John 12:33

33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

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John 12:33 in Other Translations

KJV
33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
ESV
33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
NLT
33 He said this to indicate how he was going to die.
MSG
33 He put it this way to show how he was going to be put to death.
CSB
33 He said this to signify what kind of death He was about to die.

John 12:33 Meaning and Commentary

John 12:33

This he said
These are the words of the evangelist, interpreting the design of Christ in the above words, thereby

signifying what death he should die;
the phrase of being lifted up from the earth, not only signified his death, but the kind, or manner of it, that it should be by crucifixion; a person crucified being stretched forth upon a cross, and that erected, was lifted up between earth and heaven.

John 12:33 In-Context

31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.
32 And I, when I am lifted upfrom the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.

Cross References 1

  • 1. John 18:32; John 21:19
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