Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world to the Father…
In the Epistles of Peter, written many years after this, we find subtle traces of the impression it left upon his mind. There still seemed to rise before him the form of the King taking off His upper garment, tying a towel round His waist, and then, with marvellous self-abasement, washing the disciples' feet. Hence the intensely picturesque expression of His charge — "Yea, all of you gird yourselves with humility, to serve one another, for God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble." Literally, "Tie on humility like a dress fastened with strings." It is plain that he understood the required imitation of what Christ did when washing the feet of His company, to consist not in copying the outward act, at the same time wearing an outward garment like that which He wore at the time, but in copying the spirit of the act and wearing humility itself.
(C. Stanford, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
WEB: Now before the feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that his time had come that he would depart from this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.