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 Jesus’ mother 3 was there, 2:2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. 4 2:3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother 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. 282:14 29
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.
5:24 “I 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.
5:28 “Do 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
5:31 “If 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.
5:36 “But 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.
5:41 “I 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
5:45 “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. 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 Jesus’ disciples, 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
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 Jesus’ brothers 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!”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. 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
10:1 “I 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
10:11 “I 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
10:14 “I 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
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.
12:27 “Now 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,
12:40 “He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart, 1173
so that they would not see with their eyes
and understand with their heart, 1174
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