John 1:40 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:40, NIV: "Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus."

John 1:40, ESV: "One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother."

John 1:40, KJV: "One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother."

John 1:40, NASB: "One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother."

John 1:40, NLT: "Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus."

John 1:40, CSB: "Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed him."

What does John 1:40 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Verse 40 says Andrew was one of the two who heard John the Baptist's command to follow Jesus. The Bible doesn't specify if Andrew and John were the only ones who heard, audibly, or if they were the only ones who listened to the Baptist's instructions. Either way, these two men are the first to follow Jesus as disciples. "Andrew" is a Greek name, not a Hebrew one. This is evidence of how much influence Greek culture had on the people of Israel by this time. Jewish people of that day used a fairly small set of given names. Even within the Bible, there are multiple characters with the same "first" name. Three of the four women at the foot of Jesus' cross are named "Mary." Andrew's brother had the common name of Simon, but would later be renamed "Peter" by Jesus. Their father was named Jonah (or John), according to John 1:42. The term bar means "son of," so Simon Barjona is literally, "Simon, the Son of Jonah."