John 1:42 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:42, NIV: "And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, 'You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas' (which, when translated, is Peter)."

John 1:42, ESV: "He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter)."

John 1:42, KJV: "And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone."

John 1:42, NASB: "He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, 'You are Simon the son ofJohn; you shall be called Cephas' (which is translated Peter)."

John 1:42, NLT: "Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, 'Your name is Simon, son of John--but you will be called Cephas' (which means 'Peter')."

John 1:42, CSB: "and he brought Simon to Jesus.When Jesus saw him, he said, "You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which is translated "Peter")."

What does John 1:42 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Andrew's response to just about everything is "bring it to Jesus." He has already told his brother Simon that the man he's met is the "Messiah," meaning "The Anointed One." The Greek term is Christos, which eventually became the English word "Christ." This is the fifth of John's seven names of Jesus in chapter 1. Jesus immediately tells Simon that he will have a new name: "Cephas." This is actually an Aramaic word meaning "stone." In the original Greek, John translates Cephas as Petros, from which we get the English name "Peter." Peter's friends probably thought it was strange that someone known to be emotional and unstable was now going by the name "Rock," but he would eventually earn that title. Long before he'd done anything worth noticing, Jesus could already see his potential, and gave him a name worthy of his future. The Hebrew term bar literally means, "son of," so Simon Barjonah is literally "Simon, Son of Jonah (or son of John)."