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John 6:26-27

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6:26 Jesus replied, 1  “I tell you the solemn truth, 2  you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. 3  6:27 Do not work for the food that disappears, 4  but for the food that remains to eternal life – the food 5  which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him.” 6 

1 tn Grk “answered and said to them.”

2 tn Grk “Truly, truly, I say to you.”

3 tn Grk “because you ate of the loaves of bread and were filled.”

4 tn Or “perishes” (this might refer to spoiling, but is more focused on the temporary nature of this kind of food).

sn Do not work for the food that disappears. Note the wordplay on “work” here. This does not imply “working” for salvation, since the “work” is later explained (in John 6:29) as “to believe in the one whom he (the Father) sent.”

5 tn The referent (the food) has been specified for clarity by repeating the word “food” from the previous clause.

6 tn Grk “on this one.”



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