John 6:21
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New International Version
Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

New Living Translation
Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!

English Standard Version
Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

Berean Study Bible
Then they were willing to take Him into the boat, and at once the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

Berean Literal Bible
Then they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

New American Standard Bible
So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

King James Bible
Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they were willing to take Him on board, and at once the boat was at the shore where they were heading.

International Standard Version
So they were glad to take him on board, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

NET Bible
Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat came to the land where they had been heading.

New Heart English Bible
They were willing therefore to receive him into the boat. Immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they wanted to receive him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at that land to which they were going.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So they were willing to help Jesus into the boat. Immediately, the boat reached the shore where they were going.

New American Standard 1977
They were willing therefore to receive Him into the boat; and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then they willingly received him into the ship, and immediately the ship was at the land where they went.

King James 2000 Bible
Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land to which they went.

American King James Version
Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land where they went.

American Standard Version
They were willing therefore to receive him into the boat: and straightway the boat was at the land whither they were going.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They were willing therefore to take him into the ship; and presently the ship was at the land to which they were going.

Darby Bible Translation
They were willing therefore to receive him into the ship; and immediately the ship was at the land to which they went.

English Revised Version
They were willing therefore to receive him into the boat: and straightway the boat was at the land whither they were going.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then they willingly received him into the boat: and immediately the boat was at the land whither they were going.

Weymouth New Testament
Then they were willing to take Him on board; and in a moment the boat reached the shore at the point to which they were going.

World English Bible
They were willing therefore to receive him into the boat. Immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.

Young's Literal Translation
they were willing then to receive him into the boat, and immediately the boat came unto the land to which they were going.
Study Bible
Jesus Walks on Water
20But Jesus spoke up: “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21Then they were willing to take Him into the boat, and at once the boat reached the shore where they were heading. 22The next day, the crowd that had remained on the other side of the sea realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not boarded it with His disciples, but they had gone away alone.…
Cross References
John 6:20
But Jesus spoke up: "It is I; do not be afraid."

John 6:22
The next day, the crowd that had remained on the other side of the sea realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not boarded it with His disciples, but they had gone away alone.
Treasury of Scripture

Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land where they went.

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(21) Then they willingly received him.--This is doubtless correct as an interpretation, but it is too full for a translation. The Greek cannot mean more than, "Then they were willing to receive Him." They are re-assured by His voice, and their fears cease. That they did receive Him into the ship is stated by St. Matthew and St. Mark, and is implied here. That the words may mean more than a "wish" to receive Him is shown by St. John's usage in John 1:44; John 5:35; John 8:34.

And immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.--Better, . . . whither they were going. It follows from John 6:19 that they were at this time about half-way across the lake--i.e., from two to three miles from the shore. No such explanation as that they were near the shore, but in the darkness and confusion of the storm did not know it, is consistent with the plain meaning of these definite words. On the other hand, it is not necessary to suppose that St. John here adds the narrative of another miracle. Where all was miraculous this may well, indeed, have been thought so too; but the analogy of the miracles of our Lord does not lead us to expect the use of divine power to accomplish what was within the reach of human effort. It would on this supposition be difficult to understand why the earlier Gospels omit what would surely have seemed to be among the greatest miracles, and why St. John mentions it only in a passing sentence. The words appear rather to contrast the ease and rapidity with which the second half of the voyage was accomplished in His presence, before which the winds and waves were hushed into a calm, and their fears and doubts passed into courage and hope; with the first half, when the sea kept rising, and a strong wind kept blowing, and they rowed against it for five-and-twenty or thirty furlongs. The word rendered "immediately"--which is more exactly our straight-way--may find its full meaning in the straight line of the boat's after-course, as contrasted with its being tossed hither and thither during the storm. The whole context seems to find its full meaning in the sense of difficulty and danger before our Lord was received into the boat, and in the sense of safety and peace afterwards. The Psalmist of the English Christian Year has expressed this in familiar words--

"Thou Framer of the light and dark,

Steer through the tempest Thine own ark;

Amid the howling wintry sea

We are in port if we have Thee."

It is scarcely too much to think that the familiar words of him who is Psalmist of Jewish and Christian year alike were present to the mind of St. John--

"For He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind,

Which lifteth up the waves of (the deep).

They mount up to the heaven,

They go down again to the depths:

Their soul is melted because of trouble.

He maketh the storm a calm,

So that the waves thereof are still.

Then are they glad because they be quiet;

So he bringeth them unto their desired haven."

(See the whole passage, Psalm 107:23-33.)

The miracle is followed in the other accounts by the healings in the land of Genesareth. (See Matthew 14:34-36; Mark 6:53-56.) For St. John the whole leads up to the discourse at Capernaum. He has told how our Lord and the disciples have crossed again to the west of the lake, but the narrative at once returns to the multitude who have seen the sign, and for whom there remains the interpretation.

Verse 21. - Then they were willing to receive him into the ship: and straightway the ship was at the land whither they were going. Some expositors, who find discrepancy between this statement and that of the synoptists, say, "they were willing, but did not do it," because the vessel is said by some remarkable process to have been miraculously propelled to the shore (so Lucke, Meyer). There are many passages, however, where a similar expression is used, and where no doubt arises that that which the actors were willing to do they actually did (see Mark 12:38; certainly scribes were not only willing to, but actually did, wear long robes). Chrysostom felt this difficulty, and actually proposed to read η΅λθον instead of ἤθελον, which would remove the difficulty; and א veritably contains this reading, but it has every appearance of an unauthorized correction. The imperfect tense implies a lengthened willingness supervening on fear and outcry - a willingness or wish increased by the sound of his voice, following his first action, his apparent resolve to pass by them; and, still more, by the incident described in Matthew's Gospel, of Peter's desire to display the strength of his faith and the eminence of his position among the twelve. This occupied time, during which the wind may have been bearing them briskly in their true direction. They willed, wished, to take him into the ship, and did so, and the calm supervened as described in Matthew and Mark. Their wish is not frustrated by the fact now mentioned, but accompanied by it. "Straightway," etc. Most expositors confess this to be an additional miracle, that the twenty furlongs or thereabouts (two miles and a half) were suddenly traversed and miraculously abolished. There would be a greater miracle in this than in the two events which preceded. The annihilation of space and time is the obliteration of the very categories of thought, and would, if conveyed by the statement, suggest a stupendous and, so far as we can see, a useless portent. It would strongly tempt us to accept the rationalistic interpretation. Αὐθέως does not always mean "instantaneously," but simply that the next thing to notice or observe was the fact described. Take Mark 1:21, 29. It does not mean that any miraculous rapidity characterized the movement of Christ to the house of Simon and Andrew (Mark 4:17; Galatians 1:16 3John 14 John 13:32; and many other passages). The author of the "Christian Year" has consecrated in sweet lines the supposed addition to the miracle -

"Thou Framer of the light and dark,
Steer through the tempest thine own ark;
Amid the howling wintry sea,
We are in port, if we have thee."
But there are so many ways in which this "straightway" may be reconciled with an ordinary disembarkation, that there is no necessity to regard it as implied in John's narrative. John so often leaves gaps unfilled in his chronology and horology that no peat emphasis need be laid upon the annihilation (save in his adoring thought) of the hour before the dawn. Then they willingly received him into the ship,.... When they knew who he was; and especially he was the more welcome, as they were in distress; and he able, as they well knew, to help them:

and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went; which was done, as Nonnus observes, by a divine motion; for not only the wind ceased, but another miracle was wrought; the ship was in an instant at the place whither they intended to go. 21. willingly received him into the ship—their first fears being now converted into wonder and delight.

and immediately the ship was at the land—This additional miracle, for as such it is manifestly related, is recorded here alone. Yet all that is meant seems to be that as the storm was suddenly calmed, so the little bark—propelled by the secret power of the Lord of Nature now sailing in it—glided through the now unruffled waters, and while they were wrapt in wonder at what had happened, not heeding their rapid motion, was found at port, to their still further surprise.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.
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