Bible: John 7-9

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!


A Woman Caught in Adultery


[[And each one departed to his own house. 8:1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 140  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 141  them. 8:3 The experts in the law 142  and the Pharisees 143  brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front of them 8:4 and said to Jesus, 144 Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 8:5 In the law Moses commanded us to stone to death 145  such women. 146  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 147  him.) 148  Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger. 149  8:7 When they persisted in asking him, he stood up straight 150  and replied, 151 Whoever among you is guiltless 152  may be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8:8 Then 153  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, 154  until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 8:10 Jesus stood up straight 155  and said to her, “Woman, 156  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.”]] 157 

Jesus as the Light of the World

8:12 Then Jesus spoke out again, 158 I am the light of the world. 159  The one who follows me will never 160  walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 8:13 So the Pharisees 161  objected, 162 You testify about yourself; your testimony is not true! 163  8:14 Jesus answered, 164 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 165  do not know where I came from or where I am going. 166  8:15 You people 167  judge by outward appearances; 168  I do not judge anyone. 169  8:16 But if I judge, my evaluation is accurate, 170  because I am not alone when I judge, 171  but I and the Father who sent me do so together. 172  8:17 It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 173  8:18 I testify about myself 174  and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”

8:19 Then they began asking 175  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.” 176  8:20 (Jesus 177  spoke these words near the offering box 178  while he was teaching in the temple courts. 179  No one seized him because his time 180  had not yet come.) 181 

Where Jesus Came From and Where He is Going

8:21 Then Jesus 182  said to them again, 183 I am going away, and you will look for me 184  but will die in your sin. 185  Where I am going you cannot come.” 8:22 So the Jewish leaders 186  began to say, 187 Perhaps he is going to kill himself, because he says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 8:23 Jesus replied, 188 You people 189  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 190  that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, 191  you will die in your sins.”

8:25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus replied, 192 What I have told you from the beginning. 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge 193  about you, but the Father 194  who sent me is truthful, 195  and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world.” 196  8:27 (They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.) 197 

8:28 Then Jesus said, 198 When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, 199  and I do nothing on my own initiative, 200  but I speak just what the Father taught me. 201  8:29 And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, 202  because I always do those things that please him.” 8:30 While he was saying these things, many people 203  believed in him.

Abraham’s Children and the Devil’s Children

8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans 204  who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, 205  you are really 206  my disciples 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 207  8:33 We are descendants 208  of Abraham,” they replied, 209 and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, 210 You will become free? 8:34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 211  everyone who practices 212  sin is a slave 213  of sin. 8:35 The slave does not remain in the family 214  forever, but the son remains forever. 215  8:36 So if the son 216  sets you free, you will be really free. 8:37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. 217  But you want 218  to kill me, because my teaching 219  makes no progress among you. 220  8:38 I am telling you the things I have seen while with the 221  Father; 222  as for you, 223  practice the things you have heard from the 224  Father!

8:39 They answered him, 225 Abraham is our father!” 226  Jesus replied, 227 If you are 228  Abraham’s children, you would be doing 229  the deeds of Abraham. 8:40 But now you are trying 230  to kill me, a man who has told you 231  the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! 232  8:41 You people 233  are doing the deeds of your father.”

Then 234  they said to Jesus, 235 We were not born as a result of immorality! 236  We have only one Father, God himself.” 8:42 Jesus replied, 237 If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come from God and am now here. 238  I 239  have not come on my own initiative, 240  but he 241  sent me. 8:43 Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept 242  my teaching. 243  8:44 You people 244  are from 245  your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. 246  He 247  was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, 248  because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, 249  he speaks according to his own nature, 250  because he is a liar and the father of lies. 251  8:45 But because I am telling you 252  the truth, you do not believe me. 8:46 Who among you can prove me guilty 253  of any sin? 254  If I am telling you 255  the truth, why don’t you believe me? 8:47 The one who belongs to 256  God listens and responds 257  to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, 258  because you don’t belong to God.” 259 

8:48 The Judeans 260  replied, 261 Aren’t we correct in saying 262  that you are a Samaritan and are possessed by a demon? 263  8:49 Jesus answered, “I am not possessed by a demon, 264  but I honor my Father – and yet 265  you dishonor me. 8:50 I am not trying to get 266  praise for myself. 267  There is one who demands 268  it, and he also judges. 269  8:51 I tell you the solemn truth, 270  if anyone obeys 271  my teaching, 272  he will never see death.” 273 

8:52 Then 274  the Judeans 275  responded, 276 Now we know you’re possessed by a demon! 277  Both Abraham and the prophets died, and yet 278  you say, ‘If anyone obeys 279  my teaching, 280  he will never experience 281  death.’ 282  8:53 You aren’t greater than our father Abraham who died, are you? 283  And the prophets died too! Who do you claim to be? 8:54 Jesus replied, 284 If I glorify myself, my glory is worthless. 285  The one who glorifies me is my Father, about whom you people 286  say, ‘He is our God.’ 8:55 Yet 287  you do not know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, 288  I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I obey 289  his teaching. 290  8:56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed 291  to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.” 292 

8:57 Then the Judeans 293  replied, 294 You are not yet fifty years old! 295  Have 296  you seen Abraham? 8:58 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 297  before Abraham came into existence, 298  I am! 299  8:59 Then they picked up 300  stones to throw at him, 301  but Jesus hid himself and went out from the temple area. 302 

Healing a Man Born Blind

9:1 Now as Jesus was passing by, 303  he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 9:2 His disciples asked him, 304 Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man 305  or his parents? 306  9:3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man 307  nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that 308  the acts 309  of God may be revealed 310  through what happens to him. 311  9:4 We must perform the deeds 312  of the one who sent me 313  as long as 314  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.” 315  9:6 Having said this, 316  he spat on the ground and made some mud 317  with the saliva. He 318  smeared the mud on the blind man’s 319  eyes 9:7 and said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam 320  (which is translated “sent). 321  So the blind man 322  went away and washed, and came back seeing.

9:8 Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously 323  as a beggar began saying, 324 Is this not the man 325  who used to sit and beg? 9:9 Some people said, 326 This is the man!” 327  while others said, “No, but he looks like him.” 328  The man himself 329  kept insisting, “I am the one! 330  9:10 So they asked him, 331 How then were you made to see? 332  9:11 He replied, 333 The man called Jesus made mud, 334  smeared it 335  on my eyes and told me, 336 Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and was able to see.” 337  9:12 They said 338  to him, “Where is that man?” 339  He replied, 340 I don’t know.”

The Pharisees’ Reaction to the Healing

9:13 They brought the man who used to be blind 341  to the Pharisees. 342  9:14 (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud 343  and caused him to see 344  was a Sabbath.) 345  9:15 So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. 346  He replied, 347 He put mud 348  on my eyes and I washed, and now 349  I am able to see.”

9:16 Then some of the Pharisees began to say, 350 This man is not from God, because he does not observe 351  the Sabbath.” 352  But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform 353  such miraculous signs?” Thus there was a division 354  among them. 9:17 So again they asked the man who used to be blind, 355 What do you say about him, since he caused you to see?” 356  “He is a prophet,” the man replied. 357 

9:18 Now the Jewish religious leaders 358  refused to believe 359  that he had really been blind and had gained his sight until at last they summoned 360  the parents of the man who had become able to see. 361  9:19 They asked the parents, 362 Is this your son, whom you say 363  was born blind? Then how does he now see? 9:20 So his parents replied, 364 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. 365  Ask him, he is a mature adult. 366  He will speak for himself.” 9:22 (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. 367  For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus 368  to be the Christ 369  would be put out 370  of the synagogue. 371  9:23 For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, 372  ask him.”) 373 

9:24 Then they summoned 374  the man who used to be blind 375  a second time and said to him, “Promise before God to tell the truth. 376  We know that this man 377  is a sinner.” 9:25 He replied, 378 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? 379  9:27 He answered, 380 I told you already and you didn’t listen. 381  Why do you want to hear it 382  again? You people 383  don’t want to become his disciples too, do you?

9:28 They 384  heaped insults 385  on him, saying, 386 You are his disciple! 387  We are disciples of Moses! 9:29 We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man 388  comes from! 9:30 The man replied, 389 This is a remarkable thing, 390  that you don’t know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see! 391  9:31 We know that God doesn’t listen to 392  sinners, but if anyone is devout 393  and does his will, God 394  listens to 395  him. 396  9:32 Never before 397  has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see. 398  9:33 If this man 399  were not from God, he could do nothing.” 9:34 They replied, 400 You were born completely in sinfulness, 401  and yet you presume to teach us?” 402  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 403  and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man? 404  9:36 The man 405  replied, 406 And who is he, sir, that 407  I may believe in him? 9:37 Jesus told him, “You have seen him; he 408  is the one speaking with you.” 409  9:38 [He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 410  9:39 Jesus 411  said,] 412  “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, 413  and the ones who see may become blind.”

9:40 Some of the Pharisees 414  who were with him heard this 415  and asked him, 416 We are not blind too, are we? 417  9:41 Jesus replied, 418 If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, 419  but now because you claim that you can see, 420  your guilt 421  remains.” 422 

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