John 6:67
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New International Version
"You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.

New Living Translation
Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, "Are you also going to leave?"

English Standard Version
So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”

Berean Study Bible
So Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you want to leave too?”

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve, "You are not wishing to go away also?"

New American Standard Bible
So Jesus said to the twelve, "You do not want to go away also, do you?"

King James Bible
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

Christian Standard Bible
So Jesus said to the Twelve, "You don't want to go away too, do you?"

Contemporary English Version
Jesus then asked his twelve disciples if they also were going to leave him.

Good News Translation
So he asked the twelve disciples, "And you--would you also like to leave?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve, "You don't want to go away too, do you?"

International Standard Version
So Jesus asked the Twelve, "You don't want to leave, too, do you?"

NET Bible
So Jesus said to the twelve, "You don't want to go away too, do you?"

New Heart English Bible
Jesus said therefore to the twelve, "You do not also want to go away, do you?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to leave?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Jesus asked the twelve apostles, "Do you want to leave me too?"

New American Standard 1977
Jesus said therefore to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Jesus said unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

King James 2000 Bible
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will you also go away?

American King James Version
Then said Jesus to the twelve, Will you also go away?

American Standard Version
Jesus said therefore unto the twelve, Would ye also go away?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away?

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus therefore said to the twelve, Will ye also go away?

English Revised Version
Jesus said therefore unto the twelve, Would ye also go away?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said Jesus to the twelve, Will ye also go away?

Weymouth New Testament
Jesus therefore appealed to the Twelve. "Will you go also?" He asked.

World English Bible
Jesus said therefore to the twelve, "You don't also want to go away, do you?"

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus, therefore, said to the twelve, 'Do ye also wish to go away?'
Study Bible
Peter's Confession of Faith
66From that time on, many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him. 67So Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you want to leave too?” 68Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:2
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first Simon, called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;

John 2:2
and Jesus and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

John 6:70
Jesus answered them, "Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!"

John 20:24
Now Thomas called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.

Treasury of Scripture

Then said Jesus to the twelve, Will you also go away?


Joshua 24:15-22 And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day …

Ruth 1:11-18 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will you go with me? …

2 Samuel 15:19,20 Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Why go you also with us? …

Luke 14:25-33 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said to them…

(67) Will ye also go away?--We have to think of the disciples grouped round Him, the Twelve--now a distinct body, and so well known that St. John names them for the first time without a note--being nearer to Him than the rest, and of these the first four (see Note on Matthew 10:2) the nearest. Many go away from Him. Men He had taught, borne with in all their weakness and darkness, watched as some light seemed to dawn upon them, hoped for, prayed for, lived for, and would die for, turn back. Yes; that heart, too, can feel the bitterness of disappointment. He looks at the Twelve close to Him, and says to them, Ye also do not wish to go away? The question expects the answer it receives. There He has hope still.

Verses 67-71. -

(b) The loyalty of the twelve, with a note of prophetic warning. Verse 67. - Jesus therefore said unto the twelve. He spake to them because of the wide defection from his ranks. "The twelve" have never been mentioned before in the Gospel, but this passing reference reveals acquaintance with the fact on the part of the evangelist. He assumes the historic number as perfectly explicable to his readers. The reference to the twelve baskets in ver. 13 almost presupposes that there were the same number of disciples, and this pathetic appeal is in harmony with the synoptic account of their "call." Would ye also go away? Μὴ θέκλετε suggests a negative answer, "Ye cannot wish, can you?" (Meyer). Godet says, on the contrary, "If you wish, you can!" Westcott, "The form of the question implies that such desertion is incredible, and yet to be feared" (cf. John 7:47, 52; John 18:17, 25). The question is far from identical with that query which once more the Lord put to the twelve, after many subsequent months of varied activity and critical discourse, which showed how Jesus had at length broken with the narrow literalism of Judaic privilege, On that occasion he was summing up the varied convictions produced upon the Galilaean multitudes, and he asked, "But whom say ye that I am?" Here he is simply suggesting the possibility, but yet the incredibility, of his desertion by the twelve apostles, merely because he had affirmed the spiritual aims of his entire mission, and had made an unreserved offer of his Divine humanity to their need. The pathos of this inquiry shows how serious a crisis was being enacted. It has reference in its issues rather to himself than to the twelve. The critical school see in this verse the Johannine treatment of the great apostolic confession, and Weiss here agrees with it. Even Godet thinks that two such questions with their answers, under comparatively similar conditions, are improbable. He suggests that the ἐκ τούτου (ver. 66) points to a great scattering, and that months may have elapsed before the scene which John here condenses. It is more likely that John omits the later scene, and prefers to give this, which stands closely related with the immediate circumstances (cf. also Luke 9.). The context and surrounding of the scene in Matthew 16:13-17 and Mark 8:27-29 appear to differ in place, occasion, query, and answer, and in the corresponding teaching that followed. The question was "the anticipation of Gethsemane" (Edersheim). Then said Jesus unto the twelve,.... "To his own twelve", as the Persic version reads; that is, to his twelve apostles, whom he had chosen to that office: Christ takes no notice of those that went away from him, he showed no concern about them; he knew what they were, that the truth of grace was not in them, and that they did not belong to him, and therefore was not uneasy about their departure; but turns himself to his apostles, whom he dearly loved, and in a very tender manner thus said to them,

will ye also go away? this he said, not as ignorant of what they were, or of what they would do in this case; he knew full well their faith in him, their love to him, and esteem of him, and close attachment to him, at least in eleven of then; nor did he say this, as having any fears or jealousies concerning them, by observing any thing in their countenances or gestures, which looked like a departure from him; but it was said out of a tender regard and strong affection for them: and it is as if he should have said, as for these men that have walked with me for some time, and have now turned their backs upon me, it gives me no concern; but should you, my dear friends and companions, go also, it would give me, as man, real pain and great uneasiness: or he might say this to show, that as they were not pressed into his service, but willingly followed him, and became his disciples, being made a willing people by him, in the day of his power on them; so they willingly continued with him, and abode by him; as also to strengthen their faith in him, and cause them the more to cleave to him, with full purpose of heart, when others left him; as well as to draw out from them expressions of their regard for him, and faith in him, which end was answered. 67. the twelve—the first time they are thus mentioned in this Gospel.

Will ye also go away?—Affecting appeal! Evidently Christ felt the desertion of Him even by those miserable men who could not abide His statements; and seeing a disturbance even of the wheat by the violence of the wind which blew away the chaff (not yet visibly showing itself, but open to His eyes of fire), He would nip it in the bud by this home question.6:66-71 When we admit into our minds hard thoughts of the words and works of Jesus, we enter into temptation, which, if the Lord in mercy prevent not, will end in drawing back. The corrupt and wicked heart of man often makes that an occasion for offence, which is matter of the greatest comfort. Our Lord had, in the foregoing discourse, promised eternal life to his followers; the disciples fastened on that plain saying, and resolved to cleave to him, when others fastened on hard sayings, and forsook him. Christ's doctrine is the word of eternal life, therefore we must live and die by it. If we forsake Christ, we forsake our own mercies. They believed that this Jesus was the Messiah promised to their fathers, the Son of the living God. When we are tempted to backslide or turn away, it is good to remember first principles, and to keep to them. And let us ever remember our Lord's searching question; Shall we go away and forsake our Redeemer? To whom can we go? He alone can give salvation by the forgiveness of sins. And this alone brings confidence, comfort, and joy, and bids fear and despondency flee away. It gains the only solid happiness in this world, and opens a way to the happiness of the next.
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