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Chapter 2

1Two days later there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and Jesus’ mother was present. 2Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. 3The wine gave out, and Jesus’ mother said to him,

“They have no more wine!”

4Jesus said to her,

“Do not try to direct me. It is not yet time for me to act.”

5His mother said to the servants,

“Do whatever he tells you.”

6Now there were six stone water jars there, for the ceremonial purification practiced by the Jews, each large enough to hold twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them,

“Fill these jars with water.”

8So they filled them full. And he said to them,

“Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.”

9And they did so. When the master of the feast tasted the water which had now turned into wine, without knowing where it had come from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew— 10he called the bridegroom and said to him,

“Everyone else serves his good wine first, and his poorer wine after people have drunk deeply, but you have kept back your good wine till now!”

11This, the first of the signs of his mission, Jesus showed at Cana in Galilee. By it he showed his greatness, and his disciples believed in him.

12After this Jesus went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.

13Now the Jewish Passover was approaching, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the Temple he found the dealers in cattle, sheep, and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting at their tables. 15And he made a lash out of rope, and drove them all, sheep and cattle, out of the Temple, and scattered the money-changers’ coins on the ground, and overturned their tables. 16And he said to the pigeon-dealers,

“Take these things away! Do not turn my Father’s house into a market!”

17His disciples remembered that the Scriptures said, “My zeal for your house will consume me!”

18Then the Jews addressed him and said,

“What sign have you to show us, for acting in this way?”

19Jesus answered,

“Destroy this sanctuary, and I will raise it in three days!”

20The Jews said,

“It has taken forty-six years to build this sanctuary, and are you going to raise it in three days?”

21But he was speaking of his body as the sanctuary. 22So afterward when he had risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the passage of Scripture and what Jesus had said.

23Now when he was at Jerusalem, at the Passover Festival, many, when they saw the signs that he showed, came to believe in him. 24But Jesus on his part would not trust himself to them, for he knew them all, 25and had no need of anybody’s evidence about men, for he knew well what was in their hearts.

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