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Verses of John 2

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John 2:1 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

The former part of this chapter acquaints us with the first miracle which our Saviour wrought, in turning water into wine; the occasion of it was, his being invited to a marriage-feast.

Here note, 1. That whenever our Saviour was invited to a public entertainment, he never refused the invitation, but constantly went; not so much for the pleasure of eating, as for the opportunity of conversing and doing good, which was meat and drink unto him.

Note, 2. What honour Christ put upon the ordinance of marrige; he honours it with his presence and first miracle. Some think it was St. John that was now the bridegroom; others, that it was some near relation of the virgin mother's; but whoever it might be, doubtless Christ's design was rather to put honour upon the ordinance than upon the person. How bold is the church of Rome in spitting upon the face of this ordinance, by denying its lawfulness to the ministers of religion! When the apostle affirms that marriage is honourable among all. Heb 13:4. Neither the prophets of the Old Testament, nor the apostles of the New, (St. Peter himself not excepted,) did abhor the marriage-bed, or judge themselves too pure for an institution of their Maker.

Note, 3. That it is an ancient and laudable institution, that the rites of marriage should not want a solemn celebration. Feasting with friends upon such an occasion is both lawful and commendable, provided the rules of sobriety and charity, modesty and decency, be observed, and no sinful liberty assumed. But it must be said, that feasting in general, and marriage-feasts in particular, are some of those lawful things which are difficultly managed without sin.

Note, 4. That our Saviour's working a miracle when he was at the marriage-feast, should teach us, by his example, that in our cheerful and free times, when we indulge a little more than ordinary to mirth amongst our friends, we should still be mindful of God's honour and glory, and lay hold upon an occasion of doing all the good we can.

Note lastly, As Christ was personally invited to, and bodily present at this marriage-feast when here on earth; so he will not refuse now in heaven to be spiritually present at his people's marriages. They want his presence with them upon that great occasion, they desire and seek it; he is acquainted with it, and invited to it, whoever is neglected; and where Christ is made acquainted with the match, he will certainly make one at the marriage. Happy is that wedding where Christ and his friends (as here) are the invited, expected, and enjoyed guests.

Verses of John 2

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John 2:1 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 2:1 - The Greek Testament

John 2:1 - Barclay Daily Study Bible

John 2:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 2:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 2:1 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 2:1 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

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John 2:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

John 2:1 - Through the Bible Commentary

John 2:1 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 2:1 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 2:1 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

John 2:1 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 2:1 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 2:1 - John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

John 2:1 - Expositors Bible Commentary

John 2:1 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 2:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

John 2:1 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 2:1 - Expositor's Dictionary of Text by Robertson

John 2:1 - F. B. Hole's Old and New Testaments Commentary

John 2:1 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

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John 2:1 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

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John 2:1 - Geneva Bible Notes

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John 2:1 - Grant's Commentary on the Bible

John 2:1 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

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John 2:1 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

John 2:1 - International Critical Commentary New Testament

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John 2:1 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

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John 2:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 2:1 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

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John 2:1 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

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John 2:1 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

John 2:1 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 2:1 - An Exposition on the Whole Bible

John 2:1 - Grant's Numerical Bible Notes and Commentary

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John 2:1 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 2:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 2:1 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 2:1 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

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John 2:1 - The Bible of the Expositor and the Evangelist by Riley

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John 2:1 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 2:1 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

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John 2:1 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

John 2:1 - Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 2:1 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

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John 2:1 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 2:1 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament