John 21:19
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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.'

John 21:19 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke'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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always...

1 Peter 4:11-14 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God gives...

2 Peter 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has showed me.

Follow.

John 21:22 Jesus said to him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to you? follow you me.

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.

John 13:36,37 Simon Peter said to him, Lord, where go you? Jesus answered him, Where I go, you can not follow me now...

Numbers 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and has followed me fully...

1 Samuel 12:20 And Samuel said to the people, Fear not: you have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD...

Matthew 10:38 And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.

Matthew 16:21-25 From that time forth began Jesus to show to his disciples, how that he must go to Jerusalem...

Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, That you which have followed me...

Mark 8:33-38 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get you behind me, Satan...

Luke 9:22-26 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain...

Library
November 20. "The Disciple whom Jesus Loved Leaned on his Breast" (John xxi. 20).
"The disciple whom Jesus loved leaned on His breast" (John xxi. 20). An American gentleman once visited the saintly Albert Bengel. He was very desirous to hear him pray. So one night he lingered at his door, hoping to overhear his closing devotions. The rooms were adjoining and the doors ajar. The good man finished his studies, closed his books, knelt down for a moment and simply said: "Dear Lord Jesus, things are still the same between us," and then sweetly fell asleep. So close was his communion
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Beach and the Sea
'When the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore; but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.'--JOHN xxi. 4. The incident recorded in this appendix to John's Gospel is separated from the other appearances of our risen Lord in respect of place, time, and purpose. They all occurred in and about Jerusalem; this took place in Galilee. The bulk of them happened on the day of the Resurrection, one of them a week after. This, of course, to allow time for the journey, must have been at a considerably
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: St. John Chaps. XV to XXI

Lovest Thou Me?
Without preface, for we shall have but little time this morning--may God help us to make good use of it!--we shall mention three things: first a solemn question--"Lovest thou me?" secondly, a discreet answer, "Yes, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee;" and thirdly, a required demonstration of the fact, "He saith unto him, Feed my lambs;" or, again, "Feed my sheep." I. First, then, here was A SOLEMN QUESTION, which our Saviour put to Peter, not for his own information, for, as Peter said, "Thou knowest
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857

Christ among the Common Things of Life
William James Dawson, Congregational preacher and evangelist, was born in Towcester, Northamptonshire, in 1854. He was educated at Kingswood School, Bath, and Didsbury College, Manchester. He has long been known as an author of originality and pure literary style. In 1906 he received the pastorate of Highbury Quadrant Congregational Church, London, and accepted an invitation to do general evangelistic work under the auspices of the National Council of the Congregational churches of the United States.
Various—The World's Great Sermons, Volume 10

Cross References
Matthew 8:22
But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

John 12:33
He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

John 18:32
This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

John 21:18
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."

John 21:22
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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