Bible: John 2-12

Turning Water into Wine

2:1 Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana 1  in Galilee. 2  Jesusmother 3  was there, 2:2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. 4  2:3 When the wine ran out, Jesusmother said to him, “They have no wine left.” 5  2:4 Jesus replied, 6 Woman, 7  why are you saying this to me? 8  My time 9  has not yet come.” 2:5 His mother told the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 10 

2:6 Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, 11  each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 12  2:7 Jesus told the servants, 13 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,” 14  and they did. 2:9 When 15  the head steward tasted the water that had been turned to wine, not knowing where it came from 16  (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), he 17  called the bridegroom 2:10 and said to him, “Everyone 18  serves the good wine first, and then the cheaper 19  wine when the guests 20  are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now! 2:11 Jesus did this as the first of his miraculous signs, 21  in Cana 22  of Galilee. In this way he revealed 23  his glory, and his disciples believed in him. 24 

Cleansing the Temple

2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum 25  with his mother and brothers 26  and his disciples, and they stayed there a few days. 2:13 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 27  was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 28 

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He found in the temple courts 30  those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables. 31  2:15 So he made a whip of cords 32  and drove them all out of the temple courts, 33  with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers 34  and overturned their tables. 2:16 To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make 35  my Father’s house a marketplace! 36  2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal 37  for your house will devour me.” 38 

2:18 So then the Jewish leaders 39  responded, 40 What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things? 41  2:19 Jesus replied, 42 Destroy 43  this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” 2:20 Then the Jewish leaders 44  said to him, “This temple has been under construction 45  for forty-six years, 46  and are you going to raise it up in three days? 2:21 But Jesus 47  was speaking about the temple of his body. 48  2:22 So after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture 49  and the saying 50  that Jesus had spoken.

Jesus at the Passover Feast

2:23 Now while Jesus 51  was in Jerusalem 52  at the feast of the Passover, many people believed in his name because they saw the miraculous signs he was doing. 53  2:24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people. 54  2:25 He did not need anyone to testify about man, 55  for he knew what was in man. 56 

Conversation with Nicodemus

3:1 Now a certain man, a Pharisee 57  named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council, 58  3:2 came to Jesus 59  at night 60  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 61  that you do unless God is with him.” 3:3 Jesus replied, 62 I tell you the solemn truth, 63  unless a person is born from above, 64  he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 65  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? 66 

3:5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, 67  unless a person is born of water and spirit, 68  he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 3:6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, 69  and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 3:7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all 70  be born from above.’ 71  3:8 The wind 72  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.” 73 

3:9 Nicodemus replied, 74 How can these things be? 75  3:10 Jesus answered, 76 Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? 77  3:11 I tell you the solemn truth, 78  we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but 79  you people 80  do not accept our testimony. 81  3:12 If I have told you people 82  about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 83  3:13 No one 84  has ascended 85  into heaven except the one who descended from heaven – the Son of Man. 86  3:14 Just as 87  Moses lifted up the serpent 88  in the wilderness, 89  so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 90  3:15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 91 

3:16 For this is the way 92  God loved the world: He gave his one and only 93  Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish 94  but have eternal life. 95  3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, 96  but that the world should be saved through him. 3:18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. 97  The one who does not believe has been condemned 98  already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only 99  Son of God. 3:19 Now this is the basis for judging: 100  that the light has come into the world and people 101  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. 102 

Further Testimony About Jesus by John the Baptist

3:22 After this, 103  Jesus and his disciples came into Judean territory, and there he spent time with them and was baptizing. 3:23 John 104  was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, 105  because water was plentiful there, and people were coming 106  to him 107  and being baptized. 3:24 (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.) 108 

3:25 Now a dispute came about between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew 109  concerning ceremonial washing. 110  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, 111  about whom you testified – see, he is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to him!

3:27 John replied, 112 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,’ 113  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 114  when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete. 115  3:30 He must become more important while I become less important.” 116 

3:31 The one who comes from above is superior to all. 117  The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. 118  The one who comes from heaven 119  is superior to all. 120  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. 121  3:34 For the one whom God has sent 122  speaks the words of God, for he does not give the Spirit sparingly. 123  3:35 The Father loves the Son and has placed all things under his authority. 124  3:36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects 125  the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath 126  remains 127  on him.

Departure From Judea

4:1 Now when Jesus 128  knew that the Pharisees 129  had heard that he 130  was winning 131  and baptizing more disciples than John 4:2 (although Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples were), 132  4:3 he left Judea and set out once more for Galilee. 133 

Conversation With a Samaritan Woman

4:4 But he had 134  to pass through Samaria. 135  4:5 Now he came to a Samaritan town 136  called Sychar, 137  near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 138  4:6 Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since he was tired from the journey, sat right down beside 139  the well. It was about noon. 140 

4:7 A Samaritan woman 141  came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water 142  to drink.” 4:8 (For his disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies. 143 ) 144  4:9 So the Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you – a Jew 145 ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water 146  to drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common 147  with Samaritans.) 148 

4:10 Jesus answered 149  her, “If you had known 150  the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give me some water 151  to drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 152  4:11 Sir,” 153  the woman 154  said to him, “you have no bucket and the well 155  is deep; where then do you get this 156  living water? 157  4:12 Surely you’re not greater than our ancestor 158  Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.” 159 

4:13 Jesus replied, 160 Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty 161  again. 4:14 But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, 162  but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain 163  of water springing up 164  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 165  water.” 166  4:16 He 167  said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” 168  4:17 The woman replied, 169 I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “Right you are when you said, 170 I have no husband,’ 171  4:18 for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with 172  now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!

4:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see 173  that you are a prophet. 4:20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, 174  and you people 175  say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 176  4:21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, 177  a time 178  is coming when you will worship 179  the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 4:22 You people 180  worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. 181  4:23 But a time 182  is coming – and now is here 183  – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks 184  such people to be 185  his worshipers. 186  4:24 God is spirit, 187  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); 188  “whenever he 189  comes, he will tell 190  us everything.” 191  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. 192  They were shocked 193  because he was speaking 194  with a woman. However, no one said, “What do you want?” 195  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, 196  4:29 Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Surely he can’t be the Messiah, 197  can he? 198  4:30 So 199  they left the town and began coming 200  to him.

Workers for the Harvest

4:31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, 201 Rabbi, eat something.” 202  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 203  to one another, “No one brought him anything 204  to eat, did they? 205  4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me 206  and to complete 207  his work. 208  4:35 Don’t you say, 209 There are four more months and then comes the harvest?’ I tell you, look up 210  and see that the fields are already white 211  for harvest! 4:36 The one who reaps receives pay 212  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, 213 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, 214 He told me everything I ever did.” 4:40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they began asking 215  him to stay with them. 216  He stayed there two days, 4:41 and because of his word many more 217  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 218  really is the Savior of the world.” 219 

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.) 220  4:45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen all the things he had done in Jerusalem 221  at the feast 222  (for they themselves had gone to the feast). 223 

Healing the Royal Official’s Son

4:46 Now he came again to Cana 224  in Galilee where he had made the water wine. 225  In 226  Capernaum 227  there was a certain royal official 228  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 229  to come down and heal his son, who was about to die. 4:48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people 230  see signs and wonders you will never believe! 231  4:49 Sir,” the official said to him, “come down before my child dies.” 4:50 Jesus told him, “Go home; 232  your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and set off for home. 233 

4:51 While he was on his way down, 234  his slaves 235  met him and told him that his son was going to live. 4:52 So he asked them the time 236  when his condition began to improve, 237  and 238  they told him, “Yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon 239  the fever left him.” 4:53 Then the father realized that it was the very time 240  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 241  when he returned from Judea to Galilee.

Healing a Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda

5:1 After this 242  there was a Jewish feast, 243  and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 244  5:2 Now there is 245  in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate 246  a pool called Bethzatha 247  in Aramaic, 248  which has five covered walkways. 249  5:3 A great number of sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed people were lying in these walkways. 5:4 [[EMPTY]] 250  5:5 Now a man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. 251  5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and when he realized 252  that the man 253  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, 254  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, 255  someone else 256  goes down there 257  before me.” 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your mat 258  and walk.” 5:9 Immediately the man was healed, 259  and he picked up his mat 260  and started walking. (Now that day was a Sabbath.) 261 

5:10 So the Jewish leaders 262  said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and you are not permitted to carry your mat.” 263  5:11 But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat 264  and walk.’ 5:12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your mat 265  and walk? 266  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, 267  lest anything worse happen to you.” 5:15 The man went away and informed the Jewish leaders 268  that Jesus was the one who had made him well.

Responding to Jewish Leaders

5:16 Now because Jesus was doing these things 269  on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders 270  began persecuting 271  him. 5:17 So he 272  told 273  them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working.” 274  5:18 For this reason the Jewish leaders 275  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, 276 I tell you the solemn truth, 277  the Son can do nothing on his own initiative, 278  but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father 279  does, the Son does likewise. 280  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, 281  so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. 282  5:22 Furthermore, the Father does not judge 283  anyone, but has assigned 284  all judgment to the Son, 5:23 so that all people 285  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, 286  the one who hears 287  my message 288  and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, 289  but has crossed over from death to life. 5:25 I tell you the solemn truth, 290  a time 291  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 292  authority to execute judgment, 293  because he is the Son of Man.

5:28Do not be amazed at this, because a time 294  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. 295  5:30 I can do nothing on my own initiative. 296  Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, 297  because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the one who sent me. 298 

More Testimony About Jesus

5:31If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 5:32 There is another 299  who testifies about me, and I know the testimony he testifies about me is true. 5:33 You have sent to John, 300  and he has testified to the truth. 5:34 (I do not accept 301  human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved.) 5:35 He was a lamp that was burning and shining, 302  and you wanted to rejoice greatly for a short time 303  in his light.

5:36But I have a testimony greater than that from John. For the deeds 304  that the Father has assigned me to complete – the deeds 305  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 306  have never heard his voice nor seen his form at any time, 307  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 308  because you think in them you possess eternal life, 309  and it is these same scriptures 310  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 311  praise 312  from people, 313  5:42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God 314  within you. 5:43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept 315  me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept 316  him. 5:44 How can you believe, if you accept praise 317  from one another and don’t seek the praise 318  that comes from the only God? 319 

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. 320  5:46 If 321  you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. 5:47 But if you do not believe what Moses 322  wrote, how will you believe my words?

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

6:1 After this 323  Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (also called the Sea of Tiberias). 324  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 325  and sat down there with his disciples. 6:4 (Now the Jewish feast of the Passover 326  was near.) 327  6:5 Then Jesus, when he looked up 328  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 329  said this to test him, for he knew what he was going to do.) 330  6:7 Philip replied, 331 Two hundred silver coins worth 332  of bread would not be enough for them, for each one to get a little.” 6:8 One of Jesusdisciples, 333  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 334  are these for so many people?

6:10 Jesus said, “Have 335  the people sit down.” (Now there was a lot of grass in that place.) 336  So the men 337  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, 338  as much as they wanted. 6:12 When they were all satisfied, Jesus 339  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 340  left over by the people who had eaten.

6:14 Now when the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus 341  performed, they began to say to one another, “This is certainly the Prophet 342  who is to come into the world.” 343  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. 344 

Walking on Water

6:16 Now when evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 345  6:17 got into a boat, and started to cross the lake 346  to Capernaum. 347  (It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.) 348  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, 349  they caught sight of Jesus walking on the lake, 350  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 351  realized that only one small boat 352  had been there, and that Jesus had not boarded 353  it with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 6:23 But some boats from Tiberias 354  came to shore 355  near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 356  6:24 So when the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats 357  and came to Capernaum 358  looking for Jesus.

Jesus’ Discourse About the Bread of Life

6:25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, 359  they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here? 360  6:26 Jesus replied, 361 I tell you the solemn truth, 362  you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. 363  6:27 Do not work for the food that disappears, 364  but for the food that remains to eternal life – the food 365  which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him.” 366 

6:28 So then they said to him, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds 367  God requires? 368  6:29 Jesus replied, 369 This is the deed 370  God requires 371  – to believe in the one whom he 372  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 373  ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ 374 

6:32 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 375  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 376  comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 6:34 So they said to him, “Sir, 377  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. 378  6:36 But I told you 379  that you have seen me 380  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. 381  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 382  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 383  at the last day.” 384 

6:41 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 385  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, 386 Do not complain about me to one another. 387  6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, 388  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.’ 389  Everyone who hears and learns from the Father 390  comes to me. 6:46 (Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God – he 391  has seen the Father.) 392  6:47 I tell you the solemn truth, 393  the one who believes 394  has eternal life. 395  6:48 I am the bread of life. 396  6:49 Your ancestors 397  ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 6:50 This 398  is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person 399  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 400  that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

6:52 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 401  began to argue with one another, 402 How can this man 403  give us his flesh to eat? 6:53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 404  unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, 405  you have no life 406  in yourselves. 6:54 The one who eats 407  my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 408  6:55 For my flesh is true 409  food, and my blood is true 410  drink. 6:56 The one who eats 411  my flesh and drinks my blood resides in me, and I in him. 412  6:57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes 413  me will live because of me. 6:58 This 414  is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the bread your ancestors 415  ate, but then later died. 416  The one who eats 417  this bread will live forever.”

Many Followers Depart

6:59 Jesus 418  said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue 419  in Capernaum. 420  6:60 Then many of his disciples, when they heard these things, 421  said, “This is a difficult 422  saying! 423  Who can understand it? 424  6:61 When Jesus was aware 425  that his disciples were complaining 426  about this, he said to them, “Does this cause you to be offended? 427  6:62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascending where he was before? 428  6:63 The Spirit is the one who gives life; human nature is of no help! 429  The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 430  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.) 431  6:65 So Jesus added, 432 Because of this I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has allowed him to come.” 433 

Peter’s Confession

6:66 After this many of his disciples quit following him 434  and did not accompany him 435  any longer. 6:67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you? 436  6:68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. 6:69 We 437  have come to believe and to know 438  that you are the Holy One of God! 439  6:70 Jesus replied, 440 Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is the devil? 441  6:71 (Now he said this about Judas son of Simon Iscariot, 442  for Judas, 443  one of the twelve, was going to betray him.) 444 

The Feast of Tabernacles

7:1 After this 445  Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. 446  He 447  stayed out of Judea 448  because the Jewish leaders 449  wanted 450  to kill him. 7:2 Now the Jewish feast of Tabernacles 451  was near. 452  7:3 So Jesusbrothers 453  advised him, “Leave here and go to Judea so your disciples may see your miracles that you are performing. 454  7:4 For no one who seeks to make a reputation for himself 455  does anything in secret. 456  If you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 7:5 (For not even his own brothers believed in him.) 457 

7:6 So Jesus replied, 458 My time 459  has not yet arrived, 460  but you are ready at any opportunity! 461  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 462  to the feast yourselves. I am not going up to this feast 463  because my time 464  has not yet fully arrived.” 465  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 466  himself also went up, not openly but in secret. 7:11 So the Jewish leaders 467  were looking for him at the feast, asking, “Where is he? 468  7:12 There was 469  a lot of grumbling 470  about him among the crowds. 471  Some were saying, “He is a good man,” but others, “He deceives the common people.” 472  7:13 However, no one spoke openly about him for fear of the Jewish leaders. 473 

Teaching in the Temple

7:14 When the feast was half over, Jesus went up to the temple courts 474  and began to teach. 475  7:15 Then the Jewish leaders 476  were astonished 477  and said, “How does this man know so much when he has never had formal instruction? 478  7:16 So Jesus replied, 479 My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me. 480  7:17 If anyone wants to do God’s will, 481  he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority. 482  7:18 The person who speaks on his own authority 483  desires 484  to receive honor 485  for himself; the one who desires 486  the honor 487  of the one who sent him is a man of integrity, 488  and there is no unrighteousness in him. 7:19 Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps 489  the law! Why do you want 490  to kill me?

7:20 The crowd 491  answered, “You’re possessed by a demon! 492  Who is trying to kill you? 493  7:21 Jesus replied, 494 I performed one miracle 495  and you are all amazed. 496  7:22 However, because Moses gave you the practice of circumcision 497  (not that it came from Moses, but from the forefathers), you circumcise a male child 498  on the Sabbath. 7:23 But if a male child 499  is circumcised 500  on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, 501  why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well 502  on the Sabbath? 7:24 Do not judge according to external appearance, 503  but judge with proper 504  judgment.”

Questions About Jesus’ Identity

7:25 Then some of the residents of Jerusalem 505  began to say, “Isn’t this the man 506  they are trying 507  to kill? 7:26 Yet here he is, speaking publicly, 508  and they are saying nothing to him. 509  Do the rulers really know that this man 510  is the Christ? 511  7:27 But we know where this man 512  comes from. 513  Whenever the Christ 514  comes, no one will know where he comes from.” 515 

7:28 Then Jesus, while teaching in the temple courts, 516  cried out, 517 You both know me and know where I come from! 518  And I have not come on my own initiative, 519  but the one who sent me 520  is true. You do not know him, 521  7:29 but 522  I know him, because I have come from him 523  and he 524  sent me.”

7:30 So then they tried to seize Jesus, 525  but no one laid a hand on him, because his time 526  had not yet come. 7:31 Yet many of the crowd 527  believed in him and said, “Whenever the Christ 528  comes, he won’t perform more miraculous signs than this man did, will he? 529 

7:32 The Pharisees 530  heard the crowd 531  murmuring these things about Jesus, 532  so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers 533  to arrest him. 534  7:33 Then Jesus said, “I will be with you for only a little while longer, 535  and then 536  I am going to the one who sent me. 7:34 You will look for me 537  but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come.”

7:35 Then the Jewish leaders 538  said to one another, “Where is he 539  going to go that we cannot find him? 540  He is not going to go to the Jewish people dispersed 541  among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is he? 542  7:36 What did he mean by saying, 543 You will look for me 544  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, 545  Jesus stood up and shouted out, 546 If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 7:38 let the one who believes in me drink. 547  Just as the scripture says,From within him 548  will flow rivers of living water.’ 549  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, 550  because Jesus was not yet glorified.) 551 

Differing Opinions About Jesus

7:40 When they heard these words, some of the crowd 552  began to say, “This really 553  is the Prophet! 554  7:41 Others said, “This is the Christ!” 555  But still others said, “No, 556  for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? 557  7:42 Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant 558  of David 559  and comes from Bethlehem, 560  the village where David lived? 561  7:43 So there was a division in the crowd 562  because of Jesus. 563  7:44 Some of them were wanting to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him. 564 

Lack of Belief

7:45 Then the officers 565  returned 566  to the chief priests and Pharisees, 567  who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring him back with you? 568  7:46 The officers replied, “No one ever spoke like this man! 7:47 Then the Pharisees answered, 569 You haven’t been deceived too, have you? 570  7:48 None of the rulers 571  or the Pharisees have believed in him, have they? 572  7:49 But this rabble 573  who do not know the law are accursed!

7:50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus 574  before and who was one of the rulers, 575  said, 576  7:51 Our law doesn’t condemn 577  a man unless it first hears from him and learns 578  what he is doing, does it? 579  7:52 They replied, 580 You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? 581  Investigate carefully and you will see that no prophet 582  comes from Galilee!


A Woman Caught in Adultery


[[And each one departed to his own house. 8:1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 584  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 585  them. 8:3 The experts in the law 586  and the Pharisees 587  brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front of them 8:4 and said to Jesus, 588 Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 8:5 In the law Moses commanded us to stone to death 589  such women. 590  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 591  him.) 592  Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger. 593  8:7 When they persisted in asking him, he stood up straight 594  and replied, 595 Whoever among you is guiltless 596  may be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8:8 Then 597  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, 598  until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 8:10 Jesus stood up straight 599  and said to her, “Woman, 600  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.”]] 601 

Jesus as the Light of the World

8:12 Then Jesus spoke out again, 602 I am the light of the world. 603  The one who follows me will never 604  walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 8:13 So the Pharisees 605  objected, 606 You testify about yourself; your testimony is not true! 607  8:14 Jesus answered, 608 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 609  do not know where I came from or where I am going. 610  8:15 You people 611  judge by outward appearances; 612  I do not judge anyone. 613  8:16 But if I judge, my evaluation is accurate, 614  because I am not alone when I judge, 615  but I and the Father who sent me do so together. 616  8:17 It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 617  8:18 I testify about myself 618  and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”

8:19 Then they began asking 619  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.” 620  8:20 (Jesus 621  spoke these words near the offering box 622  while he was teaching in the temple courts. 623  No one seized him because his time 624  had not yet come.) 625 

Where Jesus Came From and Where He is Going

8:21 Then Jesus 626  said to them again, 627 I am going away, and you will look for me 628  but will die in your sin. 629  Where I am going you cannot come.” 8:22 So the Jewish leaders 630  began to say, 631 Perhaps he is going to kill himself, because he says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 8:23 Jesus replied, 632 You people 633  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 634  that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, 635  you will die in your sins.”

8:25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus replied, 636 What I have told you from the beginning. 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge 637  about you, but the Father 638  who sent me is truthful, 639  and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world.” 640  8:27 (They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.) 641 

8:28 Then Jesus said, 642 When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, 643  and I do nothing on my own initiative, 644  but I speak just what the Father taught me. 645  8:29 And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, 646  because I always do those things that please him.” 8:30 While he was saying these things, many people 647  believed in him.

Abraham’s Children and the Devil’s Children

8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans 648  who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, 649  you are really 650  my disciples 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 651  8:33 We are descendants 652  of Abraham,” they replied, 653 and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, 654 You will become free? 8:34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 655  everyone who practices 656  sin is a slave 657  of sin. 8:35 The slave does not remain in the family 658  forever, but the son remains forever. 659  8:36 So if the son 660  sets you free, you will be really free. 8:37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. 661  But you want 662  to kill me, because my teaching 663  makes no progress among you. 664  8:38 I am telling you the things I have seen while with the 665  Father; 666  as for you, 667  practice the things you have heard from the 668  Father!

8:39 They answered him, 669 Abraham is our father!” 670  Jesus replied, 671 If you are 672  Abraham’s children, you would be doing 673  the deeds of Abraham. 8:40 But now you are trying 674  to kill me, a man who has told you 675  the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! 676  8:41 You people 677  are doing the deeds of your father.”

Then 678  they said to Jesus, 679 We were not born as a result of immorality! 680  We have only one Father, God himself.” 8:42 Jesus replied, 681 If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come from God and am now here. 682  I 683  have not come on my own initiative, 684  but he 685  sent me. 8:43 Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept 686  my teaching. 687  8:44 You people 688  are from 689  your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. 690  He 691  was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, 692  because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, 693  he speaks according to his own nature, 694  because he is a liar and the father of lies. 695  8:45 But because I am telling you 696  the truth, you do not believe me. 8:46 Who among you can prove me guilty 697  of any sin? 698  If I am telling you 699  the truth, why don’t you believe me? 8:47 The one who belongs to 700  God listens and responds 701  to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, 702  because you don’t belong to God.” 703 

8:48 The Judeans 704  replied, 705 Aren’t we correct in saying 706  that you are a Samaritan and are possessed by a demon? 707  8:49 Jesus answered, “I am not possessed by a demon, 708  but I honor my Father – and yet 709  you dishonor me. 8:50 I am not trying to get 710  praise for myself. 711  There is one who demands 712  it, and he also judges. 713  8:51 I tell you the solemn truth, 714  if anyone obeys 715  my teaching, 716  he will never see death.” 717 

8:52 Then 718  the Judeans 719  responded, 720 Now we know you’re possessed by a demon! 721  Both Abraham and the prophets died, and yet 722  you say, ‘If anyone obeys 723  my teaching, 724  he will never experience 725  death.’ 726  8:53 You aren’t greater than our father Abraham who died, are you? 727  And the prophets died too! Who do you claim to be? 8:54 Jesus replied, 728 If I glorify myself, my glory is worthless. 729  The one who glorifies me is my Father, about whom you people 730  say, ‘He is our God.’ 8:55 Yet 731  you do not know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, 732  I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I obey 733  his teaching. 734  8:56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed 735  to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.” 736 

8:57 Then the Judeans 737  replied, 738 You are not yet fifty years old! 739  Have 740  you seen Abraham? 8:58 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 741  before Abraham came into existence, 742  I am! 743  8:59 Then they picked up 744  stones to throw at him, 745  but Jesus hid himself and went out from the temple area. 746 

Healing a Man Born Blind

9:1 Now as Jesus was passing by, 747  he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 9:2 His disciples asked him, 748 Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man 749  or his parents? 750  9:3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man 751  nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that 752  the acts 753  of God may be revealed 754  through what happens to him. 755  9:4 We must perform the deeds 756  of the one who sent me 757  as long as 758  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.” 759  9:6 Having said this, 760  he spat on the ground and made some mud 761  with the saliva. He 762  smeared the mud on the blind man’s 763  eyes 9:7 and said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam 764  (which is translated “sent). 765  So the blind man 766  went away and washed, and came back seeing.

9:8 Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously 767  as a beggar began saying, 768 Is this not the man 769  who used to sit and beg? 9:9 Some people said, 770 This is the man!” 771  while others said, “No, but he looks like him.” 772  The man himself 773  kept insisting, “I am the one! 774  9:10 So they asked him, 775 How then were you made to see? 776  9:11 He replied, 777 The man called Jesus made mud, 778  smeared it 779  on my eyes and told me, 780 Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and was able to see.” 781  9:12 They said 782  to him, “Where is that man?” 783  He replied, 784 I don’t know.”

The Pharisees’ Reaction to the Healing

9:13 They brought the man who used to be blind 785  to the Pharisees. 786  9:14 (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud 787  and caused him to see 788  was a Sabbath.) 789  9:15 So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. 790  He replied, 791 He put mud 792  on my eyes and I washed, and now 793  I am able to see.”

9:16 Then some of the Pharisees began to say, 794 This man is not from God, because he does not observe 795  the Sabbath.” 796  But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform 797  such miraculous signs?” Thus there was a division 798  among them. 9:17 So again they asked the man who used to be blind, 799 What do you say about him, since he caused you to see?” 800  “He is a prophet,” the man replied. 801 

9:18 Now the Jewish religious leaders 802  refused to believe 803  that he had really been blind and had gained his sight until at last they summoned 804  the parents of the man who had become able to see. 805  9:19 They asked the parents, 806 Is this your son, whom you say 807  was born blind? Then how does he now see? 9:20 So his parents replied, 808 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. 809  Ask him, he is a mature adult. 810  He will speak for himself.” 9:22 (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. 811  For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus 812  to be the Christ 813  would be put out 814  of the synagogue. 815  9:23 For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, 816  ask him.”) 817 

9:24 Then they summoned 818  the man who used to be blind 819  a second time and said to him, “Promise before God to tell the truth. 820  We know that this man 821  is a sinner.” 9:25 He replied, 822 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? 823  9:27 He answered, 824 I told you already and you didn’t listen. 825  Why do you want to hear it 826  again? You people 827  don’t want to become his disciples too, do you?

9:28 They 828  heaped insults 829  on him, saying, 830 You are his disciple! 831  We are disciples of Moses! 9:29 We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man 832  comes from! 9:30 The man replied, 833 This is a remarkable thing, 834  that you don’t know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see! 835  9:31 We know that God doesn’t listen to 836  sinners, but if anyone is devout 837  and does his will, God 838  listens to 839  him. 840  9:32 Never before 841  has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see. 842  9:33 If this man 843  were not from God, he could do nothing.” 9:34 They replied, 844 You were born completely in sinfulness, 845  and yet you presume to teach us?” 846  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 847  and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man? 848  9:36 The man 849  replied, 850 And who is he, sir, that 851  I may believe in him? 9:37 Jesus told him, “You have seen him; he 852  is the one speaking with you.” 853  9:38 [He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 854  9:39 Jesus 855  said,] 856  “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, 857  and the ones who see may become blind.”

9:40 Some of the Pharisees 858  who were with him heard this 859  and asked him, 860 We are not blind too, are we? 861  9:41 Jesus replied, 862 If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, 863  but now because you claim that you can see, 864  your guilt 865  remains.” 866 

Jesus as the Good Shepherd

10:1I tell you the solemn truth, 867  the one who does not enter the sheepfold 868  by the door, 869  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 870  opens the door 871  for him, 872  and the sheep hear his voice. He 873  calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 874  10:4 When he has brought all his own sheep 875  out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize 876  his voice. 10:5 They will never follow a stranger, 877  but will run away from him, because they do not recognize 878  the stranger’s voice.” 879  10:6 Jesus told them this parable, 880  but they 881  did not understand 882  what he was saying to them.

10:7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, 883  I am the door for the sheep. 884  10:8 All who came before me were 885  thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 886  10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, 887  and find pasture. 888  10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill 889  and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 890 

10:11I am the good 891  shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life 892  for the sheep. 10:12 The hired hand, 893  who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons 894  the sheep and runs away. 895  So the wolf attacks 896  the sheep and scatters them. 10:13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, 897  he runs away. 898 

10:14I am the good shepherd. I 899  know my own 900  and my own know me 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life 901  for 902  the sheep. 10:16 I have 903  other sheep that do not come from 904  this sheepfold. 905  I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, 906  so that 907  there will be one flock and 908  one shepherd. 10:17 This is why the Father loves me 909 because I lay down my life, 910  so that I may take it back again. 10:18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down 911  of my own free will. 912  I have the authority 913  to lay it down, and I have the authority 914  to take it back again. This commandment 915  I received from my Father.”

10:19 Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people 916  because of these words. 10:20 Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind! 917  Why do you listen to him? 10:21 Others said, “These are not the words 918  of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, 919  can it? 920 

Jesus at the Feast of Dedication

10:22 Then came the feast of the Dedication 921  in Jerusalem. 922  10:23 It was winter, 923  and Jesus was walking in the temple area 924  in Solomon’s Portico. 925  10:24 The Jewish leaders 926  surrounded him and asked, 927 How long will you keep us in suspense? 928  If you are the Christ, 929  tell us plainly.” 930  10:25 Jesus replied, 931 I told you and you do not believe. The deeds 932  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 933  them eternal life, and they will never perish; 934  no one will snatch 935  them from my hand. 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, 936  and no one can snatch 937  them from my Father’s hand. 10:30 The Father and I 938  are one.” 939 

10:31 The Jewish leaders 940  picked up rocks again to stone him to death. 10:32 Jesus said to them, 941 I have shown you many good deeds 942  from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me? 10:33 The Jewish leaders 943  replied, 944 We are not going to stone you for a good deed 945  but for blasphemy, 946  because 947  you, a man, are claiming to be God.” 948 

10:34 Jesus answered, 949 Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods? 950  10:35 If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods(and the scripture cannot be broken), 951  10:36 do you say about the one whom the Father set apart 952  and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God? 10:37 If I do not perform 953  the deeds 954  of my Father, do not believe me. 10:38 But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds, 955  so that you may come to know 956  and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” 10:39 Then 957  they attempted 958  again to seize him, but he escaped their clutches. 959 

10:40 Jesus 960  went back across the Jordan River 961  again to the place where John 962  had been baptizing at an earlier time, 963  and he stayed there. 10:41 Many 964  came to him and began to say, “John 965  performed 966  no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man 967  was true! 10:42 And many believed in Jesus 968  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. 969  11:2 (Now it was Mary who anointed the Lord with perfumed oil 970  and wiped his feet dry with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 971  11:3 So the sisters sent a message 972  to Jesus, 973 Lord, look, the one you love is sick.” 11:4 When Jesus heard this, he said, “This sickness will not lead to death, 974  but to God’s glory, 975  so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 976  11:5 (Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.) 977 

11:6 So when he heard that Lazarus 978  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.” 979  11:8 The disciples replied, 980 Rabbi, the Jewish leaders 981  were just now trying 982  to stone you to death! Are 983  you going there again? 11:9 Jesus replied, 984 Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks around in the daytime, he does not stumble, 985  because he sees the light of this world. 986  11:10 But if anyone walks around at night, 987  he stumbles, 988  because the light is not in him.”

11:11 After he said this, he added, 989 Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. 990  But I am going there to awaken him.” 11:12 Then the disciples replied, 991 Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 11:13 (Now Jesus had been talking about 992  his death, but they 993  thought he had been talking about real sleep.) 994 

11:14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 11:15 and I am glad 995  for your sake that I was not there, so that you may believe. 996  But let us go to him.” 11:16 So Thomas (called Didymus 997 ) 998  said to his fellow disciples, “Let us go too, so that we may die with him.” 999 

Speaking with Martha and Mary

11:17 When 1000  Jesus arrived, 1001  he found that Lazarus 1002  had been in the tomb four days already. 1003  11:18 (Now Bethany was less than two miles 1004  from Jerusalem, 1005  11:19 so many of the Jewish people of the region 1006  had come to Martha and Mary to console them 1007  over the loss of their brother.) 1008  11:20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 1009  11:21 Martha 1010  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 1011  you.” 1012 

11:23 Jesus replied, 1013 Your brother will come back to life again.” 1014  11:24 Martha said, 1015 I know that he will come back to life again 1016  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 1017  even if he dies, 11:26 and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. 1018  Do you believe this? 11:27 She replied, 1019 Yes, Lord, I believe 1020  that you are the Christ, 1021  the Son of God who comes into the world.” 1022 

11:28 And when she had said this, Martha 1023  went and called her sister Mary, saying privately, 1024 The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” 1025  11:29 So when Mary 1026  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 1027  who were with Mary 1028  in the house consoling her saw her 1029  get up quickly and go out. They followed her, because they thought she was going to the tomb to weep 1030  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 1031  who had come with her weeping, he was intensely moved 1032  in spirit and greatly distressed. 1033  11:34 He asked, 1034 Where have you laid him?” 1035  They replied, 1036 Lord, come and see.” 11:35 Jesus wept. 1037  11:36 Thus the people who had come to mourn 1038  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! 1039  Couldn’t he have done something to keep Lazarus 1040  from dying?

Lazarus Raised from the Dead

11:38 Jesus, intensely moved 1041  again, came to the tomb. (Now it was a cave, and a stone was placed across it.) 1042  11:39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” 1043  Martha, the sister of the deceased, 1044  replied, “Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, 1045  because he has been buried 1046  four days.” 1047  11:40 Jesus responded, 1048 Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God? 11:41 So they took away 1049  the stone. Jesus looked upward 1050  and said, “Father, I thank you that you have listened to me. 1051  11:42 I knew that you always listen to me, 1052  but I said this 1053  for the sake of the crowd standing around here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 11:43 When 1054  he had said this, he shouted in a loud voice, 1055 Lazarus, come out! 11:44 The one who had died came out, his feet and hands tied up with strips of cloth, 1056  and a cloth wrapped around his face. 1057  Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him 1058  and let him go.”

The Response of the Jewish Leaders

11:45 Then many of the people, 1059  who had come with Mary and had seen the things Jesus 1060  did, believed in him. 11:46 But some of them went to the Pharisees 1061  and reported to them 1062  what Jesus had done. 11:47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees 1063  called the council 1064  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, 1065  everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary 1066  and our nation.”

11:49 Then one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, 1067 You know nothing at all! 11:50 You do not realize 1068  that it is more to your advantage to have one man 1069  die for the people than for the whole nation to perish.” 1070  11:51 (Now he did not say this on his own, 1071  but because he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish nation, 1072  11:52 and not for the Jewish nation 1073  only, 1074  but to gather together 1075  into one the children of God who are scattered.) 1076  11:53 So from that day they planned together to kill him.

11:54 Thus Jesus no longer went 1077  around publicly 1078  among the Judeans, 1079  but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, 1080  and stayed there with his disciples. 11:55 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 1081  was near, and many people went up to Jerusalem 1082  from the rural areas before the Passover to cleanse themselves ritually. 1083  11:56 Thus they were looking for Jesus, 1084  and saying to one another as they stood in the temple courts, 1085 What do you think? That he won’t come to the feast? 11:57 (Now the chief priests and the Pharisees 1086  had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus 1087  was should report it, so that they could arrest 1088  him.) 1089 

Jesus’ Anointing

12:1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom he 1090  had raised from the dead. 12:2 So they prepared a dinner for Jesus 1091  there. Martha 1092  was serving, and Lazarus was among those present at the table 1093  with him. 12:3 Then Mary took three quarters of a pound 1094  of expensive aromatic oil from pure nard 1095  and anointed the feet of Jesus. She 1096  then wiped his feet dry with her hair. (Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfumed oil.) 1097  12:4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was going to betray him) 1098  said, 12:5 Why wasn’t this oil sold for three hundred silver coins 1099  and the money 1100  given to the poor? 12:6 (Now Judas 1101  said this not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money box, 1102  he used to steal what was put into it.) 1103  12:7 So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She has kept it for the day of my burial. 1104  12:8 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me! 1105 

12:9 Now a large crowd of Judeans 1106  learned 1107  that Jesus 1108  was there, and so they came not only because of him 1109  but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. 12:10 So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, 1110  12:11 for on account of him many of the Jewish people from Jerusalem 1111  were going away and believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

12:12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 1112  12:13 So they took branches of palm trees 1113  and went out to meet him. They began to shout, 1114 Hosanna! 1115  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 1116  Blessed is 1117  the king of Israel! 12:14 Jesus found a young donkey 1118  and sat on it, just as it is written, 12:15 Do not be afraid, people of Zion; 1119  look, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt! 1120  12:16 (His disciples did not understand these things when they first happened, 1121  but when Jesus was glorified, 1122  then they remembered that these things were written about him and that these things had happened 1123  to him.) 1124 

12:17 So the crowd who had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead were continuing to testify about it. 1125  12:18 Because they had heard that Jesus 1126  had performed this miraculous sign, the crowd went out to meet him. 12:19 Thus the Pharisees 1127  said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing. Look, the world has run off after him!


12:20 Now some Greeks 1128  were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast. 12:21 So these approached Philip, 1129  who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested, 1130 Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” 12:22 Philip went and told Andrew, and they both 1131  went and told Jesus. 12:23 Jesus replied, 1132 The time 1133  has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 1134  12:24 I tell you the solemn truth, 1135  unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone. 1136  But if it dies, it produces 1137  much grain. 1138  12:25 The one who loves his life 1139  destroys 1140  it, and the one who hates his life in this world guards 1141  it for eternal life. 12:26 If anyone wants to serve me, he must follow 1142  me, and where I am, my servant will be too. 1143  If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

12:27Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me 1144  from this hour? 1145  No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour. 1146  12:28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, 1147 I have glorified it, 1148  and I will glorify it 1149  again.” 12:29 The crowd that stood there and heard the voice 1150  said that it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to him. 1151  12:30 Jesus said, 1152 This voice has not come for my benefit 1153  but for yours. 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world 1154  will be driven out. 1155  12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people 1156  to myself.” 12:33 (Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.) 1157 

12:34 Then the crowd responded, 1158 We have heard from the law that the Christ 1159  will remain forever. 1160  How 1161  can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man? 12:35 Jesus replied, 1162 The light is with you for a little while longer. 1163  Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. 1164  The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 12:36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light.” 1165  When Jesus had said these things, he went away and hid himself from them.

The Outcome of Jesus’ Public Ministry Foretold

12:37 Although Jesus 1166  had performed 1167  so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe in him, 12:38 so that the word 1168  of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled. He said, 1169 Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord 1170  been revealed? 1171  12:39 For this reason they could not believe, 1172  because again Isaiah said,

12:40He has blinded their eyes

and hardened their heart, 1173 

so that they would not see with their eyes

and understand with their heart, 1174 

and turn to me, 1175  and I would heal them.” 1176 

12:41 Isaiah said these things because he saw Christ’s 1177  glory, and spoke about him.

12:42 Nevertheless, even among the rulers 1178  many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees 1179  they would not confess Jesus to be the Christ, 1180  so that they would not be put out of 1181  the synagogue. 1182  12:43 For they loved praise 1183  from men more than praise 1184  from God.

Jesus’ Final Public Words

12:44 But Jesus shouted out, 1185 The one who believes in me does not believe in me, but in the one who sent me, 1186  12:45 and the one who sees me sees the one who sent me. 1187  12:46 I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness. 12:47 If anyone 1188  hears my words and does not obey them, 1189  I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 1190  12:48 The one who rejects me and does not accept 1191  my words has a judge; 1192  the word 1193  I have spoken will judge him at the last day. 12:49 For I have not spoken from my own authority, 1194  but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me 1195  what I should say and what I should speak. 12:50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. 1196  Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told me.” 1197 

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