Bible: John 1-11

The Prologue to the Gospel

1:1 In the beginning 1  was the Word, and the Word was with God, 2  and the Word was fully God. 3  1:2 The Word 4  was with God in the beginning. 1:3 All things were created 5  by him, and apart from him not one thing was created 6  that has been created. 7  1:4 In him was life, 8  and the life was the light of mankind. 9  1:5 And the light shines on 10  in the darkness, 11  but 12  the darkness has not mastered it. 13 

1:6 A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. 14  1:7 He came as a witness 15  to testify 16  about the light, so that everyone 17  might believe through him. 1:8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify 18  about the light. 1:9 The true light, who gives light to everyone, 19  was coming into the world. 20  1:10 He was in the world, and the world was created 21  by him, but 22  the world did not recognize 23  him. 1:11 He came to what was his own, 24  but 25  his own people 26  did not receive him. 27  1:12 But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name 28 he has given the right to become God’s children 1:13 – children not born 29  by human parents 30  or by human desire 31  or a husband’s 32  decision, 33  but by God.

1:14 Now 34  the Word became flesh 35  and took up residence 36  among us. We 37  saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, 38  full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. 1:15 John 39  testified 40  about him and shouted out, 41 This one was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, 42  because he existed before me.’ 1:16 For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. 43  1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but 44  grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. 1:18 No one has ever seen God. The only one, 45  himself God, who is in closest fellowship with 46  the Father, has made God 47  known. 48 

The Testimony of John the Baptist

1:19 Now 49  this was 50  John’s 51  testimony 52  when the Jewish leaders 53  sent 54  priests and Levites from Jerusalem 55  to ask him, “Who are you? 56  1:20 He confessed – he did not deny but confessed – “I am not the Christ! 57  1:21 So they asked him, “Then who are you? 58  Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” 59  “Are you the Prophet?” 60  He answered, “No! 1:22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us 61  so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?

1:23 John 62  said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight 63  the way for the Lord,’ 64  as Isaiah the prophet said.” 1:24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 65 ) 66  1:25 So they asked John, 67 Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, 68  nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?

1:26 John answered them, 69 I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize, 70  1:27 who is coming after me. I am not worthy 71  to untie the strap 72  of his sandal! 1:28 These things happened in Bethany 73  across the Jordan River 74  where John was baptizing.

1:29 On the next day John 75  saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God 76  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, 77  because he existed before me.’ 1:31 I did not recognize 78  him, but I came baptizing with water so that he could be revealed to Israel.” 79 

1:32 Then 80  John testified, 81 I saw the Spirit descending like a dove 82  from heaven, 83  and it remained on him. 84  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.” 85 

1:35 Again the next day John 86  was standing there 87  with two of his disciples. 1:36 Gazing at Jesus as he walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God! 88  1:37 When John’s 89  two disciples heard him say this, 90  they followed Jesus. 91  1:38 Jesus turned around and saw them following and said to them, “What do you want?” 92  So they said to him, “Rabbi(which is translated Teacher), 93  “where are you staying? 1:39 Jesus 94  answered, 95 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. 96 

Andrew’s Declaration

1:40 Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said 97  and followed Jesus. 98  1:41 He first 99  found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” 100  (which is translated Christ). 101  1:42 Andrew brought Simon 102  to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. 103  You will be called Cephas(which is translated Peter). 104 

The Calling of More Disciples

1:43 On the next day Jesus 105  wanted to set out for Galilee. 106  He 107  found Philip and said 108  to him, “Follow me.” 1:44 (Now Philip was from Bethsaida, 109  the town of 110  Andrew and Peter.) 1:45 Philip found Nathanael 111  and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also 112  wrote about – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 1:46 Nathanael 113  replied, 114 Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” 115  Philip replied, 116 Come and see.”

1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and exclaimed, 117 Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit! 118  1:48 Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied, 119 Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, 120  I saw you.” 1:49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king 121  of Israel! 122  1:50 Jesus said to him, 123 Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 124  1:51 He continued, 125 I tell all of you the solemn truth 126 you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” 127 

Turning Water into Wine

2:1 Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana 128  in Galilee. 129  Jesusmother 130  was there, 2:2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. 131  2:3 When the wine ran out, Jesusmother said to him, “They have no wine left.” 132  2:4 Jesus replied, 133 Woman, 134  why are you saying this to me? 135  My time 136  has not yet come.” 2:5 His mother told the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 137 

2:6 Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, 138  each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 139  2:7 Jesus told the servants, 140 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,” 141  and they did. 2:9 When 142  the head steward tasted the water that had been turned to wine, not knowing where it came from 143  (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), he 144  called the bridegroom 2:10 and said to him, “Everyone 145  serves the good wine first, and then the cheaper 146  wine when the guests 147  are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now! 2:11 Jesus did this as the first of his miraculous signs, 148  in Cana 149  of Galilee. In this way he revealed 150  his glory, and his disciples believed in him. 151 

Cleansing the Temple

2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum 152  with his mother and brothers 153  and his disciples, and they stayed there a few days. 2:13 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 154  was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 155 

2:14 156 

He found in the temple courts 157  those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables. 158  2:15 So he made a whip of cords 159  and drove them all out of the temple courts, 160  with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers 161  and overturned their tables. 2:16 To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make 162  my Father’s house a marketplace! 163  2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal 164  for your house will devour me.” 165 

2:18 So then the Jewish leaders 166  responded, 167 What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things? 168  2:19 Jesus replied, 169 Destroy 170  this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” 2:20 Then the Jewish leaders 171  said to him, “This temple has been under construction 172  for forty-six years, 173  and are you going to raise it up in three days? 2:21 But Jesus 174  was speaking about the temple of his body. 175  2:22 So after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture 176  and the saying 177  that Jesus had spoken.

Jesus at the Passover Feast

2:23 Now while Jesus 178  was in Jerusalem 179  at the feast of the Passover, many people believed in his name because they saw the miraculous signs he was doing. 180  2:24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people. 181  2:25 He did not need anyone to testify about man, 182  for he knew what was in man. 183 

Conversation with Nicodemus

3:1 Now a certain man, a Pharisee 184  named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council, 185  3:2 came to Jesus 186  at night 187  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 188  that you do unless God is with him.” 3:3 Jesus replied, 189 I tell you the solemn truth, 190  unless a person is born from above, 191  he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 192  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? 193 

3:5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, 194  unless a person is born of water and spirit, 195  he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 3:6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, 196  and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 3:7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all 197  be born from above.’ 198  3:8 The wind 199  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.” 200 

3:9 Nicodemus replied, 201 How can these things be? 202  3:10 Jesus answered, 203 Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? 204  3:11 I tell you the solemn truth, 205  we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but 206  you people 207  do not accept our testimony. 208  3:12 If I have told you people 209  about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 210  3:13 No one 211  has ascended 212  into heaven except the one who descended from heaven – the Son of Man. 213  3:14 Just as 214  Moses lifted up the serpent 215  in the wilderness, 216  so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 217  3:15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 218 

3:16 For this is the way 219  God loved the world: He gave his one and only 220  Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish 221  but have eternal life. 222  3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, 223  but that the world should be saved through him. 3:18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. 224  The one who does not believe has been condemned 225  already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only 226  Son of God. 3:19 Now this is the basis for judging: 227  that the light has come into the world and people 228  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. 229 

Further Testimony About Jesus by John the Baptist

3:22 After this, 230  Jesus and his disciples came into Judean territory, and there he spent time with them and was baptizing. 3:23 John 231  was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, 232  because water was plentiful there, and people were coming 233  to him 234  and being baptized. 3:24 (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.) 235 

3:25 Now a dispute came about between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew 236  concerning ceremonial washing. 237  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, 238  about whom you testified – see, he is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to him!

3:27 John replied, 239 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,’ 240  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 241  when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete. 242  3:30 He must become more important while I become less important.” 243 

3:31 The one who comes from above is superior to all. 244  The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. 245  The one who comes from heaven 246  is superior to all. 247  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. 248  3:34 For the one whom God has sent 249  speaks the words of God, for he does not give the Spirit sparingly. 250  3:35 The Father loves the Son and has placed all things under his authority. 251  3:36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects 252  the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath 253  remains 254  on him.

Departure From Judea

4:1 Now when Jesus 255  knew that the Pharisees 256  had heard that he 257  was winning 258  and baptizing more disciples than John 4:2 (although Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples were), 259  4:3 he left Judea and set out once more for Galilee. 260 

Conversation With a Samaritan Woman

4:4 But he had 261  to pass through Samaria. 262  4:5 Now he came to a Samaritan town 263  called Sychar, 264  near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 265  4:6 Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since he was tired from the journey, sat right down beside 266  the well. It was about noon. 267 

4:7 A Samaritan woman 268  came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water 269  to drink.” 4:8 (For his disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies. 270 ) 271  4:9 So the Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you – a Jew 272 ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water 273  to drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common 274  with Samaritans.) 275 

4:10 Jesus answered 276  her, “If you had known 277  the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give me some water 278  to drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 279  4:11 Sir,” 280  the woman 281  said to him, “you have no bucket and the well 282  is deep; where then do you get this 283  living water? 284  4:12 Surely you’re not greater than our ancestor 285  Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.” 286 

4:13 Jesus replied, 287 Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty 288  again. 4:14 But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, 289  but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain 290  of water springing up 291  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 292  water.” 293  4:16 He 294  said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” 295  4:17 The woman replied, 296 I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “Right you are when you said, 297 I have no husband,’ 298  4:18 for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with 299  now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!

4:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see 300  that you are a prophet. 4:20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, 301  and you people 302  say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 303  4:21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, 304  a time 305  is coming when you will worship 306  the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 4:22 You people 307  worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. 308  4:23 But a time 309  is coming – and now is here 310  – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks 311  such people to be 312  his worshipers. 313  4:24 God is spirit, 314  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); 315  “whenever he 316  comes, he will tell 317  us everything.” 318  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. 319  They were shocked 320  because he was speaking 321  with a woman. However, no one said, “What do you want?” 322  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, 323  4:29 Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Surely he can’t be the Messiah, 324  can he? 325  4:30 So 326  they left the town and began coming 327  to him.

Workers for the Harvest

4:31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, 328 Rabbi, eat something.” 329  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 330  to one another, “No one brought him anything 331  to eat, did they? 332  4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me 333  and to complete 334  his work. 335  4:35 Don’t you say, 336 There are four more months and then comes the harvest?’ I tell you, look up 337  and see that the fields are already white 338  for harvest! 4:36 The one who reaps receives pay 339  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, 340 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, 341 He told me everything I ever did.” 4:40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they began asking 342  him to stay with them. 343  He stayed there two days, 4:41 and because of his word many more 344  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 345  really is the Savior of the world.” 346 

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.) 347  4:45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen all the things he had done in Jerusalem 348  at the feast 349  (for they themselves had gone to the feast). 350 

Healing the Royal Official’s Son

4:46 Now he came again to Cana 351  in Galilee where he had made the water wine. 352  In 353  Capernaum 354  there was a certain royal official 355  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 356  to come down and heal his son, who was about to die. 4:48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people 357  see signs and wonders you will never believe! 358  4:49 Sir,” the official said to him, “come down before my child dies.” 4:50 Jesus told him, “Go home; 359  your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and set off for home. 360 

4:51 While he was on his way down, 361  his slaves 362  met him and told him that his son was going to live. 4:52 So he asked them the time 363  when his condition began to improve, 364  and 365  they told him, “Yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon 366  the fever left him.” 4:53 Then the father realized that it was the very time 367  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 368  when he returned from Judea to Galilee.

Healing a Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda

5:1 After this 369  there was a Jewish feast, 370  and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 371  5:2 Now there is 372  in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate 373  a pool called Bethzatha 374  in Aramaic, 375  which has five covered walkways. 376  5:3 A great number of sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed people were lying in these walkways. 5:4 [[EMPTY]] 377  5:5 Now a man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. 378  5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and when he realized 379  that the man 380  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, 381  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, 382  someone else 383  goes down there 384  before me.” 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your mat 385  and walk.” 5:9 Immediately the man was healed, 386  and he picked up his mat 387  and started walking. (Now that day was a Sabbath.) 388 

5:10 So the Jewish leaders 389  said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and you are not permitted to carry your mat.” 390  5:11 But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat 391  and walk.’ 5:12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your mat 392  and walk? 393  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, 394  lest anything worse happen to you.” 5:15 The man went away and informed the Jewish leaders 395  that Jesus was the one who had made him well.

Responding to Jewish Leaders

5:16 Now because Jesus was doing these things 396  on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders 397  began persecuting 398  him. 5:17 So he 399  told 400  them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working.” 401  5:18 For this reason the Jewish leaders 402  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, 403 I tell you the solemn truth, 404  the Son can do nothing on his own initiative, 405  but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father 406  does, the Son does likewise. 407  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, 408  so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. 409  5:22 Furthermore, the Father does not judge 410  anyone, but has assigned 411  all judgment to the Son, 5:23 so that all people 412  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, 413  the one who hears 414  my message 415  and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, 416  but has crossed over from death to life. 5:25 I tell you the solemn truth, 417  a time 418  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 419  authority to execute judgment, 420  because he is the Son of Man.

5:28Do not be amazed at this, because a time 421  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. 422  5:30 I can do nothing on my own initiative. 423  Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, 424  because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the one who sent me. 425 

More Testimony About Jesus

5:31If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 5:32 There is another 426  who testifies about me, and I know the testimony he testifies about me is true. 5:33 You have sent to John, 427  and he has testified to the truth. 5:34 (I do not accept 428  human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved.) 5:35 He was a lamp that was burning and shining, 429  and you wanted to rejoice greatly for a short time 430  in his light.

5:36But I have a testimony greater than that from John. For the deeds 431  that the Father has assigned me to complete – the deeds 432  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 433  have never heard his voice nor seen his form at any time, 434  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 435  because you think in them you possess eternal life, 436  and it is these same scriptures 437  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 438  praise 439  from people, 440  5:42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God 441  within you. 5:43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept 442  me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept 443  him. 5:44 How can you believe, if you accept praise 444  from one another and don’t seek the praise 445  that comes from the only God? 446 

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. 447  5:46 If 448  you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. 5:47 But if you do not believe what Moses 449  wrote, how will you believe my words?

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

6:1 After this 450  Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (also called the Sea of Tiberias). 451  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 452  and sat down there with his disciples. 6:4 (Now the Jewish feast of the Passover 453  was near.) 454  6:5 Then Jesus, when he looked up 455  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 456  said this to test him, for he knew what he was going to do.) 457  6:7 Philip replied, 458 Two hundred silver coins worth 459  of bread would not be enough for them, for each one to get a little.” 6:8 One of Jesusdisciples, 460  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 461  are these for so many people?

6:10 Jesus said, “Have 462  the people sit down.” (Now there was a lot of grass in that place.) 463  So the men 464  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, 465  as much as they wanted. 6:12 When they were all satisfied, Jesus 466  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 467  left over by the people who had eaten.

6:14 Now when the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus 468  performed, they began to say to one another, “This is certainly the Prophet 469  who is to come into the world.” 470  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. 471 

Walking on Water

6:16 Now when evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 472  6:17 got into a boat, and started to cross the lake 473  to Capernaum. 474  (It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.) 475  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, 476  they caught sight of Jesus walking on the lake, 477  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 478  realized that only one small boat 479  had been there, and that Jesus had not boarded 480  it with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 6:23 But some boats from Tiberias 481  came to shore 482  near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 483  6:24 So when the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats 484  and came to Capernaum 485  looking for Jesus.

Jesus’ Discourse About the Bread of Life

6:25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, 486  they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here? 487  6:26 Jesus replied, 488 I tell you the solemn truth, 489  you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. 490  6:27 Do not work for the food that disappears, 491  but for the food that remains to eternal life – the food 492  which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him.” 493 

6:28 So then they said to him, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds 494  God requires? 495  6:29 Jesus replied, 496 This is the deed 497  God requires 498  – to believe in the one whom he 499  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 500  ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ 501 

6:32 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 502  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 503  comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 6:34 So they said to him, “Sir, 504  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. 505  6:36 But I told you 506  that you have seen me 507  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. 508  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 509  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 510  at the last day.” 511 

6:41 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 512  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, 513 Do not complain about me to one another. 514  6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, 515  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.’ 516  Everyone who hears and learns from the Father 517  comes to me. 6:46 (Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God – he 518  has seen the Father.) 519  6:47 I tell you the solemn truth, 520  the one who believes 521  has eternal life. 522  6:48 I am the bread of life. 523  6:49 Your ancestors 524  ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 6:50 This 525  is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person 526  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 527  that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

6:52 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 528  began to argue with one another, 529 How can this man 530  give us his flesh to eat? 6:53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 531  unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, 532  you have no life 533  in yourselves. 6:54 The one who eats 534  my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 535  6:55 For my flesh is true 536  food, and my blood is true 537  drink. 6:56 The one who eats 538  my flesh and drinks my blood resides in me, and I in him. 539  6:57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes 540  me will live because of me. 6:58 This 541  is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the bread your ancestors 542  ate, but then later died. 543  The one who eats 544  this bread will live forever.”

Many Followers Depart

6:59 Jesus 545  said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue 546  in Capernaum. 547  6:60 Then many of his disciples, when they heard these things, 548  said, “This is a difficult 549  saying! 550  Who can understand it? 551  6:61 When Jesus was aware 552  that his disciples were complaining 553  about this, he said to them, “Does this cause you to be offended? 554  6:62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascending where he was before? 555  6:63 The Spirit is the one who gives life; human nature is of no help! 556  The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 557  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.) 558  6:65 So Jesus added, 559 Because of this I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has allowed him to come.” 560 

Peter’s Confession

6:66 After this many of his disciples quit following him 561  and did not accompany him 562  any longer. 6:67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you? 563  6:68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. 6:69 We 564  have come to believe and to know 565  that you are the Holy One of God! 566  6:70 Jesus replied, 567 Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is the devil? 568  6:71 (Now he said this about Judas son of Simon Iscariot, 569  for Judas, 570  one of the twelve, was going to betray him.) 571 

The Feast of Tabernacles

7:1 After this 572  Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. 573  He 574  stayed out of Judea 575  because the Jewish leaders 576  wanted 577  to kill him. 7:2 Now the Jewish feast of Tabernacles 578  was near. 579  7:3 So Jesusbrothers 580  advised him, “Leave here and go to Judea so your disciples may see your miracles that you are performing. 581  7:4 For no one who seeks to make a reputation for himself 582  does anything in secret. 583  If you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 7:5 (For not even his own brothers believed in him.) 584 

7:6 So Jesus replied, 585 My time 586  has not yet arrived, 587  but you are ready at any opportunity! 588  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 589  to the feast yourselves. I am not going up to this feast 590  because my time 591  has not yet fully arrived.” 592  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 593  himself also went up, not openly but in secret. 7:11 So the Jewish leaders 594  were looking for him at the feast, asking, “Where is he? 595  7:12 There was 596  a lot of grumbling 597  about him among the crowds. 598  Some were saying, “He is a good man,” but others, “He deceives the common people.” 599  7:13 However, no one spoke openly about him for fear of the Jewish leaders. 600 

Teaching in the Temple

7:14 When the feast was half over, Jesus went up to the temple courts 601  and began to teach. 602  7:15 Then the Jewish leaders 603  were astonished 604  and said, “How does this man know so much when he has never had formal instruction? 605  7:16 So Jesus replied, 606 My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me. 607  7:17 If anyone wants to do God’s will, 608  he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority. 609  7:18 The person who speaks on his own authority 610  desires 611  to receive honor 612  for himself; the one who desires 613  the honor 614  of the one who sent him is a man of integrity, 615  and there is no unrighteousness in him. 7:19 Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps 616  the law! Why do you want 617  to kill me?

7:20 The crowd 618  answered, “You’re possessed by a demon! 619  Who is trying to kill you? 620  7:21 Jesus replied, 621 I performed one miracle 622  and you are all amazed. 623  7:22 However, because Moses gave you the practice of circumcision 624  (not that it came from Moses, but from the forefathers), you circumcise a male child 625  on the Sabbath. 7:23 But if a male child 626  is circumcised 627  on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, 628  why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well 629  on the Sabbath? 7:24 Do not judge according to external appearance, 630  but judge with proper 631  judgment.”

Questions About Jesus’ Identity

7:25 Then some of the residents of Jerusalem 632  began to say, “Isn’t this the man 633  they are trying 634  to kill? 7:26 Yet here he is, speaking publicly, 635  and they are saying nothing to him. 636  Do the rulers really know that this man 637  is the Christ? 638  7:27 But we know where this man 639  comes from. 640  Whenever the Christ 641  comes, no one will know where he comes from.” 642 

7:28 Then Jesus, while teaching in the temple courts, 643  cried out, 644 You both know me and know where I come from! 645  And I have not come on my own initiative, 646  but the one who sent me 647  is true. You do not know him, 648  7:29 but 649  I know him, because I have come from him 650  and he 651  sent me.”

7:30 So then they tried to seize Jesus, 652  but no one laid a hand on him, because his time 653  had not yet come. 7:31 Yet many of the crowd 654  believed in him and said, “Whenever the Christ 655  comes, he won’t perform more miraculous signs than this man did, will he? 656 

7:32 The Pharisees 657  heard the crowd 658  murmuring these things about Jesus, 659  so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers 660  to arrest him. 661  7:33 Then Jesus said, “I will be with you for only a little while longer, 662  and then 663  I am going to the one who sent me. 7:34 You will look for me 664  but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come.”

7:35 Then the Jewish leaders 665  said to one another, “Where is he 666  going to go that we cannot find him? 667  He is not going to go to the Jewish people dispersed 668  among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is he? 669  7:36 What did he mean by saying, 670 You will look for me 671  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, 672  Jesus stood up and shouted out, 673 If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 7:38 let the one who believes in me drink. 674  Just as the scripture says,From within him 675  will flow rivers of living water.’ 676  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, 677  because Jesus was not yet glorified.) 678 

Differing Opinions About Jesus

7:40 When they heard these words, some of the crowd 679  began to say, “This really 680  is the Prophet! 681  7:41 Others said, “This is the Christ!” 682  But still others said, “No, 683  for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? 684  7:42 Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant 685  of David 686  and comes from Bethlehem, 687  the village where David lived? 688  7:43 So there was a division in the crowd 689  because of Jesus. 690  7:44 Some of them were wanting to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him. 691 

Lack of Belief

7:45 Then the officers 692  returned 693  to the chief priests and Pharisees, 694  who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring him back with you? 695  7:46 The officers replied, “No one ever spoke like this man! 7:47 Then the Pharisees answered, 696 You haven’t been deceived too, have you? 697  7:48 None of the rulers 698  or the Pharisees have believed in him, have they? 699  7:49 But this rabble 700  who do not know the law are accursed!

7:50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus 701  before and who was one of the rulers, 702  said, 703  7:51 Our law doesn’t condemn 704  a man unless it first hears from him and learns 705  what he is doing, does it? 706  7:52 They replied, 707 You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? 708  Investigate carefully and you will see that no prophet 709  comes from Galilee!

7:53

A Woman Caught in Adultery

710 

[[And each one departed to his own house. 8:1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 711  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 712  them. 8:3 The experts in the law 713  and the Pharisees 714  brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front of them 8:4 and said to Jesus, 715 Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 8:5 In the law Moses commanded us to stone to death 716  such women. 717  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 718  him.) 719  Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger. 720  8:7 When they persisted in asking him, he stood up straight 721  and replied, 722 Whoever among you is guiltless 723  may be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8:8 Then 724  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, 725  until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 8:10 Jesus stood up straight 726  and said to her, “Woman, 727  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.”]] 728 

Jesus as the Light of the World

8:12 Then Jesus spoke out again, 729 I am the light of the world. 730  The one who follows me will never 731  walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 8:13 So the Pharisees 732  objected, 733 You testify about yourself; your testimony is not true! 734  8:14 Jesus answered, 735 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 736  do not know where I came from or where I am going. 737  8:15 You people 738  judge by outward appearances; 739  I do not judge anyone. 740  8:16 But if I judge, my evaluation is accurate, 741  because I am not alone when I judge, 742  but I and the Father who sent me do so together. 743  8:17 It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 744  8:18 I testify about myself 745  and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”

8:19 Then they began asking 746  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.” 747  8:20 (Jesus 748  spoke these words near the offering box 749  while he was teaching in the temple courts. 750  No one seized him because his time 751  had not yet come.) 752 

Where Jesus Came From and Where He is Going

8:21 Then Jesus 753  said to them again, 754 I am going away, and you will look for me 755  but will die in your sin. 756  Where I am going you cannot come.” 8:22 So the Jewish leaders 757  began to say, 758 Perhaps he is going to kill himself, because he says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 8:23 Jesus replied, 759 You people 760  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 761  that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, 762  you will die in your sins.”

8:25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus replied, 763 What I have told you from the beginning. 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge 764  about you, but the Father 765  who sent me is truthful, 766  and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world.” 767  8:27 (They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.) 768 

8:28 Then Jesus said, 769 When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, 770  and I do nothing on my own initiative, 771  but I speak just what the Father taught me. 772  8:29 And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, 773  because I always do those things that please him.” 8:30 While he was saying these things, many people 774  believed in him.

Abraham’s Children and the Devil’s Children

8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans 775  who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, 776  you are really 777  my disciples 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 778  8:33 We are descendants 779  of Abraham,” they replied, 780 and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, 781 You will become free? 8:34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 782  everyone who practices 783  sin is a slave 784  of sin. 8:35 The slave does not remain in the family 785  forever, but the son remains forever. 786  8:36 So if the son 787  sets you free, you will be really free. 8:37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. 788  But you want 789  to kill me, because my teaching 790  makes no progress among you. 791  8:38 I am telling you the things I have seen while with the 792  Father; 793  as for you, 794  practice the things you have heard from the 795  Father!

8:39 They answered him, 796 Abraham is our father!” 797  Jesus replied, 798 If you are 799  Abraham’s children, you would be doing 800  the deeds of Abraham. 8:40 But now you are trying 801  to kill me, a man who has told you 802  the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! 803  8:41 You people 804  are doing the deeds of your father.”

Then 805  they said to Jesus, 806 We were not born as a result of immorality! 807  We have only one Father, God himself.” 8:42 Jesus replied, 808 If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come from God and am now here. 809  I 810  have not come on my own initiative, 811  but he 812  sent me. 8:43 Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept 813  my teaching. 814  8:44 You people 815  are from 816  your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. 817  He 818  was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, 819  because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, 820  he speaks according to his own nature, 821  because he is a liar and the father of lies. 822  8:45 But because I am telling you 823  the truth, you do not believe me. 8:46 Who among you can prove me guilty 824  of any sin? 825  If I am telling you 826  the truth, why don’t you believe me? 8:47 The one who belongs to 827  God listens and responds 828  to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, 829  because you don’t belong to God.” 830 

8:48 The Judeans 831  replied, 832 Aren’t we correct in saying 833  that you are a Samaritan and are possessed by a demon? 834  8:49 Jesus answered, “I am not possessed by a demon, 835  but I honor my Father – and yet 836  you dishonor me. 8:50 I am not trying to get 837  praise for myself. 838  There is one who demands 839  it, and he also judges. 840  8:51 I tell you the solemn truth, 841  if anyone obeys 842  my teaching, 843  he will never see death.” 844 

8:52 Then 845  the Judeans 846  responded, 847 Now we know you’re possessed by a demon! 848  Both Abraham and the prophets died, and yet 849  you say, ‘If anyone obeys 850  my teaching, 851  he will never experience 852  death.’ 853  8:53 You aren’t greater than our father Abraham who died, are you? 854  And the prophets died too! Who do you claim to be? 8:54 Jesus replied, 855 If I glorify myself, my glory is worthless. 856  The one who glorifies me is my Father, about whom you people 857  say, ‘He is our God.’ 8:55 Yet 858  you do not know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, 859  I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I obey 860  his teaching. 861  8:56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed 862  to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.” 863 

8:57 Then the Judeans 864  replied, 865 You are not yet fifty years old! 866  Have 867  you seen Abraham? 8:58 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 868  before Abraham came into existence, 869  I am! 870  8:59 Then they picked up 871  stones to throw at him, 872  but Jesus hid himself and went out from the temple area. 873 

Healing a Man Born Blind

9:1 Now as Jesus was passing by, 874  he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 9:2 His disciples asked him, 875 Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man 876  or his parents? 877  9:3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man 878  nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that 879  the acts 880  of God may be revealed 881  through what happens to him. 882  9:4 We must perform the deeds 883  of the one who sent me 884  as long as 885  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.” 886  9:6 Having said this, 887  he spat on the ground and made some mud 888  with the saliva. He 889  smeared the mud on the blind man’s 890  eyes 9:7 and said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam 891  (which is translated “sent). 892  So the blind man 893  went away and washed, and came back seeing.

9:8 Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously 894  as a beggar began saying, 895 Is this not the man 896  who used to sit and beg? 9:9 Some people said, 897 This is the man!” 898  while others said, “No, but he looks like him.” 899  The man himself 900  kept insisting, “I am the one! 901  9:10 So they asked him, 902 How then were you made to see? 903  9:11 He replied, 904 The man called Jesus made mud, 905  smeared it 906  on my eyes and told me, 907 Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and was able to see.” 908  9:12 They said 909  to him, “Where is that man?” 910  He replied, 911 I don’t know.”

The Pharisees’ Reaction to the Healing

9:13 They brought the man who used to be blind 912  to the Pharisees. 913  9:14 (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud 914  and caused him to see 915  was a Sabbath.) 916  9:15 So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. 917  He replied, 918 He put mud 919  on my eyes and I washed, and now 920  I am able to see.”

9:16 Then some of the Pharisees began to say, 921 This man is not from God, because he does not observe 922  the Sabbath.” 923  But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform 924  such miraculous signs?” Thus there was a division 925  among them. 9:17 So again they asked the man who used to be blind, 926 What do you say about him, since he caused you to see?” 927  “He is a prophet,” the man replied. 928 

9:18 Now the Jewish religious leaders 929  refused to believe 930  that he had really been blind and had gained his sight until at last they summoned 931  the parents of the man who had become able to see. 932  9:19 They asked the parents, 933 Is this your son, whom you say 934  was born blind? Then how does he now see? 9:20 So his parents replied, 935 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. 936  Ask him, he is a mature adult. 937  He will speak for himself.” 9:22 (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. 938  For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus 939  to be the Christ 940  would be put out 941  of the synagogue. 942  9:23 For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, 943  ask him.”) 944 

9:24 Then they summoned 945  the man who used to be blind 946  a second time and said to him, “Promise before God to tell the truth. 947  We know that this man 948  is a sinner.” 9:25 He replied, 949 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? 950  9:27 He answered, 951 I told you already and you didn’t listen. 952  Why do you want to hear it 953  again? You people 954  don’t want to become his disciples too, do you?

9:28 They 955  heaped insults 956  on him, saying, 957 You are his disciple! 958  We are disciples of Moses! 9:29 We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man 959  comes from! 9:30 The man replied, 960 This is a remarkable thing, 961  that you don’t know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see! 962  9:31 We know that God doesn’t listen to 963  sinners, but if anyone is devout 964  and does his will, God 965  listens to 966  him. 967  9:32 Never before 968  has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see. 969  9:33 If this man 970  were not from God, he could do nothing.” 9:34 They replied, 971 You were born completely in sinfulness, 972  and yet you presume to teach us?” 973  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 974  and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man? 975  9:36 The man 976  replied, 977 And who is he, sir, that 978  I may believe in him? 9:37 Jesus told him, “You have seen him; he 979  is the one speaking with you.” 980  9:38 [He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 981  9:39 Jesus 982  said,] 983  “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, 984  and the ones who see may become blind.”

9:40 Some of the Pharisees 985  who were with him heard this 986  and asked him, 987 We are not blind too, are we? 988  9:41 Jesus replied, 989 If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, 990  but now because you claim that you can see, 991  your guilt 992  remains.” 993 

Jesus as the Good Shepherd

10:1I tell you the solemn truth, 994  the one who does not enter the sheepfold 995  by the door, 996  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 997  opens the door 998  for him, 999  and the sheep hear his voice. He 1000  calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 1001  10:4 When he has brought all his own sheep 1002  out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize 1003  his voice. 10:5 They will never follow a stranger, 1004  but will run away from him, because they do not recognize 1005  the stranger’s voice.” 1006  10:6 Jesus told them this parable, 1007  but they 1008  did not understand 1009  what he was saying to them.

10:7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, 1010  I am the door for the sheep. 1011  10:8 All who came before me were 1012  thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 1013  10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, 1014  and find pasture. 1015  10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill 1016  and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 1017 

10:11I am the good 1018  shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life 1019  for the sheep. 10:12 The hired hand, 1020  who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons 1021  the sheep and runs away. 1022  So the wolf attacks 1023  the sheep and scatters them. 10:13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, 1024  he runs away. 1025 

10:14I am the good shepherd. I 1026  know my own 1027  and my own know me 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life 1028  for 1029  the sheep. 10:16 I have 1030  other sheep that do not come from 1031  this sheepfold. 1032  I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, 1033  so that 1034  there will be one flock and 1035  one shepherd. 10:17 This is why the Father loves me 1036 because I lay down my life, 1037  so that I may take it back again. 10:18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down 1038  of my own free will. 1039  I have the authority 1040  to lay it down, and I have the authority 1041  to take it back again. This commandment 1042  I received from my Father.”

10:19 Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people 1043  because of these words. 10:20 Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind! 1044  Why do you listen to him? 10:21 Others said, “These are not the words 1045  of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, 1046  can it? 1047 

Jesus at the Feast of Dedication

10:22 Then came the feast of the Dedication 1048  in Jerusalem. 1049  10:23 It was winter, 1050  and Jesus was walking in the temple area 1051  in Solomon’s Portico. 1052  10:24 The Jewish leaders 1053  surrounded him and asked, 1054 How long will you keep us in suspense? 1055  If you are the Christ, 1056  tell us plainly.” 1057  10:25 Jesus replied, 1058 I told you and you do not believe. The deeds 1059  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 1060  them eternal life, and they will never perish; 1061  no one will snatch 1062  them from my hand. 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, 1063  and no one can snatch 1064  them from my Father’s hand. 10:30 The Father and I 1065  are one.” 1066 

10:31 The Jewish leaders 1067  picked up rocks again to stone him to death. 10:32 Jesus said to them, 1068 I have shown you many good deeds 1069  from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me? 10:33 The Jewish leaders 1070  replied, 1071 We are not going to stone you for a good deed 1072  but for blasphemy, 1073  because 1074  you, a man, are claiming to be God.” 1075 

10:34 Jesus answered, 1076 Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods? 1077  10:35 If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods(and the scripture cannot be broken), 1078  10:36 do you say about the one whom the Father set apart 1079  and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God? 10:37 If I do not perform 1080  the deeds 1081  of my Father, do not believe me. 10:38 But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds, 1082  so that you may come to know 1083  and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” 10:39 Then 1084  they attempted 1085  again to seize him, but he escaped their clutches. 1086 

10:40 Jesus 1087  went back across the Jordan River 1088  again to the place where John 1089  had been baptizing at an earlier time, 1090  and he stayed there. 10:41 Many 1091  came to him and began to say, “John 1092  performed 1093  no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man 1094  was true! 10:42 And many believed in Jesus 1095  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. 1096  11:2 (Now it was Mary who anointed the Lord with perfumed oil 1097  and wiped his feet dry with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 1098  11:3 So the sisters sent a message 1099  to Jesus, 1100 Lord, look, the one you love is sick.” 11:4 When Jesus heard this, he said, “This sickness will not lead to death, 1101  but to God’s glory, 1102  so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 1103  11:5 (Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.) 1104 

11:6 So when he heard that Lazarus 1105  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.” 1106  11:8 The disciples replied, 1107 Rabbi, the Jewish leaders 1108  were just now trying 1109  to stone you to death! Are 1110  you going there again? 11:9 Jesus replied, 1111 Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks around in the daytime, he does not stumble, 1112  because he sees the light of this world. 1113  11:10 But if anyone walks around at night, 1114  he stumbles, 1115  because the light is not in him.”

11:11 After he said this, he added, 1116 Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. 1117  But I am going there to awaken him.” 11:12 Then the disciples replied, 1118 Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 11:13 (Now Jesus had been talking about 1119  his death, but they 1120  thought he had been talking about real sleep.) 1121 

11:14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 11:15 and I am glad 1122  for your sake that I was not there, so that you may believe. 1123  But let us go to him.” 11:16 So Thomas (called Didymus 1124 ) 1125  said to his fellow disciples, “Let us go too, so that we may die with him.” 1126 

Speaking with Martha and Mary

11:17 When 1127  Jesus arrived, 1128  he found that Lazarus 1129  had been in the tomb four days already. 1130  11:18 (Now Bethany was less than two miles 1131  from Jerusalem, 1132  11:19 so many of the Jewish people of the region 1133  had come to Martha and Mary to console them 1134  over the loss of their brother.) 1135  11:20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 1136  11:21 Martha 1137  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 1138  you.” 1139 

11:23 Jesus replied, 1140 Your brother will come back to life again.” 1141  11:24 Martha said, 1142 I know that he will come back to life again 1143  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 1144  even if he dies, 11:26 and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. 1145  Do you believe this? 11:27 She replied, 1146 Yes, Lord, I believe 1147  that you are the Christ, 1148  the Son of God who comes into the world.” 1149 

11:28 And when she had said this, Martha 1150  went and called her sister Mary, saying privately, 1151 The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” 1152  11:29 So when Mary 1153  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 1154  who were with Mary 1155  in the house consoling her saw her 1156  get up quickly and go out. They followed her, because they thought she was going to the tomb to weep 1157  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 1158  who had come with her weeping, he was intensely moved 1159  in spirit and greatly distressed. 1160  11:34 He asked, 1161 Where have you laid him?” 1162  They replied, 1163 Lord, come and see.” 11:35 Jesus wept. 1164  11:36 Thus the people who had come to mourn 1165  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! 1166  Couldn’t he have done something to keep Lazarus 1167  from dying?

Lazarus Raised from the Dead

11:38 Jesus, intensely moved 1168  again, came to the tomb. (Now it was a cave, and a stone was placed across it.) 1169  11:39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” 1170  Martha, the sister of the deceased, 1171  replied, “Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, 1172  because he has been buried 1173  four days.” 1174  11:40 Jesus responded, 1175 Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God? 11:41 So they took away 1176  the stone. Jesus looked upward 1177  and said, “Father, I thank you that you have listened to me. 1178  11:42 I knew that you always listen to me, 1179  but I said this 1180  for the sake of the crowd standing around here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 11:43 When 1181  he had said this, he shouted in a loud voice, 1182 Lazarus, come out! 11:44 The one who had died came out, his feet and hands tied up with strips of cloth, 1183  and a cloth wrapped around his face. 1184  Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him 1185  and let him go.”

The Response of the Jewish Leaders

11:45 Then many of the people, 1186  who had come with Mary and had seen the things Jesus 1187  did, believed in him. 11:46 But some of them went to the Pharisees 1188  and reported to them 1189  what Jesus had done. 11:47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees 1190  called the council 1191  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, 1192  everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary 1193  and our nation.”

11:49 Then one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, 1194 You know nothing at all! 11:50 You do not realize 1195  that it is more to your advantage to have one man 1196  die for the people than for the whole nation to perish.” 1197  11:51 (Now he did not say this on his own, 1198  but because he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish nation, 1199  11:52 and not for the Jewish nation 1200  only, 1201  but to gather together 1202  into one the children of God who are scattered.) 1203  11:53 So from that day they planned together to kill him.

11:54 Thus Jesus no longer went 1204  around publicly 1205  among the Judeans, 1206  but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, 1207  and stayed there with his disciples. 11:55 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 1208  was near, and many people went up to Jerusalem 1209  from the rural areas before the Passover to cleanse themselves ritually. 1210  11:56 Thus they were looking for Jesus, 1211  and saying to one another as they stood in the temple courts, 1212 What do you think? That he won’t come to the feast? 11:57 (Now the chief priests and the Pharisees 1213  had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus 1214  was should report it, so that they could arrest 1215  him.) 1216 

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