John 1:44 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:44, NIV: "Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida."

John 1:44, ESV: "Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter."

John 1:44, KJV: "Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter."

John 1:44, NASB: "Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter."

John 1:44, NLT: "Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter's hometown."

John 1:44, CSB: "Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter."

What does John 1:44 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Philip, Andrew, and Peter were all from Bethsaida, which was on the northeastern side of the Sea of Galilee. It would have been fairly close to Capernaum, which housed a synagogue. It's possible that this town was something of a miniature suburb of the larger Capernaum. The name "Bethsaida" literally means, "house of fishing," so it's safe to assume that almost everyone who lived there was a fisherman by trade. It's no accident that Jesus sought out fishermen for most of His disciples. The first requirement of a servant of God is a willingness to work. Knowledge and talents are important, but useless until a person submits to God's direction for his life. The region of Galilee curved around the north and west of the Sea of Galilee, which was west of the Jordan River. It was a unique setting in that area, since it had more rain and less heat than the surrounding land. Galilee was both beautiful and popular for travelers.