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John 6:31

    John 6:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Our fathers had the manna in the waste land, as the Writings say, He gave them bread from heaven.

    Webster's Revision

    Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.

    World English Bible

    Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, 'He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.'"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 6:31

    Our fathers did eat manna in the desert - Their argument seems to run thus: Thou hast, we grant, fed five thousand men with five loaves and two small fishes; but what is this in comparison of what Moses did in the desert, who for forty years fed more than a million of persons with bread from heaven: do something like this, and then we will believe in thee, as we have believed in Moses.

    Barnes' Notes on John 6:31

    Our fathers - The Jews who were led by Moses through the wilderness.

    Did eat manna - This was the name given by the Jews to the food which was furnished to them by God in their journey. It means literally, "What is this?" and was the question which they asked when they first saw it, Exodus 16:14-15. It was small like frost, and of the size of coriander-seed, and had a sweetish taste like honey. It fell in great quantities, and was regarded by the Jews as proof of a continued miracle during forty years, and was incontestable evidence of the interposition of God in favor of their fathers. The manna which is sold in the shops of druggists is a different substance from this. It is obtained from the bark of certain trees in Armenia, Georgia, Persia, and Arabia. It is procured, as resin is, by making an incision in the bark, and it flows out or distils from the tree.

    As it is written - The substance of this is written in Psalm 78:24-25.

    He gave them - This was regarded as a miraculous interference in their behalf, and an attestation of the divine mission of Moses, and hence they said familiarly that Moses gave it to them.

    Bread from heaven - The word "heaven," in the Scriptures, denotes often the region of the air, the atmosphere, or that region in which the clouds are. See Matthew 16:3; "The sky (heaven) is red and lowering." Also Matthew 3:16; Luke 4:15; Luke 5:18. The Jews, as appears from their writings (see Lightfoot), expected that the Messiah would provide his followers with plenty of delicious food; and as Moses had provided for the Jews in the wilderness, so they supposed that Christ would make provision for the temporal wants of his friends. This was the sign, probably, which they were now desirous of seeing.

    Wesley's Notes on John 6:31

    6:31 Our fathers ate manna - This sign Moses gave them. He gave them bread from heaven - From the lower sublunary heaven; to which Jesus opposes the highest heaven: in which sense he says seven times, John 6:32,33,38,50,58,62, that he himself came down from heaven.