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
(a) After the talk which he had with Nathanael,
or after his departure from John, or after he came into Galilee.
And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no
(2) Christ takes good enough care of our
salvation, and therefore has no need of others to remind of it.
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.
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
(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
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 (Genesis
2:12 After this he went down
to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his f
brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.
(f) That is, his cousins.
2:13 3 And
the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
(3) Christ being made subject to the law for us,
satisfies the law of the passover.
2:14 4 And
found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers
of money sitting:
(4) Christ being ordained to purge the Church
with great zeal begins his office both of Priest and Prophet.
And his disciples remembered that it was written, The g
zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
(g) "Zeal" in this place is taken for a
wrathful indignation and displeasure of the mind, brought about when someone
deals wickedly and evilly towards those whom we love well.
2:18 5 Then
answered the Jews and said unto him, What h
sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
(5) Against those who so bind God to an ordinary
calling, which they themselves most shamefully abuse, that they will not admit
of an extraordinary calling, which God confirms from heaven (and they would
have it extinguished, although in vain) unless it is sealed with outward and
(h) With what miracle do you confirm it, that we
may see the heavenly power and strength which gives you authority to speak and
to act in this manner?
But he spake of the i temple of his
(i) That is, of his body.
But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all [men],
(6) It is not good giving credit to those who
trust only because of miracles.
2:25 7 And
needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
(7) Christ is the searcher of hearts, and
therefore truly God.