Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth,
give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.
from Clarke’s Concordance:
Peace I leave with you –
The Jewish form of salutation and benediction.
A wish of peace among them is thus to be understood:
May you prosper in body and soul,
and enjoy every earthly and heavenly good!
My peace I give unto you –
Such tranquility of soul,
such uninterrupted happiness of mind,
such everlasting friendship with God as I enjoy,
may ye all enjoy!
And such blessedness I bequeath unto you:
it is my last, my best, my dying legacy.
Not as the world giveth –
Not as the Jews, in empty wishes:
not as the people of the world,
in empty compliments.
Their salutations and benedictions
are generally matters of custom and polite ceremony,
given without desire or design;
but I mean what I say;
what I wish you,
that I will give you.
To his followers Jesus gives peace,
and establishes it.
He is the author, prince, promoter, and keeper of peace.
Neither let it be afraid –
Let not your heart shrink back
through fear of any approaching evil.
This is the proper meaning of the word.
In a few hours ye will be most powerfully assaulted;
but stand firm: – the evil will only fall upon me;
and this evil will result in your comfort and salvation,
and in the redemption of a lost world.
Let us ‘walk in grace’ together.
May we find ‘joy in the journey and good times in the going.’