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John 20:1-31

20  But on the first day of the week Mary the Magdalene came to the tomb in the early morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2  So she ran and came to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them “They have taken the Lord away out of the tomb and we do not know where they have put him.” 3  So out went Peter, and the other disciple, and they came to the tomb. 4  And the two were running together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first, 5*  and stooped and looked in and saw the sheets lying there, but he did not go in. 6*  So Simon Peter too came following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the sheets lying there, 7*  and the handkerchief that had been over his head not lying with the sheets but wrapped round and round separately in its individual place. 8  So then the other disciple too went in, the one that had come to the tomb first, and he saw and believed. 9  For they did not yet know the text that said he must rise from the dead. 10  So the disciples went off home again. 11  But Mary was standing outside by the tomb weeping. So while she was weeping she stooped and looked into the tomb 12  and saw two angels in white sitting one at the head and one at the feet where Jesus’s body had lain; 13  and they said to her “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them “Because they have taken my Lord away and I do not know where they have put him.” 14*  Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know it was Jesus. 15  Jesus said to her “Woman, why are you weeping? whom are you looking for?” She, thinking it was the caretaker of the garden, said to him “Sir, if you have carried him off, tell me where you put him and I will take him away.” 16  Jesus said to her “Mary—” She turned and said to him in Hebrew “Rabbuni!” that is to say, “Teacher!” 17*  Jesus said to her “Do not touch me, for I have not yet gone up to my Father. But go to my brothers and tell them ‘I am going to my Father, your Father, my God, your God.’” 18  Mary the Magdalene came reporting to the disciples “I have seen the Lord” and that he had said these things to her. 19*  So when it was evening on that day, the first of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the middle of the company and said to them “Peace be to you”; 20  and with that he showed them his hands and his side. So the disciples were glad to see the Lord. 21  So Jesus said to them again “Peace be to you. In the same way as the Father has sent me out, I am sending you”; 22  and with that he poured a breath over them and said to them “Take Holy Spirit. 23*  If you forgive anybody’s sins he has them forgiven; if you condemn anybody’s they are condemned.” 24  But Thomas, one of the Twelve, known as the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25  So the other disciples said to him “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails and put my finger into the mark of the nails and put my hand into his side I will not believe.” 26*  And one week later the disciples were in there again, and Thomas with them; Jesus came while the doors were shut and stood in the middle of the company and said “Peace be to you.” 27*  Then he said to Thomas “Bring on your finger and see about my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side; and do not be a disbeliever but a believer.” 28  Thomas answered him “My Lord and my God!” 29*  Jesus said to him “Because you have seen you have believed, have you? Happy are those who did not see and believed.” 30  Many more tokens Jesus did before the disciples, which are not written down in this book; 31  but these have been written down, in order that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that, believing, you may have life by his name.


20:5 Lit. saw the sheets lying, but
20:6 Lit. saw the sheets lying, and
20:7 Lit. in one place
20:14 Lit. saw Jesus standing, and
20:17 Or up to Father Or up to the Father
20:19 Lit. stood in the middle and said
20:23 The words anybody’s and he are plural in the Greek
20:26 Lit. stood in the middle and said
20:27 Lit. see my hands
20:29 Or have believed! Happy