John 6:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 6:22, NIV: "The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone."

John 6:22, ESV: "On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone."

John 6:22, KJV: "The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;"

John 6:22, NASB: "The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there except one, and that Jesus had not gotten into the boat with His disciples, but that His disciples had departed alone."

John 6:22, NLT: "The next day the crowd that had stayed on the far shore saw that the disciples had taken the only boat, and they realized Jesus had not gone with them."

John 6:22, CSB: "The next day, the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw there had been only one boat. They also saw that Jesus had not boarded the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone off alone."

What does John 6:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Crowds have been gathering around Jesus due to His healing miracles (John 6:2). On the previous day, Jesus performed His most public miracle, and the only one recorded in all four of the Gospels: feeding more than five thousand people with a tiny quantity of food (John 6:9–14). In the morning, the same group of people realize that Jesus was no longer on that side of the Sea of Galilee, even though He did not leave in the boat with the disciples.

What the crowd does not know is that Jesus walked across the water overnight. In the prior passage, Jesus approaches the boat struggling against high winds. The men were terrified at first, thinking Jesus was a ghost (John 6:19; Matthew 14:26). Peter, however, works up the courage to walk out on the water, and briefly succeeds (Matthew 14:28–31). Once Jesus is taken into the boat, it is "immediately" at the opposite shore, a miracle described almost as an afterthought.

This passage shows the dramatic plunge in Jesus' worldly popularity. According to the next verse, additional people are seeking Him as a result of His miraculous signs. Unfortunately, as soon as Jesus explains that His ministry is inherently spiritual, not material, most of these people will choose to abandon Him (John 6:66).