John 1:44

44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.

John 1:44 in Other Translations

KJV
44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
ESV
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
NLT
44 Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown.
MSG
44 (Philip's hometown was Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter.)
CSB
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.

John 1:44 Meaning and Commentary

John 1:44

Now Philip was of Bethsaida
A town on the lake of Gennesaret, afterwards made a city by Philip the tetrarch, and called Julias, after the name of Caesar's daughter F13: it was a fishing town, and had its name from thence; and the disciples that were of it, were of this business:

the city of Andrew and Peter;
or "Simon", as read the Syriac and Persic versions: three apostles were called out of this place, as mean, and wicked, as it was; see ( Matthew 11:21 ) ; which was no small honour to it: it is a saying of the Jews F14, that

``a man's place (his native place) does not honour him, but a man honours his place.''

This was the case here.


FOOTNOTES:

F13 Joseph. Antiqu. l. 18. c. 3.
F14 T. Bab. Taanith, fol. 21. 2.

John 1:44 In-Context

42 And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter ).
43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.
45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Matthew 11:21; John 12:21