John 6:28

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

John 6:28 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
English Standard Version (ESV)
28 Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?"
New Living Translation (NLT)
28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”
The Message Bible (MSG)
28 To that they said, "Well, what do we do then to get in on God's works?"
American Standard Version (ASV)
28 They said therefore unto him, What must we do, that we may work the works of God?
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
28 The people asked Jesus, "What does God want us to do?"
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
28 "What can we do to perform the works of God?" they asked.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
28 Then they asked him, "What does God want from us? What works does he want us to do?"

John 6:28 Meaning and Commentary

John 6:28

Then said they unto him
Understanding by what he said, that they must labour and work, though not for perishing food, yet for durable food; and as they imagined, in order to obtain eternal life by working:

what shall we do that we might work the works of God?
Such as are agreeable to his will, are acceptable to him, and well pleasing in his sight: they seem to intimate, as if they desired to know whether there were any other works of this kind, than what Moses had directed them to, or than they had done; and if there were, they suggest they would gladly do them; for this was the general cast and complexion of this people; they were seeking for righteousness, and life not by faith, but, as it were, by the works of the law.

John 6:28 In-Context

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.
27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?
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