John 1:39 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:39, NIV: "Come,' he replied, 'and you will see.' So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon."

John 1:39, ESV: "He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour."

John 1:39, KJV: "He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour."

John 1:39, NASB: "He *said to them, 'Come, and you will see.' So they came and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day; it was about the tenth hour."

John 1:39, NLT: "'Come and see,' he said. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day."

John 1:39, CSB: ""Come and you'll see," he replied. So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon."

What does John 1:39 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John and Andrew approached Jesus cautiously. They referred to Him with respect, and asked where they might be able to find Him later on (John 1:38). Instead of being too busy for John and Andrew, Jesus has time for them right now. And not a small amount of time; verse 39 says Jesus stayed with them "that day." This is another important aspect of seeking Christ: He will always have the time, and the interest, to speak to those who really want to be with Him. Jesus' personality will constantly surprise people. He was hailed as the Promised One by John the Baptist. The Baptist claimed he wasn't worthy to untie Jesus' sandals. And yet, Jesus makes a great deal of time for two total strangers. John indicates that they met Jesus at about "10 in the morning." In this gospel, John seems to use the Roman time system, which is more or less identical to the one we use today.