John 2:6
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New International Version
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

New Living Translation
Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons.

English Standard Version
Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

Berean Study Bible
Now six stone water jars had been set there for the Jewish rites of purification. Each could hold from twenty to thirty gallons.

Berean Literal Bible
Now there were six stone water jars standing there, according to the purification of the Jews, having space for two or three metretae.

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

King James 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification. Each contained 20 or 30 gallons.

International Standard Version
Now standing there were six stone water jars used for the Jewish rites of purification, each one holding from two to three measures.

NET Bible
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

New Heart English Bible
Now there were six water pots of stone set there after the Jewish manner of purifying, containing two or three metretes apiece.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But there were there six watercasks of stone, set for the purifying of the Judeans, which held two or three nine-gallon-measures each.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Six stone water jars were there. They were used for Jewish purification rituals. Each jar held 18 to 27 gallons.

New American Standard 1977
Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.

Jubilee Bible 2000
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 2000 Bible
And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.

American King James Version
And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three measures apiece.

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

English Revised Version
Now there were six waterpots of stone set there after the Jews' manner of purifying, containing two or three firkins apiece.

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

Weymouth New Testament
Now there were six stone jars standing there (in accordance with the Jewish regulations for purification)

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

Young's Literal Translation
And there were there six water-jugs of stone, placed according to the purifying of the Jews, holding each two or three measures.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:1-11 It is very desirable when there is a marriage, to have Christ own and bless it. Those that would have Christ with them at their marriage, must invite him by prayer, and he will come. While in this world we sometimes find ourselves in straits, even when we think ourselves in fulness. There was want at a marriage feast. Those who are come to care for the things of the world, must look for trouble, and count upon disappointment. In our addresses to Christ, we must humbly spread our case before him, and then refer ourselves to him to do as he pleases. In Christ's reply to his mother there was no disrespect. He used the same word when speaking to her with affection from the cross; yet it is a standing testimony against the idolatry of after-ages, in giving undue honours to his mother. His hour is come when we know not what to do. Delays of mercy are not denials of prayer. Those that expect Christ's favours, must observe his orders with ready obedience. The way of duty is the way to mercy; and Christ's methods must not be objected against. The beginning of Moses' miracles was turning water into blood, Ex 7:20; the beginning of Christ's miracles was turning water into wine; which may remind us of the difference between the law of Moses and the gospel of Christ. He showed that he improves creature-comforts to all true believers, and make them comforts indeed. And Christ's works are all for use. Has he turned thy water into wine, given thee knowledge and grace? it is to profit withal; therefore draw out now, and use it. It was the best wine. Christ's works commend themselves even to those who know not their Author. What was produced by miracles, always was the best in its kind. Though Christ hereby allows a right use of wine, he does not in the least do away his own caution, which is, that our hearts be not at any time overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, Lu 21:34. Though we need not scruple to feast with our friends on proper occasions, yet every social interview should be so conducted, that we might invite the Redeemer to join with us, if he were now on earth; and all levity, luxury, and excess offend him.
Study Bible
The Wedding at Cana
5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” 6Now six stone water jars had been set there for the Jewish rites of purification. Each could hold from twenty to thirty gallons. 7Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim.…
Cross References
Mark 7:3
Now in holding to the tradition of the elders, the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat until they wash their hands ceremonially.

Luke 16:6
A hundred measures of olive oil,' he answered. 'Take your bill,' said the manager. 'Sit down quickly, and write fifty.'

John 2:7
Jesus told the servants, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim.

John 3:25
A dispute arose between John's disciples and a certain Jew over the issue of ceremonial washing.
Treasury of Scripture

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