John 1:45 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:45, NIV: "Philip found Nathanael and told him, 'We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.'"

John 1:45, ESV: "Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”"

John 1:45, KJV: "Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

John 1:45, NASB: "Philip *found Nathanael and *said to him, 'We have found Him of whom Moses wrote in the Law, and the prophets also wrote: Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!'"

John 1:45, NLT: "Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, 'We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.'"

John 1:45, CSB: "Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.""

What does John 1:45 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Just as Andrew told Peter, Philip now tells Nathanael that Jesus is the Messiah. Philip refers to Jesus as "the One" written about in the Hebrew Scriptures. For centuries, the people of Israel had waited for "Messiah," a term which means, "Anointed One." In Greek, the word is translated as Christos, from which we get the English word "Christ." This figure was supposed to rescue Israel from her enemies, and lead them to freedom and glory. This is a figure Israel is supposed to be looking for, but most people would eventually reject Him. Philip is aware of the Old Testament prophecies about the coming Savior (Deuteronomy 18:18; Isaiah 40:3; Isaiah 53). Philip also tells Nathanael that Jesus is from Nazareth. John 21:2 tells us Nathanael's hometown is Cana, which might have been close to Nazareth. His response in verse 46 is sarcastic, suggesting that nothing good could come out of a back-water place like that.