John 1:38
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English Standard Version
Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

King James Bible
Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?

American Standard Version
And Jesus turned, and beheld them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? And they said unto him, Rabbi (which is to say, being interpreted, Teacher), where abideth thou?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jesus turning, and seeing them following him, saith to them: What seek you? Who said to him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?

English Revised Version
And Jesus turned, and beheld them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? And they said unto him, Rabbi (which is to say, being interpreted, Master), where abidest thou?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith to them, What seek ye? They said to him, Rabbi (which is to say, being interpreted, Master) where dwellest thou?

Weymouth New Testament
Then Jesus turned round, and seeing them following He asked them, "What is your wish?" "Rabbi," they replied--'Rabbi' means 'Teacher' --"where are you staying?"

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Vincent's Word Studies

Saw (θεασάμενος)

Better, as Rev., beheld: looked steadfastly upon them as if studying them.

What seek ye?

The first words of Christ as recorded by John. Compare Matthew 3:15; Mark 1:15; Luke 2:49.

Rabbi

My great one; my honorable sir. Explained by Jesus himself as διδάσκαλος, teacher (Matthew 23:8, where the proper reading is διδάσκαλος, instead of καθηγητὴς, guide, master, found in Matthew 23:10). Used by the Jews in addressing their teachers, and formed from a Hebrew root meaning great. It occurs commonly in John, and is found in Matthew and Mark, but not in Luke, who uses ἐπιστατής. See on Luke 5:5.

Being interpreted

John frequently adds explanatory remarks. See John 1:42, John 1:43; John 9:7.

Dwellest thou (μένεις)

Rev., abidest. Jesus had asked "What seek ye?" not whom. They reply, "Where dost thou abide?"

John 1:38 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

turned.

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

Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran...

Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said to him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down...

Luke 22:61 And the Lord turned, and looked on Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, Before the cock crow...

What.

John 18:4,7 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come on him, went forth, and said to them, Whom seek you...

John 20:15,16 Jesus said to her, Woman, why weep you? whom seek you? She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him...

Luke 7:24-27 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak to the people concerning John...

Luke 18:40,41 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought to him: and when he was come near, he asked him...

Acts 10:21,29 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent to him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom you seek...

Rabbi.

John 1:49 Nathanael answered and said to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.

John 3:2,26 The same came to Jesus by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God...

John 6:25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, Rabbi, when came you here?

Matthew 23:7,8 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi...

where.

John 12:21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you: for where you go, I will go; and where you lodge...

1 Kings 10:8 Happy are your men, happy are these your servants, which stand continually before you, and that hear your wisdom.

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life...

Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is every one that retains her.

Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Songs 1:7,8 Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, where you feed, where you make your flock to rest at noon...

Luke 8:38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed sought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying,

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

dwellest. or, abidest.

Cross References
Lamentations 5:19
But you, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures to all generations.

Matthew 23:7
and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others.

Matthew 23:8
But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.

John 1:37
The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.

John 1:39
He said to them, "Come and you will see." So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.

John 1:49
Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"

John 4:31
Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."

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