John 6:4

4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.

John 6:4 Meaning and Commentary

John 6:4

And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
] This was the third passover, since our Lord's baptism, and entrance on his public ministry; see ( John 2:13 ) ( 5:1 ) . Whether Christ went up to this feast is not certain; some think he did not; but from what is said in ( John 7:1 ) , it looks as if he did: how nigh it was to the feast, cannot well be said. Thirty days before the feast, they began to talk about it; and especially in the last fifteen days, they made preparations for it, as being at hand F2; and if there was now so long time to it, there was time enough for Jesus to go to it.


F2 T. Bab. Pesach. fol. 6. 1. Maimon. & Bartenora in Misn. Shekalim, c. 3. sect. 1.

John 6:4 In-Context

2 And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased.
3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples.
4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, "How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?"
6 This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
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