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JESUS FOLDED THE NAPKIN

Posted Nov 22 2010 9:17pm


<<  John 20:7  >>
New International Version   (©1984)
as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. New Living Translation   (©2007)
while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings.
English Standard Version   (©2001)
and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.
New American Standard Bible   (©1995)
and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself.
International Standard Version   (©2008)
and that the handkerchief that had been on Jesus' head was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up in a separate place.
GOD'S WORD® Translation   (©1995)
He also saw the cloth that had been on Jesus' head. It wasn't lying with the strips of linen but was rolled up separately.
King James Bible
And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
American King James Version
And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
American Standard Version
and the napkin, that was upon his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but rolled up in a place by itself.
Bible in Basic English
And the cloth, which had been round his head, not with the linen bands but rolled up in a place by itself.
Douay-Rheims Bible
And the napkin that had been about his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but apart, wrapped up into one place.
Darby Bible Translation
and the handkerchief which was upon his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded up in a distinct place by itself.
English Revised Version
and the napkin, that was upon his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but rolled up in a place by itself.
Webster's Bible Translation
And the napkin that was about his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
Weymouth New Testament
and the towel, which had been placed over the face of Jesus, not lying with the cloths, but folded up and put by itself.
World English Bible
and the cloth that had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but rolled up in a place by itself.
Young's Literal Translation
and the napkin that was upon his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but apart, having been folded up, in one place;



Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.

She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!'

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? Absolutely!
Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every
Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.

The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, "I'm finished."

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because...

The folded napkin meant

"I'm coming back."
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