Gospel of John chapter 2

Reading and Interpretation by Vic Alexander

From the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures


John 2

1. And on the third day, there was a feast in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Eashoa was there. 2. And also Eashoa and his disciples were invited to the feast. 3. And the wine [ran] short and his mother said to Eashoa, “They have no wine.” 4. And Eashoa said to her, “What is it to me and you, woman; the hour has not come yet.” 5. His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6. And there were six stone jars placed there for the Jewish [ceremonial] cleansing, that could hold two or three wine skins. 7. Eashoa told them to fill these jars with water. And they filled them to their brim*. 8. He told them, “Pour [some] now and take it to the head of festivities*, and they brought it to him. 9. And as the head of festivities tasted the water that [had now] turned into wine, he did not know where it was from; but, the servants knew, [for] they had filled [the jars] with water. The head of festivities called the bridegroom 10. And he said to him, “Everyone* places the best wine [on the table] first, and when it runs out*, they bring out the leftovers*, but you held the best wine until now!” 11. This is the first sign that Eashoa performed in Cana of Galilee, revealing his glory; and his disciples believed in him. 

12. After that he went down to Capernaum, himself, his mother, brothers and disciples, and he stayed there a few days. 13 And the Passover of the Jews was approaching, and Eashoa went up to Jerusalem. 14. And he found in the temple those who were selling cattle*, doves, sheep and the [money] changers seated [there.] 15. And he made a whip from a rope and he threw everyone out of the temple, the sheep, the cattle, the [money] changers, and the money he scattered and he overturned their tables. 16. And to the sellers of the doves he said, “Take these from here, and do not [turn] my father's house into a marketplace.” 17. And his disciples recalled that it is written, “The devotion* for your house shall consume me.” 18. But the Jews replied, saying to him, “What sign are you showing [us when] you do these [things]?*” 19. Eashoa answered, saying to them, “Tear down this temple and in three days I shall raise it up.” 20. The Jews said to him, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and you will raise it up in three days?” 21. But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22. As he rose up from the dead* the disciples remembered that he said it and they believed the Scriptures and the manifestation of which Eashoa spoke. 

23. [While] Eashoa was in Jerusalem [during] the Passover feast, many believed in him, as they [witnessed] the signs that he performed. 24. But Eashoa did not entrust himself to them, because he knew every one of them.* 25. And he was not in [desperate] need of human* testimony on [behalf of] the Son of Man, for he understood what was in the nature of man.* 

Footnotes: 2:7 “Mouth.” -- 2:8 Aramaic retained. “Master of Ceremonies.” -- 2:10. 1 “Every human being.” -- 2:10. 2 Literal expression: “Then when they pour it out.” -- 2:10. 3 “The short [supply.]” -- 2:13 “Bulls.” -- 2:17 “Zealous sense of responsibility.” -- 2:18 Aramaic expression retained. “What are you trying to prove by all this?” -- 2:22 Aramaic “House of the dead.” -- 2:24 Literal expression: “He knew every human [being.]” -- 2:25. 1 “Human [being.]” -- 2:25. 2 Literal expression: “For he knew what there was in a human being.” 

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