John 1:43 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:43, NIV: "The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, 'Follow me.'"

John 1:43, ESV: "The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”"

John 1:43, KJV: "The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me."

John 1:43, NASB: "The next day He decided to go to Galilee, and He *found Philip. And Jesus *said to him, 'Follow Me.'"

John 1:43, NLT: "The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, 'Come, follow me.'"

John 1:43, CSB: "The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and told him, "Follow me.""

What does John 1:43 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Philip, like Andrew, has a Greek name, rather than a Hebrew one. This shows the extent that Greek culture had affected Israel by this time. At least seven of the twelve disciples were fishermen (John 21:2). This says a lot about how God uses people to accomplish His will. Fishermen, by necessity, were hard-working, practical, and durable men. They were not necessarily ignorant, but advanced education wasn't a requirement for them to do their jobs well. Rather than recruiting the rich, or scholars, or warriors, Jesus went out and found workers. Serving God is first and foremost about willingness, not great talent or ability. Knowledge, wisdom, and experience are very important, but none of them are worth anything without a willing and submissive heart. Verse 43 presents the conversation between Jesus and Philip very briefly. Still, it was probably more involved than Jesus simply walking up to Philip and saying, "Follow me," without any other words. Galilee is a region west of the Sea of Galilee, and was probably where Jesus spent the majority of His youth.