John 6:60
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 it, 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?"

New King James Version
Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”

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

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

Contemporary English Version
Many of Jesus' disciples heard him and said, "This is too hard for anyone to understand."

Good News Translation
Many of his followers heard this and said, "This teaching is too hard. Who can listen to 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 this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. 60On hearing it, 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 walked with 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 ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

This.

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

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

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







Lexicon
On hearing [it],
ἀκούσαντες (akousantes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

many
Πολλοὶ (Polloi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4183: Much, many; often.

of
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

disciples
μαθητῶν (mathētōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3101: A learner, disciple, pupil. From manthano; a learner, i.e. Pupil.

said,
εἶπαν (eipan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“This
οὗτος (houtos)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

a difficult
Σκληρός (Sklēros)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4642: Hard, violent, harsh, stern. From the base of skelos; dry, i.e. Hard or tough.

teaching.
λόγος (logos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

Who
τίς (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

can
δύναται (dynatai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

accept
ἀκούειν (akouein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

it?”
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
(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." 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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