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2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2:2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
2:6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
2:7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
2:8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
2:9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
2:10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.
2:13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

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Everything King James Bible:John

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: John
Book: John
Chapter: 2

The Miracle at Cana. (1-11) Christ casts the buyers and
sellers out of the Temple. (12-22) Many believe in Christ.

1-11 It is very desirable when there is a Marriage, to have
Christ own and Bless it. Those that would have Christ with them
at their Marriage, must invite him By Prayer, and he will come.
While in this world we sometimes find ourselves in straits, even
when we think ourselves in Fulness. There was want at a Marriage
Feast. Those who are come to care for the things of the world,
must look for trouble, and count upon disappointment. In our
addresses to Christ, we must humbly spread our case before him,
and then refer ourselves to him to do as he pleases. In Christ's
reply to his mother there was No disrespect. He used the same
Word when speaking to her with Affection from the Cross; yet it
is a standing Testimony against the Idolatry of after-ages, in
giving undue honours to his mother. His Hour is come when we
know not what to do. Delays of Mercy are not denials of Prayer.
Those that expect Christ's favours, must observe his orders with
ready obedience. The way of duty is the way to Mercy; and
Christ's methods must not be objected against. The beginning of
Moses' miracles was turning water into Blood, Ex 7:20; the
beginning of Christ's miracles was turning water into Wine;
which may remind us of the difference between the Law of Moses
and the Gospel of Christ. He showed that he improves
Creature-comforts to all true believers, and make them comforts
indeed. And Christ's Works are all for use. Has he turned thy
water into Wine, given thee knowledge and Grace? it is to profit
withal; therefore draw out now, and use it. It was the best
Wine. Christ's Works commend themselves even to those who know
not their Author. What was produced By miracles, always was the
best in its kind. Though Christ hereby allows a right use of
Wine, he does not in the least do away his own caution, which
is, that our hearts be not at any time overcharged with
surfeiting and drunkenness, Lu 21:34. Though we need not
scruple to Feast with our friends On proper occasions, yet every
social interview should be So conducted, that we might invite
the Redeemer to join with us, if he were now On Earth; and all
levity, luxury, and excess offend him.

12-22 The first public work in which we find Christ engaged,
was driving from the Temple the traders whom the covetous
priests and rulers encouraged to make a Market-place of its
courts. Those now make God's House a House of merchandise, whose
minds are filled with cares about worldly business when
attending religious exercises, or who perform Divine offices for
Love of gain. Christ, having thus cleansed the Temple, gave a
sign to those who demanded it, to prove his authority for So
doing. He foretells his Death By the Jews' malice, Destroy ye
this Temple; I will permit you to destroy it. He foretells his
resurrection By his own power; In three days I will raise it up.
Christ took again his own Life. Men mistake By understanding
that according to the Letter, which the Scripture speaks By way
of figure. When Jesus was risen from the dead, his disciples
remembered he has said this. It Helps much in understanding the
Divine Word, to observe the fulfilling of the Scriptures.

23-25 Our Lord knew all men, their nature, dispositions,
affections, designs, So as we do not know any Man, not even
ourselves. He knows his crafty enemies, and all their secret
projects; his false friends, and their true characters. He knows
who are truly his, knows their uprightness, and knows their
weaknesses. We know what is done By men; Christ knows what is in
them, he tries the Heart. Beware of a dead Faith, or a formal
profession: Carnal, empty professors are not to be trusted, and
however men impose On others or themselves, they cannot impose
On the Heart-searching God.

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