John 2:8
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New International Version
Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so,

New Living Translation
he said, "Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies." So the servants followed his instructions.

English Standard Version
And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it.

New American Standard Bible
And He said to them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it to him.

King James Bible
And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He said to them, "Now draw some out and take it to the chief servant." And they did.

International Standard Version
Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the man in charge of the banquet." So they did.

NET Bible
Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the head steward," and they did.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He said to them: “Draw out now and take to The Master of Ceremonies.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to them, "Pour some, and take it to the person in charge." The servers did as they were told.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto them, Draw out now and bear unto the butler. And they bore it.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the steward of the feast. And they bore it.

American King James Version
And he said to them, Draw out now, and bear to the governor of the feast. And they bore it.

American Standard Version
And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the ruler of the feast. And they bare it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jesus saith to them: Draw out now, and carry to the chief steward of the feast. And they carried it.

Darby Bible Translation
And he says to them, Draw out now, and carry [it] to the feast-master. And they carried [it].

English Revised Version
And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the ruler of the feast. And they bare it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he saith to them, Draw out now, and bear to the governor of the feast. And they bore it.

Weymouth New Testament
Then He said, "Now, take some out, and carry it to the President of the feast."

World English Bible
He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the ruler of the feast." So they took it.

Young's Literal Translation
and he saith to them, 'Draw out, now, and bear to the director of the apartment;' and they bare.
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - Draw forth (the object of the verb is not in the sentence. He did not say the "water" which you placed there, nor the "wine" into which it has been transformed, but simply, "Draw forth"), and bear to the governor of the feast. The traditional interpretation, that the water jars were the source of the unwonted supply, and the measure of it, strongly commends itself in preference to the suggestions of Westcott, Moulton, as well as Barnes, Olshausen, and others. The ἀρχιτρίκλινος, the "master of the table," is the chief servant presiding over the arrangements of the feast. This was an Attic official, referred to by Athenaeus (4, 100, 70) as τραπεζοποιός (cf. Heliodor., 7:27). The "symposiarch," arbiter bibendi, is not to be confounded with him. The latter was one of the guests chosen to taste the wine, etc. (see Ecclus. 32:1, where he is called ἡγούμενος). The "governor" is one who occupies a still higher position of importance in Greek feasts. There is no other trace of the Attic usage among the Jews. As the passage in Ecclesiasticus indicates a different custom, and the references to something similar describe the officer by different names, no very sure conclusion can be drawn. Wunsche says that, ordinarily, the master of the house was bound to serve his guests, and preside over the distribution of food and presents. Thus, at the marriage of his son, Rabbi Gamaliel served all his invited guests. Trench, Alford, and Wordsworth think that the governor here was one of the invited guests, from the freedom with which he addressed the bridegroom. Meyer, Godet, take the view that he was not. And they bear it, conscious of a wondrous fact, which must have filled them with consternation. At first the order must have seemed like folly, as when Moses called on Israel to "go forward" into the Red Sea, or as when Jesus said to the paralytic, "Take up thy bed, and walk." "They bear it."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he saith unto them, draw out now,.... As soon as ever the vessels were filled with water, without any more delay, he ordered the servants to draw out of those larger, into lesser vessels; he does not say what, water or wine:

and bear unto the governor of the feast; who either had the ordering and management of the feast, and the command of the whole affair; hence the Ethiopic version calls him, "the master of the waiters", or servants: or he was the chief guest, as the word seems to import, who sat, or rather lay, on the chief couch at the table; and so a proper person to begin with, and put the cup round: or else he might be doctor or chaplain: for such an one was necessary at a marriage; since there were six or seven benedictions to be pronounced; and particularly a blessing was said over the cup of wine; for if there was any wine, a cup of it was brought, and he blessed over it first, and ordered every thing concerning the cup: and this made up seven blessings at such a time (y); and therefore was a very fit person to bear the wine to first:

and they bore it; the servants having drawn out of the stone vessels, by cocks, into smaller ones, carried the liquor, as they were ordered, to the above person.

(y) Maimon. Hilchot Ishot, c. 10. sect. 3, 4.



John 2:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Wedding at Cana
7Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." So they filled them up to the brim. 8And He said to them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it to him. 9When 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,…
Cross References
John 2:7
Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.

John 2:9
and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them, Draw out now, and bear to the governor of the feast. And they bore it.

Draw.

John 2:9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, …

Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding…

Ecclesiastes 9:6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished…

the governor.

Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; …

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