John 12:24

“Uerely, verely, I say vnto you, Except a corne of wheat fall into the ground, and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”

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Other Translations

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
- King James Version

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die, it abideth by itself alone; but if it die, it beareth much fruit.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Truly I say to you, If a seed of grain does not go into the earth and come to an end, it is still a seed and no more; but through its death it gives much fruit.
- Basic English Bible

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, it abides alone; but if it die, it bears much fruit.
- Darby Bible

Verily, verily, I say to you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
- Webster's Bible

In most solemn truth I tell you that unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains what it was--a single grain; but that if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.
- Weymouth Bible

Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.
- World English Bible

Treuli, treuli, Y seie to you, but a corn of whete falle in to the erthe, and be deed, it dwellith aloone;
- Wycliffe Bible

verily, verily, I say to you, if the grain of the wheat, having fallen to the earth, may not die, itself remaineth alone; and if it may die, it doth bear much fruit;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 12:24


12:24 Unless a grain of wheat die - The late resurrection of Lazarus gave our Lord a natural occasion of speaking on this subject. And agreeable to his infinite knowledge, he singles out, from among so many thousands of seeds, almost the only one that dies in the earth: and which therefore was an exceeding proper similitude, peculiarly adapted to the purpose for which he uses it. The like is not to be found in any other grain, except millet, and the large bean.


People's Bible Notes for John 12:24


Joh 12:24 Verily, verily. These prefatory words give solemn emphasis. Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone. This statement enforces a great truth. The grain of wheat may remain in the granary for a thousand years and be preserved, but it is useless there. It neither reproduces, nor is food. It is when it falls into the ground and undergoes dissolution, that it brings forth fruit. It is fruitful by "giving itself up". So, too, Christ must give himself up. His death was needful in order that he might impart life to the nation. There is a lesson here for disciples who would "bear much fruit" (Joh 15:8).

Discussion for John 12

  • Ivy Jihnson
    The theme of John’s Gospel: Jesus is the Divine Incarnation of God: came down from Heaven share the Truth: God’s Goodness: Love: The Purpose of John’s Gospel: Stated by John: is to show that Jesus of Nazareth was: and is: The Christ: The-Son-of-God: Believers In Him: will have Eternal Life: Jesus: six days before Passover: came to Bethany:Lazarus: Jesus raised from the dead: there Jesus ate supper
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 12:25 HE THAT LOVETH HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT AND HE THAT HATETH HIS LIFE IN THIS WORLD SHALL KEEP IT UNTO LIFE ETERNAL MARK 8:35 for whosoever will save his life shall lose it but whosoever shall lose his life for MY sake and the GOSPELS the same shall save it -- 8:36 -- for what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul
  • Alex
    By the Disobedience of 1 man Sin entered the world and this CURSE of Adam was passed on to ALL men, no exceptions. Thus the Obedience of Christ wd have to be passed on to ALL men no exceptions Thats y he is saying IF I BE LIFTED UP I WILL DRAW ALL MEN UNTO ME. IN ADAM WE ALL DIED BUT IN CHRIST WE WILL ALL LIVE NO EXCEPTIONS.Whosoever will let him come and take of the WATERS OF LIFE freely.
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 12:44 JESUS CRIED AND SAID HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME BELIEVETH NOT ON ME BUT ON HIM THAT SENT ME --- 12:45 --- AND HE THAT SEETH ME SEETH HIM THAT SENT ME --- JOHN 14:7 if you had known ME you should have known MY FATHER also and from henceforth you know HIM and have seen HIM
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 12:48 for I have not spoken of myself but THE FATHER which --- SENT ME --- HE gave ME a commandment what I should say and what I should speak ROMANS 15:18 for I will not dare to speak of any of those things which CHRIST hath not wrought by me to make the gentiles obedient by word and deed 1 CORINTHIANS 11:1 BE YOU FOLLOWERS OF ME EVEN AS I ALSO AM OF CHRIST
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 12:48 he that rejecteth ME and receiveth not MY words --HATH ONE THAT JUDGETH HIM--the word that I have spoken the same shall judge him in the last day ACTS 5:20 go stand and speak in temple to the people all the words of this life 1 CORINTHIANS 5:12 for what have I to do to judge them also that are without --- DO NOT YOU JUDGE THEM THAT ARE WITHIN ---

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