John 6:67 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 6:67, NIV: "You do not want to leave too, do you?' Jesus asked the Twelve."

John 6:67, ESV: "So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”"

John 6:67, KJV: "Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?"

John 6:67, NASB: "So Jesus said to the twelve, 'You do not want to leave also, do you?'"

John 6:67, NLT: "Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, 'Are you also going to leave?'"

John 6:67, CSB: "So Jesus said to the Twelve, "You don't want to go away too, do you? ""

What does John 6:67 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the prior verse, most of the people who had been learning from Jesus walk away. They completely abandon His teachings and His ministry. Since they do not like what He has taught (John 6:60), their response is to choose their own preferences over the truth. This illustrates the enormous difference between those who show interest in Christianity, versus those who are actually believers in Jesus Christ. Hanging out with the crowd, and applauding at miracles is not the same as accepting Christ as one's Savior. As soon as the "followers" were put under pressure, they proved that they were not "believers" by walking away.

That context makes this verse all the more interesting. Jesus now asks the twelve members of His inner circle whether they plan to leave also. What's curious about this is that one of them, Judas, is not a believer either (John 6:71). Challenge and trial don't always separate out every possible non-believer.

This fact also makes Peter's statement about the faith of these twelve men a bit presumptuous. Peter will claim that "we," meaning these twelve men, actually have faith in Christ. But one of them does not—Peter does not know as much as he thinks he does.