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John 2:1-25

2  And the next day but one there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and Jesus’s mother was there; 2  and Jesus too, and his disciples, were invited to the wedding. 3  And when they ran short of wine Jesus’s mother said to him “They have no wine”; 4*  and Jesus said to her “What have you to do with my affairs, woman? the hour for me is not come yet.” 5  His mother said to the waiters “Whatever he says to you, do it.” 6  And there were six stone water-jars there, holding twenty or thirty gallons each, set out in accordance with the Jews’ rites of cleansing. 7  Jesus said to them “Fill the jars with water”; and they filled them clear up; 8  and he said to them “Now dip some out and take it to the toastmaster.” And they took it to him. 9  And when the toastmaster tasted the water, which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the waiters who had dipped the water out knew), the toastmaster called out to the bridegroom 10  “Everybody puts on the good wine first and the poorer when they get under the influence; you have kept the good wine till now.” 11  This, the first of the tokens, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and disclosed his glory, and his disciples believed in him. 12  After that he came down to Capernaum, he and his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there not many days. 13  And the Jews’ passover was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14  And he found in the temple-precinct the sellers of cattle and sheep and pigeons and the money-changers in their seats, 15  and he made a whip out of bits of rope and drove them all out of the temple-precinct, and the sheep and the cattle, and spilled the money-changers’ coins and upset their tables, 16  and said to the pigeon-sellers “Get these away from here; do not make my Father’s house a market.” 17  His disciples remembered that it is written “Jealousy for thy house will eat me up.” 18  So the Jews replied “What token do you show us, that you are doing this?” 19  Jesus replied “Wreck this temple and I will set it up in three days.” 20  So the Jews said “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will you set it up in three days?” 21  But he was speaking of the temple of his body; 22  so when he rose from the dead his disciples remembered that he said that, and believed the text of scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. 23  And while he was in Judea at passover at the feast many believed in his name as they saw the tokens he was doing. 24  But Jesus himself did not trust himself to them, because he knew everybody 25  and did not need to have anybody testify about man, for he himself knew what was in man.

Footnotes

2:4 Lit. with me, woman