John 6:30

30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?

John 6:30 in Other Translations

30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
30 So they said to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?
30 They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do?
30 They waffled: "Why don't you give us a clue about who you are, just a hint of what's going on? When we see what's up, we'll commit ourselves. Show us what you can do.
30 "What sign then are You going to do so we may see and believe You?" they asked. "What are You going to perform?

John 6:30 Meaning and Commentary

John 6:30

They said therefore unto him
Seeing he proposed believing in him as the grand work of God to be done, and what is most acceptable in his sight:

what sign showest thou then, that we may see and believe thee?
The people of the Jews were always requiring signs and wonders, and when they had one and another shown them, they still sought for more, and were never satisfied; see ( Matthew 12:39 ) ( 16:1 ) . These men had lately seen various signs and miracles of Christ, as healing the sick, and feeding live thousand of them, and more, with five loaves, and two fishes; and though, for the time present, these had some influence upon them, and they were ready to believe he was that prophet; yet now, at least some of them, begin to retract, and signify, that unless some other, and greater signs were shown, they should not believe in him as the Messiah:

what dost thou work?
more than others, or Moses. They seem to make light of the miracle of the loaves, or at least require some greater sign and miracle, to engage their belief in him as the Messiah; and as they were lovers of their bellies, and expected dainties in the times of the Messiah, they seem to move for, and desire miracles of that kind to be wrought; and which sense the following words confirm.

John 6:30 In-Context

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?
31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”
32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.

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