John 6:59 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 6:59, NIV: "He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum."

John 6:59, ESV: "Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum."

John 6:59, KJV: "These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum."

John 6:59, NASB: "These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum."

John 6:59, NLT: "He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum."

John 6:59, CSB: "He said these things while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum."

What does John 6:59 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The previous day, Jesus performed His most public miracle, the only one recorded in all four Gospels: the feeding of thousands. In the morning, the crowds travelled across the narrow Sea of Galilee and found Jesus in Capernaum. The earlier portion of this dialogue probably occurred in the streets of Capernaum near the harbor (John 6:24). During this conversation, however, Jesus has repeated several points (John 6:35; 6:48; 6:51). The crowd has also gone from seeking Jesus (John 6:24), to complaining about His teachings (John 6:41), to outright fighting (John 6:52).

This verse specifically refers to the synagogue in Capernaum. At some point during the conversation, Jesus presumably moved from the open streets to the synagogue, which would have allowed for easier back-and-forth between various people. Details such as this suggest that many conversations recorded in Scripture are essential summaries, not necessarily word-for-word transcripts. The idea that the Bible often records the "true voice," rather than each and every literal word, is known as ipsissima vox.