Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

John 14:14

If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
New American Standard Version

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Nave's Topical Bible - Jesus Continued;   Prayer;   Righteous;   Scofield Reference Index - World-System;   Thompson Chain Reference - Answer Promised;   Future, the;   God's;   Heaven;   Heavenly;   Home;   Prayer;   Promises, Divine;   Seekers;   The Topic Concordance - Giving and Gifts;   Holy Spirit;   Jesus Christ;   Love;   Obedience;   Prayer;   Understanding;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Prayer;   Prayer, Answers to;  
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Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Resurrection;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - God, Name of;   Prayer;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Holy Ghost;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Prayer;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Church;   Worship;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Children (Sons) of God;   God;   Holy Spirit;   John, Theology of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Character;   Coming Again;   Death of Christ;   Force;   Prayer (2);   Promise (2);   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Fruit;   Pentecost;   Samuel;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Lord (2);  
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Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Jesus of Nazareth;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Johannine Theology, the;   Keys, Power of;   Name;  
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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

If ye shall ask (me) anything in my name, that will I do.

The insertion of "me" in this verse, as in many manuscripts, suggests that prayers might be offered directly to Jesus, as well as addressed to the Father in Jesus' name. Note the prayer of Stephen (Acts 7:59). Dummelow cited Acts 9:14,21,1 Corinthians 1:2, where "calling upon the name of the Lord" was construed by him as examples of the same thing.[10]

ENDNOTE:

[10] J. R. Dummelow, Commentary on the Holy Bible (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1937), p. 799.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 14:14". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/john-14.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

If ye shall ask anything,.... These words are much, the same with the former, and have been thought, by some, to have crept into the text from the margin; though they seem rather to be repeated by Christ, the more to strengthen and confirm the faith of his disciples in this matter; that whatsoever they asked

in my name, either calling upon it, he being equally the object of prayer with the Father, or making mention of it, pleading the merits of his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice; whatever was according to the will of God, was for his glory, and their real good, he would do it for them, as well when absent from them, as present with them.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 14:14". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-14.html. 1999.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

If ye shall ask me anything in my name (εαν τι αιτησητε με εν τωι ονοματι μουean ti aitēsēte me en tōi onomati mou). Condition of third class with εανean and first aorist active subjunctive of αιτεωaiteō The use of μεme (me) here is supported by Aleph B 33 Vulgate Syriac Peshitta. Just this phrase does not occur elsewhere in John and seems awkward, but see John 16:23. If it is genuine, as seems likely, here is direct prayer to Jesus taught as we see it practiced by Stephen in Acts 7:59; and in Revelation 22:20.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 14:14". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/john-14.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

If ye shall ask anything

Some authorities insert me. So Rev. This implies prayer to Christ.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on John 14:14". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/john-14.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

The Fourfold Gospel

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do1, that the Father may be glorified in the Son2.
    John 14:13,14

  1. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do. The second token of Christ's union with the Father would be manifested in the efficacy of prayer made in his name. Hitherto prayer had not been thus made (John 16:24).

  2. That the Father may be glorified in the Son. God would glorify himself through Christ by answering prayer thus made.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on John 14:14". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/john-14.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Если чего попросите. Это не излишнее повторение. Все знают и чувствуют, что недостойны прихода к Богу. Но большая часть людей хочет насильно ворваться и принудить Бога их принять. Затем, когда они вспоминают о своем недостоинстве, то начинают изобретать разные средства прихода. Бог же, приглашая нас к Себе, предлагает нам единственного Посредника, через Которого Он будет благосклонным и милостивым. Но здесь опять выходит на сцену порочность человеческого разума. Ведь большая часть людей не перестает, оставив прямой путь, блуждать окольными и кривыми тропами. Это происходит по той причине, что сила и благость Божия во Христе Иисусе понимается ими весьма плохо. К этому добавляется и другое заблуждение: мы не понимаем, что не допускаемся к Богу заслуженно, пока Он Сам нас не позовет. Призывает же Он нас только через Сына. Если же нам не достаточно одного свидетельства, примем во внимание вот что: когда Христос сказал во второй раз, что Отца надо молить во имя Его, Он словно предостерег нас не тратить силы в поиске каких-то других заступников.

 

 

 

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on John 14:14". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/john-14.html. 1840-57.

Frédéric Louis Godet - Commentary on Selected Books

Vv. 14 is a reaffirmation of that astonishing promise; this is indicated already by the asyndeton: "Yes, it will indeed be so!"—By the words: ὅτι ἄν, whatsoever, Jesus opens an immeasurable field to the Christian ambition of His disciples. The received reading ἐγὼ ποιήσω, "I will do it," is certainly the true reading. Some Alexandrian authorities have mechanically reproduced verbatim the expression of John 14:13. But Jesus purposely modifies it, by substituting ἐγώ for τοῦτο : "I, who have never deceived you, and who am to be clothed with omnipotence with my Father, I pledge myself to do it." Thus, while His disciple shall pray in His name on the earth, He will act from heaven, on God"s part, to execute the work, so intimate will be the union effected in Him between heaven and earth.

It seems to me absolutely impossible to keep in the text the με, me, which the Alexandrian authorities give as the object of αἰτήσητε : "Whatsoever you shall ask me in my name." It is inadmissible that one should ask anything of a person in his own name, except in the sense: for his own cause, which cannot be that of this phrase. Tischendorf, Weiss and Westcott endeavor vainly to defend this reading. Comp. besides, John 15:16, John 16:23-24. — To weigh the words which are constantly found at the beginning of all the epistles of St. Paul: "I cease not to make mention of you in my prayers," is, as Stier has said, sufficient to give us an understanding that it is by prayer in the name of Jesus that the apostles gave existence to the Church. — From the means by which they will perform these works superior to His own—prayer in His name,—Jesus now passes to the divine source which shall give birth to such prayer in their hearts—the Holy Spirit.

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Godet, Frédéric Louis. "Commentary on John 14:14". "Frédéric Louis Godet - Commentary on Selected Books". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsc/john-14.html.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Ver. 14. If ye shall ask anything, &c.] This is not a vain repetition. Nunquam satis dicitur, quod nunquam satis discitur. (Seneca.) When God spake but once, David heard it twice. Oh that we would once hear and believe, what Christ for our comfort hath said over so often!

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on John 14:14". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/john-14.html. 1865-1868.

Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

John 14:14. τὸ αὐτὸ λέγει βεβαιῶν μάλιστα τὸν λόγον, Euth. Zigabenus. But this is done to make it specially prominent that He is the active subject. Bengel well remarks: “ ἐγώ hoc jam indicat gloriam.”

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Meyer, Heinrich. "Commentary on John 14:14". Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hmc/john-14.html. 1832.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 14:14. ἐγὼ, I) This already points to the glory referred to in John 14:13, “That the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on John 14:14". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/john-14.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The words are doubled for the further confirmation of them, that we might not doubt when we put up our petitions to God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, according to the will of God.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on John 14:14". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/john-14.html. 1685.

Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Any thing; in accordance with his will, and which would be needful for the work to which he called them.

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Edwards, Justin. "Commentary on John 14:14". "Family Bible New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/john-14.html. American Tract Society. 1851.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

14.If ye shall ask’ I will do it—All perfectly right prayer is heard and granted. All imperfect prayer may, through the atonement, be pardoned in its imperfections, and redound in blessing upon him who prays. All prayer that is of the wicked, as such, is an abomination unto the Lord.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on John 14:14". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/john-14.html. 1874-1909.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

John 14:14. In John 14:14 the promise is repeated, as Euthymius says, for confirmation: . Perhaps, too, additional significance is given to His agency by introducing . Cf. Bengel and Meyer.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on John 14:14". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/john-14.html. 1897-1910.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. Observe here, that while they are supposed to ask what they want, not of Him, but of the Father in His name, Jesus says it is He Himself that will "do it" for them. What a claim is this not only to be perfectly cognizant of all that is poured into the Father's ear by His loving disciples on earth, and of all the Father's counsels and plans as to the answers to be given to them, the precise nature and measure of the grace to be given them, and the proper time for it-but to be the authoritative Dispenser of all that these prayers draw down, and in that sense the Hearer of prayer! Let any one try to conceive of this statement apart from Christ's essential equality with the Father, and he will find it impossible. The emphatic repetition of this, that if they shall ask anything in His name, He will do it, speak both the boundless prevalency of His name with the Father, and His unlimited authority to dispense the answer. But see further on John 15:7.

This portion of the discourse is notable, as containing the first announcement of the Spirit, to supply the personal presence of the absent Saviour.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 14:14". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/john-14.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(14) If ye shall ask any thing in my name.—This is an emphatic repetition of the width of the promise and of its condition. In the second clause of the verse the pronoun “I” bears the stress. “I (on My part) will do it.” In the parallel passage in John 15:16; John 16:23 the Father is thought of as answering the prayer. The passage from one thought to the other is possible because the Father and Son are thought of as one.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on John 14:14". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/john-14.html. 1905.

Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms

Ver. 14. "If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it."

We have here an express repetition, which, with its ἀμὴν ἀμὴν, at the beginning, springs from the same source. It is intended to furnish supplication with a yet firmer ground of confidence. Luther: "Our Lord Christ foresaw that this article would go hard with human reason, and that it would be much assailed by the devil." Comp. Psalms 62:12 : "God hath spoken once, yea, twice have I heard this, that power belongeth unto God." God said it not once only, but confirmed it by a second assurance, that all power was His. So also in 1 John 2:14, repetition has the effect of stronger assurance. The ἐγώ, which Gerhard describes as a word of majesty, gives great prominence to the supreme authority of Christ in His exalted state: it is as it were, I to whom all power is given in heaven and upon earth. Luther: "What ye ask, I will do: this is as much as to say, I am God, who may do and give all things."

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

14.If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. This is not a useless repetition. All see and feel that they are unworthy to approach God; and yet the greater part of men burst forward, as if they were out of their senses, and rashly and haughtily address God; and afterwards, when that unworthiness, of which I have spoken, comes to their recollection, every man contrives for himself various expedients. On the other hand, when God invites us to himself, he holds out to us one Mediator only, by whom he is willing to be appeased and reconciled. But here again the wickedness of the human mind breaks out for the greater part do not cease to forsake the road, and to pass through many windings. The reason why they do so is, that they have but a poor and slender perception of the power and goodness of God in Christ. To this is added a second error, that we do not consider that we are justly excluded from approaching God, until he calls us, and that we are called only through the Son. And if one passage has not sufficient weight with us, let us know that, when Christ repeats, a second time, that we must pray to the Father in his name, he lays his hand on us, as it were, that we may not lose our pains by fruitlessly seeking other intercessors.

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on John 14:14". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/john-14.html. 1840-57.