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John 14:1-31

14  “Let your hearts not be alarmed: trust in God and trust in me. 2  In my Father’s house there are many habitations; if not, I would have told you—because I go to get a place ready for you, 3  and if I go and get a place ready for you I come again and will take you home with me, that where I am you too may be. 4  And where I am going you know the way.” 5  Thomas said to him “Sir, we do not know where you are going; how do we know the way?” 6  Jesus said to him “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; nobody comes to the Father except through me. 7*  If you knew me you would know my Father too. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8  Philip said to him “Sir, show us the Father and we are satisfied.” 9  Jesus said to him “I have been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? he who has seen me has seen the Father; how is it you are saying ‘show us the Father’? 10  Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? the words that I say to you I do not say from myself, but the Father, abiding in me, is doing his work. 11  Take my word for it that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or if not, believe because of the work itself. 12  Verily, verily I tell you, he who believes in me will himself do the work I do, and do greater things than these, because I am going to the Father, 13  and whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14*  If you ask me anything in my name I will do it. 15  “If you love me you will keep my commandments, 16  and I will request the Father and he will give you another spokesman to be with you forever, 17**  the Spirit of Truth, which the world cannot receive because it does not perceive nor know it; you know it, because it stays with you and is in you. 18  “I will not leave you bereaved; I am coming to you. 19  A little longer, and the world no longer perceives me, but you do, because I am alive and you will be. 20  On that day you will know that I am in my Father and you are in me and I am in you. 21  He who has my commandments and keeps them, he is the one that loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22  Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him “And what has happened, sir, that you are going to manifest yourself to us and not to the world?” 23  Jesus replied “If one loves me he will keep what I say; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make a home with him. 24  He who does not love me does not keep the things I say; and the thing you hear me say is not my say, but the Father’s, who sent me. 25  “These words I have spoken to you while I remained with you; 26  but the Spokesman, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name, he will teach you everything and remind you of everything that I said to you. 27  “Peace I leave to you; my peace I give you; it is not as the world gives that I give to you. Let your hearts not be alarmed nor daunted. 28  You heard me say to you ‘I am going, and coming to you.’ If you loved me you would be glad because I am going to my Father, because my Father is greater than I am. 29  And I have now been telling you before the things take place, in order that when they do you may believe. 30  “I shall not talk with you much more, for the ruler of the world is coming. And he has no hold on me, 31*  but it is in order that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father commanded me, so I do. Up, let us be going from here.

Footnotes

14:7 Or know about my Father
14:14 Var. ask anything
14:17 Var. will stay
14:17 Var. will be in you
14:31 Or on me; but in order that . . . so I do—up,