New International Version
Peter asked, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you."
King James Bible
Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
Darby Bible Translation
Peter says to him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thee.
World English Bible
Peter said to him, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you."
Young's Literal Translation
Peter saith to him, 'Sir, wherefore am I not able to follow thee now? my life for thee I will lay down;'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Why cannot I follow thee now? - Peter probably thought that our Lord intended to go some long journey, which would necessarily subject him to many inconveniences and fatigue; and he felt quite disposed to follow him in this supposed journey, at all hazards. He saw no reason, because he did not see our Lord's meaning, why he could not follow him now.
I will lay down my life for thy sake - Poor Peter! thou wast sincere, but thou didst not know thy own strength. Thou wast at this time willing to die, but when the time cams wast not able. Christ must first die for Peter, before Peter can die for him. Let no man think he can do any thing good, without the immediate assistance of God. Peter's denial should be an eternal warning to all self-confident persons: though there be sincerity and good will at the bottom, yet in the trial these cannot perform that office which belongs to the power of God. We should will, and then look to God for power to execute: without him we can do nothing.
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Having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.--JOHN 13:1. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.--Greater …
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Cannot and Can
Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will."
But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.
Peter declared, "Even if all fall away, I will not."
But he replied, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death."
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."
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