Bible: John 3-10

Conversation with Nicodemus

3:1 Now a certain man, a Pharisee 1  named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council, 2  3:2 came to Jesus 3  at night 4  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 5  that you do unless God is with him.” 3:3 Jesus replied, 6 I tell you the solemn truth, 7  unless a person is born from above, 8  he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 9  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? 10 

3:5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, 11  unless a person is born of water and spirit, 12  he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 3:6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, 13  and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 3:7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all 14  be born from above.’ 15  3:8 The wind 16  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.” 17 

3:9 Nicodemus replied, 18 How can these things be? 19  3:10 Jesus answered, 20 Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? 21  3:11 I tell you the solemn truth, 22  we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but 23  you people 24  do not accept our testimony. 25  3:12 If I have told you people 26  about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 27  3:13 No one 28  has ascended 29  into heaven except the one who descended from heaven – the Son of Man. 30  3:14 Just as 31  Moses lifted up the serpent 32  in the wilderness, 33  so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 34  3:15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 35 

3:16 For this is the way 36  God loved the world: He gave his one and only 37  Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish 38  but have eternal life. 39  3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, 40  but that the world should be saved through him. 3:18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. 41  The one who does not believe has been condemned 42  already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only 43  Son of God. 3:19 Now this is the basis for judging: 44  that the light has come into the world and people 45  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. 46 

Further Testimony About Jesus by John the Baptist

3:22 After this, 47  Jesus and his disciples came into Judean territory, and there he spent time with them and was baptizing. 3:23 John 48  was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, 49  because water was plentiful there, and people were coming 50  to him 51  and being baptized. 3:24 (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.) 52 

3:25 Now a dispute came about between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew 53  concerning ceremonial washing. 54  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, 55  about whom you testified – see, he is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to him!

3:27 John replied, 56 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,’ 57  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 58  when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete. 59  3:30 He must become more important while I become less important.” 60 

3:31 The one who comes from above is superior to all. 61  The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. 62  The one who comes from heaven 63  is superior to all. 64  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. 65  3:34 For the one whom God has sent 66  speaks the words of God, for he does not give the Spirit sparingly. 67  3:35 The Father loves the Son and has placed all things under his authority. 68  3:36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects 69  the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath 70  remains 71  on him.

Departure From Judea

4:1 Now when Jesus 72  knew that the Pharisees 73  had heard that he 74  was winning 75  and baptizing more disciples than John 4:2 (although Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples were), 76  4:3 he left Judea and set out once more for Galilee. 77 

Conversation With a Samaritan Woman

4:4 But he had 78  to pass through Samaria. 79  4:5 Now he came to a Samaritan town 80  called Sychar, 81  near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 82  4:6 Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since he was tired from the journey, sat right down beside 83  the well. It was about noon. 84 

4:7 A Samaritan woman 85  came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water 86  to drink.” 4:8 (For his disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies. 87 ) 88  4:9 So the Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you – a Jew 89 ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water 90  to drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common 91  with Samaritans.) 92 

4:10 Jesus answered 93  her, “If you had known 94  the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give me some water 95  to drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 96  4:11 Sir,” 97  the woman 98  said to him, “you have no bucket and the well 99  is deep; where then do you get this 100  living water? 101  4:12 Surely you’re not greater than our ancestor 102  Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.” 103 

4:13 Jesus replied, 104 Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty 105  again. 4:14 But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, 106  but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain 107  of water springing up 108  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 109  water.” 110  4:16 He 111  said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” 112  4:17 The woman replied, 113 I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “Right you are when you said, 114 I have no husband,’ 115  4:18 for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with 116  now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!

4:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see 117  that you are a prophet. 4:20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, 118  and you people 119  say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 120  4:21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, 121  a time 122  is coming when you will worship 123  the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 4:22 You people 124  worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. 125  4:23 But a time 126  is coming – and now is here 127  – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks 128  such people to be 129  his worshipers. 130  4:24 God is spirit, 131  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); 132  “whenever he 133  comes, he will tell 134  us everything.” 135  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. 136  They were shocked 137  because he was speaking 138  with a woman. However, no one said, “What do you want?” 139  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, 140  4:29 Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Surely he can’t be the Messiah, 141  can he? 142  4:30 So 143  they left the town and began coming 144  to him.

Workers for the Harvest

4:31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, 145 Rabbi, eat something.” 146  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 147  to one another, “No one brought him anything 148  to eat, did they? 149  4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me 150  and to complete 151  his work. 152  4:35 Don’t you say, 153 There are four more months and then comes the harvest?’ I tell you, look up 154  and see that the fields are already white 155  for harvest! 4:36 The one who reaps receives pay 156  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, 157 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, 158 He told me everything I ever did.” 4:40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they began asking 159  him to stay with them. 160  He stayed there two days, 4:41 and because of his word many more 161  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 162  really is the Savior of the world.” 163 

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.) 164  4:45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen all the things he had done in Jerusalem 165  at the feast 166  (for they themselves had gone to the feast). 167 

Healing the Royal Official’s Son

4:46 Now he came again to Cana 168  in Galilee where he had made the water wine. 169  In 170  Capernaum 171  there was a certain royal official 172  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 173  to come down and heal his son, who was about to die. 4:48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people 174  see signs and wonders you will never believe! 175  4:49 Sir,” the official said to him, “come down before my child dies.” 4:50 Jesus told him, “Go home; 176  your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and set off for home. 177 

4:51 While he was on his way down, 178  his slaves 179  met him and told him that his son was going to live. 4:52 So he asked them the time 180  when his condition began to improve, 181  and 182  they told him, “Yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon 183  the fever left him.” 4:53 Then the father realized that it was the very time 184  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 185  when he returned from Judea to Galilee.

Healing a Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda

5:1 After this 186  there was a Jewish feast, 187  and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 188  5:2 Now there is 189  in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate 190  a pool called Bethzatha 191  in Aramaic, 192  which has five covered walkways. 193  5:3 A great number of sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed people were lying in these walkways. 5:4 [[EMPTY]] 194  5:5 Now a man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. 195  5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and when he realized 196  that the man 197  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, 198  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, 199  someone else 200  goes down there 201  before me.” 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your mat 202  and walk.” 5:9 Immediately the man was healed, 203  and he picked up his mat 204  and started walking. (Now that day was a Sabbath.) 205 

5:10 So the Jewish leaders 206  said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and you are not permitted to carry your mat.” 207  5:11 But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat 208  and walk.’ 5:12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your mat 209  and walk? 210  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, 211  lest anything worse happen to you.” 5:15 The man went away and informed the Jewish leaders 212  that Jesus was the one who had made him well.

Responding to Jewish Leaders

5:16 Now because Jesus was doing these things 213  on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders 214  began persecuting 215  him. 5:17 So he 216  told 217  them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working.” 218  5:18 For this reason the Jewish leaders 219  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, 220 I tell you the solemn truth, 221  the Son can do nothing on his own initiative, 222  but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father 223  does, the Son does likewise. 224  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, 225  so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. 226  5:22 Furthermore, the Father does not judge 227  anyone, but has assigned 228  all judgment to the Son, 5:23 so that all people 229  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, 230  the one who hears 231  my message 232  and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, 233  but has crossed over from death to life. 5:25 I tell you the solemn truth, 234  a time 235  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 236  authority to execute judgment, 237  because he is the Son of Man.

5:28Do not be amazed at this, because a time 238  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. 239  5:30 I can do nothing on my own initiative. 240  Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, 241  because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the one who sent me. 242 

More Testimony About Jesus

5:31If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 5:32 There is another 243  who testifies about me, and I know the testimony he testifies about me is true. 5:33 You have sent to John, 244  and he has testified to the truth. 5:34 (I do not accept 245  human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved.) 5:35 He was a lamp that was burning and shining, 246  and you wanted to rejoice greatly for a short time 247  in his light.

5:36But I have a testimony greater than that from John. For the deeds 248  that the Father has assigned me to complete – the deeds 249  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 250  have never heard his voice nor seen his form at any time, 251  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 252  because you think in them you possess eternal life, 253  and it is these same scriptures 254  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 255  praise 256  from people, 257  5:42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God 258  within you. 5:43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept 259  me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept 260  him. 5:44 How can you believe, if you accept praise 261  from one another and don’t seek the praise 262  that comes from the only God? 263 

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. 264  5:46 If 265  you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. 5:47 But if you do not believe what Moses 266  wrote, how will you believe my words?

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

6:1 After this 267  Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (also called the Sea of Tiberias). 268  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 269  and sat down there with his disciples. 6:4 (Now the Jewish feast of the Passover 270  was near.) 271  6:5 Then Jesus, when he looked up 272  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 273  said this to test him, for he knew what he was going to do.) 274  6:7 Philip replied, 275 Two hundred silver coins worth 276  of bread would not be enough for them, for each one to get a little.” 6:8 One of Jesusdisciples, 277  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 278  are these for so many people?

6:10 Jesus said, “Have 279  the people sit down.” (Now there was a lot of grass in that place.) 280  So the men 281  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, 282  as much as they wanted. 6:12 When they were all satisfied, Jesus 283  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 284  left over by the people who had eaten.

6:14 Now when the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus 285  performed, they began to say to one another, “This is certainly the Prophet 286  who is to come into the world.” 287  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. 288 

Walking on Water

6:16 Now when evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 289  6:17 got into a boat, and started to cross the lake 290  to Capernaum. 291  (It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.) 292  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, 293  they caught sight of Jesus walking on the lake, 294  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 295  realized that only one small boat 296  had been there, and that Jesus had not boarded 297  it with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 6:23 But some boats from Tiberias 298  came to shore 299  near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 300  6:24 So when the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats 301  and came to Capernaum 302  looking for Jesus.

Jesus’ Discourse About the Bread of Life

6:25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, 303  they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here? 304  6:26 Jesus replied, 305 I tell you the solemn truth, 306  you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. 307  6:27 Do not work for the food that disappears, 308  but for the food that remains to eternal life – the food 309  which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him.” 310 

6:28 So then they said to him, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds 311  God requires? 312  6:29 Jesus replied, 313 This is the deed 314  God requires 315  – to believe in the one whom he 316  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 317  ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ 318 

6:32 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 319  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 320  comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 6:34 So they said to him, “Sir, 321  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. 322  6:36 But I told you 323  that you have seen me 324  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. 325  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 326  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 327  at the last day.” 328 

6:41 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 329  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, 330 Do not complain about me to one another. 331  6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, 332  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.’ 333  Everyone who hears and learns from the Father 334  comes to me. 6:46 (Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God – he 335  has seen the Father.) 336  6:47 I tell you the solemn truth, 337  the one who believes 338  has eternal life. 339  6:48 I am the bread of life. 340  6:49 Your ancestors 341  ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 6:50 This 342  is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person 343  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 344  that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

6:52 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 345  began to argue with one another, 346 How can this man 347  give us his flesh to eat? 6:53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 348  unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, 349  you have no life 350  in yourselves. 6:54 The one who eats 351  my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 352  6:55 For my flesh is true 353  food, and my blood is true 354  drink. 6:56 The one who eats 355  my flesh and drinks my blood resides in me, and I in him. 356  6:57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes 357  me will live because of me. 6:58 This 358  is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the bread your ancestors 359  ate, but then later died. 360  The one who eats 361  this bread will live forever.”

Many Followers Depart

6:59 Jesus 362  said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue 363  in Capernaum. 364  6:60 Then many of his disciples, when they heard these things, 365  said, “This is a difficult 366  saying! 367  Who can understand it? 368  6:61 When Jesus was aware 369  that his disciples were complaining 370  about this, he said to them, “Does this cause you to be offended? 371  6:62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascending where he was before? 372  6:63 The Spirit is the one who gives life; human nature is of no help! 373  The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 374  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.) 375  6:65 So Jesus added, 376 Because of this I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has allowed him to come.” 377 

Peter’s Confession

6:66 After this many of his disciples quit following him 378  and did not accompany him 379  any longer. 6:67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you? 380  6:68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. 6:69 We 381  have come to believe and to know 382  that you are the Holy One of God! 383  6:70 Jesus replied, 384 Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is the devil? 385  6:71 (Now he said this about Judas son of Simon Iscariot, 386  for Judas, 387  one of the twelve, was going to betray him.) 388 

The Feast of Tabernacles

7:1 After this 389  Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. 390  He 391  stayed out of Judea 392  because the Jewish leaders 393  wanted 394  to kill him. 7:2 Now the Jewish feast of Tabernacles 395  was near. 396  7:3 So Jesusbrothers 397  advised him, “Leave here and go to Judea so your disciples may see your miracles that you are performing. 398  7:4 For no one who seeks to make a reputation for himself 399  does anything in secret. 400  If you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 7:5 (For not even his own brothers believed in him.) 401 

7:6 So Jesus replied, 402 My time 403  has not yet arrived, 404  but you are ready at any opportunity! 405  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 406  to the feast yourselves. I am not going up to this feast 407  because my time 408  has not yet fully arrived.” 409  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 410  himself also went up, not openly but in secret. 7:11 So the Jewish leaders 411  were looking for him at the feast, asking, “Where is he? 412  7:12 There was 413  a lot of grumbling 414  about him among the crowds. 415  Some were saying, “He is a good man,” but others, “He deceives the common people.” 416  7:13 However, no one spoke openly about him for fear of the Jewish leaders. 417 

Teaching in the Temple

7:14 When the feast was half over, Jesus went up to the temple courts 418  and began to teach. 419  7:15 Then the Jewish leaders 420  were astonished 421  and said, “How does this man know so much when he has never had formal instruction? 422  7:16 So Jesus replied, 423 My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me. 424  7:17 If anyone wants to do God’s will, 425  he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority. 426  7:18 The person who speaks on his own authority 427  desires 428  to receive honor 429  for himself; the one who desires 430  the honor 431  of the one who sent him is a man of integrity, 432  and there is no unrighteousness in him. 7:19 Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps 433  the law! Why do you want 434  to kill me?

7:20 The crowd 435  answered, “You’re possessed by a demon! 436  Who is trying to kill you? 437  7:21 Jesus replied, 438 I performed one miracle 439  and you are all amazed. 440  7:22 However, because Moses gave you the practice of circumcision 441  (not that it came from Moses, but from the forefathers), you circumcise a male child 442  on the Sabbath. 7:23 But if a male child 443  is circumcised 444  on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, 445  why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well 446  on the Sabbath? 7:24 Do not judge according to external appearance, 447  but judge with proper 448  judgment.”

Questions About Jesus’ Identity

7:25 Then some of the residents of Jerusalem 449  began to say, “Isn’t this the man 450  they are trying 451  to kill? 7:26 Yet here he is, speaking publicly, 452  and they are saying nothing to him. 453  Do the rulers really know that this man 454  is the Christ? 455  7:27 But we know where this man 456  comes from. 457  Whenever the Christ 458  comes, no one will know where he comes from.” 459 

7:28 Then Jesus, while teaching in the temple courts, 460  cried out, 461 You both know me and know where I come from! 462  And I have not come on my own initiative, 463  but the one who sent me 464  is true. You do not know him, 465  7:29 but 466  I know him, because I have come from him 467  and he 468  sent me.”

7:30 So then they tried to seize Jesus, 469  but no one laid a hand on him, because his time 470  had not yet come. 7:31 Yet many of the crowd 471  believed in him and said, “Whenever the Christ 472  comes, he won’t perform more miraculous signs than this man did, will he? 473 

7:32 The Pharisees 474  heard the crowd 475  murmuring these things about Jesus, 476  so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers 477  to arrest him. 478  7:33 Then Jesus said, “I will be with you for only a little while longer, 479  and then 480  I am going to the one who sent me. 7:34 You will look for me 481  but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come.”

7:35 Then the Jewish leaders 482  said to one another, “Where is he 483  going to go that we cannot find him? 484  He is not going to go to the Jewish people dispersed 485  among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is he? 486  7:36 What did he mean by saying, 487 You will look for me 488  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, 489  Jesus stood up and shouted out, 490 If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 7:38 let the one who believes in me drink. 491  Just as the scripture says,From within him 492  will flow rivers of living water.’ 493  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, 494  because Jesus was not yet glorified.) 495 

Differing Opinions About Jesus

7:40 When they heard these words, some of the crowd 496  began to say, “This really 497  is the Prophet! 498  7:41 Others said, “This is the Christ!” 499  But still others said, “No, 500  for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? 501  7:42 Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant 502  of David 503  and comes from Bethlehem, 504  the village where David lived? 505  7:43 So there was a division in the crowd 506  because of Jesus. 507  7:44 Some of them were wanting to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him. 508 

Lack of Belief

7:45 Then the officers 509  returned 510  to the chief priests and Pharisees, 511  who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring him back with you? 512  7:46 The officers replied, “No one ever spoke like this man! 7:47 Then the Pharisees answered, 513 You haven’t been deceived too, have you? 514  7:48 None of the rulers 515  or the Pharisees have believed in him, have they? 516  7:49 But this rabble 517  who do not know the law are accursed!

7:50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus 518  before and who was one of the rulers, 519  said, 520  7:51 Our law doesn’t condemn 521  a man unless it first hears from him and learns 522  what he is doing, does it? 523  7:52 They replied, 524 You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? 525  Investigate carefully and you will see that no prophet 526  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. 528  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 529  them. 8:3 The experts in the law 530  and the Pharisees 531  brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front of them 8:4 and said to Jesus, 532 Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 8:5 In the law Moses commanded us to stone to death 533  such women. 534  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 535  him.) 536  Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger. 537  8:7 When they persisted in asking him, he stood up straight 538  and replied, 539 Whoever among you is guiltless 540  may be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8:8 Then 541  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, 542  until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 8:10 Jesus stood up straight 543  and said to her, “Woman, 544  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.”]] 545 

Jesus as the Light of the World

8:12 Then Jesus spoke out again, 546 I am the light of the world. 547  The one who follows me will never 548  walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 8:13 So the Pharisees 549  objected, 550 You testify about yourself; your testimony is not true! 551  8:14 Jesus answered, 552 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 553  do not know where I came from or where I am going. 554  8:15 You people 555  judge by outward appearances; 556  I do not judge anyone. 557  8:16 But if I judge, my evaluation is accurate, 558  because I am not alone when I judge, 559  but I and the Father who sent me do so together. 560  8:17 It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 561  8:18 I testify about myself 562  and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”

8:19 Then they began asking 563  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.” 564  8:20 (Jesus 565  spoke these words near the offering box 566  while he was teaching in the temple courts. 567  No one seized him because his time 568  had not yet come.) 569 

Where Jesus Came From and Where He is Going

8:21 Then Jesus 570  said to them again, 571 I am going away, and you will look for me 572  but will die in your sin. 573  Where I am going you cannot come.” 8:22 So the Jewish leaders 574  began to say, 575 Perhaps he is going to kill himself, because he says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 8:23 Jesus replied, 576 You people 577  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 578  that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, 579  you will die in your sins.”

8:25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus replied, 580 What I have told you from the beginning. 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge 581  about you, but the Father 582  who sent me is truthful, 583  and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world.” 584  8:27 (They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.) 585 

8:28 Then Jesus said, 586 When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, 587  and I do nothing on my own initiative, 588  but I speak just what the Father taught me. 589  8:29 And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, 590  because I always do those things that please him.” 8:30 While he was saying these things, many people 591  believed in him.

Abraham’s Children and the Devil’s Children

8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans 592  who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, 593  you are really 594  my disciples 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 595  8:33 We are descendants 596  of Abraham,” they replied, 597 and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, 598 You will become free? 8:34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 599  everyone who practices 600  sin is a slave 601  of sin. 8:35 The slave does not remain in the family 602  forever, but the son remains forever. 603  8:36 So if the son 604  sets you free, you will be really free. 8:37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. 605  But you want 606  to kill me, because my teaching 607  makes no progress among you. 608  8:38 I am telling you the things I have seen while with the 609  Father; 610  as for you, 611  practice the things you have heard from the 612  Father!

8:39 They answered him, 613 Abraham is our father!” 614  Jesus replied, 615 If you are 616  Abraham’s children, you would be doing 617  the deeds of Abraham. 8:40 But now you are trying 618  to kill me, a man who has told you 619  the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! 620  8:41 You people 621  are doing the deeds of your father.”

Then 622  they said to Jesus, 623 We were not born as a result of immorality! 624  We have only one Father, God himself.” 8:42 Jesus replied, 625 If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come from God and am now here. 626  I 627  have not come on my own initiative, 628  but he 629  sent me. 8:43 Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept 630  my teaching. 631  8:44 You people 632  are from 633  your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. 634  He 635  was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, 636  because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, 637  he speaks according to his own nature, 638  because he is a liar and the father of lies. 639  8:45 But because I am telling you 640  the truth, you do not believe me. 8:46 Who among you can prove me guilty 641  of any sin? 642  If I am telling you 643  the truth, why don’t you believe me? 8:47 The one who belongs to 644  God listens and responds 645  to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, 646  because you don’t belong to God.” 647 

8:48 The Judeans 648  replied, 649 Aren’t we correct in saying 650  that you are a Samaritan and are possessed by a demon? 651  8:49 Jesus answered, “I am not possessed by a demon, 652  but I honor my Father – and yet 653  you dishonor me. 8:50 I am not trying to get 654  praise for myself. 655  There is one who demands 656  it, and he also judges. 657  8:51 I tell you the solemn truth, 658  if anyone obeys 659  my teaching, 660  he will never see death.” 661 

8:52 Then 662  the Judeans 663  responded, 664 Now we know you’re possessed by a demon! 665  Both Abraham and the prophets died, and yet 666  you say, ‘If anyone obeys 667  my teaching, 668  he will never experience 669  death.’ 670  8:53 You aren’t greater than our father Abraham who died, are you? 671  And the prophets died too! Who do you claim to be? 8:54 Jesus replied, 672 If I glorify myself, my glory is worthless. 673  The one who glorifies me is my Father, about whom you people 674  say, ‘He is our God.’ 8:55 Yet 675  you do not know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, 676  I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I obey 677  his teaching. 678  8:56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed 679  to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.” 680 

8:57 Then the Judeans 681  replied, 682 You are not yet fifty years old! 683  Have 684  you seen Abraham? 8:58 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 685  before Abraham came into existence, 686  I am! 687  8:59 Then they picked up 688  stones to throw at him, 689  but Jesus hid himself and went out from the temple area. 690 

Healing a Man Born Blind

9:1 Now as Jesus was passing by, 691  he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 9:2 His disciples asked him, 692 Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man 693  or his parents? 694  9:3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man 695  nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that 696  the acts 697  of God may be revealed 698  through what happens to him. 699  9:4 We must perform the deeds 700  of the one who sent me 701  as long as 702  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.” 703  9:6 Having said this, 704  he spat on the ground and made some mud 705  with the saliva. He 706  smeared the mud on the blind man’s 707  eyes 9:7 and said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam 708  (which is translated “sent). 709  So the blind man 710  went away and washed, and came back seeing.

9:8 Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously 711  as a beggar began saying, 712 Is this not the man 713  who used to sit and beg? 9:9 Some people said, 714 This is the man!” 715  while others said, “No, but he looks like him.” 716  The man himself 717  kept insisting, “I am the one! 718  9:10 So they asked him, 719 How then were you made to see? 720  9:11 He replied, 721 The man called Jesus made mud, 722  smeared it 723  on my eyes and told me, 724 Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and was able to see.” 725  9:12 They said 726  to him, “Where is that man?” 727  He replied, 728 I don’t know.”

The Pharisees’ Reaction to the Healing

9:13 They brought the man who used to be blind 729  to the Pharisees. 730  9:14 (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud 731  and caused him to see 732  was a Sabbath.) 733  9:15 So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. 734  He replied, 735 He put mud 736  on my eyes and I washed, and now 737  I am able to see.”

9:16 Then some of the Pharisees began to say, 738 This man is not from God, because he does not observe 739  the Sabbath.” 740  But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform 741  such miraculous signs?” Thus there was a division 742  among them. 9:17 So again they asked the man who used to be blind, 743 What do you say about him, since he caused you to see?” 744  “He is a prophet,” the man replied. 745 

9:18 Now the Jewish religious leaders 746  refused to believe 747  that he had really been blind and had gained his sight until at last they summoned 748  the parents of the man who had become able to see. 749  9:19 They asked the parents, 750 Is this your son, whom you say 751  was born blind? Then how does he now see? 9:20 So his parents replied, 752 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. 753  Ask him, he is a mature adult. 754  He will speak for himself.” 9:22 (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. 755  For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus 756  to be the Christ 757  would be put out 758  of the synagogue. 759  9:23 For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, 760  ask him.”) 761 

9:24 Then they summoned 762  the man who used to be blind 763  a second time and said to him, “Promise before God to tell the truth. 764  We know that this man 765  is a sinner.” 9:25 He replied, 766 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? 767  9:27 He answered, 768 I told you already and you didn’t listen. 769  Why do you want to hear it 770  again? You people 771  don’t want to become his disciples too, do you?

9:28 They 772  heaped insults 773  on him, saying, 774 You are his disciple! 775  We are disciples of Moses! 9:29 We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man 776  comes from! 9:30 The man replied, 777 This is a remarkable thing, 778  that you don’t know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see! 779  9:31 We know that God doesn’t listen to 780  sinners, but if anyone is devout 781  and does his will, God 782  listens to 783  him. 784  9:32 Never before 785  has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see. 786  9:33 If this man 787  were not from God, he could do nothing.” 9:34 They replied, 788 You were born completely in sinfulness, 789  and yet you presume to teach us?” 790  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 791  and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man? 792  9:36 The man 793  replied, 794 And who is he, sir, that 795  I may believe in him? 9:37 Jesus told him, “You have seen him; he 796  is the one speaking with you.” 797  9:38 [He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 798  9:39 Jesus 799  said,] 800  “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, 801  and the ones who see may become blind.”

9:40 Some of the Pharisees 802  who were with him heard this 803  and asked him, 804 We are not blind too, are we? 805  9:41 Jesus replied, 806 If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, 807  but now because you claim that you can see, 808  your guilt 809  remains.” 810 

Jesus as the Good Shepherd

10:1I tell you the solemn truth, 811  the one who does not enter the sheepfold 812  by the door, 813  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 814  opens the door 815  for him, 816  and the sheep hear his voice. He 817  calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 818  10:4 When he has brought all his own sheep 819  out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize 820  his voice. 10:5 They will never follow a stranger, 821  but will run away from him, because they do not recognize 822  the stranger’s voice.” 823  10:6 Jesus told them this parable, 824  but they 825  did not understand 826  what he was saying to them.

10:7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, 827  I am the door for the sheep. 828  10:8 All who came before me were 829  thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 830  10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, 831  and find pasture. 832  10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill 833  and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 834 

10:11I am the good 835  shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life 836  for the sheep. 10:12 The hired hand, 837  who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons 838  the sheep and runs away. 839  So the wolf attacks 840  the sheep and scatters them. 10:13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, 841  he runs away. 842 

10:14I am the good shepherd. I 843  know my own 844  and my own know me 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life 845  for 846  the sheep. 10:16 I have 847  other sheep that do not come from 848  this sheepfold. 849  I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, 850  so that 851  there will be one flock and 852  one shepherd. 10:17 This is why the Father loves me 853 because I lay down my life, 854  so that I may take it back again. 10:18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down 855  of my own free will. 856  I have the authority 857  to lay it down, and I have the authority 858  to take it back again. This commandment 859  I received from my Father.”

10:19 Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people 860  because of these words. 10:20 Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind! 861  Why do you listen to him? 10:21 Others said, “These are not the words 862  of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, 863  can it? 864 

Jesus at the Feast of Dedication

10:22 Then came the feast of the Dedication 865  in Jerusalem. 866  10:23 It was winter, 867  and Jesus was walking in the temple area 868  in Solomon’s Portico. 869  10:24 The Jewish leaders 870  surrounded him and asked, 871 How long will you keep us in suspense? 872  If you are the Christ, 873  tell us plainly.” 874  10:25 Jesus replied, 875 I told you and you do not believe. The deeds 876  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 877  them eternal life, and they will never perish; 878  no one will snatch 879  them from my hand. 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, 880  and no one can snatch 881  them from my Father’s hand. 10:30 The Father and I 882  are one.” 883 

10:31 The Jewish leaders 884  picked up rocks again to stone him to death. 10:32 Jesus said to them, 885 I have shown you many good deeds 886  from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me? 10:33 The Jewish leaders 887  replied, 888 We are not going to stone you for a good deed 889  but for blasphemy, 890  because 891  you, a man, are claiming to be God.” 892 

10:34 Jesus answered, 893 Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods? 894  10:35 If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods(and the scripture cannot be broken), 895  10:36 do you say about the one whom the Father set apart 896  and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God? 10:37 If I do not perform 897  the deeds 898  of my Father, do not believe me. 10:38 But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds, 899  so that you may come to know 900  and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” 10:39 Then 901  they attempted 902  again to seize him, but he escaped their clutches. 903 

10:40 Jesus 904  went back across the Jordan River 905  again to the place where John 906  had been baptizing at an earlier time, 907  and he stayed there. 10:41 Many 908  came to him and began to say, “John 909  performed 910  no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man 911  was true! 10:42 And many believed in Jesus 912  there.

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