John 6:60
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New International Version
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"

New Living Translation
Many of his disciples said, "This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?"

English Standard Version
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”

Berean Study Bible
On hearing this, many of His disciples said, "This is a difficult teaching. Who can accept it?"

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore many of His disciples having heard, said, "This word is difficult; who is able to hear it?"

New American Standard Bible
Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, "This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?"

King James Bible
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, "This teaching is hard! Who can accept it?"

International Standard Version
When many of his disciples heard this, they said, "This is a difficult statement. Who can accept it?"

NET Bible
Then many of his disciples, when they heard these things, said, "This is a difficult saying! Who can understand it?"

New Heart English Bible
Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying. Who can listen to it?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And many of his disciples who heard were saying, “This saying is hard. Who is able to hear it?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When many of Jesus' disciples heard him, they said, "What he says is hard to accept. Who wants to listen to him anymore?"

New American Standard 1977
Many therefore of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Many therefore of his disciples when they had heard this said, This is a hard word; who can hear it?

King James 2000 Bible
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it?

American King James Version
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

American Standard Version
Many therefore of his disciples, when the heard this , said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Many therefore of his disciples, hearing it, said: This saying is hard, and who can hear it?

Darby Bible Translation
Many therefore of his disciples having heard [it] said, This word is hard; who can hear it?

English Revised Version
Many therefore of his disciples, when they heard this, said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it?

Webster's Bible Translation
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it?

Weymouth New Testament
Many therefore of His disciples, when they heard it, said, "This is hard to accept. Who can listen to such teaching?"

World English Bible
Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?"

Young's Literal Translation
many, therefore, of his disciples having heard, said, 'This word is hard; who is able to hear it?'
Study Bible
Many Disciples Turn Back
59Jesus said these things while He was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. 60On hearing this, many of His disciples said, “This is a difficult teaching. Who can accept it?” 61Aware that His disciples were grumbling about this teaching, Jesus asked them, “Does this offend you?…
Cross References
John 2:2
and Jesus and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

John 5:25
Truly, truly, I tell you, the hour is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

John 6:52
At this, the Jews began to argue among themselves, "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?"

John 6:64
However, there are some of you who do not believe." (For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray Him.)

John 6:66
From that time on, many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him.

John 7:3
So Jesus' brothers said to Him, "Leave here and go to Judea, so that Your disciples there may see the works You are doing.
Treasury of Scripture

Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

of his.

John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue …

This.

John 6:41,42 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which …

John 8:43 Why do you not understand my speech? even because you cannot hear my word.

Matthew 11:6 And blessed is he, whoever shall not be offended in me.

Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing …

2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things; in …

(60) Many therefore of his disciples--i.e., of the disciples in the wider sense; those who more or less fully were accepting His teaching, and were regarded as His followers. From John 6:64, the Apostles would seem to be included in the more general designation. In John 6:67 they are separately addressed.

This is an hard saying; who can hear it?--i.e., not hard to be understood, but hard to hear, a stumbling-block in the way of their faith. For the word itself, comp. Matthew 25:24. His meaning was, indeed, not read by them, but the literal meaning was painfully clear, and one to which they will not listen. (Comp. John 10:20.) They do not raise any formal objection to Him, but friends and companions who had talked together of the Teacher and His teaching before, talk again now, and many of them who have followed Him up to this point can follow Him no more.

Verses 60-71. -

(4) The twofold effect of these instructions. Verses 60-66.-

(a) The unbelief of some, which led him to predict the ascension of his humanity to where HE was before. Verse 60. - Many therefore of his disciples. This word is used in a wider sense than of the twelve. The synoptists tell us of much labour already done in this neighbourhood, and a considerable harvest of souls reaped, so far as a general acknowledgement of his claims and an expectation that he was the Messiah was involved: When they heard it (i.e. the entire instruction given in open synagogue), said, This is a hard saying (λόγος cannot or need not be confined to any one of these ῤήματα, but may easily embrace them all). The discourse was σχληρός, harsh, the opposite of μαλακός, a word used by the unprofitable servant of his master (Matthew 25:24). It does not mean "hard to be understood," but difficult to accept or be content with. Luthardt here reiterates his conviction that there is no reference in it to the death of Christ, and that the disciples were simply unwilling to accept the idea of his supreme claims and his constant return to the. eating and drinking of his flesh and blood and identification of this eternal life with participation in his corporality. But surely Meyer and Wcstcott, etc., are far nearer to the truth in referring the expression to their unwillingness to accept the bloody death of their Messiah, or to entrust themselves to a Divine Personality whose most distinctive act would be his sacrifice. This was the gross and terrible offence which made the cross a stumbling block to the Jew (see John 12:34; 1 Corinthians 1:23; Galatians 5:11; Matthew 16:2l, etc.). Who is able to listen to him? This seems not only to be the possible, but most probable, translation of the genitive with ἀκούω. It was the language, not of "the Jews," but of "the disciples." Many therefore of his disciples,.... Not of the twelve, nor of the seventy, but of the multitude of the disciples, who followed him from place to place, attended on his ministry, and might be baptized in his name; see John 4:1;

when they had heard this; that his flesh and blood were truly and really meat and drink, and that none had life in them, or should have eternal life, but such as eat and drink the same:

said, this is an hard saying; or it is to be objected to; so "an hard thing", the word here used in the Syriac version, and , "it is to me a hard thing", are phrases used to express an objection in the Talmudic writings, where they are often met with: or it is difficult to be understood and received; so , "an hard saying", or "an hard cause", is a cause difficult to be tried and determined, Exodus 18:26, and is used of that which seems incredible and absurd, and is surprising and unaccountable: so it is said (z), that

"it happened to a certain woman, that she came before R. Abika: she said to him, I have seen a spot; he said to her, perhaps there is a wound in thee; she answered him, yes, and it is healed; he replied, perhaps it may be opened, and the blood brought out; she answered him, yes; and he pronounced her clean. R. Abika saw his disciples look upon one another; and he said unto them, , "is this an hard saying with you?"''

is it a difficult thing with you? does it seem absurd to you? or are you surprised at it? anything difficult, or which seems irreconcilable, is so called: so the slaying the passover between the two evenings is called by Aben Ezra, in Exodus 12:6, , "an hard saying". In like sense the phrase is used here; and the allusion may be to food that is hard of digestion, since Christ had been speaking of himself under the metaphors of bread and meat. As some of the doctrines of Christ are comparable to milk, which is easy of digestion; others are like to strong meat, which belongs to those of full age, and cannot be digested by children, by babes in Christ, and much less be received, ate, and digested, with ease and pleasure, by carnal minds; who therefore say, as these Capernaites did,

who can hear it? this saying, or doctrine, concerning eating the flesh, and drinking the blood of Christ; or "him" Christ, who delivered this doctrine: such preaching, and such a preacher, are intolerable; there is no hearing, nor bearing them: hence we afterwards read, that these withdrew from the ministry of Christ, John 6:66.

(z) Misn. Nidda, c. 8, sect. 3.60-65. Many … of his disciples—His pretty constant followers, though an outer circle of them.

hard saying—not merely harsh, but insufferable, as the word often means in the Old Testament.

who can hear—submit to listen to it.6:60-65 The human nature of Christ had not before been in heaven, but being God and man, that wondrous Person was truly said to have come down from heaven. The Messiah's kingdom was not of this world; and they were to understand by faith, what he had said of a spiritual living upon him, and his fulness. As without the soul of man the flesh is of no value, so without the quickening Spirit of God all forms of religion are dead and worthless. He who made this provision for our souls, alone can teach us these things, and draw us unto Christ, that we may live by faith in him. Let us apply to Christ, thankful that it is declared that every one who is willing to come unto him shall be made welcome.
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