John 2:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 2:4, NIV: "Woman, why do you involve me?' Jesus replied. 'My hour has not yet come.'"

John 2:4, ESV: "And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”"

John 2:4, KJV: "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come."

John 2:4, NASB: "And Jesus *said to her, 'What business do you have with Me, woman? My hour has not yet come.'"

John 2:4, NLT: "'Dear woman, that's not our problem,' Jesus replied. 'My time has not yet come.'"

John 2:4, CSB: ""What has this concern of yours to do with me, woman? " Jesus asked. "My hour has not yet come.""

What does John 2:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In modern English, Jesus' response to His mother comes across as blunt, even rude. This is a quirk of translating from one language to another. In the original Greek, His reply was very formal, and polite. The term "woman" could also be thought of as "madam," such as in John 19:26 and John 20:13. The phrase Jesus used is a common Greek expression used to imply that two things are not related. Examples are Mark 1:24 and Mark 5:7. A more modern phrasing of Jesus' response would be, "Madam, what does this have to do with me?"

This is also the first of many references to "time" from Jesus. He is constantly aware that He is on a divine schedule, and everything needs to happen at the right time. Since toasts were common at celebrations like this, it's also possible that Jesus literally meant that it was not yet His turn to offer a toast. Also, we should note that simply because Jesus asked Mary what her motivations were, He didn't say "no."