John 6:23

23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.

John 6:23 in Other Translations

KJV
23 (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)
ESV
23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
NLT
23 Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten.
MSG
23 By now boats from Tiberias had pulled up near where they had eaten the bread blessed by the Master.
CSB
23 Some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord gave thanks.

John 6:23 Meaning and Commentary

John 6:23

Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias
A city by the sea side, built by Herod, and called so in honour of Tiberius Caesar; though the Jews give a different etymology of it; they say, it is the same with Rakkath, ( Joshua 19:35 ) , and that it was a fortified place from the days of Joshua, and that on one side, (htmwx hmy) , "the sea was its wall" F4: and so Jonathan the Targumist on ( Deuteronomy 3:17 ) says, that Tiberias was near the sea of salt: this place became famous for many of the wise men that lived here; here was a famous university, and here the Misna and Jerusalem Talmud were written; and here the sanhedrim sat, after it removed from Jerusalem:

nigh unto the place where they did eat bread;
where the day before they had been fed in so miraculous a manner: the meaning is, either that Tiberias was near to the place where the miracle was wrought, or the boats from Tiberias came near that place, and both were true: so that these men that were waiting by the sea side, had an opportunity of going over in these boats in quest of Christ, to whom they were now become greatly attached, by feeding them in so wonderful a manner:

after that the Lord had given thanks;
which clause is added to show, that the multiplication of the bread, and the refreshment the men had by it, were owing to the power of Christ, and his blessing it; though this is wanting in Beza's most ancient copy, and in some others.


FOOTNOTES:

F4 T. Bab. Megilla, fol. 5. 2. & Hieros. Megilla, fol. 70. 1.

John 6:23 In-Context

21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.
23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.
25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

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