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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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John 12:1-50

12  So Jesus came six days before the passover to Bethany, where Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, was. 2*  So they gave a dinner for him there, and Martha waited on them, but Lazarus was one of those who were at the table with him. 3*  So Mary took a pound of high-priced perfume, nard in pistachio oil, and rubbed Jesus’s feet and wiped his feet off with her hair; and the house was filled with the odor of the perfume. 4  And Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples, the one who was going to be the agent in his arrest, 5  said “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” 6  (But he said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and, having the money-box, carried off what was dropped in.) 7  So Jesus said “Let her keep it for the day of my burial; 8  for you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” 9  So the big crowd of the Jews found out that he was there, and they came not only because of Jesus but to see Lazarus too whom he raised from the dead. 10  And the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too 11  because many of the Jews went because of him and believed in Jesus. 12  The following day the big crowd that had come to the feast, hearing that Jesus was coming into Jerusalem, 13  took the fronds of the palm trees and went out to meet him and shouted “Hosanna! blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, and the king of Israel!” 14  And Jesus, having found a little donkey, mounted it, as it says 15  “Do not be afraid, daughter of Sion: here is your King coming to you, riding on an ass colt.” 16  These things the disciples did not find out in the first place; but when Jesus was glorified they remembered that it said these things of him and they had done these things to him. 17  So the crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. 18  It was because of this, too, that the crowd met him, because they heard that he had done this token. 19  So the Pharisees said to each other “You see you are doing no good: there is the world gone after him.” 20  And there were certain Greeks who were among those who came up to do reverence at the feast; 21  so these approached Philip, the one who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22  Philip came and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus. 23  And Jesus answered them “The moment has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24  Verily, verily I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it is still itself alone; but if it dies it bears a great crop. 25  He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26  If one is serving me let him follow me, and where I am, there my servant too will be. If one serves me, the Father will honor him. 27  Now my soul is in a turmoil; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this moment—but it was on this account that I came to this moment; 28  Father, glorify your name.” So there came a voice out of the sky “I did, and will again.” 29  So the crowd that was standing there and heard said it had thundered; others said “An angel has spoken to him.” 30  Jesus replied “This voice did not come on my account but on yours. 31  Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be put out; 32  and I, if I am lifted off the earth, shall draw everybody to myself.” 33  (And this he said indicating what death he was to die.) 34  So the crowd answered him “We heard out of the Law that the Messiah stays forever, and how is it you say that the Son of Man must be lifted off? what Son of Man is this?” 35  So Jesus said to them “For a little while longer the light is among you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness may not overtake you—and he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. 36  While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus uttered, and went off and hid from them. 37  But after he had done so many tokens before them they did not believe in him, 38  that the prophet Isaiah’s word that he spoke might be fulfilled, “Lord, who believed our news, and to whom was the Lord’s arm revealed?” 39  This was why they could not believe, because Isaiah said again 40  “He has put out their eyes and caked their hearts that they may not see with their eyes and understand with their hearts and turn about, and I heal them.” 41  This Isaiah said because he had seen his glory and spoke of him. 42  Nevertheless, even of the rulers many did believe in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not avow it, that they might not be excommunicated; 43  for they cared more for men’s glory than for God’s. 44  And Jesus shouted “He who believes in me is not believing in me but in the one who sent me, 45  and he who sees me is seeing the one who sent me. 46  I have come into the world as a light, that anyone who believes in me may not remain in the darkness. 47  And if one hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him, not I; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48  He who disregards me and does not take my words has the one who judges him; the word that I spoke, that word will judge him at the last day, 49  because I did not speak out of myself but the Father who sent me has himself given me orders what to say and to speak, 50  and I know that his orders are eternal life; so what I speak I speak just as the Father has told me.”


12:2 Lit. Martha waited, but
12:3 (in pistachio oil) Unc.