Bible: John 7

The Feast of Tabernacles

7:1 After this 1  Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. 2  He 3  stayed out of Judea 4  because the Jewish leaders 5  wanted 6  to kill him. 7:2 Now the Jewish feast of Tabernacles 7  was near. 8  7:3 So Jesusbrothers 9  advised him, “Leave here and go to Judea so your disciples may see your miracles that you are performing. 10  7:4 For no one who seeks to make a reputation for himself 11  does anything in secret. 12  If you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 7:5 (For not even his own brothers believed in him.) 13 

7:6 So Jesus replied, 14 My time 15  has not yet arrived, 16  but you are ready at any opportunity! 17  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 18  to the feast yourselves. I am not going up to this feast 19  because my time 20  has not yet fully arrived.” 21  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 22  himself also went up, not openly but in secret. 7:11 So the Jewish leaders 23  were looking for him at the feast, asking, “Where is he? 24  7:12 There was 25  a lot of grumbling 26  about him among the crowds. 27  Some were saying, “He is a good man,” but others, “He deceives the common people.” 28  7:13 However, no one spoke openly about him for fear of the Jewish leaders. 29 

Teaching in the Temple

7:14 When the feast was half over, Jesus went up to the temple courts 30  and began to teach. 31  7:15 Then the Jewish leaders 32  were astonished 33  and said, “How does this man know so much when he has never had formal instruction? 34  7:16 So Jesus replied, 35 My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me. 36  7:17 If anyone wants to do God’s will, 37  he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority. 38  7:18 The person who speaks on his own authority 39  desires 40  to receive honor 41  for himself; the one who desires 42  the honor 43  of the one who sent him is a man of integrity, 44  and there is no unrighteousness in him. 7:19 Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps 45  the law! Why do you want 46  to kill me?

7:20 The crowd 47  answered, “You’re possessed by a demon! 48  Who is trying to kill you? 49  7:21 Jesus replied, 50 I performed one miracle 51  and you are all amazed. 52  7:22 However, because Moses gave you the practice of circumcision 53  (not that it came from Moses, but from the forefathers), you circumcise a male child 54  on the Sabbath. 7:23 But if a male child 55  is circumcised 56  on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, 57  why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well 58  on the Sabbath? 7:24 Do not judge according to external appearance, 59  but judge with proper 60  judgment.”

Questions About Jesus’ Identity

7:25 Then some of the residents of Jerusalem 61  began to say, “Isn’t this the man 62  they are trying 63  to kill? 7:26 Yet here he is, speaking publicly, 64  and they are saying nothing to him. 65  Do the rulers really know that this man 66  is the Christ? 67  7:27 But we know where this man 68  comes from. 69  Whenever the Christ 70  comes, no one will know where he comes from.” 71 

7:28 Then Jesus, while teaching in the temple courts, 72  cried out, 73 You both know me and know where I come from! 74  And I have not come on my own initiative, 75  but the one who sent me 76  is true. You do not know him, 77  7:29 but 78  I know him, because I have come from him 79  and he 80  sent me.”

7:30 So then they tried to seize Jesus, 81  but no one laid a hand on him, because his time 82  had not yet come. 7:31 Yet many of the crowd 83  believed in him and said, “Whenever the Christ 84  comes, he won’t perform more miraculous signs than this man did, will he? 85 

7:32 The Pharisees 86  heard the crowd 87  murmuring these things about Jesus, 88  so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers 89  to arrest him. 90  7:33 Then Jesus said, “I will be with you for only a little while longer, 91  and then 92  I am going to the one who sent me. 7:34 You will look for me 93  but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come.”

7:35 Then the Jewish leaders 94  said to one another, “Where is he 95  going to go that we cannot find him? 96  He is not going to go to the Jewish people dispersed 97  among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is he? 98  7:36 What did he mean by saying, 99 You will look for me 100  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, 101  Jesus stood up and shouted out, 102 If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 7:38 let the one who believes in me drink. 103  Just as the scripture says,From within him 104  will flow rivers of living water.’ 105  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, 106  because Jesus was not yet glorified.) 107 

Differing Opinions About Jesus

7:40 When they heard these words, some of the crowd 108  began to say, “This really 109  is the Prophet! 110  7:41 Others said, “This is the Christ!” 111  But still others said, “No, 112  for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? 113  7:42 Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant 114  of David 115  and comes from Bethlehem, 116  the village where David lived? 117  7:43 So there was a division in the crowd 118  because of Jesus. 119  7:44 Some of them were wanting to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him. 120 

Lack of Belief

7:45 Then the officers 121  returned 122  to the chief priests and Pharisees, 123  who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring him back with you? 124  7:46 The officers replied, “No one ever spoke like this man! 7:47 Then the Pharisees answered, 125 You haven’t been deceived too, have you? 126  7:48 None of the rulers 127  or the Pharisees have believed in him, have they? 128  7:49 But this rabble 129  who do not know the law are accursed!

7:50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus 130  before and who was one of the rulers, 131  said, 132  7:51 Our law doesn’t condemn 133  a man unless it first hears from him and learns 134  what he is doing, does it? 135  7:52 They replied, 136 You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? 137  Investigate carefully and you will see that no prophet 138  comes from Galilee!

7:53

A Woman Caught in Adultery

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[[And each one departed to his own house.

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