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John 12:21 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1 ) "The same came therefore to Philip," (houtoi oun proselthon Philippo) "Then these approached Philip," perhaps because his name was a Greek name, and may indicate that he had Greek relatives, or could speak to them in Greek more fluently.

2) "Which was of Bethsaida of Galilee," (to apo Bethsaida tes Galilaias) "The one who was from Bethsaida of Galilee," or the Philip of Bethsadia of Galilee. They had perhaps seen, and known, or known of him, as one who would receive them favorably, Joh 1:43-44; Joh 14:8-11.

3) "And desired him, saying, Sir," (kai eroton auton legontes kurie) "And they asked him, saying, sir," lord, or master, a respectful term of address. For what purpose one may not be certain, but from our Lord's response to the report they may have wanted to see Him only as a great site of the city, Joh 12:23.

4) "We would see Jesus." (thelomen ton lesoun idein) "We desire to see Jesus,'' or we desire to have a good look at Jesus, an interview with Him, about whom the people are talking everywhere, and the city is in an uproar wherever we turn, Joh 12:12; Joh 12:17-19.

Consult other comments:

John 12:21 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 12:21 - The Greek Testament

John 12:21 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 12:21 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 12:21 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 12:21 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 12:21 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 12:21 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 12:21 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:21 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:21 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 12:21 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 12:21 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 12:21 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 12:21 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 12:21 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 12:21 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 12:21 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 12:21 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 12:21 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 12:21 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:21 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:21 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 12:21 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:21 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary