John 13:37

37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”

John 13:37 in Other Translations

KJV
37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
ESV
37 Peter said to him, "Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you."
NLT
37 “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I’m ready to die for you.”
MSG
37 "Master," said Peter, "why can't I follow now? I'll lay down my life for you!"
CSB
37 "Lord," Peter asked, "why can't I follow You now? I will lay down my life for You!"

John 13:37 Meaning and Commentary

John 13:37

Peter said unto him
Not understanding Christ's answer, and being dissatisfied with it, inquires:

Lord, why cannot I follow thee now?
is the place inaccessible? are the difficulties in the way to it insuperable? the roughness of the road, or the dangers of it, will not discourage me; I am ready to go through the greatest dangers and difficulties, to follow thee: yea,

I will lay down my life for thy sake;
whatever enemies I should meet with in, following thee, would not dismay me; I would readily hazard my life, and cheerfully lay it down in defence of thee.

John 13:37 In-Context

35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”
37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!