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John 2 - An Understandable Version (2005 edition)

Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

1. Then on the third day [i.e., since Jesus’ conversation with Nathaniel. See 1:47], a wedding took place in Cana in Galilee. [Note: This was a small town near Nazareth]. Jesus’ mother was there

2. and Jesus and His disciples had been invited to it also.

3. Now when they had run out of wine, Jesus’ mother said to Him, “They do not have any more wine [left].”

4. So, Jesus said to her, “[My dear] woman, what do you want me to do [about it]? My time [i.e., to be revealed to people as the Messiah] has not yet come.”

5. His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you to do.”

6. Now there were six clay water jars there, used by the Jews for ceremonial washings [i.e., for hands, utensils, etc.]. Each one held from 17 to 26 gallons.

7. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” So, the servants filled them clear full.

8. Then He said to them, “Now pour [some of it] out and take it to the banquet host.” So, they took some to him,

9. and when the banquet host tasted the water, which had [now] been turned into wine, he did not know where it had come from. (But the servants who had poured out the water knew [full well]). So, the banquet host called the groom

10. and said to him, “Everyone sets out the best wine first, and when people have had plenty to drink, he then sets out the poor quality [wine]. But you have kept the best wine until now.” [Note: See Barnes Notes (pp. 193-195) and The Gospel of John by Butler (pp. 68-70) for evidence suggesting that this was not intoxicating wine].

11. This was the beginning of Jesus’ [miraculous] signs, which He performed in Cana in Galilee. [In doing this] He demonstrated His glorious power and His disciples believed in Him.

12. After this incident, Jesus, His mother, His [half-] brothers and His disciples went down to Capernaum [i.e., located on the north shore of Lake Galilee] and stayed there a few days.

Jesus Clears the Temple Courts

13. Now the Jewish Passover Festival was soon [to be held], so Jesus went up to Jerusalem [to attend it].

14. There in the Temple [area] He found people selling oxen, sheep and pigeons [i.e., for use as sacrifices]. Also cashiers were sitting there. [Note: These people exchanged foreign coins so visitors to Jerusalem could make purchases and pay taxes].

15. Then Jesus made a whip out of strands of rope and drove all of the sheep and oxen out of the Temple [area], dumped out the cashiers’ money and overturned their tables.

16. He said to those who were selling the pigeons, “Take these things out of here, and quit making my Father’s house [i.e., the Temple] a merchandise mart.”

17. Then Jesus’ disciples remembered that it was written [Psa. 69:9], “Enthusiasm for Your [i.e., God’s] house [i.e., the Temple] will consume me.”

18. So, the Jews asked Him, “What [miraculous] sign will you show us, since you are doing these things [i.e., disrupting their merchandising activities]?”

19. Jesus answered them, “[If you] destroy this Temple, I will raise it up in three days.”

20. But the Jews said, “It took forty-six years to build this Temple, and are you going to rebuild it in three days?”

21. But Jesus was speaking about the “temple” of His [physical] body.

22. Therefore, when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered what He had said and they believed the Scriptures and the words Jesus had spoken.

23. Now when Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people believed in His name [i.e., in Jesus Himself] when they saw the [miraculous] signs He was doing.

24. But Jesus would not trust Himself to them [i.e., to the care of these Jewish leaders] because He knew all men,

25. and He did not need anyone to tell Him about mankind, for He Himself knew what was in the hearts of mankind.






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