John 2:4

“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for John 2:4

Iesus saith vnto her, Woman, what haue I to doe with thee? mine houre is not yet come.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And Jesus *said to her, "Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Jesus said to her, Woman, this is not your business; my time is still to come.
- Basic English Bible

Jesus says to her, What have I to do with thee, woman? mine hour has not yet come.
- Darby Bible

Jesus saith to her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? my hour is not yet come.
- Webster's Bible

Leave the matter in my hands, He replied; "the time for me to act has not yet come."
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does that have to do with you and me? My hour has not yet come."
- World English Bible

And Jhesus seith to hir, What to me and to thee, womman? myn our cam not yit.
- Wycliffe Bible

Jesus saith to her, `What -- to me and to thee, woman? not yet is mine hour come.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for John 2:4

Wesley's Notes for John 2:4

2:4 Jesus saith to her, Woman - So our Lord speaks also, #John 19:26|. It is probable this was the constant appellation which he used to her. He regarded his Father above all, not knowing even his mother after the flesh. What is it to me and thee? A mild reproof of her inordinate concern and untimely interposal. Mine hour is not yet come - The time of my working this miracle, or of my going away. May we not learn hence, if his mother was rebuked for attempting to direct him in the days of his flesh, how absurd it is to address her as if she had a right to command him, on the throne of his glory? Likewise how indecent it is for us to direct his supreme wisdom, as to the time or manner in which he shall appear for us in any of the exigencies of life!

People's Bible Notes for John 2:4

Joh 2:4 Woman, what have I do to with thee? These words in our language sound harsh and almost rude, but the Greek term "gune", rendered "woman", was respectful and gentle (Joh 19:26). This language, partly a rebuke, to Mary, shows very plainly that the Catholic fiction of Mary being immaculate, the "Queen of Heaven", and "the Mother of God", is all nonsensical. Mine hour is not yet come. The hour of his full manifestation, as the divine King of Israel.

Discussion for John 2:4

  • Curtiss cordy on John 2:4
    what did jesus mean when he told mary my hour is not yet come.
  • Chris - in Reply on John 2:4
    Since we're not given a whole lot of details to work on, that phrase, "mine hour is not yet come" could be Jesus' declaration that the correct time for the revelation of His Person, Ministry & Purpose in man's redemption had not yet arrived. His Mother would have known that the Divine Seed that was implanted in her about 31 years ago, was now standing in the midst of this marriage ceremony & well able to perform the works of God. And in this hour of need at the ceremony, what a great time it would be to show the people Who Jesus really is as well as help the marriage hosts out. "Killing two birds with one stone" is often a human inclination done because of having a narrow perspective. But Jesus retorted, that the appointed time had not come, but for the sake of his Mother's request (& maybe, her pleas), Jesus consented to her wish.

    I see this event as both Jesus' acknowledgement of his familial position as a son before his Mother as well as being directed by His Heavenly Father for the planned revelation of His Son to Israel. All that the Father has purposed for His Son (& for each one of us) fits perfectly into His timeline & order, so even though "His hour (of revelation) had not yet come", this 'first' miracle at this particular time would not necessarily throw the Divine timing out, rather, brought it forward a notch with the other events that showed the divinity of Jesus naturally following on according to that Plan.
  • Timing is Everything - in Reply on John 2:4
    This instance was Jesus's first miracle performed. He wasn't rebuking Mary. He was reminding that the appointed time to begin doing miracles had not yet arrived.

    They both knew he could; the time to begin had not bean given by The Father yet.

    In my experience; don't run ahead of the Lord. I did, Once. I was promptly corrected. (The Holy Spirit was speaking to my spirit)..."are you ready to do it My Way?"

    (Concerning street evangelism.)

    He didn't reprove me. Just asked a question. I learned to LOVE hearing that Shepherd's voice that day!!!

  • Becky on John 2:4
    Mary mentioned it in passing.She didn 't ask for him to fix it. Jesus turned to her and made the point that his time had not yet come as an announcement that it was about to. Mary recognized her error, so she put it in God 's hands, she even gave him her servants because by her faith she realized all she had to do was put everything in God 's hands to do what he thought was best in his own time.
  • Earl on John 2:4
    It seems to me that although both she and Jesus knew he was a miracle worker, they both knew this instance was a minor situation and need not have been brought to him. She knew he could fix it. and as did he too. But do we? So often we deem our own problems beneath the care of Jesus, as if our situation were not worthy of his concern. His Mother knew him well enough to know, hem can fix anything. No task is too trivial no job too small, no problem to simple that we make a decision to abort our praying to God about it. He actually does care about the trivialities and the mundane occurrences of our lives.Are we to Judge what he can and cannot handle? Let him be the judge of it.
  • Mart on John 2:4
    By Jesus addressing His Blessed Mother as Woman was to confirm and reaffirm to the whole World the designation of Virgin Mary as the New Eve therefore the word "Woman". It is "The Woman" who will step-on and crush the head of the serpent (the devil).
  • Ann Ryan on John 2:4
    Jesus is being unnecessarily rude to his mother. Being special gives you less, not more, excuse for behaving badly
  • G.Matthews on John 2:4
    The Lord was not disrespectful but He was definitely rebuking her knowing her name will be infamously exalted as the Queen of Heaven, co-redeemer and Intercessor. Today she is not the mother of Christ but the daughter of Christ. Unless she had repented and was born of God she would not have gone to Heaven when she died.
  • Wes rosa on John 2:4
    hes telling her like silly mom not this kind of wine am i talkin about all the time thats to come later very respectful in a son to mom way cuz she is still his mom


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