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John 12:22

ESV Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
NIV Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
NASB Philip *came and *told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip *came and *told Jesus.
CSB Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
NLT Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus.
KJV Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

What does John 12:22 mean?

The disciples know all too well that Jesus' enemies want to kill Him (John 10:39–40). They were unsure about even coming back to this region due to those fears (John 11:8). What they don't know is that the plans of those hostile religious leaders are now official, and the rulers of Jerusalem are actively seeking to have Jesus killed (John 11:53). They probably suspect, however, that Jesus' dramatic and celebrated triumphal entry has heightened the danger He faces (John 12:12–19).

This verse makes sense considering those concerns. A group of non-Jewish people have come to speak to Jesus (John 12:20), approaching Philip first (John 12:21). This verse indicates that the request passed from Philip, to Andrew, and then to Jesus. This has the feel of a security screening process—as if the disciples are being very careful of who is allowed close access to Jesus. Multiple layers of vetting would make it easier for the disciples to detect a potential assassin.
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