John 6:49
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New International Version
Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.

New Living Translation
Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died.

English Standard Version
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

Berean Study Bible
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.

Berean Literal Bible
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and died.

New American Standard Bible
"Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

King James Bible
Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

International Standard Version
Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness and died.

NET Bible
Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

New Heart English Bible
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Your forefathers ate manna in the wilderness and they died.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert and died.

New American Standard 1977
“Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Your fathers ate manna in the wilderness and are dead.

King James 2000 Bible
Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

American King James Version
Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

American Standard Version
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Your fathers did eat manna in the desert, and are dead.

Darby Bible Translation
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and died.

English Revised Version
Your fathers did eat the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

Webster's Bible Translation
Your fathers ate manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

Weymouth New Testament
Your forefathers ate the manna in the Desert, and they died.

World English Bible
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

Young's Literal Translation
your fathers did eat the manna in the wilderness, and they died;
Study Bible
Jesus the Bread of Life
48I am the bread of life. 49Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that anyone may eat of it and not die.…
Cross References
John 6:31
Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'"

John 6:58
This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your fathers, who ate the manna and died, the one who eats this bread will live forever."

Revelation 2:17
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone inscribed with a new name, known only to the one who receives it.
Treasury of Scripture

Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

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John 6:31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave …

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Numbers 26:65 For the LORD had said of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness. …

Zechariah 1:5 Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

1 Corinthians 10:3-5 And did all eat the same spiritual meat…

Hebrews 3:17-19 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that …

Jude 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though you once knew this, …

(49) Your fathers . . . and are dead.--Better, . . . and died.--The manna which their fathers ate (John 6:31) seemed to them a greater work than this which He has done. Its true relation to Him is shown in the fact that those who ate it afterwards died; whereas He is the true spiritual food for the world, and those who feed upon Him shall not afterwards die. That was manna, special in time and circumstance; this is bread, the true sustenance for all times and all circumstances. That seemed to them to come from heaven, and this from earth; but this outer earth-born form of flesh contains the true life, in the only way in which humanity could receive it. The life itself cometh down from heaven.

Verses 49, 50. - Your fathers did eat the manna in the wilderness, and they died. The Lord went back to the very words of the Jews in ver. 31. The Heaven-given manna by which Jehovah sustained the temporal life of the fathers in the wilderness did not convey the antidote to death. "The carcases [of these fathers] fell in the wilderness." He does not say, "perished out of God's sight forever," or were condemned, but that there was nothing in the eating of manna which arrested, or averted, or triumphed, over death; yet he added: This (Bread of life) is the Bread which cometh down from heaven, in order that any one (τὶς) may eat thereof, and may not die. The eating of the Bread of life (the life-giving Bread), which I myself am, the thorough assimilation, the entire acceptance of me as God's Gift of life to the world, confers the very principle of life; and, though a partaker may seem to perish, he does not die (cf. John 8:51-11:26, notes) - he will not "taste of death," "he will never die." The life will be stronger than death; it will survive apparent extinction. Meyer says that here Christ reserves to ver. 51 the positive offer "of his own concrete Personality, and is exhibiting the true Bread, according to its real nature." Still he has said, "I am the life-giving Bread," and is undoubtedly preparing for the following announcement, which adds a new and startling thought, calculated to sustain the former one. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness,.... All the while they were in the wilderness, for the space of forty years, till they came to the borders of the land of Canaan; this was their only food on which they lived, during their travels through the wilderness. It is observable, that Christ says, not "our fathers", but "your fathers"; for though Christ, as concerning the flesh, came of these fathers, yet in every sense they were rather theirs than his; because regard may be had to such of them more especially who ate the manna as common food, and not as spiritual meat, as typical of the Messiah, as others did; and whom these, their offspring, did very much resemble. Though perhaps the reason of the use of this phrase may be, because the Jews themselves had used it in John 6:31, and Christ takes it up from them.

And are dead. This food, though it supported them in life for a while, could not preserve them from a corporeal death, and still less from an eternal one: for some of them not only died the first, but the second death. 49. Your fathers—of whom ye spake (Joh 6:31); not "ours," by which He would hint that He had a higher descent, of which they dreamt not [Bengel].

did eat manna … and are dead—recurring to their own point about the manna, as one of the noblest of the ordained preparatory illustrations of His own office: "Your fathers, ye say, ate manna in the wilderness; and ye say well, for so they did, but they are dead—even they whose carcasses fell in the wilderness did eat of that bread; the Bread whereof I speak cometh down from heaven, which the manna never did, that men, eating of it, may live for ever."6:47-51 The advantage of the manna was small, it only referred to this life; but the living Bread is so excellent, that the man who feedeth on it shall never die. This bread is Christ's human nature, which he took to present to the Father, as a sacrifice for the sins of the world; to purchase all things pertaining to life and godliness, for sinners of every nation, who repent and believe in him.
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