesus answered and said to him, "What I do, you do not know presently, but you will know after these things."
King James Bible
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
New King James Version
Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”
New American Standard Bible
Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not realize right now, but you will understand later.”
Jesus answered and said to him, "What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter."
Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you shall understand hereafter.”
Jesus replied to him, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but you will [fully] understand it later.”
Christian Standard Bible
Jesus answered him, “What I’m doing you don’t realize now, but afterward you will understand.”
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jesus answered him, "What I'm doing you don't understand now, but afterward you will know.""
American Standard Version
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt understand hereafter.
Contemporary English Version
Jesus answered, "You don't really know what I am doing, but later you will understand."
Jesus answered, and said to him: What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
English Revised Version
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt understand hereafter.
Good News Translation
Jesus answered him, "You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later."
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus answered Peter, "You don't know now what I'm doing. You will understand later."
International Standard Version
Jesus answered him, "You don't realize now what I'm doing, but later on you'll understand."
Literal Standard Version
Jesus answered and said to him, “That which I do you have not known now, but you will know after these things”;
Jesus replied, "You do not understand what I am doing now, but you will understand after these things."
New Heart English Bible
Jesus answered him, "You do not know what I am doing now, but you will understand later."
Weymouth New Testament
"What I am doing," answered Jesus, "for the present you do not know, but afterwards you shall know."
World English Bible
Jesus answered him, "You don't know what I am doing now, but you will understand later."
Young's Literal Translation
Jesus answered and said to him, 'That which I do thou hast not known now, but thou shalt know after these things;'
Additional Translations ...
Study BibleJesus Washes His Disciples' Feet
…6He came to Simon Peter, who asked Him, “Lord, are You going to wash my feet?” 7Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8“Never shall You wash my feet!” Peter told Him. Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.”…
He came to Simon Peter, who asked Him, "Lord, are You going to wash my feet?"
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?
Treasury of Scripture
Jesus answered and said to him, What I do you know not now; but you shall know hereafter.
John 13:10-12 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all…
John 12:16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
What I do thou knowest not now.--Here both pronouns are emphatic, and convey a rebuke to Peter. His words had almost implied that the Lord's .act was wholly out of place, as of one who knew not what he was doing. The opposite was really the case. "What I do thou knowest not now."
But thou shalt know hereafter--i.e., in the teaching which is to follow (John 13:13-17). The word rendered "hereafter" is different from that rendered "afterwards" in John 13:36. The precise meaning is "after these things." The sense, then, is "What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt come to know presently." (Comp. John 13:17.)Verses 7, 8. - Jesus answered and said to him, That which I am doing thou knowest not now - thou hast not absolute knowledge of, thou hast not seen through as yet; but after these things, afterwards when I shall have completed my present undertaking, thou (γνώσῃ) shalt come by clear proof and full discovery and intimate acquaintance to understand. This is sometimes referred to the subsequent illumination of the Holy Spirit, or even to the higher life of the future world (Luthardt), but the above interpretation is more consonant with the context. The μετὰ ταῦτα may (as Westcott suggests) point to the whole manifestation of love as it should complete itself on the cross, and become illumined by the Resurrection and by the gift of the Spirit, when the same mind should be put into Peter that was in Christ Jesus; consequently we may reasonably apply this great word to many of our earthly experiences. God's ways, Christ's government of his Church, and the mystery of our lot, are often so puzzling that we cannot be said to know them objectively or absolutely. We know (γινώσκομεν) but in part, and see (βλέπομεν) by means of a mirror (1 Corinthians 13:12); but eventually in the fulness of the Divine manifestation we shall know (ἐπιγνωσόμεθα) completely, subjectively, in the depths of our personal consciousness. Peter saith to him, with mere emphasis than before, with an intensity of double negative and εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, Thou shalt not ever wash my feet - "not while eternity lasts." "A praiseworthy modesty," says Calvin, "were it not that with God obedience is better than worship." This vehement, Peter-like burst showed that even yet he had not learned his profound dependence upon his Lord. Exuberant utterance of a love which in its superlative enthusiasm was in danger of severing the relation between his Lord and himself, elicited from Christ a reply which went far Beneath this purely symbolic washing, and gave even to it a moral significance which it had not possessed before. Jesus answered, If I wash thee (not thy feet) not, thou hast no part with me - no μέρος, no portion, no share, no communion, no common inheritance with me in the honors and blessings of the kingdom. This may be understood in two ways: either, "If I do not by my grace cleanse you from your defilement, wash you in a deeper sense, in a more abundant and effectual manner than by giving you this practical lesson, there is utter misunderstanding of my relation to you - you have no part nor share with me." And this ver. 11 seems to favor. Hengstenberg strongly defends this view as a reference by Christ to his power on earth to forgive sins, and confer the pure and new nature (cf. Psalm 51:4, 9-11); and this doubtless lies in the solemn tone of the Lord. A refusal to accept the Divine cleansing is the only ground of exclusion from the benefits of the bloodshedding. Still another more obvious meaning arises, "If you refuse this manifestation of humble love from me, if you put your own pride between yourself and me, if you disdain this act of self-surrender, claiming to understand me and our mutual relations better than I, you have no part with me. This is a symbol of my love to you, and of what is to be your love to one another (ver. 15); if you refuse to accept it from me, you will then have no part with me in the manifestation of the spirit of self-sacrificing love which I have come to inaugurate." Peter must learn the beauty and glory of service for the sake of others; and if he were unable to understand and accept this act of love, he must separate himself from all share in the Master's work. This truth dawned upon him, but only in part, and it led to the extraordinary revulsion of feeling which followed.
Parallel Commentaries ...
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 611: From apo and krino; to conclude for oneself, i.e. to respond; by Hebraism to begin to speak.
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.
Strong's Greek 737: Now, just now, at this moment. Adverb from a derivative of airo through the idea of suspension; just now.
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.
Demonstrative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.
you will understand.”
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.
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