Bible: John 1:12-13:3

1:12 But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name 1 he has given the right to become God’s children 1:13 – children not born 2  by human parents 3  or by human desire 4  or a husband’s 5  decision, 6  but by God.

1:14 Now 7  the Word became flesh 8  and took up residence 9  among us. We 10  saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, 11  full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. 1:15 John 12  testified 13  about him and shouted out, 14 This one was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, 15  because he existed before me.’ 1:16 For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. 16  1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but 17  grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. 1:18 No one has ever seen God. The only one, 18  himself God, who is in closest fellowship with 19  the Father, has made God 20  known. 21 

The Testimony of John the Baptist

1:19 Now 22  this was 23  John’s 24  testimony 25  when the Jewish leaders 26  sent 27  priests and Levites from Jerusalem 28  to ask him, “Who are you? 29  1:20 He confessed – he did not deny but confessed – “I am not the Christ! 30  1:21 So they asked him, “Then who are you? 31  Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” 32  “Are you the Prophet?” 33  He answered, “No! 1:22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us 34  so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?

1:23 John 35  said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight 36  the way for the Lord,’ 37  as Isaiah the prophet said.” 1:24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 38 ) 39  1:25 So they asked John, 40 Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, 41  nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?

1:26 John answered them, 42 I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize, 43  1:27 who is coming after me. I am not worthy 44  to untie the strap 45  of his sandal! 1:28 These things happened in Bethany 46  across the Jordan River 47  where John was baptizing.

1:29 On the next day John 48  saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God 49  who takes away the sin of the world! 1:30 This is the one about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is greater than I am, 50  because he existed before me.’ 1:31 I did not recognize 51  him, but I came baptizing with water so that he could be revealed to Israel.” 52 

1:32 Then 53  John testified, 54 I saw the Spirit descending like a dove 55  from heaven, 56  and it remained on him. 57  1:33 And I did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 1:34 I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.” 58 

1:35 Again the next day John 59  was standing there 60  with two of his disciples. 1:36 Gazing at Jesus as he walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God! 61  1:37 When John’s 62  two disciples heard him say this, 63  they followed Jesus. 64  1:38 Jesus turned around and saw them following and said to them, “What do you want?” 65  So they said to him, “Rabbi(which is translated Teacher), 66  “where are you staying? 1:39 Jesus 67  answered, 68 Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 69 

Andrew’s Declaration

1:40 Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said 70  and followed Jesus. 71  1:41 He first 72  found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” 73  (which is translated Christ). 74  1:42 Andrew brought Simon 75  to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. 76  You will be called Cephas(which is translated Peter). 77 

The Calling of More Disciples

1:43 On the next day Jesus 78  wanted to set out for Galilee. 79  He 80  found Philip and said 81  to him, “Follow me.” 1:44 (Now Philip was from Bethsaida, 82  the town of 83  Andrew and Peter.) 1:45 Philip found Nathanael 84  and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also 85  wrote about – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 1:46 Nathanael 86  replied, 87 Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” 88  Philip replied, 89 Come and see.”

1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and exclaimed, 90 Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit! 91  1:48 Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied, 92 Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, 93  I saw you.” 1:49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king 94  of Israel! 95  1:50 Jesus said to him, 96 Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 97  1:51 He continued, 98 I tell all of you the solemn truth 99 you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” 100 

Turning Water into Wine

2:1 Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana 101  in Galilee. 102  Jesusmother 103  was there, 2:2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. 104  2:3 When the wine ran out, Jesusmother said to him, “They have no wine left.” 105  2:4 Jesus replied, 106 Woman, 107  why are you saying this to me? 108  My time 109  has not yet come.” 2:5 His mother told the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 110 

2:6 Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, 111  each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 112  2:7 Jesus told the servants, 113 Fill the water jars with water.” So they filled them up to the very top. 2:8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the head steward,” 114  and they did. 2:9 When 115  the head steward tasted the water that had been turned to wine, not knowing where it came from 116  (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), he 117  called the bridegroom 2:10 and said to him, “Everyone 118  serves the good wine first, and then the cheaper 119  wine when the guests 120  are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now! 2:11 Jesus did this as the first of his miraculous signs, 121  in Cana 122  of Galilee. In this way he revealed 123  his glory, and his disciples believed in him. 124 

Cleansing the Temple

2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum 125  with his mother and brothers 126  and his disciples, and they stayed there a few days. 2:13 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 127  was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 128 

2:14 129 

He found in the temple courts 130  those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables. 131  2:15 So he made a whip of cords 132  and drove them all out of the temple courts, 133  with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers 134  and overturned their tables. 2:16 To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make 135  my Father’s house a marketplace! 136  2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal 137  for your house will devour me.” 138 

2:18 So then the Jewish leaders 139  responded, 140 What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things? 141  2:19 Jesus replied, 142 Destroy 143  this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” 2:20 Then the Jewish leaders 144  said to him, “This temple has been under construction 145  for forty-six years, 146  and are you going to raise it up in three days? 2:21 But Jesus 147  was speaking about the temple of his body. 148  2:22 So after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture 149  and the saying 150  that Jesus had spoken.

Jesus at the Passover Feast

2:23 Now while Jesus 151  was in Jerusalem 152  at the feast of the Passover, many people believed in his name because they saw the miraculous signs he was doing. 153  2:24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people. 154  2:25 He did not need anyone to testify about man, 155  for he knew what was in man. 156 

Conversation with Nicodemus

3:1 Now a certain man, a Pharisee 157  named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council, 158  3:2 came to Jesus 159  at night 160  and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs 161  that you do unless God is with him.” 3:3 Jesus replied, 162 I tell you the solemn truth, 163  unless a person is born from above, 164  he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 165  3:4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he? 166 

3:5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, 167  unless a person is born of water and spirit, 168  he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 3:6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, 169  and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 3:7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all 170  be born from above.’ 171  3:8 The wind 172  blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 173 

3:9 Nicodemus replied, 174 How can these things be? 175  3:10 Jesus answered, 176 Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? 177  3:11 I tell you the solemn truth, 178  we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but 179  you people 180  do not accept our testimony. 181  3:12 If I have told you people 182  about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 183  3:13 No one 184  has ascended 185  into heaven except the one who descended from heaven – the Son of Man. 186  3:14 Just as 187  Moses lifted up the serpent 188  in the wilderness, 189  so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 190  3:15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 191 

3:16 For this is the way 192  God loved the world: He gave his one and only 193  Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish 194  but have eternal life. 195  3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, 196  but that the world should be saved through him. 3:18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. 197  The one who does not believe has been condemned 198  already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only 199  Son of God. 3:19 Now this is the basis for judging: 200  that the light has come into the world and people 201  loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. 3:20 For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. 3:21 But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God. 202 

Further Testimony About Jesus by John the Baptist

3:22 After this, 203  Jesus and his disciples came into Judean territory, and there he spent time with them and was baptizing. 3:23 John 204  was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, 205  because water was plentiful there, and people were coming 206  to him 207  and being baptized. 3:24 (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.) 208 

3:25 Now a dispute came about between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew 209  concerning ceremonial washing. 210  3:26 So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River, 211  about whom you testified – see, he is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to him!

3:27 John replied, 212 No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven. 3:28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ 213  but rather, ‘I have been sent before him.’ 3:29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly 214  when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete. 215  3:30 He must become more important while I become less important.” 216 

3:31 The one who comes from above is superior to all. 217  The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. 218  The one who comes from heaven 219  is superior to all. 220  3:32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 3:33 The one who has accepted his testimony has confirmed clearly that God is truthful. 221  3:34 For the one whom God has sent 222  speaks the words of God, for he does not give the Spirit sparingly. 223  3:35 The Father loves the Son and has placed all things under his authority. 224  3:36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects 225  the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath 226  remains 227  on him.

Departure From Judea

4:1 Now when Jesus 228  knew that the Pharisees 229  had heard that he 230  was winning 231  and baptizing more disciples than John 4:2 (although Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples were), 232  4:3 he left Judea and set out once more for Galilee. 233 

Conversation With a Samaritan Woman

4:4 But he had 234  to pass through Samaria. 235  4:5 Now he came to a Samaritan town 236  called Sychar, 237  near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 238  4:6 Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since he was tired from the journey, sat right down beside 239  the well. It was about noon. 240 

4:7 A Samaritan woman 241  came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water 242  to drink.” 4:8 (For his disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies. 243 ) 244  4:9 So the Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you – a Jew 245 ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water 246  to drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common 247  with Samaritans.) 248 

4:10 Jesus answered 249  her, “If you had known 250  the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give me some water 251  to drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 252  4:11 Sir,” 253  the woman 254  said to him, “you have no bucket and the well 255  is deep; where then do you get this 256  living water? 257  4:12 Surely you’re not greater than our ancestor 258  Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.” 259 

4:13 Jesus replied, 260 Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty 261  again. 4:14 But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, 262  but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain 263  of water springing up 264  to eternal life.” 4:15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw 265  water.” 266  4:16 He 267  said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” 268  4:17 The woman replied, 269 I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “Right you are when you said, 270 I have no husband,’ 271  4:18 for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with 272  now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!

4:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see 273  that you are a prophet. 4:20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, 274  and you people 275  say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 276  4:21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, 277  a time 278  is coming when you will worship 279  the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 4:22 You people 280  worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. 281  4:23 But a time 282  is coming – and now is here 283  – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks 284  such people to be 285  his worshipers. 286  4:24 God is spirit, 287  and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 4:25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming(the one called Christ); 288  “whenever he 289  comes, he will tell 290  us everything.” 291  4:26 Jesus said to her, “I, the one speaking to you, am he.”

The Disciples Return

4:27 Now at that very moment his disciples came back. 292  They were shocked 293  because he was speaking 294  with a woman. However, no one said, “What do you want?” 295  or “Why are you speaking with her? 4:28 Then the woman left her water jar, went off into the town and said to the people, 296  4:29 Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Surely he can’t be the Messiah, 297  can he? 298  4:30 So 299  they left the town and began coming 300  to him.

Workers for the Harvest

4:31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, 301 Rabbi, eat something.” 302  4:32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 4:33 So the disciples began to say 303  to one another, “No one brought him anything 304  to eat, did they? 305  4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me 306  and to complete 307  his work. 308  4:35 Don’t you say, 309 There are four more months and then comes the harvest?’ I tell you, look up 310  and see that the fields are already white 311  for harvest! 4:36 The one who reaps receives pay 312  and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the one who sows and the one who reaps can rejoice together. 4:37 For in this instance the saying is true, 313 One sows and another reaps.’ 4:38 I sent you to reap what you did not work for; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”

The Samaritans Respond

4:39 Now many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the report of the woman who testified, 314 He told me everything I ever did.” 4:40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they began asking 315  him to stay with them. 316  He stayed there two days, 4:41 and because of his word many more 317  believed. 4:42 They said to the woman, “No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this one 318  really is the Savior of the world.” 319 

Onward to Galilee

4:43 After the two days he departed from there to Galilee. 4:44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 320  4:45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen all the things he had done in Jerusalem 321  at the feast 322  (for they themselves had gone to the feast). 323 

Healing the Royal Official’s Son

4:46 Now he came again to Cana 324  in Galilee where he had made the water wine. 325  In 326  Capernaum 327  there was a certain royal official 328  whose son was sick. 4:47 When he heard that Jesus had come back from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and begged him 329  to come down and heal his son, who was about to die. 4:48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people 330  see signs and wonders you will never believe! 331  4:49 Sir,” the official said to him, “come down before my child dies.” 4:50 Jesus told him, “Go home; 332  your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and set off for home. 333 

4:51 While he was on his way down, 334  his slaves 335  met him and told him that his son was going to live. 4:52 So he asked them the time 336  when his condition began to improve, 337  and 338  they told him, “Yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon 339  the fever left him.” 4:53 Then the father realized that it was the very time 340  Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he himself believed along with his entire household. 4:54 Jesus did this as his second miraculous sign 341  when he returned from Judea to Galilee.

Healing a Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda

5:1 After this 342  there was a Jewish feast, 343  and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 344  5:2 Now there is 345  in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate 346  a pool called Bethzatha 347  in Aramaic, 348  which has five covered walkways. 349  5:3 A great number of sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed people were lying in these walkways. 5:4 [[EMPTY]] 350  5:5 Now a man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. 351  5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and when he realized 352  that the man 353  had been disabled a long time already, he said to him, “Do you want to become well? 5:7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, 354  I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I am trying to get into the water, 355  someone else 356  goes down there 357  before me.” 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your mat 358  and walk.” 5:9 Immediately the man was healed, 359  and he picked up his mat 360  and started walking. (Now that day was a Sabbath.) 361 

5:10 So the Jewish leaders 362  said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and you are not permitted to carry your mat.” 363  5:11 But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat 364  and walk.’ 5:12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your mat 365  and walk? 366  5:13 But the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped out, since there was a crowd in that place.

5:14 After this Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “Look, you have become well. Don’t sin any more, 367  lest anything worse happen to you.” 5:15 The man went away and informed the Jewish leaders 368  that Jesus was the one who had made him well.

Responding to Jewish Leaders

5:16 Now because Jesus was doing these things 369  on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders 370  began persecuting 371  him. 5:17 So he 372  told 373  them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working.” 374  5:18 For this reason the Jewish leaders 375  were trying even harder to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was also calling God his own Father, thus making himself equal with God.

5:19 So Jesus answered them, 376 I tell you the solemn truth, 377  the Son can do nothing on his own initiative, 378  but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father 379  does, the Son does likewise. 380  5:20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does, and will show him greater deeds than these, so that you will be amazed. 5:21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, 381  so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. 382  5:22 Furthermore, the Father does not judge 383  anyone, but has assigned 384  all judgment to the Son, 5:23 so that all people 385  will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

5:24I tell you the solemn truth, 386  the one who hears 387  my message 388  and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, 389  but has crossed over from death to life. 5:25 I tell you the solemn truth, 390  a time 391  is coming – and is now here – when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 5:26 For just as the Father has life in himself, thus he has granted the Son to have life in himself, 5:27 and he has granted the Son 392  authority to execute judgment, 393  because he is the Son of Man.

5:28Do not be amazed at this, because a time 394  is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 5:29 and will come out – the ones who have done what is good to the resurrection resulting in life, and the ones who have done what is evil to the resurrection resulting in condemnation. 395  5:30 I can do nothing on my own initiative. 396  Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, 397  because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the one who sent me. 398 

More Testimony About Jesus

5:31If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 5:32 There is another 399  who testifies about me, and I know the testimony he testifies about me is true. 5:33 You have sent to John, 400  and he has testified to the truth. 5:34 (I do not accept 401  human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved.) 5:35 He was a lamp that was burning and shining, 402  and you wanted to rejoice greatly for a short time 403  in his light.

5:36But I have a testimony greater than that from John. For the deeds 404  that the Father has assigned me to complete – the deeds 405  I am now doing – testify about me that the Father has sent me. 5:37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified about me. You people 406  have never heard his voice nor seen his form at any time, 407  5:38 nor do you have his word residing in you, because you do not believe the one whom he sent. 5:39 You study the scriptures thoroughly 408  because you think in them you possess eternal life, 409  and it is these same scriptures 410  that testify about me, 5:40 but you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life.

5:41I do not accept 411  praise 412  from people, 413  5:42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God 414  within you. 5:43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept 415  me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept 416  him. 5:44 How can you believe, if you accept praise 417  from one another and don’t seek the praise 418  that comes from the only God? 419 

5:45Do not suppose that I will accuse you before the Father. The one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. 420  5:46 If 421  you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. 5:47 But if you do not believe what Moses 422  wrote, how will you believe my words?

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

6:1 After this 423  Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (also called the Sea of Tiberias). 424  6:2 A large crowd was following him because they were observing the miraculous signs he was performing on the sick. 6:3 So Jesus went on up the mountainside 425  and sat down there with his disciples. 6:4 (Now the Jewish feast of the Passover 426  was near.) 427  6:5 Then Jesus, when he looked up 428  and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread so that these people may eat? 6:6 (Now Jesus 429  said this to test him, for he knew what he was going to do.) 430  6:7 Philip replied, 431 Two hundred silver coins worth 432  of bread would not be enough for them, for each one to get a little.” 6:8 One of Jesusdisciples, 433  Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 6:9 Here is a boy who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what good 434  are these for so many people?

6:10 Jesus said, “Have 435  the people sit down.” (Now there was a lot of grass in that place.) 436  So the men 437  sat down, about five thousand in number. 6:11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed the bread to those who were seated. He then did the same with the fish, 438  as much as they wanted. 6:12 When they were all satisfied, Jesus 439  said to his disciples, “Gather up the broken pieces that are left over, so that nothing is wasted.” 6:13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves 440  left over by the people who had eaten.

6:14 Now when the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus 441  performed, they began to say to one another, “This is certainly the Prophet 442  who is to come into the world.” 443  6:15 Then Jesus, because he knew they were going to come and seize him by force to make him king, withdrew again up the mountainside alone. 444 

Walking on Water

6:16 Now when evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 445  6:17 got into a boat, and started to cross the lake 446  to Capernaum. 447  (It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.) 448  6:18 By now a strong wind was blowing and the sea was getting rough. 6:19 Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, 449  they caught sight of Jesus walking on the lake, 450  approaching the boat, and they were frightened. 6:20 But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.” 6:21 Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat came to the land where they had been heading.

6:22 The next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the lake 451  realized that only one small boat 452  had been there, and that Jesus had not boarded 453  it with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 6:23 But some boats from Tiberias 454  came to shore 455  near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 456  6:24 So when the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats 457  and came to Capernaum 458  looking for Jesus.

Jesus’ Discourse About the Bread of Life

6:25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, 459  they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here? 460  6:26 Jesus replied, 461 I tell you the solemn truth, 462  you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. 463  6:27 Do not work for the food that disappears, 464  but for the food that remains to eternal life – the food 465  which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him.” 466 

6:28 So then they said to him, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds 467  God requires? 468  6:29 Jesus replied, 469 This is the deed 470  God requires 471  – to believe in the one whom he 472  sent.” 6:30 So they said to him, “Then what miraculous sign will you perform, so that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 6:31 Our ancestors 473  ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ 474 

6:32 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 475  it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but my Father is giving you the true bread from heaven. 6:33 For the bread of God is the one who 476  comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 6:34 So they said to him, “Sir, 477  give us this bread all the time!

6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty. 478  6:36 But I told you 479  that you have seen me 480  and still do not believe. 6:37 Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never send away. 481  6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. 6:39 Now this is the will of the one who sent me – that I should not lose one person of every one he has given me, but raise them all up 482  at the last day. 6:40 For this is the will of my Father – for everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up 483  at the last day.” 484 

6:41 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 485  began complaining about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,” 6:42 and they said, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven? 6:43 Jesus replied, 486 Do not complain about me to one another. 487  6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, 488  and I will raise him up at the last day. 6:45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ 489  Everyone who hears and learns from the Father 490  comes to me. 6:46 (Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God – he 491  has seen the Father.) 492  6:47 I tell you the solemn truth, 493  the one who believes 494  has eternal life. 495  6:48 I am the bread of life. 496  6:49 Your ancestors 497  ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 6:50 This 498  is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person 499  may eat from it and not die. 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread 500  that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

6:52 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 501  began to argue with one another, 502 How can this man 503  give us his flesh to eat? 6:53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 504  unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, 505  you have no life 506  in yourselves. 6:54 The one who eats 507  my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 508  6:55 For my flesh is true 509  food, and my blood is true 510  drink. 6:56 The one who eats 511  my flesh and drinks my blood resides in me, and I in him. 512  6:57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes 513  me will live because of me. 6:58 This 514  is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the bread your ancestors 515  ate, but then later died. 516  The one who eats 517  this bread will live forever.”

Many Followers Depart

6:59 Jesus 518  said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue 519  in Capernaum. 520  6:60 Then many of his disciples, when they heard these things, 521  said, “This is a difficult 522  saying! 523  Who can understand it? 524  6:61 When Jesus was aware 525  that his disciples were complaining 526  about this, he said to them, “Does this cause you to be offended? 527  6:62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascending where he was before? 528  6:63 The Spirit is the one who gives life; human nature is of no help! 529  The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 530  6:64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus had already known from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 531  6:65 So Jesus added, 532 Because of this I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has allowed him to come.” 533 

Peter’s Confession

6:66 After this many of his disciples quit following him 534  and did not accompany him 535  any longer. 6:67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you? 536  6:68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. 6:69 We 537  have come to believe and to know 538  that you are the Holy One of God! 539  6:70 Jesus replied, 540 Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is the devil? 541  6:71 (Now he said this about Judas son of Simon Iscariot, 542  for Judas, 543  one of the twelve, was going to betray him.) 544 

The Feast of Tabernacles

7:1 After this 545  Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. 546  He 547  stayed out of Judea 548  because the Jewish leaders 549  wanted 550  to kill him. 7:2 Now the Jewish feast of Tabernacles 551  was near. 552  7:3 So Jesusbrothers 553  advised him, “Leave here and go to Judea so your disciples may see your miracles that you are performing. 554  7:4 For no one who seeks to make a reputation for himself 555  does anything in secret. 556  If you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 7:5 (For not even his own brothers believed in him.) 557 

7:6 So Jesus replied, 558 My time 559  has not yet arrived, 560  but you are ready at any opportunity! 561  7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I am testifying about it that its deeds are evil. 7:8 You go up 562  to the feast yourselves. I am not going up to this feast 563  because my time 564  has not yet fully arrived.” 565  7:9 When he had said this, he remained in Galilee.

7:10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then Jesus 566  himself also went up, not openly but in secret. 7:11 So the Jewish leaders 567  were looking for him at the feast, asking, “Where is he? 568  7:12 There was 569  a lot of grumbling 570  about him among the crowds. 571  Some were saying, “He is a good man,” but others, “He deceives the common people.” 572  7:13 However, no one spoke openly about him for fear of the Jewish leaders. 573 

Teaching in the Temple

7:14 When the feast was half over, Jesus went up to the temple courts 574  and began to teach. 575  7:15 Then the Jewish leaders 576  were astonished 577  and said, “How does this man know so much when he has never had formal instruction? 578  7:16 So Jesus replied, 579 My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me. 580  7:17 If anyone wants to do God’s will, 581  he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority. 582  7:18 The person who speaks on his own authority 583  desires 584  to receive honor 585  for himself; the one who desires 586  the honor 587  of the one who sent him is a man of integrity, 588  and there is no unrighteousness in him. 7:19 Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps 589  the law! Why do you want 590  to kill me?

7:20 The crowd 591  answered, “You’re possessed by a demon! 592  Who is trying to kill you? 593  7:21 Jesus replied, 594 I performed one miracle 595  and you are all amazed. 596  7:22 However, because Moses gave you the practice of circumcision 597  (not that it came from Moses, but from the forefathers), you circumcise a male child 598  on the Sabbath. 7:23 But if a male child 599  is circumcised 600  on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, 601  why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well 602  on the Sabbath? 7:24 Do not judge according to external appearance, 603  but judge with proper 604  judgment.”

Questions About Jesus’ Identity

7:25 Then some of the residents of Jerusalem 605  began to say, “Isn’t this the man 606  they are trying 607  to kill? 7:26 Yet here he is, speaking publicly, 608  and they are saying nothing to him. 609  Do the rulers really know that this man 610  is the Christ? 611  7:27 But we know where this man 612  comes from. 613  Whenever the Christ 614  comes, no one will know where he comes from.” 615 

7:28 Then Jesus, while teaching in the temple courts, 616  cried out, 617 You both know me and know where I come from! 618  And I have not come on my own initiative, 619  but the one who sent me 620  is true. You do not know him, 621  7:29 but 622  I know him, because I have come from him 623  and he 624  sent me.”

7:30 So then they tried to seize Jesus, 625  but no one laid a hand on him, because his time 626  had not yet come. 7:31 Yet many of the crowd 627  believed in him and said, “Whenever the Christ 628  comes, he won’t perform more miraculous signs than this man did, will he? 629 

7:32 The Pharisees 630  heard the crowd 631  murmuring these things about Jesus, 632  so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers 633  to arrest him. 634  7:33 Then Jesus said, “I will be with you for only a little while longer, 635  and then 636  I am going to the one who sent me. 7:34 You will look for me 637  but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come.”

7:35 Then the Jewish leaders 638  said to one another, “Where is he 639  going to go that we cannot find him? 640  He is not going to go to the Jewish people dispersed 641  among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is he? 642  7:36 What did he mean by saying, 643 You will look for me 644  but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come?

Teaching About the Spirit

7:37 On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, 645  Jesus stood up and shouted out, 646 If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 7:38 let the one who believes in me drink. 647  Just as the scripture says,From within him 648  will flow rivers of living water.’ 649  7:39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, 650  because Jesus was not yet glorified.) 651 

Differing Opinions About Jesus

7:40 When they heard these words, some of the crowd 652  began to say, “This really 653  is the Prophet! 654  7:41 Others said, “This is the Christ!” 655  But still others said, “No, 656  for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? 657  7:42 Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant 658  of David 659  and comes from Bethlehem, 660  the village where David lived? 661  7:43 So there was a division in the crowd 662  because of Jesus. 663  7:44 Some of them were wanting to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him. 664 

Lack of Belief

7:45 Then the officers 665  returned 666  to the chief priests and Pharisees, 667  who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring him back with you? 668  7:46 The officers replied, “No one ever spoke like this man! 7:47 Then the Pharisees answered, 669 You haven’t been deceived too, have you? 670  7:48 None of the rulers 671  or the Pharisees have believed in him, have they? 672  7:49 But this rabble 673  who do not know the law are accursed!

7:50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus 674  before and who was one of the rulers, 675  said, 676  7:51 Our law doesn’t condemn 677  a man unless it first hears from him and learns 678  what he is doing, does it? 679  7:52 They replied, 680 You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? 681  Investigate carefully and you will see that no prophet 682  comes from Galilee!


A Woman Caught in Adultery


[[And each one departed to his own house. 8:1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 684  8:2 Early in the morning he came to the temple courts again. All the people came to him, and he sat down and began to teach 685  them. 8:3 The experts in the law 686  and the Pharisees 687  brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front of them 8:4 and said to Jesus, 688 Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 8:5 In the law Moses commanded us to stone to death 689  such women. 690  What then do you say? 8:6 (Now they were asking this in an attempt to trap him, so that they could bring charges against 691  him.) 692  Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger. 693  8:7 When they persisted in asking him, he stood up straight 694  and replied, 695 Whoever among you is guiltless 696  may be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8:8 Then 697  he bent over again and wrote on the ground.

8:9 Now when they heard this, they began to drift away one at a time, starting with the older ones, 698  until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 8:10 Jesus stood up straight 699  and said to her, “Woman, 700  where are they? Did no one condemn you? 8:11 She replied, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”]] 701 

Jesus as the Light of the World

8:12 Then Jesus spoke out again, 702 I am the light of the world. 703  The one who follows me will never 704  walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 8:13 So the Pharisees 705  objected, 706 You testify about yourself; your testimony is not true! 707  8:14 Jesus answered, 708 Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you people 709  do not know where I came from or where I am going. 710  8:15 You people 711  judge by outward appearances; 712  I do not judge anyone. 713  8:16 But if I judge, my evaluation is accurate, 714  because I am not alone when I judge, 715  but I and the Father who sent me do so together. 716  8:17 It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 717  8:18 I testify about myself 718  and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”

8:19 Then they began asking 719  him, “Who is your father?” Jesus answered, “You do not know either me or my Father. If you knew me you would know my Father too.” 720  8:20 (Jesus 721  spoke these words near the offering box 722  while he was teaching in the temple courts. 723  No one seized him because his time 724  had not yet come.) 725 

Where Jesus Came From and Where He is Going

8:21 Then Jesus 726  said to them again, 727 I am going away, and you will look for me 728  but will die in your sin. 729  Where I am going you cannot come.” 8:22 So the Jewish leaders 730  began to say, 731 Perhaps he is going to kill himself, because he says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 8:23 Jesus replied, 732 You people 733  are from below; I am from above. You people are from this world; I am not from this world. 8:24 Thus I told you 734  that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, 735  you will die in your sins.”

8:25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus replied, 736 What I have told you from the beginning. 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge 737  about you, but the Father 738  who sent me is truthful, 739  and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world.” 740  8:27 (They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.) 741 

8:28 Then Jesus said, 742 When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, 743  and I do nothing on my own initiative, 744  but I speak just what the Father taught me. 745  8:29 And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, 746  because I always do those things that please him.” 8:30 While he was saying these things, many people 747  believed in him.

Abraham’s Children and the Devil’s Children

8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans 748  who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, 749  you are really 750  my disciples 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 751  8:33 We are descendants 752  of Abraham,” they replied, 753 and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, 754 You will become free? 8:34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 755  everyone who practices 756  sin is a slave 757  of sin. 8:35 The slave does not remain in the family 758  forever, but the son remains forever. 759  8:36 So if the son 760  sets you free, you will be really free. 8:37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. 761  But you want 762  to kill me, because my teaching 763  makes no progress among you. 764  8:38 I am telling you the things I have seen while with the 765  Father; 766  as for you, 767  practice the things you have heard from the 768  Father!

8:39 They answered him, 769 Abraham is our father!” 770  Jesus replied, 771 If you are 772  Abraham’s children, you would be doing 773  the deeds of Abraham. 8:40 But now you are trying 774  to kill me, a man who has told you 775  the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! 776  8:41 You people 777  are doing the deeds of your father.”

Then 778  they said to Jesus, 779 We were not born as a result of immorality! 780  We have only one Father, God himself.” 8:42 Jesus replied, 781 If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come from God and am now here. 782  I 783  have not come on my own initiative, 784  but he 785  sent me. 8:43 Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept 786  my teaching. 787  8:44 You people 788  are from 789  your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. 790  He 791  was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, 792  because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, 793  he speaks according to his own nature, 794  because he is a liar and the father of lies. 795  8:45 But because I am telling you 796  the truth, you do not believe me. 8:46 Who among you can prove me guilty 797  of any sin? 798  If I am telling you 799  the truth, why don’t you believe me? 8:47 The one who belongs to 800  God listens and responds 801  to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, 802  because you don’t belong to God.” 803 

8:48 The Judeans 804  replied, 805 Aren’t we correct in saying 806  that you are a Samaritan and are possessed by a demon? 807  8:49 Jesus answered, “I am not possessed by a demon, 808  but I honor my Father – and yet 809  you dishonor me. 8:50 I am not trying to get 810  praise for myself. 811  There is one who demands 812  it, and he also judges. 813  8:51 I tell you the solemn truth, 814  if anyone obeys 815  my teaching, 816  he will never see death.” 817 

8:52 Then 818  the Judeans 819  responded, 820 Now we know you’re possessed by a demon! 821  Both Abraham and the prophets died, and yet 822  you say, ‘If anyone obeys 823  my teaching, 824  he will never experience 825  death.’ 826  8:53 You aren’t greater than our father Abraham who died, are you? 827  And the prophets died too! Who do you claim to be? 8:54 Jesus replied, 828 If I glorify myself, my glory is worthless. 829  The one who glorifies me is my Father, about whom you people 830  say, ‘He is our God.’ 8:55 Yet 831  you do not know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, 832  I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I obey 833  his teaching. 834  8:56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed 835  to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.” 836 

8:57 Then the Judeans 837  replied, 838 You are not yet fifty years old! 839  Have 840  you seen Abraham? 8:58 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 841  before Abraham came into existence, 842  I am! 843  8:59 Then they picked up 844  stones to throw at him, 845  but Jesus hid himself and went out from the temple area. 846 

Healing a Man Born Blind

9:1 Now as Jesus was passing by, 847  he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 9:2 His disciples asked him, 848 Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man 849  or his parents? 850  9:3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man 851  nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that 852  the acts 853  of God may be revealed 854  through what happens to him. 855  9:4 We must perform the deeds 856  of the one who sent me 857  as long as 858  it is daytime. Night is coming when no one can work. 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 859  9:6 Having said this, 860  he spat on the ground and made some mud 861  with the saliva. He 862  smeared the mud on the blind man’s 863  eyes 9:7 and said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam 864  (which is translated “sent). 865  So the blind man 866  went away and washed, and came back seeing.

9:8 Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously 867  as a beggar began saying, 868 Is this not the man 869  who used to sit and beg? 9:9 Some people said, 870 This is the man!” 871  while others said, “No, but he looks like him.” 872  The man himself 873  kept insisting, “I am the one! 874  9:10 So they asked him, 875 How then were you made to see? 876  9:11 He replied, 877 The man called Jesus made mud, 878  smeared it 879  on my eyes and told me, 880 Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and was able to see.” 881  9:12 They said 882  to him, “Where is that man?” 883  He replied, 884 I don’t know.”

The Pharisees’ Reaction to the Healing

9:13 They brought the man who used to be blind 885  to the Pharisees. 886  9:14 (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud 887  and caused him to see 888  was a Sabbath.) 889  9:15 So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. 890  He replied, 891 He put mud 892  on my eyes and I washed, and now 893  I am able to see.”

9:16 Then some of the Pharisees began to say, 894 This man is not from God, because he does not observe 895  the Sabbath.” 896  But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform 897  such miraculous signs?” Thus there was a division 898  among them. 9:17 So again they asked the man who used to be blind, 899 What do you say about him, since he caused you to see?” 900  “He is a prophet,” the man replied. 901 

9:18 Now the Jewish religious leaders 902  refused to believe 903  that he had really been blind and had gained his sight until at last they summoned 904  the parents of the man who had become able to see. 905  9:19 They asked the parents, 906 Is this your son, whom you say 907  was born blind? Then how does he now see? 9:20 So his parents replied, 908 We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 9:21 But we do not know how he is now able to see, nor do we know who caused him to see. 909  Ask him, he is a mature adult. 910  He will speak for himself.” 9:22 (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. 911  For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus 912  to be the Christ 913  would be put out 914  of the synagogue. 915  9:23 For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, 916  ask him.”) 917 

9:24 Then they summoned 918  the man who used to be blind 919  a second time and said to him, “Promise before God to tell the truth. 920  We know that this man 921  is a sinner.” 9:25 He replied, 922 I do not know whether he is a sinner. I do know one thing – that although I was blind, now I can see.” 9:26 Then they said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he cause you to see? 923  9:27 He answered, 924 I told you already and you didn’t listen. 925  Why do you want to hear it 926  again? You people 927  don’t want to become his disciples too, do you?

9:28 They 928  heaped insults 929  on him, saying, 930 You are his disciple! 931  We are disciples of Moses! 9:29 We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man 932  comes from! 9:30 The man replied, 933 This is a remarkable thing, 934  that you don’t know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see! 935  9:31 We know that God doesn’t listen to 936  sinners, but if anyone is devout 937  and does his will, God 938  listens to 939  him. 940  9:32 Never before 941  has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see. 942  9:33 If this man 943  were not from God, he could do nothing.” 9:34 They replied, 944 You were born completely in sinfulness, 945  and yet you presume to teach us?” 946  So they threw him out.

The Man’s Response to Jesus

9:35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, so he found the man 947  and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man? 948  9:36 The man 949  replied, 950 And who is he, sir, that 951  I may believe in him? 9:37 Jesus told him, “You have seen him; he 952  is the one speaking with you.” 953  9:38 [He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 954  9:39 Jesus 955  said,] 956  “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, 957  and the ones who see may become blind.”

9:40 Some of the Pharisees 958  who were with him heard this 959  and asked him, 960 We are not blind too, are we? 961  9:41 Jesus replied, 962 If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, 963  but now because you claim that you can see, 964  your guilt 965  remains.” 966 

Jesus as the Good Shepherd

10:1I tell you the solemn truth, 967  the one who does not enter the sheepfold 968  by the door, 969  but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 10:2 The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 10:3 The doorkeeper 970  opens the door 971  for him, 972  and the sheep hear his voice. He 973  calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 974  10:4 When he has brought all his own sheep 975  out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize 976  his voice. 10:5 They will never follow a stranger, 977  but will run away from him, because they do not recognize 978  the stranger’s voice.” 979  10:6 Jesus told them this parable, 980  but they 981  did not understand 982  what he was saying to them.

10:7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, 983  I am the door for the sheep. 984  10:8 All who came before me were 985  thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 986  10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, 987  and find pasture. 988  10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill 989  and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 990 

10:11I am the good 991  shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life 992  for the sheep. 10:12 The hired hand, 993  who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons 994  the sheep and runs away. 995  So the wolf attacks 996  the sheep and scatters them. 10:13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, 997  he runs away. 998 

10:14I am the good shepherd. I 999  know my own 1000  and my own know me 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life 1001  for 1002  the sheep. 10:16 I have 1003  other sheep that do not come from 1004  this sheepfold. 1005  I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, 1006  so that 1007  there will be one flock and 1008  one shepherd. 10:17 This is why the Father loves me 1009 because I lay down my life, 1010  so that I may take it back again. 10:18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down 1011  of my own free will. 1012  I have the authority 1013  to lay it down, and I have the authority 1014  to take it back again. This commandment 1015  I received from my Father.”

10:19 Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people 1016  because of these words. 10:20 Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind! 1017  Why do you listen to him? 10:21 Others said, “These are not the words 1018  of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, 1019  can it? 1020 

Jesus at the Feast of Dedication

10:22 Then came the feast of the Dedication 1021  in Jerusalem. 1022  10:23 It was winter, 1023  and Jesus was walking in the temple area 1024  in Solomon’s Portico. 1025  10:24 The Jewish leaders 1026  surrounded him and asked, 1027 How long will you keep us in suspense? 1028  If you are the Christ, 1029  tell us plainly.” 1030  10:25 Jesus replied, 1031 I told you and you do not believe. The deeds 1032  I do in my Father’s name testify about me. 10:26 But you refuse to believe because you are not my sheep. 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 10:28 I give 1033  them eternal life, and they will never perish; 1034  no one will snatch 1035  them from my hand. 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, 1036  and no one can snatch 1037  them from my Father’s hand. 10:30 The Father and I 1038  are one.” 1039 

10:31 The Jewish leaders 1040  picked up rocks again to stone him to death. 10:32 Jesus said to them, 1041 I have shown you many good deeds 1042  from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me? 10:33 The Jewish leaders 1043  replied, 1044 We are not going to stone you for a good deed 1045  but for blasphemy, 1046  because 1047  you, a man, are claiming to be God.” 1048 

10:34 Jesus answered, 1049 Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods? 1050  10:35 If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods(and the scripture cannot be broken), 1051  10:36 do you say about the one whom the Father set apart 1052  and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God? 10:37 If I do not perform 1053  the deeds 1054  of my Father, do not believe me. 10:38 But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds, 1055  so that you may come to know 1056  and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” 10:39 Then 1057  they attempted 1058  again to seize him, but he escaped their clutches. 1059 

10:40 Jesus 1060  went back across the Jordan River 1061  again to the place where John 1062  had been baptizing at an earlier time, 1063  and he stayed there. 10:41 Many 1064  came to him and began to say, “John 1065  performed 1066  no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man 1067  was true! 10:42 And many believed in Jesus 1068  there.

The Death of Lazarus

11:1 Now a certain man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived. 1069  11:2 (Now it was Mary who anointed the Lord with perfumed oil 1070  and wiped his feet dry with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 1071  11:3 So the sisters sent a message 1072  to Jesus, 1073 Lord, look, the one you love is sick.” 11:4 When Jesus heard this, he said, “This sickness will not lead to death, 1074  but to God’s glory, 1075  so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 1076  11:5 (Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.) 1077 

11:6 So when he heard that Lazarus 1078  was sick, he remained in the place where he was for two more days. 11:7 Then after this, he said to his disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 1079  11:8 The disciples replied, 1080 Rabbi, the Jewish leaders 1081  were just now trying 1082  to stone you to death! Are 1083  you going there again? 11:9 Jesus replied, 1084 Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks around in the daytime, he does not stumble, 1085  because he sees the light of this world. 1086  11:10 But if anyone walks around at night, 1087  he stumbles, 1088  because the light is not in him.”

11:11 After he said this, he added, 1089 Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. 1090  But I am going there to awaken him.” 11:12 Then the disciples replied, 1091 Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 11:13 (Now Jesus had been talking about 1092  his death, but they 1093  thought he had been talking about real sleep.) 1094 

11:14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 11:15 and I am glad 1095  for your sake that I was not there, so that you may believe. 1096  But let us go to him.” 11:16 So Thomas (called Didymus 1097 ) 1098  said to his fellow disciples, “Let us go too, so that we may die with him.” 1099 

Speaking with Martha and Mary

11:17 When 1100  Jesus arrived, 1101  he found that Lazarus 1102  had been in the tomb four days already. 1103  11:18 (Now Bethany was less than two miles 1104  from Jerusalem, 1105  11:19 so many of the Jewish people of the region 1106  had come to Martha and Mary to console them 1107  over the loss of their brother.) 1108  11:20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 1109  11:21 Martha 1110  said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 11:22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will grant 1111  you.” 1112 

11:23 Jesus replied, 1113 Your brother will come back to life again.” 1114  11:24 Martha said, 1115 I know that he will come back to life again 1116  in the resurrection at the last day.” 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live 1117  even if he dies, 11:26 and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. 1118  Do you believe this? 11:27 She replied, 1119 Yes, Lord, I believe 1120  that you are the Christ, 1121  the Son of God who comes into the world.” 1122 

11:28 And when she had said this, Martha 1123  went and called her sister Mary, saying privately, 1124 The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” 1125  11:29 So when Mary 1126  heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 11:30 (Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still in the place where Martha had come out to meet him.) 11:31 Then the people 1127  who were with Mary 1128  in the house consoling her saw her 1129  get up quickly and go out. They followed her, because they thought she was going to the tomb to weep 1130  there.

11:32 Now when Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 11:33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the people 1131  who had come with her weeping, he was intensely moved 1132  in spirit and greatly distressed. 1133  11:34 He asked, 1134 Where have you laid him?” 1135  They replied, 1136 Lord, come and see.” 11:35 Jesus wept. 1137  11:36 Thus the people who had come to mourn 1138  said, “Look how much he loved him! 11:37 But some of them said, “This is the man who caused the blind man to see! 1139  Couldn’t he have done something to keep Lazarus 1140  from dying?

Lazarus Raised from the Dead

11:38 Jesus, intensely moved 1141  again, came to the tomb. (Now it was a cave, and a stone was placed across it.) 1142  11:39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” 1143  Martha, the sister of the deceased, 1144  replied, “Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, 1145  because he has been buried 1146  four days.” 1147  11:40 Jesus responded, 1148 Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God? 11:41 So they took away 1149  the stone. Jesus looked upward 1150  and said, “Father, I thank you that you have listened to me. 1151  11:42 I knew that you always listen to me, 1152  but I said this 1153  for the sake of the crowd standing around here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 11:43 When 1154  he had said this, he shouted in a loud voice, 1155 Lazarus, come out! 11:44 The one who had died came out, his feet and hands tied up with strips of cloth, 1156  and a cloth wrapped around his face. 1157  Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him 1158  and let him go.”

The Response of the Jewish Leaders

11:45 Then many of the people, 1159  who had come with Mary and had seen the things Jesus 1160  did, believed in him. 11:46 But some of them went to the Pharisees 1161  and reported to them 1162  what Jesus had done. 11:47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees 1163  called the council 1164  together and said, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many miraculous signs. 11:48 If we allow him to go on in this way, 1165  everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary 1166  and our nation.”

11:49 Then one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, 1167 You know nothing at all! 11:50 You do not realize 1168  that it is more to your advantage to have one man 1169  die for the people than for the whole nation to perish.” 1170  11:51 (Now he did not say this on his own, 1171  but because he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish nation, 1172  11:52 and not for the Jewish nation 1173  only, 1174  but to gather together 1175  into one the children of God who are scattered.) 1176  11:53 So from that day they planned together to kill him.

11:54 Thus Jesus no longer went 1177  around publicly 1178  among the Judeans, 1179  but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, 1180  and stayed there with his disciples. 11:55 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 1181  was near, and many people went up to Jerusalem 1182  from the rural areas before the Passover to cleanse themselves ritually. 1183  11:56 Thus they were looking for Jesus, 1184  and saying to one another as they stood in the temple courts, 1185 What do you think? That he won’t come to the feast? 11:57 (Now the chief priests and the Pharisees 1186  had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus 1187  was should report it, so that they could arrest 1188  him.) 1189 

Jesus’ Anointing

12:1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom he 1190  had raised from the dead. 12:2 So they prepared a dinner for Jesus 1191  there. Martha 1192  was serving, and Lazarus was among those present at the table 1193  with him. 12:3 Then Mary took three quarters of a pound 1194  of expensive aromatic oil from pure nard 1195  and anointed the feet of Jesus. She 1196  then wiped his feet dry with her hair. (Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfumed oil.) 1197  12:4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was going to betray him) 1198  said, 12:5 Why wasn’t this oil sold for three hundred silver coins 1199  and the money 1200  given to the poor? 12:6 (Now Judas 1201  said this not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money box, 1202  he used to steal what was put into it.) 1203  12:7 So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She has kept it for the day of my burial. 1204  12:8 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me! 1205 

12:9 Now a large crowd of Judeans 1206  learned 1207  that Jesus 1208  was there, and so they came not only because of him 1209  but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. 12:10 So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, 1210  12:11 for on account of him many of the Jewish people from Jerusalem 1211  were going away and believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

12:12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 1212  12:13 So they took branches of palm trees 1213  and went out to meet him. They began to shout, 1214 Hosanna! 1215  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 1216  Blessed is 1217  the king of Israel! 12:14 Jesus found a young donkey 1218  and sat on it, just as it is written, 12:15 Do not be afraid, people of Zion; 1219  look, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt! 1220  12:16 (His disciples did not understand these things when they first happened, 1221  but when Jesus was glorified, 1222  then they remembered that these things were written about him and that these things had happened 1223  to him.) 1224 

12:17 So the crowd who had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead were continuing to testify about it. 1225  12:18 Because they had heard that Jesus 1226  had performed this miraculous sign, the crowd went out to meet him. 12:19 Thus the Pharisees 1227  said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing. Look, the world has run off after him!


12:20 Now some Greeks 1228  were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast. 12:21 So these approached Philip, 1229  who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested, 1230 Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” 12:22 Philip went and told Andrew, and they both 1231  went and told Jesus. 12:23 Jesus replied, 1232 The time 1233  has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 1234  12:24 I tell you the solemn truth, 1235  unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone. 1236  But if it dies, it produces 1237  much grain. 1238  12:25 The one who loves his life 1239  destroys 1240  it, and the one who hates his life in this world guards 1241  it for eternal life. 12:26 If anyone wants to serve me, he must follow 1242  me, and where I am, my servant will be too. 1243  If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

12:27Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me 1244  from this hour? 1245  No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour. 1246  12:28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, 1247 I have glorified it, 1248  and I will glorify it 1249  again.” 12:29 The crowd that stood there and heard the voice 1250  said that it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to him. 1251  12:30 Jesus said, 1252 This voice has not come for my benefit 1253  but for yours. 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world 1254  will be driven out. 1255  12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people 1256  to myself.” 12:33 (Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.) 1257 

12:34 Then the crowd responded, 1258 We have heard from the law that the Christ 1259  will remain forever. 1260  How 1261  can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man? 12:35 Jesus replied, 1262 The light is with you for a little while longer. 1263  Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. 1264  The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 12:36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light.” 1265  When Jesus had said these things, he went away and hid himself from them.

The Outcome of Jesus’ Public Ministry Foretold

12:37 Although Jesus 1266  had performed 1267  so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe in him, 12:38 so that the word 1268  of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled. He said, 1269 Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord 1270  been revealed? 1271  12:39 For this reason they could not believe, 1272  because again Isaiah said,

12:40He has blinded their eyes

and hardened their heart, 1273 

so that they would not see with their eyes

and understand with their heart, 1274 

and turn to me, 1275  and I would heal them.” 1276 

12:41 Isaiah said these things because he saw Christ’s 1277  glory, and spoke about him.

12:42 Nevertheless, even among the rulers 1278  many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees 1279  they would not confess Jesus to be the Christ, 1280  so that they would not be put out of 1281  the synagogue. 1282  12:43 For they loved praise 1283  from men more than praise 1284  from God.

Jesus’ Final Public Words

12:44 But Jesus shouted out, 1285 The one who believes in me does not believe in me, but in the one who sent me, 1286  12:45 and the one who sees me sees the one who sent me. 1287  12:46 I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness. 12:47 If anyone 1288  hears my words and does not obey them, 1289  I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 1290  12:48 The one who rejects me and does not accept 1291  my words has a judge; 1292  the word 1293  I have spoken will judge him at the last day. 12:49 For I have not spoken from my own authority, 1294  but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me 1295  what I should say and what I should speak. 12:50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. 1296  Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told me.” 1297 

Washing the Disciples’ Feet

13:1 Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time 1298  had come to depart 1299  from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end. 1300  13:2 The evening meal 1301  was in progress, and the devil had already put into the heart 1302  of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, that he should betray 1303  Jesus. 1304  13:3 Because Jesus 1305  knew that the Father had handed all things over to him, 1306  and that he had come from God and was going back to God,

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