John 6:2
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New International Version
and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick.

New Living Translation
A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick.

English Standard Version
And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick.

New American Standard Bible
A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick.

King James Bible
And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And a huge crowd was following Him because they saw the signs that He was performing by healing the sick.

International Standard Version
A large crowd kept following him because they had seen the signs that he was performing by healing the sick.

NET Bible
A large crowd was following him because they were observing the miraculous signs he was performing on the sick.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And great crowds were going after him, because they saw the miracles he did for the sick.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A large crowd followed him because they saw the miracles that he performed for the sick.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And a great multitude followed him because they saw his signs which he did on the sick.

King James 2000 Bible
And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

American King James Version
And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

American Standard Version
And a great multitude followed him, because they beheld the signs which he did on them that were sick.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And a great multitude followed him, because they saw the miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

Darby Bible Translation
and a great crowd followed him, because they saw the signs which he wrought upon the sick.

English Revised Version
And a great multitude followed him, because they beheld the signs which he did on them that were sick.

Webster's Bible Translation
And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he performed on them that were diseased.

Weymouth New Testament
A vast multitude followed Him, because they witnessed the miracles on the sick which He was constantly performing.

World English Bible
A great multitude followed him, because they saw his signs which he did on those who were sick.

Young's Literal Translation
and there was following him a great multitude, because they were seeing his signs that he was doing on the ailing;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-14 John relates the miracle of feeding the multitude, for its reference to the following discourse. Observe the effect this miracle had upon the people. Even the common Jews expected the Messiah to come into the world, and to be a great Prophet. The Pharisees despised them as not knowing the law; but they knew most of Him who is the end of the law. Yet men may acknowledge Christ as that Prophet, and still turn a deaf ear to him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - There was following him a vast crowd, because they were spectators of the signs he was working on those that were sick. The imperfect tenses here reveal a period of time that had elapsed; a group and series of healings which had touched the heart of the people. Their "following" had not been by ship, but round the head of the lake, and across the ford of the Jordan, which is still situated about two miles from the point where the river flows into the Sea of Galilee. The multitudes would easily learn the direction of the well known boat with its solitary sail, and would be, some of them, ready at the landing place, to greet the Lord on his arrival. Many hours might elapse before the crowd had reached such vast proportions as we subsequently find. It may easily have been swollen by curious and inquisitive pilgrims, or by the inhabitants of the neighbouring villages, intent on a sight of the Prophet who had preached the sermon, who had spoken in wondrous parables, who had given such striking proof that "God was with him."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And a great multitude followed him,.... From several cities and towns in Galilee, where he had been preaching and working miracles:

because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased; so that it was not for the sake of his doctrine, or for the good of their souls, they followed him; but either to gratify their curiosity in seeing his miracles, or to be healed in their bodies, as others had been.



John 6:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
1After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). 2A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick. 3Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples.…
Cross References
Mark 1:45
Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.

John 2:11
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

John 2:23
Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name.

John 3:2
He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him."

John 6:14
After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world."

John 6:22
The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.

John 6:26
Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.

John 6:30
So they asked him, "What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?

John 11:47
Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. "What are we accomplishing?" they asked. "Here is this man performing many signs.

John 12:18
Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him.

John 12:37
Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.

John 20:30
Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.
Treasury of Scripture

And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

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