John 12:20

“And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And there were certaine Greeks among them, that came vp to worship at the feast:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now there were some Greeks among the people who had come up to give worship at the feast:
- Basic English Bible

And there were certain Greeks among those who came up that they might worship in the feast;
- Darby Bible

And there were certain Greeks among them, that came to worship at the feast.
- Webster's Bible

Now some of those who used to come up to worship at the Festival were Greeks.
- Weymouth Bible

Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast.
- World English Bible

And there weren summe hethene men, of hem that hadden come vp to worschipe in the feeste dai.
- Wycliffe Bible

And there were certain Greeks out of those coming up that they may worship in the feast,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 12:20


12:20 Certain Greeks - A prelude of the Gentile Church. That these were circumcised does not appear. But they came up on purpose to worship the God of Israel.


People's Bible Notes for John 12:20


Joh 12:20 And there were certain Greeks, etc. Among those who came to worship were Greeks, members of the Gentile division of the race which embraced all that were not Jews. These were not Jews who spoke the Grecian language and lived in Greek countries; those are called in the original Greek "Hellenistoi". We find the latter in the Jerusalem church in large numbers. See Ac 6:1. These who sought to visit Jesus were "Hellenes", a term only used of the Greek race. It is probable that they belonged to the large class of "devout Greeks", met elsewhere by Paul (Ac 17:4), who were sick of heathenism and were attracted by the grand Hebrew revelation of the unity of God. On this great national occasion they had accompanied Jews settled abroad as they returned to worship in the city of David.

Discussion for John 12

  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 12:49 FOR I HAVE NOT SPOKEN OF MY SELF BUT THE FATHER WHICH SENT ME HE GAVE ME A COMMANDMENT WHAT I SHOULD SAY AND WHAT I SHOULD SPEAK***** 12:50 AND I KNOW THAT HIS COMMANDMENT IS --- LIFE EVERLASTING --- WHATSOEVER I SPEAK THEREFORE EVEN AS THE FATHER SAID UNTO ME SO I SPEAK
  • Zeingoff
    Jesus knew the heart. Therefore, he must have enlisted Judas as his betrayer. Was Judas more evil then the next guy. All have sinned in this world and sin goes unabated. But every good story needs an antagonist and a hero. Seldom does the hero die, but all must die in real life. Jesus states that if we love this mortal life we will be deprived of our eternity. He is forever transcendent.
  • Irene123
    " ...: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him." Notice the colon before the word 'but'. A colon always denotes something important. To sit at the 'table' with Jesus - is to 'eat' (absorb) His word as we gather together, Heb. 10:25. And, no, they weren't just having an ordinary meal, just a 'social'; not with Jesus present.
  • Irene123
    Lk. 22:30; 1 Cor. 10:21 - the Lord's table.
  • Bruce
    Irene: They were just having a meal, they were eating supper, meat potatoes milk wine water whatever. It wasn't church it wasn't communion just supper,they were hungry.
  • Irene123
    Vs. 1-2; are another prophesy of Acts 2:38; "... raised from the dead ..."; "... sat at table with Him." To sit at table with Jesus is to join together (Heb. 10:25) and 'eat' of God's Word.

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