Vincent Word Studies - John 1:43 - 1:43

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The best texts omit.

Would go forth (ἠθέλησεν ἐξελθεῖν)

Rev., better, was minded to go. On the construction see on Mat 20:14. On the verb to be minded, see on Mat 1:19.

And findeth

Note the graphic interchange of tenses: was minded, findeth. The coordination of the two clauses, which by other writers would be placed in logical dependence, is characteristic of John. Even where there is a real inner dependence he uses only the simple connective particles. Compare Joh 2:13 sqq.


See on Mar 3:18. For hints of his character see Joh 6:5, Joh 6:7; Joh 12:21 sqq.; Joh 14:8, Joh 14:9.


The best texts insert Jesus: “And Jesus said unto him.”

Follow (ἀκολούθει)

Often used in the New Testament with the special sense of following as a disciple or partisan. See Mat 4:20, Mat 4:22; Mat 9:9; Mar 1:18; Joh 8:12. Also with the meaning of cleaving steadfastly to one and conforming to his example. See Mat 10:38; Mat 16:24; Joh 12:26. The verb occurs but once outside of the writings of the Evangelists, 1Co 10:4. It appears in the noun acolyte, or acolyth, or acolothist, a church-servant ranking next below a subdeacon, whose duty it was to trim the lamps, light the church, prepare the sacramental elements, etc. Under the Byzantine emperors the captain of the emperor's bodyguard was called Acolouthos, or the Follower. See Scott's “Count Robert of Paris.”