"Come and See": A Web Commentary on the Gospel of John: Section 2 Witness and Call

Section 2.3: More Follow Jesus (Jn 1.43-51)

43The next day he wished to leave for Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, 'Follow me.'44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, from the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, 'We have found the one about whom Moses (in the Law) and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.' 46And Nathanael said to him, 'Can something good be from Nazareth?' 47Philip said to him, 'Come and see.' Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, 'Behold! Truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.' 48Nathanael said to him, 'Where do you know me from?' Jesus answered and said to him, 'Before Philip spoke to you, I saw you when you were beneath the fig tree.' 49Nathanael answered him, 'Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel.' 50Jesus answered and said to him, 'Do you trust in me1 because I said to you that I saw you underneath the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.' 51And he said to him, 'Amen, Amen, I tell you: you2 will see the heavens opening and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man3.'

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1 trust in me: in me supplied.

2 Both occurrences of 'you' in this sentence are plural.

3 See Gen 28.12: 'And he [Jacob] dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.'