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John 12:32 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And I, if I shall be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] to me.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— and I, if I be lifted up out of the earth, will draw all to me.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, I, if I be lifted up out of the earth, will draw, all, unto myself.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and I, if I may be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself.'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And I, if I be lifted vp from the earth, will draw all men vnto me.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And I, when I have been lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to me.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And I, 2504
{2504} Prime
So also the dative (second form) and accusative (third form); from G2532 and G1473; and (or also, even, etc.) I, (to) me.
if 1437
{1437} Prime
From G1487 and G0302; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty.
I be lifted up 5312
{5312} Prime
From G5311; to elevate (literally or figuratively).
<5686> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 219
from 1537
{1537} Prime
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
earth, 1093
{1093} Prime
Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application).
will draw 1670
{1670} Prime
Probably akin to G0138; to drag (literally or figuratively).
<5692> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 814
all 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
[men] unto 4314
{4314} Prime
A strengthened form of G4253; a preposition of direction; forward to, that is, toward (with the genitive case the side of, that is, pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, that is, near to; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, that is, whither or for which it is predicated).
me. 1683
{1683} Prime
Genitive, dative and accusative of a compound of G1700 and G0846; of myself.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on John 12:29-33.

John 12:32

_ _ And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me — The “I” here is emphatic — I, taking the place of the world’s ejected prince. “If lifted up,” means not only after that I have been lifted up, but, through the virtue of that uplifting. And truly, the death of the Cross, in all its significance, revealed in the light, and borne in upon the heart, by the power of the Holy Ghost, possesses an attraction over the wide world — to civilized and savage, learned and illiterate, alike — which breaks down all opposition, assimilates all to itself, and forms out of the most heterogeneous and discordant materials a kingdom of surpassing glory, whose uniting principle is adoring subjection “to Him that loved them.” “Will draw all men ‘UNTO ME,’” says He. What lips could venture to utter such a word but His, which “dropt as an honeycomb,” whose manner of speaking was evermore in the same spirit of conscious equality with the Father?

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on John 12:27-36.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

John 12:32

Lifted up from the earth — This is a Hebraism which signifies dying. Death in general is all that is usually imported. But our Lord made use of this phrase, rather than others that were equivalent, because it so well suited the particular manner of his death. I will draw all men — Gentiles as well as Jews. And those who follow my drawings, Satan shall not be able to keep.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

John 12:32

And I, if I be (e) lifted up from the earth, will draw (f) all [men] unto me.

(e) Christ used a word which has a double meaning, for it signifies either to lift up or to get out of the way: for he intended them to think of his death, but the Jews seemed to take it another way.

(f) Chrysostom and Theophylact say that this word "all" refers to all nations: that is, not only to the Jews.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
John 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am [he], and [that] I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
John 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called [the place] of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
Deuteronomy 21:22-23 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: ... His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged [is] accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee [for] an inheritance.
2 Samuel 18:9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that [was] under him went away.
Psalms 22:16-18 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. ... They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:
1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:


John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Song of Songs 1:4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.
Hosea 11:4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.

all men:

John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all [men] through him might believe.
Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
Romans 5:17-19 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) ... For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
1 Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.
Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
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Dt 21:22. 2S 18:9. Ps 22:16. So 1:4. Is 49:6. Ho 11:4. Jn 1:7; 3:14; 6:44; 8:28; 19:17. Ro 5:17. Ga 3:13. 1Ti 2:6. He 2:9. 1P 2:24; 3:18. 1Jn 2:2. Rv 5:9.

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