“Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.”
King James Version (KJV)
6:26 Our Lord does not satisfy their curiosity, but corrects the wrong motive they had in seeking him: because ye did eat - Merely for temporal advantage. Hitherto Christ had been gathering hearers: he now begins to try their sincerity, by a figurative discourse concerning his passion, and the fruit of it, to be received by faith.
Joh 6:26 Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles. The Savior reveals to them the true motives which induced them to seek him. Henry says: ``Not because he taught them, but because he fed them; not for love, but for "loaves". Thus do all who seek in religion secular advantages and follow Christ for the sake of secular preferments.'' People are more clamorous for earthly bread, than anxious concerning food for their souls.