Bible: John 13-17

Washing the Disciples’ Feet

13:1 Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time 1  had come to depart 2  from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end. 3  13:2 The evening meal 4  was in progress, and the devil had already put into the heart 5  of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, that he should betray 6  Jesus. 7  13:3 Because Jesus 8  knew that the Father had handed all things over to him, 9  and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 13:4 he got up from the meal, removed 10  his outer clothes, 11  took a towel and tied it around himself. 12  13:5 He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciplesfeet and to dry them with the towel he had wrapped around himself. 13 

13:6 Then he came to Simon Peter. Peter 14  said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash 15  my feet?” 13:7 Jesus replied, 16 You do not understand 17  what I am doing now, but you will understand 18  after these things.” 13:8 Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet!” 19  Jesus replied, 20 If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 21  13:9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, wash 22  not only my feet, but also my hands and my head! 13:10 Jesus replied, 23 The one who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, 24  but is completely 25  clean. 26  And you disciples 27  are clean, but not every one of you.” 13:11 (For Jesus 28  knew the one who was going to betray him. For this reason he said, “Not every one of you is 29  clean.”) 30 

13:12 So when Jesus 31  had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table 32  again and said to them, “Do you understand 33  what I have done for you? 13:13 You call me ‘Teacherand ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly, 34  for that is what I am. 35  13:14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. 13:15 For I have given you an example 36 you should do just as I have done for you. 13:16 I tell you the solemn truth, 37  the slave 38  is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger 39  greater than the one who sent him. 13:17 If you understand 40  these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

The Announcement of Jesus’ Betrayal

13:18What I am saying does not refer to all of you. I know the ones I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture, 41 The one who eats my bread 42  has turned against me.’ 43  13:19 I am telling you this now, 44  before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe 45  that I am he. 46  13:20 I tell you the solemn truth, 47  whoever accepts 48  the one I send accepts me, and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” 49 

13:21 When he had said these things, Jesus was greatly distressed 50  in spirit, and testified, 51 I tell you the solemn truth, 52  one of you will betray me.” 53  13:22 The disciples began to look at one another, worried and perplexed 54  to know which of them he was talking about. 13:23 One of his disciples, the one Jesus loved, 55  was at the table 56  to the right of Jesus in a place of honor. 57  13:24 So Simon Peter 58  gestured to this disciple 59  to ask Jesus 60  who it was he was referring to. 61  13:25 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved 62  leaned back against Jesuschest and asked him, “Lord, who is it? 13:26 Jesus replied, 63 It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread 64  after I have dipped it in the dish.” 65  Then he dipped the piece of bread in the dish 66  and gave it to Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son. 13:27 And after Judas 67  took the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. 68  Jesus said to him, 69 What you are about to do, do quickly.” 13:28 (Now none of those present at the table 70  understood 71  why Jesus 72  said this to Judas. 73  13:29 Some thought that, because Judas had the money box, Jesus was telling him to buy whatever they needed for the feast, 74  or to give something to the poor.) 75  13:30 Judas 76  took the piece of bread and went out immediately. (Now it was night.) 77 

The Prediction of Peter’s Denial

13:31 When 78  Judas 79  had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him. 13:32 If God is glorified in him, 80  God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him right away. 81  13:33 Children, I am still with you for a little while. You will look for me, 82  and just as I said to the Jewish religious leaders, 83 Where I am going you cannot come,’ 84  now I tell you the same. 85 

13:34I give you a new commandment – to love 86  one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 87  13:35 Everyone 88  will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.”

13:36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, 89 Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, but you will follow later.” 13:37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you! 90  13:38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? 91  I tell you the solemn truth, 92  the rooster will not crow until you have denied me three times!

Jesus’ Parting Words to His Disciples

14:1Do not let your hearts be distressed. 93  You believe in God; 94  believe also in me. 14:2 There are many dwelling places 95  in my Father’s house. 96  Otherwise, I would have told you, because 97  I am going away to make ready 98  a place for you. 99  14:3 And if I go and make ready 100  a place for you, I will come again and take you 101  to be with me, 102  so that where I am you may be too. 14:4 And you know the way where I am going.” 103 

14:5 Thomas said, 104 Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way? 14:6 Jesus replied, 105 I am the way, and the truth, and the life. 106  No one comes to the Father except through me. 14:7 If you have known me, you will know my Father too. 107  And from now on you do know him and have seen him.”

14:8 Philip said, 108 Lord, show us the Father, and we will be content.” 109  14:9 Jesus replied, 110 Have I been with you for so long, and you have not known 111  me, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father! How can you say, ‘Show us the Father? 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? 112  The words that I say to you, I do not speak on my own initiative, 113  but the Father residing in me performs 114  his miraculous deeds. 115  14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, but if you do not believe me, 116  believe because of the miraculous deeds 117  themselves. 14:12 I tell you the solemn truth, 118  the person who believes in me will perform 119  the miraculous deeds 120  that I am doing, 121  and will perform 122  greater deeds 123  than these, because I am going to the Father. 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, 124  so that the Father may be glorified 125  in the Son. 14:14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Teaching on the Holy Spirit

14:15If you love me, you will obey 126  my commandments. 127  14:16 Then 128  I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate 129  to be with you forever 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, 130  because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides 131  with you and will be 132  in you.

14:18I will not abandon 133  you as orphans, 134  I will come to you. 135  14:19 In a little while 136  the world will not see me any longer, but you will see me; because I live, you will live too. 14:20 You will know at that time 137  that I am in my Father and you are in me and I am in you. 14:21 The person who has my commandments and obeys 138  them is the one who loves me. 139  The one 140  who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal 141  myself to him.”

14:22Lord,” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) 142  said, 143 what has happened that you are going to reveal 144  yourself to us and not to the world? 14:23 Jesus replied, 145 If anyone loves me, he will obey 146  my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him. 147  14:24 The person who does not love me does not obey 148  my words. And the word 149  you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.

14:25I have spoken these things while staying 150  with you. 14:26 But the Advocate, 151  the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you 152  everything, 153  and will cause you to remember everything 154  I said to you.

14:27Peace I leave with you; 155  my peace I give to you; I do not give it 156  to you as the world does. 157  Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage. 158  14:28 You heard me say to you, 159 I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad 160  that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. 161  14:29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. 162  14:30 I will not speak with you much longer, 163  for the ruler of this world is coming. 164  He has no power over me, 165  14:31 but I am doing just what the Father commanded me, so that the world may know 166  that I love the Father. 167  Get up, let us go from here.” 168 

The Vine and the Branches

15:1I am the true vine 169  and my Father is the gardener. 170  15:2 He takes away 171  every branch that does not bear 172  fruit in me. He 173  prunes 174  every branch that bears 175  fruit so that it will bear more fruit. 15:3 You are clean already 176  because of the word that I have spoken to you. 15:4 Remain 177  in me, and I will remain in you. 178  Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, 179  unless it remains 180  in 181  the vine, so neither can you unless you remain 182  in me.

15:5I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains 183  in me – and I in him – bears 184  much fruit, 185  because apart from me you can accomplish 186  nothing. 15:6 If anyone does not remain 187  in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, 188  and are burned up. 189  15:7 If you remain 190  in me and my words remain 191  in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. 192  15:8 My Father is honored 193  by this, that 194  you bear 195  much fruit and show that you are 196  my disciples.

15:9Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain 197  in my love. 15:10 If you obey 198  my commandments, you will remain 199  in my love, just as I have obeyed 200  my Father’s commandments and remain 201  in his love. 15:11 I have told you these things 202  so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. 15:12 My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you. 203  15:13 No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life 204  for his friends. 15:14 You are my friends 205  if you do what I command you. 15:15 I no longer call you slaves, 206  because the slave does not understand 207  what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything 208  I heard 209  from my Father. 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you 210  and appointed you to go and bear 211  fruit, fruit that remains, 212  so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 15:17 This 213  I command you – to love one another.

The World’s Hatred

15:18If the world hates you, be aware 214  that it hated me first. 215  15:19 If you belonged to the world, 216  the world would love you as its own. 217  However, because you do not belong to the world, 218  but I chose you out of the world, for this reason 219  the world hates you. 220  15:20 Remember what 221  I told you, ‘A slave 222  is not greater than his master.’ 223  If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed 224  my word, they will obey 225  yours too. 15:21 But they will do all these things to you on account of 226  my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. 227  15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. 228  But they no longer have any excuse for their sin. 15:23 The one who hates me hates my Father too. 15:24 If I had not performed 229  among them the miraculous deeds 230  that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. 231  But now they have seen the deeds 232  and have hated both me and my Father. 233  15:25 Now this happened 234  to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without reason.’ 235  15:26 When the Advocate 236  comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he 237  will testify about me, 15:27 and you also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

16:1I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away. 238  16:2 They will put you out of 239  the synagogue, 240  yet a time 241  is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. 242  16:3 They 243  will do these things because they have not known the Father or me. 244  16:4 But I have told you these things 245  so that when their time 246  comes, you will remember that I told you about them. 247 

“I did not tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you. 248  16:5 But now I am going to the one who sent me, 249  and not one of you is asking me, ‘Where are you going?’ 250  16:6 Instead your hearts are filled with sadness 251  because I have said these things to you. 16:7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the Advocate 252  will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. 16:8 And when he 253  comes, he will prove the world wrong 254  concerning sin and 255  righteousness and 256  judgment 16:9 concerning sin, because 257  they do not believe in me; 258  16:10 concerning righteousness, 259  because 260  I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 16:11 and concerning judgment, 261  because 262  the ruler of this world 263  has been condemned. 264 

16:12I have many more things to say to you, 265  but you cannot bear 266  them now. 16:13 But when he, 267  the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide 268  you into all truth. 269  For he will not speak on his own authority, 270  but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you 271  what is to come. 272  16:14 He 273  will glorify me, 274  because he will receive 275  from me what is mine 276  and will tell it to you. 277  16:15 Everything that the Father has is mine; that is why I said the Spirit 278  will receive from me what is mine 279  and will tell it to you. 280  16:16 In a little while you 281  will see me no longer; again after a little while, you 282  will see me.” 283 

16:17 Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is the meaning of what he is saying, 284 In a little while you 285  will not see me; again after a little while, you 286  will see me,’ and, ‘because I am going to the Father? 287  16:18 So they kept on repeating, 288 What is the meaning of what he says, 289 In a little while? 290  We do not understand 291  what he is talking about.” 292 

16:19 Jesus could see 293  that they wanted to ask him about these things, 294  so 295  he said to them, “Are you asking 296  each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you 297  will not see me; again after a little while, you 298  will see me? 16:20 I tell you the solemn truth, 299  you will weep 300  and wail, 301  but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, 302  but your sadness will turn into 303  joy. 16:21 When a woman gives birth, she has distress 304  because her time 305  has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being 306  has been born into the world. 307  16:22 So also you have sorrow 308  now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. 309  16:23 At that time 310  you will ask me nothing. I tell you the solemn truth, 311  whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 312  16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive it, 313  so that your joy may be complete.

16:25I have told you these things in obscure figures of speech; 314  a time 315  is coming when I will no longer speak to you in obscure figures, but will tell you 316  plainly 317  about the Father. 16:26 At that time 318  you will ask in my name, and I do not say 319  that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 16:27 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 320  16:28 I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, 321  I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 322 

16:29 His disciples said, “Look, now you are speaking plainly 323  and not in obscure figures of speech! 324  16:30 Now we know that you know everything 325  and do not need anyone 326  to ask you anything. 327  Because of this 328  we believe that you have come from God.”

16:31 Jesus replied, 329 Do you now believe? 16:32 Look, a time 330  is coming – and has come – when you will be scattered, each one to his own home, 331  and I will be left alone. 332  Yet 333  I am not alone, because my Father 334  is with me. 16:33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, 335  but take courage 336 I have conquered the world.” 337 

Jesus Prays for the Father to Glorify Him

17:1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he looked upward 338  to heaven 339  and said, “Father, the time 340  has come. Glorify your Son, so that your 341  Son may glorify you 17:2 just as you have given him authority over all humanity, 342  so that he may give eternal life to everyone you have given him. 343  17:3 Now this 344  is eternal life 345 that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, 346  whom you sent. 17:4 I glorified you on earth by completing 347  the work you gave me to do. 348  17:5 And now, Father, glorify me at your side 349  with the glory I had with you before the world was created. 350 

Jesus Prays for the Disciples

17:6I have revealed 351  your name to the men 352  you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, 353  and you gave them to me, and they have obeyed 354  your word. 17:7 Now they understand 355  that everything 356  you have given me comes from you, 17:8 because I have given them the words you have given me. They 357  accepted 358  them 359  and really 360  understand 361  that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 17:9 I am praying 362  on behalf of them. I am not praying 363  on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those you have given me, because they belong to you. 364  17:10 Everything 365  I have belongs to you, 366  and everything you have belongs to me, 367  and I have been glorified by them. 368  17:11 I 369  am no longer in the world, but 370  they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them safe 371  in your name 372  that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. 373  17:12 When I was with them I kept them safe 374  and watched over them 375  in your name 376  that you have given me. Not one 377  of them was lost except the one destined for destruction, 378  so that the scripture could be fulfilled. 379  17:13 But now I am coming to you, and I am saying these things in the world, so they may experience 380  my joy completed 381  in themselves. 17:14 I have given them your word, 382  and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, 383  just as I do not belong to the world. 384  17:15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but that you keep them safe 385  from the evil one. 386  17:16 They do not belong to the world 387  just as I do not belong to the world. 388  17:17 Set them apart 389  in the truth; your word is truth. 17:18 Just as you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. 390  17:19 And I set myself apart 391  on their behalf, 392  so that they too may be truly set apart. 393 

Jesus Prays for Believers Everywhere

17:20I am not praying 394  only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe 395  in me through their testimony, 396  17:21 that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray 397  that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. 17:22 The glory 398  you gave to me I have given to them, that they may be one just as we are one 17:23 I in them and you in me – that they may be completely one, 399  so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me.

17:24Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, 400  so that they can see my glory that you gave me because you loved me before the creation of the world 401 . 17:25 Righteous Father, even if the world does not know you, I know you, and these men 402  know that you sent me. 17:26 I made known your name to them, and I will continue to make it known, 403  so that the love you have loved me with may be in them, and I may be in them.”

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