And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews…
The quantity of water changed into wine was very great — about 135 gallons — and the true reason of the large surplus beyond present need was that there might be in this residue — as in the twelve baskets remaining over and above the barley loaves after the miraculous feeding — a visible and abiding proof and record of this mighty work; and that whenever the wedded pair brought forth any of this wine from time to time, to welcome and regale any of their friends, they themselves might be reminded and speak to others of His divine love and power which produced it; so that the effects of the miracle might extend far beyond the time and place and circumstances of its first operation; and that the water made wine might diffuse the knowledge of the Gospel and become a fountain of living water for the salvation of souls. The bread of the loaves could not be kept long; and, therefore, in that case the surplus produced was less. But the good wine of Cana might be preserved for many years.
Parallel VersesKJV: And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.