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John 13:1-38

13  But before the feast of the passover Jesus, knowing that his moment had come for passing from this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, loved them to the last; 2  and, there coming a dinner when the Devil had already put it in the heart of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon to have him arrested, 3  he, knowing that the Father had put everything in his hands and that he had come out from God and was going to God, 4  rose from the dinner and laid off his clothes and took a towel and tied it round him as breech-cloth; 5  then he put water in the pitcher and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them off with the towel he had on. 6  So he came to Simon Peter. He said to him “Sir, are you washing my feet?” 7  Jesus replied “What I am doing you do not know now, but you will find out later.” 8  Peter said to him “You shall never in the world wash my feet.” Jesus answered him “If I do not wash you you have nothing in common with me.” 9  Simon Peter said to him “Sir, not only my feet but my hands and head too.” 10**  Jesus said to him “He who has bathed has no need for washing except his feet, but is clean all of him; and you twelve are clean, but not all of you” 11  (for he knew the one that was to have him arrested; that was why he said “you are not all of you clean”). 12  So when he had washed their feet and had resumed his clothes and taken his place at the table again he said to them “Do you know what it is I have done to you? 13  You call me Teacher and Master, and you are right; for I am. 14  So if I the Teacher and Master washed your feet, you too are bound to wash each other’s feet; 15  for I gave you an example to have you too do as I did to you. 16  Verily, verily I tell you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor a representative than his sender. 17  If you know these things, happy are you if you do them. 18*  I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I chose; but it was in order that the text ‘He who was feeding on my bread raised his heel against me’ should be fulfilled. 19  From now on I tell you before the event, that when it takes place you may know that I am the one. 20  Verily, verily I tell you, he who accepts anyone I send is accepting me, and he who is accepting me is accepting the one who sent me.” 21  After saying these things Jesus showed agitation of spirit, and testified and said “Verily, verily I tell you that one of you will have me arrested.” 22  The disciples looked at each other, at a loss to know of whom he was speaking. 23  There was at the table, resting in Jesus’s bosom, one of his disciples whom Jesus loved; 24  so Simon Peter nodded to that one and said to him “Ask who it is he is speaking of.” 25  He, dropping back on Jesus’s breast from the position he was in, said to him “Sir, who is it?” 26*  So Jesus answered “It is that one to whom I will give the piece of bread when I dip it in”; so he dipped the piece of bread in and gave it to Judas the son of Simon Iscariot; 27  and after the piece of bread, then Satan came into him. So Jesus said to him “Be quick about what you are doing.” 28  And none of those at the table knew what was the point of his saying this to him; 29  for some thought, since Judas had the money-box, Jesus was telling him “Buy what we need for the feast” or to give something to the poor.— 30  So he, after taking the piece of bread, went out at once. And it was night. 31  So when he had gone out Jesus said “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32  If God is glorified in him, God on his part will glorify him in himself and glorify him at once. 33  Children, I shall be with you little longer. You will look for me, and as I said to the Jews ‘where I am going you cannot come,’ so I say to you now. 34  I give you a new commandment, that you are to love each other: that as I loved you, you too are to love each other. 35  By this all will know that you are disciples of mine, if you have love for each other.” 36  Simon Peter said to him “Sir, where are you going?” Jesus answered “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but later you shall.” 37  Peter said to him “Sir, why cannot I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38  Jesus answered “You will lay down your life for me? verily, verily I tell you, not a cock will crow till you have disowned me three times.


13:10 Var. no need for washing, but is
13:10 Lit. and you are clean (the word you being plural)
13:18 Lit. but in order that
13:26 Lit. to whom I will dip the piece of bread in and give it