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John 1:36-37

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1:36 Gazing at Jesus as he walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 1  1:37 When John’s 2  two disciples heard him say this, 3  they followed Jesus. 4 

1 sn This section (1:35-51) is joined to the preceding by the literary expedient of repeating the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus being the Lamb of God (1:36, cf. 1:29). This repeated testimony (1:36) no longer has revelatory value in itself, since it has been given before; its purpose, instead, is to institute a chain reaction which will bring John the Baptist’s disciples to Jesus and make them Jesus’ own disciples.

2 tn Grk “his”; the referent (John) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Grk “And the two disciples heard him speaking.”

4 sn The expression followed Jesus pictures discipleship, which means that to learn from Jesus is to follow him as the guiding priority of one’s life.



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