John 6:16
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New International Version
When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake,

New Living Translation
That evening Jesus' disciples went down to the shore to wait for him.

English Standard Version
When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,

New American Standard Bible
Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea,

King James Bible
And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When evening came, His disciples went down to the sea,

International Standard Version
When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,

NET Bible
Now when evening came, his disciples went down to the lake,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when it was evening, his disciples went down to the sea.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When evening came, his disciples went to the sea.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when evening was come, his disciples went down unto the sea

King James 2000 Bible
And when evening was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,

American King James Version
And when even was now come, his disciples went down to the sea,

American Standard Version
And when evening came, his disciples went down unto the sea;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when evening was come, his disciples went down to the sea.

Darby Bible Translation
But when evening was come, his disciples went down to the sea,

English Revised Version
And when evening came, his disciples went down unto the sea;

Webster's Bible Translation
And when evening had now come, his disciples went down to the sea,

Weymouth New Testament
When evening came on, His disciples went down to the Lake.

World English Bible
When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,

Young's Literal Translation
And when evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:15-21 Here were Christ's disciples in the way of duty, and Christ was praying for them; yet they were in distress. There may be perils and afflictions of this present time, where there is an interest in Christ. Clouds and darkness often surround the children of the light and of the day. They see Jesus walking on the sea. Even the approaches of comfort and deliverance often are so mistaken, as to become the occasions of fear. Nothing is more powerful to convince sinners than that word, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest; nothing more powerful to comfort saints than this, I am Jesus whom thou lovest. If we have received Christ Jesus the Lord, though the night be dark, and the wind high, yet we may comfort ourselves, we shall be at the shore before long.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 16-21. -

(2) The mastery of the forces of nature - a "sign" of love. Verses 16, 17. - Now when it became evening. This must have been the "second evening;" for the miracle itself was said to he wrought when the day began to decline (Matthew 14:15; Luke 9:12). The first evening (ὀψία) lasted from three to six p.m., the "second evening" stretched from sundown to darkness (σκοτία). The night was drawing on. His disciples went down from the higher ground or grassy slopes to the sea (ἐπὶ τὴν θάλασσαν), and having embarked in a ship, they were making for the other side of the sea to Capernaum; or as Mark (Mark 6:45) says, "towards Bethsaida." This occasions no difficulty to those who remember that there were two Bethsaidas - one, "Bethsaida Julias," on the northeastern end of the lake; and the other near to Capernaum, called "Bethsaida of Galilee." The two towns were so near that the latter Bethsaida might reasonably he regarded as the port of Capernaum.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when even was now come,.... The last of the evenings, when night was coming on; for the first of the evenings took place before they sat down to eat, when the above miracle was wrought; see Matthew 14:15.

His disciples went down unto the sea; of Galilee, or Tiberias, to the sea side; and this was by the order, and even constraint of Christ, who would have them go before him, that he might be clear of the multitude, and have an opportunity for solitary prayer, See Gill on Matthew 14:22, Mark 6:45.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16, 17. when even was come—(See on [1791]Mr 6:35).

entered into a ship—"constrained" to do so by their Master (Mt 14:22; Mr 6:45), in order to put an end to the misdirected excitement in His favor (Joh 6:15), into which the disciples themselves may have been somewhat drawn. The word "constrained" implies reluctance on their part, perhaps from unwillingness to part with their Master and embark at night, leaving Him alone on the mountain.

went—rather, "were proceeding."

toward Capernaum—Mark says (Mr 6:45), "unto Bethsaida," meaning "Bethsaida of Galilee" (Joh 12:21), on the west side of the lake. The place they left was of the same name (see on [1792]Mr 6:32).

Jesus was not come to them—They probably lingered in hopes of His still joining them, and so let the darkness come on.

John 6:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Walks on Water
16Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, 17and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.…
Cross References
John 2:2
and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

John 6:17
where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them.
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