The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJohn 2:2
And both Jesus was called…
Or invited, as being a
relation, according to the flesh:
and his disciples, to the marriage;
who were bidden, on his account;
and they seem to be these, Andrew, and the other disciple, that
followed Jesus, and Simon Peter, and Philip, and Nathanael, who was
of this place; and accordingly they all went to it. Christ, and his
five disciples, made six of the ten, which were always necessary to
be present at, the benediction of bridegrooms: for so runs the
``they do not bless the blessing of bridegrooms, but with ten
principal and free men; and the bridegroom may be one of
To attend a wedding, was reckoned, with the Jews, an act of
beneficence and kindness F14. Our Lord, being at this wedding, was
acting like himself, and his general character, of being free,
affable, and courteous; who accepted of every invitation, and refused
not to be at any entertainment, made by who it would, or on whatever
occasion: and particularly in this instance, it shows his humility
in not disdaining his poor relations, but giving them his company at
such a time; as also it was bearing a testimony to the institution
of marriage, as honourable; and teaches us to rejoice with them
that rejoice: and as this was, at the first of Christ's ministry and
miracles, it is likely it might give the occasion of that calumny
cast on him in (Matthew 11:19) . The disciples of Christ followed the
example of their master. According to the Jewish cations F15, a
disciple of a wise man might not partake of any feast, but what was
according to the commandment, as the feast of espousals, and of
marriage; and such a feast was this, which Christ and his disciples
were at; and so not to be condemned for it, according to their own
F13 Maimon. Hilch. Ishot, c. 10. sect. 5. Pirke Eliezer, c. 19.
Shirhashirim Rabba, fol. 9. 3.
F14 Maimon in Misn. Peah, c. 1. sect. 1.
F15 T. Bab. Pesachim, fol. 49. 1. & Maimon. Hilchot Deyot, c. 5. sect. 2.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 2:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=joh&chapter=002&verse=002>. 1999.