And there were there six water-jugs of stone, placed according to the purifying of the Jews, holding each two or three measures.
John 2:6 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
After the manner of the purifying of the Jews - Or, for the purpose of the purifying of the Jews. The preposition κατα, which I have translated, for the purpose, often denotes in the best Greek writers the final cause of a thing. See several examples produced by Raphelius, from Arrian and Herodotus. These six vessels were set in a convenient place, for the purpose of the Jews washing their hands before they sat down to meat, and probably for other purposes of purification. See this custom referred to in Matthew 15:2 (note). As to the number six, we need seek for no mystery in it; the number of pots was proportioned to the number of the guests.
Containing two or three firkins apiece - Measures or metretes, μετρητας. Bishop Cumberland supposes that the Syrian metretes is here meant, which he computes to have held seven pints and one eighth of a pint; and, if this computation be right, the whole six water pots might have contained about fourteen gallons and a quart. Others make each metretes to contain ten gallons and two pints: see Arbuthnot. But the contents of the measures of the ancients are so very uncertain that it is best, in this and numberless other cases, to attempt to determine nothing.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
John 3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
Mark 7:2-5 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashed, hands, they found fault...
Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Hebrews 9:10,19 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation...
Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience...
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