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John 15:16

Context
NET ©

You did not choose me, but I chose you 1  and appointed you to go and bear 2  fruit, fruit that remains, 3  so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.

NIV ©

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

NASB ©

"You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.

NLT ©

You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.

MSG ©

"You didn't choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won't spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.

BBE ©

You did not take me for yourselves, but I took you for myself; and I gave you the work of going about and producing fruit which will be for ever; so that whatever request you make to the Father in my name he may give it to you.

NRSV ©

You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.

NKJV ©

"You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.


KJV
Ye
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have
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not
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chosen
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me
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but
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I
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have chosen
<1586> (5668)
you
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and
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ordained
<5087> (5656)
you
<5209>_,
that
<2443>
ye
<5210>
should go
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and
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bring forth
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fruit
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and
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[that] your
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fruit
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should remain
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that
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whatsoever
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ye shall ask
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of the Father
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in
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my
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name
<3686>_,
he may give it
<1325> (5632)
you
<5213>_.
NASB ©
"You did not choose
<1586>
Me but I chose
<1586>
you, and appointed
<5087>
you that you would go
<5217>
and bear
<5342>
fruit
<2590>
, and that your fruit
<2590>
would remain
<3306>
, so
<2443>
that whatever
<3739>
you ask
<154>
of the Father
<3962>
in My name
<3686>
He may give
<1325>
to you.
GREEK
ouc
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PRT-N
umeiv
<5210>
P-2NP
me
<3165>
P-1AS
exelexasye
<1586> (5668)
V-AMI-2P
all
<235>
CONJ
egw
<1473>
P-1NS
exelexamhn
<1586> (5668)
V-AMI-1S
umav
<5209>
P-2AP
kai
<2532>
CONJ
eyhka
<5087> (5656)
V-AAI-1S
umav
<5209>
P-2AP
ina
<2443>
CONJ
umeiv
<5210>
P-2NP
upaghte
<5217> (5725)
V-PAS-2P
kai
<2532>
CONJ
karpon
<2590>
N-ASM
ferhte
<5342> (5725)
V-PAS-2P
kai
<2532>
CONJ
o
<3588>
T-NSM
karpov
<2590>
N-NSM
umwn
<5216>
P-2GP
menh
<3306> (5725)
V-PAS-3S
ina
<2443>
CONJ
o
<3739>
R-ASN
ti
<5100>
X-ASN
an
<302>
PRT
aithshte
<154> (5661)
V-AAS-2P
ton
<3588>
T-ASM
patera
<3962>
N-ASM
en
<1722>
PREP
tw
<3588>
T-DSN
onomati
<3686>
N-DSN
mou
<3450>
P-1GS
dw
<1325> (5632)
V-2AAS-3S
umin
<5213>
P-2DP
NET © [draft] ITL
You
<5210>
did
<1586>
not
<3756>
choose
<1586>
me
<3165>
, but
<235>
I
<1473>
chose
<1586>
you
<5209>
and
<2532>
appointed
<5087>
you
<5209>
to
<2443>
go
<5217>
and
<2532>
bear
<5342>
fruit
<2590>
, fruit
<2590>
that remains
<3306>
, so that
<2443>
whatever
<302>
you ask
<154>
the Father
<3962>
in
<1722>
my
<3450>
name
<3686>
he will give
<1325>
you
<5213>
.
NET ©

You did not choose me, but I chose you 1  and appointed you to go and bear 2  fruit, fruit that remains, 3  so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.

NET © Notes

sn You did not choose me, but I chose you. If the disciples are now elevated in status from slaves to friends, they are friends who have been chosen by Jesus, rather than the opposite way round. Again this is true of all Christians, not just the twelve, and the theme that Christians are “chosen” by God appears frequently in other NT texts (e.g., Rom 8:33; Eph 1:4ff.; Col 3:12; and 1 Pet 2:4). Putting this together with the comments on 15:14 one may ask whether the author sees any special significance at all for the twelve. Jesus said in John 6:70 and 13:18 that he chose them, and 15:27 makes clear that Jesus in the immediate context is addressing those who have been with him from the beginning. In the Fourth Gospel the twelve, as the most intimate and most committed followers of Jesus, are presented as the models for all Christians, both in terms of their election and in terms of their mission.

tn Or “and yield.”

sn The purpose for which the disciples were appointed (“commissioned”) is to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains. The introduction of the idea of “going” at this point suggests that the fruit is something more than just character qualities in the disciples’ own lives, but rather involves fruit in the lives of others, i.e., Christian converts. There is a mission involved (cf. John 4:36). The idea that their fruit is permanent, however, relates back to vv. 7-8, as does the reference to asking the Father in Jesus’ name. It appears that as the imagery of the vine and the branches develops, the “fruit” which the branches produce shifts in emphasis from qualities in the disciples’ own lives in John 15:2, 4, 5 to the idea of a mission which affects the lives of others in John 15:16. The point of transition would be the reference to fruit in 15:8.



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