John 13:23

“Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now there was leaning on Iesus bosome one of his disciples, whom Iesus loued.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

There was reclining on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

There was at the table reclining in Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
- American Standard Version (1901)

There was at table one of his disciples, the one dear to Jesus, resting his head on Jesus' breast.
- Basic English Bible

Now there was at table one of his disciples in the bosom of Jesus, whom Jesus loved.
- Darby Bible

Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom, one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
- Webster's Bible

There was at table one of His disciples--the one Jesus loved-- reclining with his head on Jesus's bosom.
- Weymouth Bible

One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was at the table, leaning against Jesus' breast.
- World English Bible

And so oon of hise disciplis was restynge in the bosum of Jhesu, whom Jhesu louede.
- Wycliffe Bible

And there was one of his disciples reclining (at meat) in the bosom of Jesus, whom Jesus was loving;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 13:23


13:23 There was lying in the bosom of Jesus - That is, sitting next to him at table. This phrase only expresses the then customary posture at meals, where the guests all leaned sidewise on couches. And each was said to lie in the bosom of him who was placed next above him. One of the disciples whom Jesus loved - St. John avoids with great care the expressly naming himself. Perhaps our Lord now gave him the first proof of his peculiar love, by disclosing this secret to him.


People's Bible Notes for John 13:23


Joh 13:23 There was leaning on Jesus' bosom. It was the custom to recline on a couch, leaning on the left elbow, at table. John, who was immediately before Jesus, would be almost at his bosom. Whom Jesus loved. It was John's joy that Jesus loved him.

Discussion for John 13:23

Bible Options