John 6:28
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New International Version
Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"

New Living Translation
They replied, "We want to perform God's works, too. What should we do?"

English Standard Version
Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?”

New American Standard Bible
Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?"

King James Bible
Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What can we do to perform the works of God?" they asked.

International Standard Version
Then they asked him, "What must we do to perform God's works?"

NET Bible
So then they said to him, "What must we do to accomplish the deeds God requires?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were saying to him, “What shall we do to work the service of God?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people asked Jesus, "What does God want us to do?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then they said unto him, What shall we do that we might work the works of God?

King James 2000 Bible
Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

American King James Version
Then said they to him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

American Standard Version
They said therefore unto him, What must we do, that we may work the works of God?

Douay-Rheims Bible
They said therefore unto him: What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?

Darby Bible Translation
They said therefore to him, What should we do that we may work the works of God?

English Revised Version
They said therefore unto him, What must we do, that we may work the works of God?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said they to him, What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?

Weymouth New Testament
"What are we to do," they asked, "in order to carry out the things that God requires?"

World English Bible
They said therefore to him, "What must we do, that we may work the works of God?"

Young's Literal Translation
They said therefore unto him, 'What may we do that we may work the works of God?'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:28-35 Constant exercise of faith in Christ, is the most important and difficult part of the obedience required from us, as sinners seeking salvation. When by his grace we are enabled to live a life of faith in the Son of God, holy tempers follow, and acceptable services may be done. God, even his Father, who gave their fathers that food from heaven to support their natural lives, now gave them the true Bread for the salvation of their souls. Coming to Jesus, and believing on him, signify the same. Christ shows that he is the true Bread; he is to the soul what bread is to the body, nourishes and supports the spiritual life. He is the Bread of God. Bread which the Father gives, which he has made to be the food of our souls. Bread nourishes only by the powers of a living body; but Christ is himself living Bread, and nourishes by his own power. The doctrine of Christ crucified is now as strengthening and comforting to a believer as ever it was. He is the Bread which came down from heaven. It denotes the Divinity of Christ's person and his authority; also, the Divine origin of all the good which flows to us through him. May we with understanding and earnestness say, Lord, evermore give us this Bread.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - They say unto him, What must we do, that we may work the works of God? The works of God might be, either works like those which are wrought by God the Father, but this would be a very improbable demand; or "the works of God" may be those which God has assigned to man as the conditions of his favour. There is a breadth about the question that may cover the ground involved in Christ's declaration, but it reveals, at the same time, the self-complacency, the carnal conception on the part of these Galilaeans of their being able, competent, to fulfil along certain lines to be specified, all the required conditions. But we must not be too hard on these Galilaeans, brought up as they were to believe in the efficacy of certain rounds of specific and arbitrary duties, methods of purification, forms of service and of abstinence, pilgrimages and fastings and feastings, as well as obedience to a specific moral code. They ask quite rationally, "What must we do?" and in various forms the same question bursts from the heart of all who have, starting from utter indifference, made any progress towards, or in the direction of, holy living or of Divine pleasing.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then said they unto him,.... Understanding by what he said, that they must labour and work, though not for perishing food, yet for durable food; and as they imagined, in order to obtain eternal life by working:

what shall we do that we might work the works of God? Such as are agreeable to his will, are acceptable to him, and well pleasing in his sight: they seem to intimate, as if they desired to know whether there were any other works of this kind, than what Moses had directed them to, or than they had done; and if there were, they suggest they would gladly do them; for this was the general cast and complexion of this people; they were seeking for righteousness, and life not by faith, but, as it were, by the works of the law.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28-31. What shall we do … the works of God—such works as God will approve. Different answers may be given to such a question, according to the spirit which prompts the inquiry. (See Ho 6:6-8; Lu 3:12-14). Here our Lord, knowing whom He had to deal with, shapes His reply accordingly.

John 6:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus the Bread of Life
27"Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal." 28Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?" 29Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."…
Cross References
John 6:27
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."

John 6:29
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
Treasury of Scripture

Then said they to him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

What.

Deuteronomy 5:27 Go you near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak …

Jeremiah 42:3-6,20 That the LORD your God may show us the way wherein we may walk, and …

Micah 6:7,8 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands …

Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said to him, Good Master, what good thing …

Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, …

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said …

Acts 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what will you have me …

Acts 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

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