John 2:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 2:5, NIV: "His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you.'"

John 2:5, ESV: "His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”"

John 2:5, KJV: "His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."

John 2:5, NASB: "His mother *said to the servants, 'Whatever He tells you, do it.'"

John 2:5, NLT: "But his mother told the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you.'"

John 2:5, CSB: ""Do whatever he tells you," his mother told the servants."

What does John 2:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Mary brings Jesus a problem, not her own pre-packaged solution. Jesus' mother does not ask Him to make, buy, or create more wine. She simply tells Him what her concern is, and tells others to follow His lead. Sometimes when we pray, we forget that it's not our place to tell God what to do: we can ask, but mostly we need to listen. Jesus' response from verse 4 is the equivalent of saying, "What does that have to do with me, ma'am?" Still, Mary doesn't ask for anything in particular. She does, however, tell the servants to listen to His instructions. Since Jesus had never performed a miracle before (John 2:11), we can't be sure what she expected. Even without miracles, Mary has come to trust that Jesus can resolve her problems. Just as she was when Jesus was conceived, Mary seems content to trust in God's plans, even when she doesn't know all the details.