John 2:18

“Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then answered the Iewes, and said vnto him, What signe shewest thou vnto vs, seeing that thou doest these things?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The Jews then said to Him, "What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The Jews therefore answered and said unto him, What sign showest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then the Jews put this question to him: What sign of authority have you to give us, seeing that you do these things?
- Basic English Bible

The Jews therefore answered and said to him, What sign shewest thou to us, that thou doest these things?
- Darby Bible

Then answered the Jews, and said to him, What sign showest thou to us, seeing that thou doest these things?
- Webster's Bible

So the Jews asked Him, "What proof of your authority do you exhibit to us, seeing that you do these things?"
- Weymouth Bible

The Jews therefore answered him, "What sign do you show us, seeing that you do these things?"
- World English Bible

Therfor the Jewis answeriden, and seiden to hym, What token schewist thou to vs, that thou doist these thingis?
- Wycliffe Bible

the Jews then answered and said to him, `What sign dost thou shew to us -- that thou dost these things?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 2:18


2:18 Then answered the Jews - Either some of those whom he had just driven out, or their friends: What sign showest thou? - So they require a miracle, to confirm a miracle!


People's Bible Notes for John 2:18


Joh 2:18 What sign? The Jewish officials demand some sign that would demonstrate that he had authority over the temple.

Discussion for John 2

  • A disciple
    Charlotte; Wine has always what it is! Haven't you read how Noah got drunk? Wine is not a sin, nor any drink, in and of itself; but the drunkard is the sinner: if someone can drink with a good conscience toward God and his neighbor, and not use it for debauchery and excess! As Saints of Jesus we are not forbidden to drink wine or liquor of any kind, if it be with moderation and respect for others.
  • Charlotte
    I believe the wine today is very different from wine in Jesus' day. Back in Jesus day there was no refrigeration system so wine and water was there was to drink. Wine in Jesus' day was not fermented as it is today. Trying to use the Bible to justify consuming alcoholic beverages to get drunk is just wrong/sin.
  • A disciple
    S Green; If you are scandalized by drinking wine, and if YOU get drunk that easy and are afraid of losing control, then by all means, DON'T DO IT, don't drink wine! But the Scriptures don't say that Jesus turned water into fruit juice, but into wine, "which maketh glad the heart of man." It was a miracle of blessing of the poor representing the NEW WINE of the Glad Tidings, to start His Ministry!
  • S Green
    The same Greek word "oikos" is used for grapes and grape juice wine vinegar and alcoholic wine and are all translated as "wine". We know that Jesus never sinned and that drunkeness is a sin therefore we can conclude that the kind of wine that Jesus miraculously made was not an alcoholic kind. Also it did not say the guests were drunk but that they had drunk. Past tense of drink
  • Ray321
    John 2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, Jesus knows our hearts.
  • Ray321
    Matthew 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. Thank you Jesus for saving my Soul and my house.

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