John 13:13

13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.

John 13:13 in Other Translations

13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.
13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am.
13 You address me as 'Teacher' and 'Master,' and rightly so. That is what I am.
13 You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am.

John 13:13 Meaning and Commentary

John 13:13

Ye call me Master and Lord
(ybr) , and (rm) , "Master" and "Lord", were dignified titles among the Jews, which they frequently F25 gave to their doctors and men of learning, and are often to be met with in their writings: hence the disciples called Christ by these names, not out of flattery, but reverence of him, and esteem for him; nor are they blamed, but commended for it:

and ye say well, for so I am;
though he had acted the part of a servant in such a surprising manner, by washing their feet; yet he had not dropped and lost, but still maintains his place and authority as a "Master" to teach and instruct them, and as a "Lord" to rule and govern them.


F25 Vid. T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 3. 1. Derech Erets, c. 6. fol. 18. 2.

John 13:13 In-Context

11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.
13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.
14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Matthew 26:18; John 11:28
  • 2. S Matthew 28:18; Luke 1:43; Luke 2:11; Luke 6:46; Luke 11:1; Acts 10:36; Romans 10:9,12; Romans 14:9; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Php Luke 2:11; Colossians 2:6