John 2:9

“When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was, (but the seruants which drew the water knew) the gouernor of the feast called the bridegrome,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter *called the bridegroom,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and knew not whence it was (but the servants that had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast calleth the bridegroom,
- American Standard Version (1901)

After tasting the water which had now become wine, the master of the feast (having no idea where it came from, though it was clear to the servants who took the water out) sent for the newly-married man,
- Basic English Bible

But when the feast-master had tasted the water which had been made wine (and knew not whence it was, but the servants knew who drew the water), the feast-master calls the bridegroom,
- Darby Bible

When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was; (but the servants who drew the water knew) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
- Webster's Bible

So they carried some to him. And no sooner had the President tasted the water now turned into wine, than--not knowing where it came from, though the attendants who had drawn the water knew--he called to the bridegroom
- Weymouth Bible

When the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and didn't know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast called the bridegroom,
- World English Bible

And whanne the architriclyn hadde tastid the watir maad wiyn, and wiste not wherof it was, but the mynystris wisten that drowen the watir, the architriclyn clepith the spouse,
- Wycliffe Bible

And as the director of the apartment tasted the water become wine, and knew not whence it is, (but the ministrants knew, who have drawn the water,) the director of the feast doth call the bridegroom,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 2:9


2:9 The governor of the feast - The bridegroom generally procured some friend to order all things at the entertainment.


People's Bible Notes for John 2:9


Joh 2:9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted. The ruler of the feast, and the governor of Joh 2:8 are the same. It was customary to choose, sometimes by lot, a president who regulated the whole order of festivities.

Discussion for John 2:9

  • This is symbolic of the fact that the bridegroom Jesus was giving to his church his bride the finest wine his blood for cleansing and this occasion marks the beginning of his gift.

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