John 6:6
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New International Version
He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

New Living Translation
He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

English Standard Version
He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.

New American Standard Bible
This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do.

King James Bible
And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He asked this to test him, for He Himself knew what He was going to do.

International Standard Version
Jesus said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.

NET Bible
(Now Jesus said this to test him, for he knew what he was going to do.)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he said this as a test for him, for he knew what he was going to do.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus asked this question to test him. He already knew what he was going to do.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he said this to prove him, for he knew what he would do.

King James 2000 Bible
And this he said to test him: for he himself knew what he would do.

American King James Version
And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

American Standard Version
And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And this he said to try him; for he himself knew what he would do.

Darby Bible Translation
But this he said trying him, for he knew what he was going to do.

English Revised Version
And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

Webster's Bible Translation
(And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.)

Weymouth New Testament
He said this to put Philip to the test, for He Himself knew what He was going to do.

World English Bible
This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.

Young's Literal Translation
and this he said, trying him, for he himself had known what he was about to do.
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 6. - This he said to test him; but it is doubtful whether more is involved than an endeavour to entice from Philip the answer of faith, such e.g., as "Lord, all things are possible to thee." Philip of Bethsaida was, moreover, in all probability, present at the wedding feast at Cans, and might have anticipated some such sign of the resources of his Lord. The other hints of Philip's character are severally consistent with this. Philip had said in the first instance to Nathanael, "Come and see." "Seeing is believing;" and Philip, on the night of the Passion, after much hearing and seeing of Jesus, said, "Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us;" for he had even then not risen to the loftiness of the perception that the Father had been and was being revealed in Christ's own life (ch. 14.). Philip's personal acquaintance with the immediate vicinity is more likely to be the reason of his being put to this proof; while the tact of the inquiry as addressed to him is an undesigned note of the identity of the Johannine Christ with that portrayed by the synoptists. Bengel's suggestion, that Philip was entrusted with the commissariat of the twelve, is hardly consistent with the fact that Judas kept the common purse. We are expressly told that Jesus did not put the question in consequence of any deficiency of knowledge or resources on his own part, but to test the character and tone of Philip's mind. He himself knew what he was about to do. Thus, by a slight touch, we see the blending of the distinctly human with the consciously Divine elements of that unique personality of his. There were to his Divine consciousness no gaps of reality, but he so threw himself into human conditions that he could ask the question and pass through the experience of a man. The whole kenotic controversy is, of course, involved in the solution of the problem offered by this verse. Perhaps no greater difficulty is involved in imagining the union of the Divine and human in one personality, in which at times the Ego is the Son of God and at other times purely the Son of man, than there is in the blending of the flesh and spirit in the Divine life of our own experience. John saw this, felt this, when the question was addressed to Philip. He saw by intuitive glance, as on so many other occasions, what Christ "knew" absolutely (ἤδει) or came to know by experience and observation (John 4:1; John 16:19). The "trial," not the "temptation," of Philip was obvious in the form and tone of the question. The use of the word πειράζων shows that it frequently means "test," "prove," as well as "tempt." If God tempts, it is with the beneficent intention of encouraging the tempted one to succeed, to resist the allurement, to show and prove his power to bear a more serious assault. If the devil tempts (πειράζει), it is with the hope of inducing the sufferer to yield and fail.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And this he said to prove him,.... Or "tempting him", trying his faith, and not only his, but the rest of the disciples; not as ignorant of it himself, but in order to discover it to him and them, and to prepare them for the following miracle; and that it might appear the more illustrious and marvellous:

for he himself knew what he would do; Christ had determined to work a miracle, and feed the large number of people that were with him, with that small provision they had among them; and being God omniscient, he knew that he was able to do it, and that he was determined to do it, and it would be done; but he was willing first to try the faith of his apostles.



John 6:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
5Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?" 6This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. 7Philip answered Him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little."…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?

Revelation 2:2
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
Treasury of Scripture

And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

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Deuteronomy 13:3 You shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or that dreamer …

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2 Chronicles 32:31 However, in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon…

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