John 2:6
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English Standard Version
Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

King James Bible
And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

American Standard Version
Now there were six waterpots of stone set there after the Jews manner of purifying, containing two or three firkins apiece.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three measures apiece.

English Revised Version
Now there were six waterpots of stone set there after the Jews' manner of purifying, containing two or three firkins apiece.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

Weymouth New Testament
Now there were six stone jars standing there (in accordance with the Jewish regulations for purification)

John 2:6 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Water-pots (ὑδρίαι)

Used by John only, and only in the Gospel, John 2:7; John 4:28. Water-pots is literally correct, as the word is from ὕδωρ, water.

Of stone

Because less liable to impurity, and therefore prescribed by the Jewish authorities for washing before and after meals.

After the manner of the purifying, etc.

That is, for the purifications customary among the Jews.

Containing (χωροῦσαι)

From χῶρος, a place or space. Hence, to make room or give place, and so, to have space or room for holding something.

Firkins (μετρητὰς)

Only here in the New Testament. From μετρέω, to measure; and therefore, properly, a measurer. A liquid measure containing nearly nine gallons.

John 2:6 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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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...

Cross References
Mark 7:3
(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders,

Luke 16:6
He said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'

John 2:7
Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim.

John 3:25
Now a discussion arose between some of John's disciples and a Jew over purification.

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