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John 6:60

    John 6:60 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Many therefore of his disciples, when the heard this , said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then, hearing this, a number of his disciples said, This is a hard saying; who is able to take in such teaching?

    Webster's Revision

    Many therefore of his disciples, when the heard this , said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it?

    World English Bible

    Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Many therefore of his disciples, when they heard this, said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it?

    Clarke's Commentary on John 6:60

    Many therefore of his disciples - So it appears that he had many more than the twelve, who constantly accompanied him.

    This is a hard saying; who can hear it? - Who can digest such doctrine as this? It is intolerable: it is impracticable. There is a similar saving in Euripides, to the σκληρος λογος of the evangelist. Ποτερα θελεις σοι μαλθακα ψευδη λεγω, η σκληρ' αληθη, φραζε; Tell me whether thou wouldst that I should speak unto thee, a Soft Lie, or the Harsh Truth? The wicked word of a lying world is in general better received than the holy word of the God of truth!

    Barnes' Notes on John 6:60

    Many of his disciples - The word "disciple" means "learner." It was applied to the followers of Christ because they were taught by him. It does not imply, of necessity, that those to whom it was given were real Christians, but simply that they were under his teaching, and were professed learners in his school. See Matthew 17:16; Mark 2:18; John 9:28; Matthew 10:24. It is doubtless used in this sense here. It is, however, often applied to those who are real Christians.

    This is an hard saying - The word "hard" here means "offensive, disagreeable" - that which they could not bear. Some have understood it to mean "difficult to be understood," but this meaning does not suit the connection. The doctrine which he delivered was opposed to their prejudices; it seemed to be absurd, and they therefore rejected it.

    Saying - Rather doctrine or speech - Greek, λόγος logos. It does not refer to any particular part of the discourse, but includes the whole.

    Who can hear it? - That is, who can hear it patiently - who can stay and listen to such doctrine or believe it. The effect of this is stated in John 6:66. The doctrines which Jesus taught that were so offensive appear to have been:

    1. that he was superior to Moses.

    2. that God would save all that he had chosen and those only.

    3. that he said he was the bread that came from heaven.

    4. that it was necessary to partake of that; that it was necessary that an atonement should be made, and that they should be saved by that.

    These doctrines have always been among the most offensive that men have been called on to believe, and many, rather than trust in them, have chosen to draw back to perdition.

    Wesley's Notes on John 6:60

    6:60 This is a hard saying - Hard to the children of the world, but sweet to the children of God. Scarce ever did our Lord speak more sublimely, even to the apostles in private. Who can hear - Endure it?