New International Version
Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!"
King James Bible
This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
Darby Bible Translation
But he said this signifying by what death he should glorify God. And having said this, he says to him, Follow me.
World English Bible
Now he said this, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. When he had said this, he said to him, "Follow me."
Young's Literal Translation
and this he said, signifying by what death he shall glorify God; and having said this, he saith to him, 'Be following me.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Should glorify God - Ancient writers state that, about thirty-four years after this, Peter was crucified; and that he deemed it so glorious a thing to die for Christ that he begged to be crucified with his head downwards, not considering himself worthy to die in the same posture in which his Lord did. So Eusebius, Prudentius, Chrysostom, and Augustin. See Calmet.
Follow me - Whether our Lord meant by these words that Peter was to walk with him a little way for a private interview, or whether he meant that he was to imitate his example, or be conformed to him in the manner of his death, is very uncertain.
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But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.
Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go."
Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me."
2 Peter 1:14
because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.
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