John 6:4
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New International Version
The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

New Living Translation
(It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.)

English Standard Version
Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.

Berean Study Bible
Now the Jewish Feast of the Passover was near.

Berean Literal Bible
Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near.

New American Standard Bible
Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near.

King James Bible
And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now the Passover, a Jewish festival, was near.

International Standard Version
Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near.

NET Bible
(Now the Jewish feast of the Passover was near.)

New Heart English Bible
Now the Passover, the Jewish festival, was near.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the feast of The Passover of the Jews was drawing near.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The time for the Jewish Passover festival was near.

New American Standard 1977
Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the passover, the feast of the Jews, was near.

King James 2000 Bible
And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.

American King James Version
And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.

American Standard Version
Now the passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now the pasch, the festival day of the Jews, was near at hand.

Darby Bible Translation
but the passover, the feast of the Jews, was near.

English Revised Version
Now the passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

Weymouth New Testament
The Jewish Festival, the Passover, was at hand.

World English Bible
Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.

Young's Literal Translation
and the passover was nigh, the feast of the Jews.
Study Bible
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
3Then Jesus went up on the mountain and sat down with His disciples. 4Now the Jewish Feast of the Passover was near. 5When Jesus looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 16:1
"Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night.

John 2:13
When the Jewish Passover was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.

John 2:13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

John 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

John 11:55 And the Jews' passover was near at hand: and many went out of the …

John 12:1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus …

John 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour …

Exodus 12:6 And you shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month…

Leviticus 23:5,7 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover…

Deuteronomy 16:1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover to the LORD your God…

(4) A feast.--Better, the feast. Comp. John 5:1. This is added by St. John only, and is not simply a note of time, but gives a key of interpretation to the sign itself, and to the discourse which followed.

Verse 4. - Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. The ordinary meaning of ἐγγύς need not be departed from (cf. John 2:13; John 7:2; John 11:55). This valuable note of time is confirmed by another hint incidentally dropped. A month later than the Passover it could not be said that "much grass" was in the place. In the late spring such a phrase would most inadequately represent the scene that was indelibly impressed on the fourfold tradition. Whatever the unnamed feast was (John 5:1), whether Trumpets, Purim, or Passover, we have reached the month Abib, when the crowds of pilgrims were gathering for their southern journey. If the Purim were the unnamed feast, then the suggestion arises that Christ's reception at Jerusalem had prevented his remaining until the Passover of that year. If the Passover be meant (John 5:1), then a year has passed between ch. 5. and 6. Nor is this a day too long for the crowd of events and teachings recorded by the synoptists as having taken place before the death of John. The note of time may be recorded as implying the dominant sentiment in the minds of the people. The great deliverance from Egyptian bondage was burned into the national conscience, and the fanatic desire for a second Moses to lead them out of Roman servitude was at such seasons fanned into a flame. The Lord had his own thought about the Paschal lamb, and knew that God was preparing a Lamb for sacrifice. In mystic, parabolic sense he foreknew that men would and must consume the flesh of this sacrifice. He was ready, moreover, to show them that he could supply all their need. The great Prophet who had said of himself, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!" had just fallen beneath the executioner's axe. The people were bereft of a great prophet and leader, and to Christ's eye they were "as sheep without a shepherd." Verily he was preparing to lay down his life as a good Shepherd for these sheep - to provide for them in the future a feast of living bread. All this may rationally be admitted, without for a moment conceding that second-century ideas like these were the formative causes of the narrative. The miracle that follows stands on an entirely distinct basis, and is more powerfully attested than any ether miracle, except the resurrection of Christ. If it stood in John's record alone, there might be some colour for the supposition that we have merely a parable of great beauty. But the threefold tradition long anterior to John's Gospel deprives even the pseudo-John of the possibility of inventing it. On the other hand, the appearance of the narrative in John's Gospel deprives it of the mythical character which some have attributed to the authors of the synoptic Gospels. Thoma, in the spirit of Strauss, here imagines that the synoptists were busy in fashioning a miracle of sustenance and a portent upon the waters - a sign on land and sea - to correspond with the manna and Red Sea marvels of the Book of Exodus. "The mountain" (τὸ ὄρος) is, as he thinks, a similitude of the Mount Sinai, and, as the latter represented the giving of the Law, this was associated with the mountain of Beatitudes. He goes further, and sees in the Johannine narrative the Christian (agapae) feasts, and the deliverance of the Apostle Paul from shipwreck! He is even more ingenious still, and suggests that the "five thousand" fed at the first miraculous meal, with twelve baskets of fragments, correspond with the results of the first preaching of the twelve apostles, and that the seven loaves among the four thousand reflect "the many hundreds" who were benefited by the seven evangelists. He endeavours by a most elaborate process to make it appear that John has here combined into one tableau minute traces derived from the five several accounts of the two miracles. The old rationalistic theory was that the miracle was only an exaggerated poetical statement of the fact; that a good example of charity on the part of the apostles was followed by others, and so food was found for the entire multitude. This hypothesis breaks on the rock that the authors of these Gospels intended to convey a perfectly different idea. The effect of such cheap philanthropy and pragmatic travesty of a royal act would not have been that the multitudes would have rushed to the conclusion that he had done a kingly deed, or one in the least way calculated to suggest the notion that he could feed armies at his will. All efforts to extirpate by such theories the supernatural character of the occurrence fail, and force the reader back upon the plain statements of the fourfold narrative. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. This was the third passover, since our Lord's baptism, and entrance on his public ministry; see John 2:13. Whether Christ went up to this feast is not certain; some think he did not; but from what is said in John 7:1, it looks as if he did: how nigh it was to the feast, cannot well be said. Thirty days before the feast, they began to talk about it; and especially in the last fifteen days, they made preparations for it, as being at hand (b); and if there was now so long time to it, there was time enough for Jesus to go to it.

(b) T. Bab. Pesach. fol. 6. 1. Maimon. & Bartenora in Misn. Shekalim, c. 3. sect. 1.4. passover … was nigh—but for the reason mentioned (Joh 7:1), Jesus kept away from it, remaining in Galilee.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.
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