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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 13:31-35

This and what follows, to the end of John 13:31-14:31; was Christ's table-talk with his disciples. When supper was done, Judas went out; but what did the Master and his disciples do, whom he left sitting at table? They applied themselves to profitable discourse, to teach us as much as we can to make conversation with our friends at table serviceable to religion. Christ begins this discourse. The more forward we are humbly to promote that communication which is good, and to the use of edifying,... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 13:33-35

13:33-35 "Little children, I am still going to be with you for a little while. You will search for me; and, as I said to the Jews, so now I say to you too: 'You cannot go where I am going.' I give you a new commandment, that you love one another; that you too love one another, as I have loved you; it is by this that all will know that you are my disciples--if you have love amongst each other." Jesus was laying down his farewell commandment to his disciples. The time was short; if they were... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 13:34

A new commandment I give unto you ,.... As parents, when they take their leave of their children, in their dying moments, give them proper instructions and orders, and lay their dying injunctions on them, so Christ taking his leave of his disciples, gives them his; which were, that they love one another : as brethren in the same family, children of the same Father, and fellow disciples with each other; by keeping and agreeing together, praying one for another, bearing one another's... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 13:34

A new commandment I give unto you - In what sense are we to understand that this was a new commandment? Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, was a positive precept of the law, Leviticus 19:18 , and it is the very same that Christ repeats here; how then was it new? Our Lord answers this question, Even As I have loved you. Now Christ more than fulfilled the Mosaic precept; he not only loved his neighbor As himself, but he loved him More than himself, for he laid down his life for men. In... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 13:34

Verse 34 34.A new commandment I give you. To the consolation he adds an exhortation,that they should love one another; as if he had said, “Yet while I am absent from you in body, testify, by mutual love, that I have not taught you in vain; let this be your constant study, your chief meditation.” Why does he call it a new commandment ? All are not agreed on this point. There are some who suppose the reason to be, that, while the injunction formerly contained in the Law about brotherly love was... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 13:1-38

A. The inner glorification of the Christ in the presence of those who received and believed on him . *** The Loges incarnate as life, light, love, and sacrifice, lavishing all his grace upon his own (Jn 13-17.). B. The outer glorification of the Christ in his Passion and resurrection . *** The fully manifested love laying down life that he might take it again, and lift these disciples into vital union with the risen life (Jn 18-21.). A. THE INNER GLORIFICATION OF ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 13:31-38

Separation and its issue. The departure of Judas sets Jesus free to discourse familiarly with his disciples. I. THE TRAITOR 'S DEPARTURE IS THE SIGNAL FOR THE REDEEMER 'S GLORIFICATION . "Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him." 1. Jesus regards his death, now so near, as involving his glorification . II. THE APPROACHING SEPARATION OF JESUS FROM HIS DISCIPLES . "Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 13:34

A new commandment I give unto you ( with the purpose and scope ) that ye love one another; even as (or, seeing that ) I loved you, that ye ( also ) love one another . The interpretation of this verse largely depends on the meaning given to the καθὼς , if, as many translate it, "even as I loved you;" or, "after the manner and type of my love to you;" then an amply sufficient explanation arises of the novelty of the ἐντολή . So new a type of love is given that, as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 13:34-35

(2) The demand which this glorification would ,make on the mutual fidelity and affection of the disciples . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 13:34-35

Mutual love. Upon our Savior's departure from the world, he made provision for the perpetuity of his work upon earth and among men. This he did by constituting a society of living persons, who were to be united together by bonds of peculiar strength. The ties which the Lord intended to knit his people together were three, and "a threefold cord is not quickly broken." Faith in Christ, love to one another, and benevolent effort for the world's salvation,—these were the three "notes" of... read more

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