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John 6:6

6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Read John 6:6 Using Other Translations

And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

What does John 6:6 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 6:6

And this he said to prove him
Or "tempting him", trying his faith, and not only his, but the rest of the disciples; not as ignorant of it himself, but in order to discover it to him and them, and to prepare them for the following miracle; and that it might appear the more illustrious and marvellous:

for he himself knew what he would do;
Christ had determined to work a miracle, and feed the large number of people that were with him, with that small provision they had among them; and being God omniscient, he knew that he was able to do it, and that he was determined to do it, and it would be done; but he was willing first to try the faith of his apostles.

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