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
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 Jesus’ mother 130 was there, 2:2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. 131 2:3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother 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. 1552:14 156
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.
5:24 “I 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.
5:28 “Do 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
5:31 “If 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.
5:36 “But 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.
5:41 “I 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
5:45 “Do 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 Jesus’ disciples, 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
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 Jesus’ brothers 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
[[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
10:1 “I 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
10:11 “I 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
10:14 “I 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