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2:1Now on the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and Jesus’ mother was there.2:2Jesus and his disciples were also invited.2:3When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They are out of wine.”

2:4Jesus says to her, “What does that have to do with me, dear woman? My time has not yet come.”

2:5But his mother says to the servants,1 “Do whatever he tells you.”

2:6Now there were six stone water jars there, for use in Judean cleansing rituals, each with a capacity of two or three measures.22:7Jesus says to them, “Fill up the jars to the brim with water,” and so they did.2:8Then he told them, “Now dip some out and take it to the master of ceremonies,” and so they did.

2:9Now when the master of ceremonies tasted the water that had been turned into wine, not knowing its origin (though the servants who had dipped it out knew), he summons the bridegroom2:10and says to him, “Everyone else serves the best wine first and then brings out the cheap wine after the guests are drunk, but you have saved the best for last!”

2:11This was the first of the miracles Jesus did in Cana of Galilee. It revealed his majesty, and his disciples put their trust in him.2:12Afterward he went down into Capernaum, along with his mother, siblings, and disciples, where they remained for several days.

2:13It was near the Passover of the Judeans, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.2:14In the temple compound he found brokers and merchants selling oxen, sheep, and doves.2:15Making a whip out of ropes, he threw everyone out of the temple compound, including the animals. He upended the brokers’ tables, scattering their coins,2:16and said to those selling doves, “Get these things out of here! Do not turn my Father’s house into a merchant’s house!”2:17Then his disciples remembered that it was written, “Passion for your house will consume me.”

2:18Then the Judeans demanded, “What is the meaning of this?”

2:19Jesus responded, “You will destroy this temple, but in three days I will put it up again.”

2:20The Judeans retorted, “It took forty-six years to build this temple3, and you are going to put it up in three days!?”

2:21But he was talking about the temple of his body.2:22When he was awakened from the dead, his disciples remembered he said this, and they believed the scripture and what Jesus said.

2:23Now while Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover festival, many accepted him because of the miracles they saw him do.2:24But Jesus did not put much stock in them himself, knowing how people are.2:25He needed no one’s testimony about anyone since he knew what was in a person.

  1. 1The word translated “servants” is diakonos, which literally means those who wait tables. While the English word “minister” is also typically translated from this word, it has taken on the more specific meaning of a cleric or religious official, but this meaning would have to be inferred.
  2. 2A “measure” of liquid was about 8 or 9 gallons.
  3. 3Alternatively, “This temple has stood for forty-six years”; see biblicalchronology.com/herod.htm, point 5.