John 12:4

4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,

John 12:4 in Other Translations

4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,
4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said,
4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said,
4 Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, even then getting ready to betray him, said,
4 Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot (who was about to betray Him), said,

John 12:4 Meaning and Commentary

John 12:4

Then saith one of his disciples
Who had no true love for his master, was an hypocrite, and a covetous person:

Judas Iscariot;
so called, to distinguish him from another Judas, an apostle; (See Gill on Matthew 10:4).

Simon's [son];
this is omitted in the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions; (See Gill on John 13:2);

which should betray him;
and so he did; this was pre-determined by God, foretold in prophecy, and foreknown by Christ; and is observed here, to show the temper and character of the man.

John 12:4 In-Context

2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.
3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,
5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. ”
6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

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