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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 6:60-71

We have here an account of the effects of Christ's discourse. Some were offended and others edified by it; some driven from him and others brought nearer to him. I. To some it was a savour of death unto death; not only to the Jews, who were professed enemies to him and his doctrine, but even to many of his disciples, such as were disciples at large, who were his frequent hearers, and followed him in public; a mixed multitude, like those among Israel, that began all the discontents. Now here we... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 6:66-71

6:66-71 After this many of his disciples turned back and would not walk with him any more. Jesus said to the Twelve: "Surely you too do not want to go away?" Simon Peter answered him: "Lord, to whom are we to go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed and we have come to know that you are the Holy One of God." Jesus answered them: "Did I not choose you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, for he was going to betray him--and he was... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 6:67

Then said Jesus unto the twelve ,.... "To his own twelve", as the Persic version reads; that is, to his twelve apostles, whom he had chosen to that office: Christ takes no notice of those that went away from him, he showed no concern about them; he knew what they were, that the truth of grace was not in them, and that they did not belong to him, and therefore was not uneasy about their departure; but turns himself to his apostles, whom he dearly loved, and in a very tender manner thus said... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 6:67

Will ye also go alway? - Or, Do Ye also desire, etc. These words are very emphatical. Will You abandon me? - you, whom I have distinguished with innumerable marks of my affection - you, whom I have chosen out of the world to be my companions, - you, to whom I have revealed the secrets of the eternal world - you, who have been witnesses of all my miracles - you, whom I intend to seat with me on my throne in glory; will You go away? Reader, in what state art thou? Hast thou gone back from... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 6:67

Verse 67 67.Jesus therefore said to the twelve. As the faith of the apostles might be greatly shaken, when they saw that they were so small a remnant of a great multitude, Christ directs his discourse to them, and shows that there is no reason why they should allow themselves to be hurried away by the lightness and unsteadiness of others. When he asks them if they also wish to go away, he does so in order to confirm their faith; for, by exhibiting to them himself, that they may remain with him,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:1-71

2. Christ declares himself to be the Sustainer and Protector of the life of which he is the Source . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:60-71

(4) The twofold effect of these instructions . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:66-69

Desertion and adhesion. It is instructive to observe that, in the course of Christ's ministry, there were those among his professed friends who forsook him. And it is also instructive to observe that such cases of desertion led Christ's real and attached friends to ask themselves what it was that held them to their Lord, and to form upon this matter a definite and decided conviction. Thus the desertion of merely nominal adherents became the occasion of a mental process which was singularly... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:66-71

The crisis reached at last. The Galilaean disciples, in many cases, revolted against Christ's teaching. I. THE DEFECTION IN GALILEE . "From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him." 1 . These disciples returned once more to the world, with its old occupations, and to the religious guidance of the scribes and Pharisees . 2 . They ceased to attend upon our Lord 's ministry, or to follow him from place to place in his errands of truth... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:67

Jesus therefore said unto the twelve . He spake to them because of the wide defection from his ranks. "The twelve" have never been mentioned before in the Gospel, but this passing reference reveals acquaintance with the fact on the part of the evangelist. He assumes the historic number as perfectly explicable to his readers. The reference to the twelve baskets in John 6:13 almost presupposes that there were the same number of disciples, and this pathetic appeal is in harmony with the... read more

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