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Geneva Notes/ Commentary on John 2:1-11

From the Geneva Notes on John 2:1-11

Joh 2:1
2:1 And {1} the {a} third day there was a marriage in Cana of
Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

(1) Christ, declaring openly in an assembly by a notable
miracle that he has power over the nature of things to feed
man's body, leads the minds of all men to consider his
spiritual and saving strength and power.
(a) After the talk which he had with Nathanael, or after
his departure from John, or after he came into Galilee.

Joh 2:3
2:3 {2} And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith
unto him, They have no wine.

(2) Christ takes good enough care of our salvation, and
therefore has no need of others to remind of it.

Joh 2:4
2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee?
mine {b} hour is not yet come.

(b) My appointed time.

Joh 2:6
2:6 And there were set there six {c} waterpots of stone, after
the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or
three {d} firkins apiece.

(c) These were vessels made for the use of water, in which
they washed themselves.
(d) Every firkin contained one hundred pounds, at twelve
ounces a pound: By this we gather that Christ helps them
with one thousand and eight hundred pounds of wine.
(about 135 imperial gallons or 600 litres Ed.)

Joh 2:10
2:10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set
forth good wine; and when men have {e} well drunk, then
that which is worse: [but] thou hast kept the good wine
until now.

(e) Literally, "are drunken". Now this saying, to be
drunken, does not always refer to being drunk in the
evil sense in the Hebrew language, but sometimes
signifies an abundant and plentiful use of wine, which
is nonetheless a measured amount, as in Ge 43:34.

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