John 2:20

“Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then said the Iewes, Fourty and six yeres was this Temple in building, and wilt thou reare it vp in three dayes?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The Jews then said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The Jews therefore said, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou raise it up in three days?
- American Standard Version (1901)

The Jews said, The building of this Temple took forty-six years; and you will put it up in three days!
- Basic English Bible

The Jews therefore said, Forty and six years was this temple building, and thou wilt raise it up in three days?
- Darby Bible

Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
- Webster's Bible

It has taken forty-six years, replied the Jews, "to build this Sanctuary, and will you rebuild it in three days?"
- Weymouth Bible

The Jews therefore said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple! Will you raise it up in three days?"
- World English Bible

Therfor the Jewis seiden to hym, In fourti and sixe yeer this temple was bildid, and schalt thou in thre daies reise it?
- Wycliffe Bible

The Jews, therefore, said, `Forty and six years was this sanctuary building, and wilt thou in three days raise it up?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 2:20


2:20 Forty and six years - Just so many years before the time of this conversation, Herod the Great had begun his most magnificent reparation of the temple, (one part after another,) which he continued all his life, and which was now going on, and was continued thirty - six years longer, till within six or seven years of the destruction of the state, city, and temple by the Romans.


People's Bible Notes for John 2:20


Joh 2:20 Forty and six years. It had been forty-six years since Herod the Great began the reconstruction of the temple, and it was not yet entirely completed. When Jesus was on trial before the Sanhedrin, these words were brought up as blasphemy.

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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