John 4:46

46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.

Read John 4:46 Using Other Translations

So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill.
As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick.

What does John 4:46 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 4:46

So Jesus came again unto Cana of Galilee
Where he had been once before; see ( John 2:1 John 2:2 ) . The Syriac version here, as there, calls it "Kotne" of Galilee; and the Persic version, "Catneh" of Galilee:

where he made the water wine;
see ( John 2:9 John 2:11 ) ;

there was a certain nobleman;
the Vulgate Latin renders it, "a petty king"; the Arabic version, and Nonnus, call him, "a royal man"; and the Syriac version renders it, "a king's servant"; with which agrees the Ethiopic, calling him "a minister, a steward, the king's domestic". The Persic version makes it to be his name, reading it, "there was a great man, whose name was Abdolmelic", which signifies a king's servant: from the whole he seems to be one that belonged to the palace of Herod Antipas, and was one of his courtiers; who, though he was but tetrarch of Galilee, yet is sometimes called a king, ( Mark 6:14 ) ;

whose son was sick at Capernaum;
some versions, as the Syriac, Arabic, and Persic, read the phrase, "in Capernaum", with the former clause, "there was a nobleman in Capernaum": and others, as we do with this; and both may be true; for he might be an inhabitant of Capernaum, and his house be there where his son lay sick. Some think this nobleman was either Chuza, Herod's steward, ( Luke 8:3 ) , or Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod, ( Acts 13:1 ) .

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