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John 5:1-47

5  After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2  And at Jerusalem there is at the Sheep Gate a pool, the one spoken of in Hebrew as Bethzatha, with five porches; 3*  in these were lying a multitude of the sick, blind, lame, atrophied. 4  —— 5  And there was a certain man there who had had thirty-eight years of his disease; 6  seeing him lying there, and finding that he had had a long time of it, Jesus said to him “Do you want to get well?” 7  The sick man answered him “Sir, I do not have a man to throw me into the pool when the water is disturbed, and while I am coming somebody else gets down ahead of me.” 8  Jesus said to him “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.” 9  And at once the man became well and took up his pallet and walked. And it was sabbath that day; 10  so the Jews said to the cured man “It is sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet.” 11  But he answered “The one that made me well, he said to me ‘Take up your pallet and walk.’” 12  They asked him “Who was the man that said to you ‘Take it up and walk’?” 13  But the cured man did not know who it was; for Jesus had slipped away, there being a crowd in the place. 14  After this Jesus found him in the temple-precinct and said to him “There, you have got well; do not sin anymore, so that you will not have something worse.” 15  The man went off and told the Jews it was Jesus that had made him well; 16  and because of that the Jews persecuted Jesus, since he had done that on a sabbath. 17  But he answered them “My Father is working till now, and I am working.” 18  So because of that the Jews tried the more to kill him since he was not only overriding the obligation of the sabbath but also calling God his father, claiming to be equal to God. 19  So Jesus replied “Verily, verily I tell you, the Son cannot do anything from himself unless he sees the Father do a thing; for what he does, that the Son likewise does. 20  For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything that he himself is doing, and will show him greater works than these for you to wonder at. 21  For as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so the Son too gives life to whom he will. 22  For the Father does not judge anyone either, but he has given all jurisdiction to the Son, 23  that all may honor the Son as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24  Verily, verily I tell you that he who hears my words and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment but has passed from death to life. 25  Verily, verily I tell you that there is a moment coming, and it is here now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will come to life, 26  for as the Father has life in himself so he has given it to the Son to have life in himself; 27  and he has given him authority to administer judgment because he is Son of Man. 28  Do not wonder at this, because there is a moment coming at which all in the tombs will hear his voice 29  and pass out, those who have done what was good to resurrection of life, those who have misbehaved to resurrection of judgment. 30  I cannot do anything from myself: I pronounce judgment as I hear, and my judgment is just because I am not looking out for my will but for the will of the one that sent me. 31  “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true; 32  there is another who testifies about me, and I know the testimony he gives about me is true. 33  You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth; 34  but I do not draw on a man for testimony, but am saying these things that you may be saved. 35  He was the lamp that burned and shone; and you were willing to jubilate in his light for a moment. 36  But I have greater testimony than John’s; for the works that the Father has given it to me to carry through, the very works that I am doing, testify about me that the Father has sent me. 37  And the Father who sent me, he has testified about me. You have never yet heard his voice nor seen his form, 38  and you do not have his word resting in you, because you do not believe him whom he sent. 39  You search through the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life, and they are what testify about me, 40  and you are not willing to come to me to have life. 41  I do not accept glory from men; 42  but I know you as not having the love of God in you. 43  I have come in my Father’s name and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name you will accept him. 44  How can you believe when you accept glory from each other and do not look out for the glory that comes from the only God? 45*  Do not think I will accuse you to the Father; there is one who does accuse you, Moses, to whom you have pinned your hopes; 46  for if you believed Moses you would be believing me, for he wrote about me. 47  But if you do not believe his writings how will you believe my sayings?”


5:3 Var. atrophied, awaiting the motion of the water; (verse 4) for an angel of the Lord came down into the pool at times and disturbed the water; so the first who stepped in after the disturbance of the water became well of whatsoever ailment he was in the grip of.
5:45 Lit. there is the one who