John 2:6

“And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And there were set there sixe water pots of stone, after the maner of the purifying of the Iewes, conteining two or three firkins apeece.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now there were six waterpots of stone set there after the Jews' manner of purifying, containing two or three firkins apiece.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now six pots of stone, every one taking two or three firkins of water, were placed there for the purpose of washing, as is the way of the Jews.
- Basic English Bible

Now there were standing there six stone water-vessels, according to the purification of the Jews, holding two or three measures each.
- Darby Bible

And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
- Webster's Bible

Now there were six stone jars standing there (in accordance with the Jewish regulations for purification), each large enough to hold twenty gallons or more.
- Weymouth Bible

Now there were six water pots of stone set there after the Jews' way of purifying, containing two or three metretes apiece.
- World English Bible

And there weren set `sixe stonun cannes, aftir the clensyng of the Jewis, holdynge ech tweyne ether thre metretis.
- Wycliffe Bible

And there were there six water-jugs of stone, placed according to the purifying of the Jews, holding each two or three measures.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 2:6


2:6 The purifying of the Jews - Who purified themselves by frequent washings particularly before eating.


People's Bible Notes for John 2:6


Joh 2:6 There were set there six waterpots of stone. These waterpots were to supply water for the washings usual at feasts. See Mr 7:4. The Jews were regarded ceremonially unclean if they did not wash both before and after eating. See PNT "Mt 15:2". The pots each held about twenty gallons.

Discussion for John 2

  • 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.
  • Reinaldo Ortiz
    John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. All of Disciples did not understand Jesus or Jesus hid it from there hearts.
  • A disciple
    Practical Christianity does take care for the natural comforts of this life. We are not made of stone, and the LORD never intended us to think, either of ourselves or others, in that way. In Matthew 25 for example, what will separate the saved from the damned will be HOW WE TOOK CARE OF ONE ANOTHER in natural and practical ways! Its not always to "spiritualize" the things; but love is spiritual!

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