John 2:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 2:12, NIV: "After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days."

John 2:12, ESV: "After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days."

John 2:12, KJV: "After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days."

John 2:12, NASB: "After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother, and His brothers and His disciples; and they stayed there a few days."

John 2:12, NLT: "After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples."

John 2:12, CSB: "After this, he went down to Capernaum, together with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples, and they stayed there only a few days."

What does John 2:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Galilee is a region both north and west of the Sea of Galilee, and west of the Jordan River. The climate was cooler and wetter than the surrounding area. This made it a popular travel destination, and full of beautiful plant life. Cana is the hometown of the disciple Nathanael (John 21:2), but historians are unsure of where it was. Most likely, Nazareth was in the same general area, but a bit further from the larger towns, such as Capernaum. Capernaum was a moderately-sized city at the north end of the Sea of Galilee. There was a Jewish synagogue there, probably one Jesus and disciples such as John, Philip, Peter, and Andrew had attended.

Verse 12 also mentions Jesus' "brothers," as a separate group from His disciples, meaning these were also children of His mother Mary. Presumably, fishermen such as Jesus' disciples had plenty of friends and associates in this region.