The Gospel of John

 

Chapter 1

The Word Became Flesh Among Us

        1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2He was with God in the beginning.

        3Through him all things were made, and without him not one thing was made that has been made.  4In him was life, and that life was the light for humankind.  5And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not mastered it.

        6There came a man sent from God; his name was John.  7He came as a witness to testify about that light, so that through him all people might believe.  8He himself was not the light; he came rather to bear witness to the light.  9The true light, which gives light to every human being, was coming into the world.

        10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  11He came to that which was his own, and his own did not receive him.  12But to all who did receive him, to those believing on his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born, not from bloods, nor from body desire, nor from a man's decision, but born of God.

        14And the Word became flesh, and moved his tent in among us; and we beheld his glory, the glory as of an only begotten from a Father, full of grace and truth.

        15John testifies concerning him, and he has cried out, saying: "This is he of whom I said, 'The one coming after me has outranked me, because he existed before me.'"

        16And out of his fulness we have all received, yes, grace upon grace.  17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  18No one has ever seen God; but the Only Begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.

 

The Pharisees Question John

        19And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem in order to ask him, "Who are you?"  20And he confessed, and did not resist; but confessed, "I am not the Anointed One."

        21And they asked him, "Who then?  Are you Elijah?"

        And he says, "I am not."

        "Are you the Prophet?"

        And he answered, "No."

        22They said therefore to him, "Who are you?  So we may give an answer to those who sent us, what do you say about yourself?"

        23He said, "I am just as Isaiah the prophet said: 'the voice of one calling in the wilderness, "Prepare the way for the Lord." ' "'

        24And those who were sent were of the Pharisees.  25And they questioned him and said to him, "Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Anointed One, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"

        26John answered them as follows, "I baptize in water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27the one coming after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie."

        28These things happened in Bethany, on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

 

Behold the Lamb of God

            29The next day he sees Jesus coming toward him, and says, "Behold!  The lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  30This is he of whom I said, 'After me will come a man who has outranked me because he existed before me.'  31And I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing in water was that he might be revealed to Israel."

        32Then John testified, saying: "I have seen the Spirit come down from heaven like a dove, and it remained upon him.  33And I myself had not known him, but the one who sent me to baptize in water, he told me, 'On whomever you see the Spirit coming down and remaining upon, this is the one who will baptize in the Holy Spirit.'  34And now I have seen, and now I have testified, that this is the Son of God."

 

John and Andrew Have Found the Messiah

        35The next day, again, John was standing with two of his disciples.  36And seeing Jesus walking, he says, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"

        37The two disciples heard him saying this, and they followed Jesus.  38And Jesus turned around; and seeing them following, says to them, "What do you want?"

        And they said to him, "Rabbi,"  (which when translated is Teacher),  "where are you staying?"

        39He says to them, "Come, and you will see."

        They went therefore, and saw where he was staying, and spent the rest of that day with him, it being about 10 a.m.

        40Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two hearing from John and following Jesus.  41This man first thing finds his own brother Simon, and he tells him, "We have found the Messiah"  (which when translated is Anointed One).

        42He led him to Jesus.

        Looking at him, Jesus said, "You are Simon son of John.  You will be called Kephas"  (which when translated is Rock.)

 

Philip and Nathaniel

        43The next day Jesus decided to go forth into Galilee; and he finds Philip.  And Jesus says to him, "Follow me."

        44And Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.  45Philip finds Nathaniel, and tells him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the Law, and also the prophets wrote: Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth."

        46And Nathaniel said to him, "Is it possible for anything good to be from Nazareth?"

        Philip says to him, "Come and see."

        47When Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward him, he says about him, "Behold a true Israelite, in whom there is no artifice."

        48Nathaniel says to him, "Where do you know me from?"

        And Jesus answered and said to him, "I saw you while you were under the fig tree, before Philip called you."

        49Nathaniel answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel."

        50Jesus answered and said to him, "You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree?  You shall see greater things than that."  51He then says to him, "Truly, truly I say to you, you shall all see heaven torn open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

 

Chapter 2

Water Into Wine

        1And on the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee.  Jesus' mother was there, 2and both Jesus and his disciples had been invited to the wedding.  3And when wine was lacking, Jesus' mother says to him, "They have no wine."

        4Jesus says to her, "What business is there between you and me, woman?  My time has not yet come."

        5His mother says to the servants, "Whatever he tells you, do."

        6And there were six stone water jars lying there, for the ceremonial washing of the Jews, each holding from two to three measures.

        7Jesus says to them, "Fill the jars with water."  So they filled them to the brim.

        8And he tells them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the master of the banquet."  And they took some.

        9When the master of the banquet tasted the water become wine, not knowing where it had come from, but the servants having drawn the water knowing, the master of the banquet calls the bridegroom, 10and says to him, "Everyone sets out the good wine first, and the cheaper after they have become drunk.  You have kept the good wine till now."

        11This, the first of the miraculous signs, Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

        12After this he went down to Capernaum, he and his mother, and brothers, and his disciples, and there they stayed for a few days.

 

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

        13And the Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  14And in the temple he found those selling cattle, sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting.  15And having made a whip out of ropes, he expelled all from the temple, including the sheep and the cattle, and he poured out the coins of the money changers, and overturned the tables, 16and he said to those selling the doves, "Take these out of here!  Do not make the house of my Father a house of commerce!"

        17His disciples remembered that it is written: "The zeal for your house will consume me."

        18The Jews responded therefore and said to him, "What sign are you showing us, that you can do these things?"

        19Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it."

        20Then the Jews said, "This temple was built in forty-six years, and you in three days will raise it?"  21But he had spoken of the temple of his body.  22When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture, and the word that Jesus had spoken.

        23And while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover during the Festival, many believed in his name— seeing the miraculous signs he was doing.  24But Jesus on his part did not commit himself to them, because he knew all people, 25and because he had no need that anyone testify about a person, for he knew what was in the person.

 

Chapter 3

You Must Be Born Again

        1And there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  2He came to Jesus by night, and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God.  For no one would be able to do these miraculous signs you are doing, unless God were with him."

        3Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly I say to you, Unless one is born again from above, it is not possible to see the kingdom of God."

        4Nicodemus says to him, "How is it possible for someone who is old, to be born?  Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"

        5Jesus answered, "Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born from water and spirit, it is not possible to enter into the kingdom of God.  6That born from flesh is flesh, and that born from Spirit is spirit.  7You should not be surprised that I said to you, 'You must be born from above.'  8The wind blows where it will, and the sound of it you hear, but you do not know where it is coming from, and where it is going.  Such is everyone born from the Spirit."

        9Nicodemus answered and said to him, "How can these things be?"

        10Jesus answered and said to him, "You are Teacher for Israel, and not familiar with these things?  11Truly, truly I tell you, we are saying what we know, and testifying to what we have seen, and you people do not accept our testimony.  12If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?  13And no one has gone up into heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man.  14And as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, in like manner the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

        16"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not perish, but have everlasting life.  17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  18The person who believes in him is not condemned.  The person who does not believe, is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of God's only begotten Son.

19And this is the condemnation:

 

The light

has come into the world.

And human beings

loved the darkness

more than the light,

because their works

were continually evil.

 

20For everyone practicing evil things, hates the light, and does not come toward the light, so that his works not be exposed.  21But one doing the truth comes toward the light, so that his works may be manifest, that they have been accomplished in God."

 

"He Must Increase; I Must Decrease"

        22After these things, Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean territory, and there he was spending time with them, and baptizing.  23And John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water there, and they were coming and getting baptized.  24For John was still not yet thrown into prison.

        25Then a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a certain Jew about ceremonial washing.  26And they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you on the other side of the Jordan, about whom you testified, behold, that man is baptizing, and everyone is moving to him."

        27John answered and said, "A human being is not able to receive a thing that is not given to him from heaven.  28You yourselves bear me witness that I said, 'I am not the Anointed One, but am sent ahead of him.'  29The one possessing the bride is bridegroom, and the one standing and hearing him, the friend of the bridegroom, who rejoices with a joy on account of the voice of the bridegroom.  That joy, my joy, is therefore fulfilled.  30He must increase, and I must decrease.

        31"The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth is of the earth, and speaks of the earth.  The one who comes from heaven is above all; 32what he has seen and heard, this he testifies to, and no one accepts his testimony.  33The person who accepts his testimony has vouched that God is truthful.  34For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God; because to him God gives the Spirit without measure.  35The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.  36The person who believes in the Son, has eternal life, but the one who disobeys the Son will not see life, but rather, the wrath of God remains upon him."

 

Chapter 4

The Samaritan Woman at the Well

        1Then, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John, 2(although Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples), 3he left Judea, and went back into Galilee.

        4But he had to pass through Samaria.  5Thus it is he comes to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  6And Jacob's well was there.  So there Jesus was, sitting down by the well, tired from the journey.  It was about 6 p.m.

        7A woman of Samaria comes to draw water.  Jesus says to her, "Give me a drink."  8(For his disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

        9Then the Samaritan woman says to him, "How is it you, being a Jew, are asking for a drink from me, being a Samaritan woman?"  (For Jews do not use dishes in common with Samaritans.)

        10Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."

        11She says to him, "Sir, you do not have a bucket, and the shaft is deep.  Where then do you hold the living water?  12Are you greater than our forefather Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and also his sons and his animals?"

        13Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks from this water will thirst again, 14but whoever drinks from the water which I will give him will never thirst again.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into life without end."

        15The woman says to him, "Sir, give me this water.  Then I wouldn't get thirsty, and neither would I have to keep coming over here to draw."

        16He says to her, "Go call your husband, and come back here."

        17The woman answered and said, "I do not have a husband."

        Jesus says to her, "Commendably, you said, 'I do not have a husband.'  18For you have had five husbands, and he you now have is not your husband.  This you have said honestly."

        19The woman says to him, "Sir, I am perceiving that you are a prophet.  20Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that the place where one must worship is in Jerusalem."

        21Jesus says to her, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  22You Samaritans worship what you do not know.  We worship what we know, for salvation is of the Jews.  23Nevertheless, a time is coming, and is now come, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for indeed that is the kind the Father seeks as those worshiping him.  24God is spirit, and those worshiping him, must worship in spirit and in truth."

        25The woman says to him, "I do know that Messiah"  (called Christ)  "is coming.  When he comes, he will teach us everything."

        26Jesus says to her, "I, the one speaking to you, am he."

 

Lift Your Eyes, See My Food and My Harvest

        27And at this point his disciples came, and they were surprised that he was talking with a woman.  Still, no one said, "What do you want?" or, "Why are you talking with her?"

        28Then, the woman left her water jar, and went away into the town.  And she says to the people, 29"Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.  Could he be the Messiah?"

        30They were proceeding out of the town and coming toward him.  31In the meantime, his disciples were pleading with him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."

        32But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about."

        33His disciples therefore were saying to each other, "Has someone brought him something to eat?"

        34Jesus says to them, "That I may do the will of him who sent me, is food to me, and that I may finish his work.  35Do you not say, 'There is four months yet, and then comes the harvest'?  Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look upon the fields.  For they are white even now for harvest.  36The one harvesting is taking his wages, and gathering fruit resulting in eternal life, so that the one sowing and the one harvesting may rejoice together.  37For the saying, 'One is the sower and another is the reaper,' is true in this: 38I have sent you to harvest what you have not worked.  Others have done the hard work, and you have joined in their labor."

 

The Woman's Talk Bears Fruit

        39And many of the Samaritans from that town had believed in him because of the woman's word testifying, "He told me everything I ever did."  40When therefore the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to remain with them, and he remained two days.  41And, because of his word, many more believed.

        42And to the woman they said, "No longer because of your talk do we believe; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man truly is the Savior of the world."

 

The Official's Son Stays Alive

        43And after the two days he departed from there into Galilee.  44(Now Jesus himself testified, that in his own native place a prophet has no honor.)  45When then he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him– having seen all the things that he had done in Jerusalem at the festival, for they also had gone to the festival.

        46He came again therefore to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine.  And there was a certain royal official there whose son lay sick at Capernaum.  47When this man heard that Jesus was coming out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him and asked that he would come and heal his son, for he was about to die.

        48Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you people see miraculous signs and terrifying omens, you will never believe."

        49The royal official says to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies."

        50Jesus says to him, "Go.  Your son stays alive."

        The man believed the word that Jesus had said to him, and departed.  51And even as he was going back down, his servants met him saying that his boy was living.  52He therefore ascertained from them the exact time in which he had gotten better.  They therefore said to him, "The fever left him yesterday at 7 p.m."

        53Then the father realized: that was the hour in which Jesus had said to him, "Your son stays alive."  And he and his whole household believed.

        54Again, this second miraculous sign Jesus performed while coming out of Judea into Galilee.

 

Chapter 5

Jesus Heals in the Spa on the Sabbath

        1After these things, there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Hebrew is called Bethesda, having five colonnades.  3In these a great number of disabled people used to lie, the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  5And one man was there who had had a disability thirty-eight years.  6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had had his condition now for a long time, he says to him, "Do you want to get well?"

        7The invalid answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred, and while I am going, someone else goes down ahead of me."

        8Jesus says to him, "Stand up.  Pick up your mat and walk."  9And immediately the man became well, and he picked up his mat and walked.  And that day was during a Sabbath.

            10The Jews therefore said to the man who had been healed, "It is a Sabbath, and not lawful for you to carry your mat."

        11He answered them, "The man who made me well, he told me, 'Pick up your mat and walk.' "

        12They asked him, "Who is the man telling you to pick up and walk?"

        13But the man who was healed had not known who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, a crowd being in the place.

        14After these things Jesus finds him at the temple and said to him, "Behold, you are well.  Do not sin any longer, or something worse might happen to you."  15The man went away and reported to the Jews that Jesus was the one who had made him well.

 

Hear the Voice of the Son and Live

        16And for this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus and looked for a way to kill him, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.  17But he answered them, "My Father is working continuously up to now, so I also am working."  18For this reason the Jews tried all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was also saying God was his own father, making himself equal to God.

        19Therefore Jesus responded and said to them, "Truly, truly I say to you, the Son is not able to do anything of himself, but only what he sees the Father doing.  For whatever things that One does, these things also the Son does likewise.  20For the Father loves the Son, and shows him every thing that he does.  And indeed, greater works than these he will show him, such that you will be constantly amazed.  21For just as the Father raises the dead and makes them alive, in this way also the Son makes alive those whom he wishes.  22Moreover, the Father judges no one, but instead has given all judgment to the Son, 23that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.  The person who does not honor the Son is not honoring the Father who sent him.

        24"Truly, truly I say to you, the person who hears my word and believes the one who sent me, has eternal life, and is not going into judgment, but has crossed over out of death into life.  25Truly, truly I say to you, a time is coming, and is now come, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and the ones who hear will live.  26For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted to the Son also to have life in himself.  27And to him he has given authority to do the judging, because he is the son of a human.

        28"Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming, when all those in the graves will hear his voice, 29and stream out, the ones who have done good into a resurrection of life, and the ones who have done evil into a resurrection of judgment.  30I of myself am not able to do a thing; only as I hear do I judge, and my judgment is righteous, because I am not seeking my own will, but the will of Him who sent me.

 

Testimonies About Jesus

        31"If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid.  32There is another who testifies about me, and I know that the testimony which he testifies about me is true.

        33"You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.  34I do not accept testimony from a human being; but I am saying these things so that you may be saved.  35That one was a burning and shining lamp, and in his light you were willing to exult, for a time.

        36"But I have testimony weightier than that of John.  For the works which the Father has given me to finish, the same works which I am doing, they testify about me that the Father has sent me.  37And the Father who sent me, He has testified about me.  You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form.  38And His word, you do not have living in you, because the one he has sent, him you do not believe.  39You diligently study the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life.  And these are the ones that testify about me.  40Yet you refuse to come to me so that you may have life.

        41"I do not accept praise from human beings; 42but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.  43I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; if someone else comes in his own name, him you will accept.  44How is it possible for you to believe, accepting honor from one another, and not seeking the praise from the only God?

        45"But do not think that I will accuse you before the Father.  The one accusing you is Moses, on whom you have placed your hope.  46For if you were believing Moses, you would be believing me, for he wrote about me.  47But since you are not believing his writings, how will you believe my statements?"

 

Chapter 6

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

        1After these things, Jesus went across to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (the Sea of Tiberias).  2And a large crowd followed him, because they had seen the miraculous signs he had been performing on the sick.

        3Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he was sitting, with his disciples.  4And the Passover was near, the festival of the Jews.  5Then, lifting up his eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus says to Philip, "Where might we buy loaves so that these people can eat?"  6But he said this testing him, for he himself had known what he was about to do.

        7Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii are not enough loaves for them to each get a little!

        8One of his disciples, andrew the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, 9"There is a youth here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they in the face of so many?"

        10Jesus said, "Get the people to recline."  Now there was plenty of green grass in the place.  The men therefore reclined, the number about five thousand.  11Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks, he distributed to those reclining, and likewise from the fish, as much as they wanted.

        12And when they were full, he says to his disciples, "Gather the fragments that are left over, so that nothing is wasted."  13So they gathered, and filled twelve large baskets with fragments of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

        14Then the people, having seen the miraculous sign he had done, were saying, "This surely is the Prophet who was to come into the world."  15Jesus therefore, knowing that they were about to come and take him by force to try to make him king, withdrew again into the mountain, himself alone.

 

Jesus Walks on the Water

        16And when evening had come, his disciples had gone down to the lake, 17and gotten into a boat, and were proceeding across the lake toward Capernaum.  And now darkness came, and Jesus had not yet come to them, 18and as a great wind was blowing, the lake was becoming very rough.  19Then, after having rowed about twenty-five or thirty stadia, they behold him walking on the lake, and getting close to the boat, and they were afraid.

        20But he says to them, "It is I.  Don't be afraid."

        21Then they willingly took him into the boat.  And immediately the boat was at the shore to which they were headed.

 

I Am the Bread Come Down out of Heaven

        22The next day, the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the lake realized that no other boat had been there except one, and that Jesus had not gotten into the boat with his disciples, but his disciples had gone away alone.  23(Other boats, from Tiberias, arrived near the place where they had eaten the loaves, where the Lord had given thanks.)  24When therefore the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

        25And finding him across the lake, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you get here?"

        26Jesus answered them, and said, "Truly, truly I say to you, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and were satisfied.  27Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that abides, resulting in eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.  For him God the Father has sealed."

        28They therefore said to him, "What should we do in order to be working the works of God?"

        29Jesus answered, and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in that one whom he has sent."

        30So they said to him, "What miraculous sign then are you performing, so that we may see, and believe you?  What works are you working?  31Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: 'He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.'"

        32Jesus therefore said to them, "Truly, truly I say to you, the bread out of heaven is not given you by Moses; no, the real bread out of heaven my Father is giving you.  33For the bread of God, is the one coming down out of heaven and giving life to the world."

        34They said therefore to him, "Sir, give us that bread evermore."

        35Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life.  The person who comes to me, would never hunger, and the one believing in me would never thirst.  36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you are not believing.  37All flesh that the Father gives to me will come to me, and the one who comes to me, I would certainly not drive away.  38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will, but the will of him who sent me.  39And this is the will of him who sent me: that of all flesh that he has given me, I would not lose any of it, but raise it up at the last day.  40For this is the will of my Father: that anyone looking to the Son and believing in him would have eternal life, and I would raise him up at the last day."

        41Then the Jews started grumbling about him, because he said, "I am the bread having come down out of heaven."  42And they were saying, "Isn't this the Jesus son of Joseph whose father and mother we know?  How can he now say, 'I have come down out of heaven'?"

        43Jesus answered and said to them, "Stop grumbling among yourselves.  44No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I would raise him up at the last day.  45It is written in the Prophets: 'And they shall all be taught by God.'  Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to me.  46Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father.  47Truly, truly I say to you, the person who does believe in me has eternal life.  48I am the bread of life.  49Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, and they died.  50But this is bread coming down out of heaven such that one may eat of it and would not die.  51I am the living bread come down out of heaven.  If someone eats of this bread, he will live for ever.  Namely, the bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."

        52Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"

        53Jesus therefore said to them, "Truly, truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  54The person eating my flesh and drinking my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  55For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  56The one eating my flesh and drinking my blood abides in me, and I in him.  57Just as the living Father has sent me, and I live by means of the Father, so also that person eating me will live by means of me.  58This bread coming down out of heaven is not like the bread the forefathers ate and then died.  The person eating this bread will live for ever."  59These things he said while teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

 

A Teaching Too Scandalous for Some

        60Then many of his disciples hearing said, "This is a hard teaching.  Who can listen to it?"

        61But knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "This is shocking you?  62Then what if you were seeing the Son of Man ascend to where he was before?  63Spirit is what makes alive; flesh counts for nothing.  The words that I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life.  64Yet some of you are not believing."  For Jesus had known from the beginning who the ones not believing were, and who the one was, who would betray him.  65He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one has the ability to come to me, unless it is given to him from the Father.”

        66From this, many of his disciples drew back, and no longer went along with him.

        67Jesus therefore said to the twelve, "You are not thinking of leaving too, are you?"

        68Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  69And we have believed and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God."

        70Jesus responded to them, "Have I not chosen you, the Twelve, for myself?  Yet one of you is a devil."  71He was speaking of Judas, son of Simon of Kerioth; for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.

 

Chapter 7

Jesus' Brothers Judge Him Falsely

        1And after these things, Jesus was walking around in Galilee, for he was not wanting to walk in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him.  2But the Jewish Festival of Booths was near.  3So his brothers said to him, "Remove yourself from here and go to Judea, so that your disciples there also will see the miracles you are doing.  4For no one who wants to become famous, acts in secret.  If you really are doing these things, show yourself to the world."  5For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

        6Jesus therefore said to them, "The time for me has not yet come.  But for you the time is always suitable.  7The world cannot hate you, but me it hates, because I testify about it, that its works are evil.  8You go up to the festival.  I am not going up to this festival, because for me the time is not yet fully come."  9And having said these things, he remained in Galilee.

 

Jesus Goes Up for Sukkot

        10And when his brothers had gone up to the festival, then he also went up, not openly, but in secret.  11The Jews therefore were looking for him in the festival, and saying, "Where is that fellow?"

        12And there was much whispering about him in the crowds.  Some were maintaining, "He is a good man."

        Others were saying, "No.  On the contrary, he is misleading the people."  13Though none would speak about him openly, for fear of the Jews.

        14And when it was already the middle of the festival, Jesus went up to the temple, and was teaching.  15The Jews then were marveling, saying, "How does this man know letters, not having received instruction?"

        16Jesus therefore answered them and said, "My teaching is not mine, but rather his who sent me.  17If someone is inclined to do His will, he will find out about the teaching, whether it is from God, or I am speaking from myself.  18One who speaks from himself is seeking his own glory.  But one seeking the glory of Him who sent him, such a one is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him.  19Has not Moses given you the law?  Yet none of you performs the law.  Why are you trying to kill me?"

        20The crowd responded, "You have a demon.  Who is trying to kill you?"

        21Jesus answered and said to them, "One work I did, and you are all appalled.  22Why is it Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but rather from the patriarchs) and during the Sabbath you circumcise a man?  23If a man receives circumcision during the Sabbath so that the law of Moses not be broken, why are you incensed at me that I have made the whole man whole during the Sabbath?  24Judge not by appearances, but judge the righteous judgment."

 

Is Jesus the Anointed One?

        25Then some of the Jerusalemites were saying, "Is this not the man they are trying to kill?  26And behold he is speaking openly, and they say nothing to him.  Could it be the authorities have actually come to know that this is the Christ?  27Except this man, we know where he is from; but the Christ, when he comes, no one will know where he is from."

        28Then Jesus cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, "Yes, me you know, and you know where I am from.  Yet I have not come of myself.  True rather is the one who sent me; him you do not know.  29I know him, because I am from him, and that one has sent me."

        30Then they were trying to seize him, yet no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.  31But many of the crowd put trust on him, and they were saying, "When the Christ comes, will he perform more signs than this man has done?"  32The Pharisees heard these whisperings of the crowd about him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.

        33Jesus continued and said, "Just a short time more I am with you, and then I am going away, to the one who sent me.  34You will look for me, and will not find me, and where I am, you are not able to come."

        35The Jews therefore said among themselves, "Where is this man about to go, that we will not find him?  Is he about to go into the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?  36What is the meaning of this statement that he said, 'You will look for me and will not find me, and where I am you are not able to come'?"

        37And in the great and final day of the festival, there stood Jesus.  And he cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, he should come to me; and drink, 38he who believes on me.  As the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from His belly."  39Now this he said in reference to the Spirit, whom those believing in him were about to receive.  For the Spirit was not yet present, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

        40Some in the crowd therefore who heard these words were saying, "Surely this man is the Prophet."

        41Others were saying, "This man is the Christ."

        The former were then saying, "What?  The Christ comes from Galilee?  42Didn't the scripture say that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?"  43A split therefore occurred among the crowd because of him.  44And some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him.

 

Unbelief of the Jewish Authorities

        45Then the officers went to the chief priests and Pharisees, and those said to them, "Why have you not brought him?"

        46The officers answered, "Never has someone spoken so, like this man speaks."

        47The Pharisees therefore answered them, "Have you also been deceived?  48Has anyone of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed on him?  49As for this crowd, cursed are they, not understanding the law."

        50Nicodemus, the one who had come to him previously, who was one of them, says to them, 51"Our law does not judge the man unless it first hears from him, and knows what he is doing, does it?"

        52They answered and said to him, "You aren't from Galilee too, are you?  Investigate and see, that no prophet arises out of Galilee."

 

The Woman Caught in Adultery

        53And each went to his home.

 

Chapter 8

        1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.  2And at dawn, he showed up in the temple again, and all the people were coming toward him.  And having sat down he was teaching them.  3And the Torah scholars and the Pharisees are bringing toward him a woman caught in adultery.  And after they stood her in the midst, 4they say to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery.  5In the Law, Moses charged us to stone such women.  What then do you say?"  6Now this they were saying tempting him, in order that they might obtain basis to accuse him.

        But Jesus bent down and was writing in the dirt with his finger, not pretending.  7And after they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "The one among you who is sinless should be first to throw a stone at her."  8And after bending down again, he continued writing in the dirt.

        9And after they heard this, they went away, one by one, starting with the oldest, until he alone was left, and the woman still in the midst.  10And Jesus straightened up, and said to her, "Woman, where are they?  Has no one condemned you?"

        11And she said, "No one, sir."

        And Jesus said, "Neither am I condemning you.  Go, and sin no more."

 

The Validity of Jesus' Testimony

        12Jesus then spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world.  The person who follows me will not walk around in the darkness, but on the contrary, he will have for himself the light of life."

        13The Pharisees therefore said to him, "You are testifying about yourself.  Your testimony is not valid."

        14Jesus answered and said to them, "Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is valid, because I know where I came from, and where I am going.  But you do not know where I am coming from, or where I am going.  15You judge by the flesh; I judge no one.  16But even if I judge, my judgment is valid, because I am not alone: it is I and the one who sent me.  17Now even in your law it is written, that the testimony of two persons is valid.  18I am one testifying about myself, and the one who sent me is testifying about me, the Father."

        19Then they were saying to him, "Where is your father?"

        Jesus answered, "Neither me nor my Father do you know.  If you knew me, you would know my Father also."  20These statements he spoke in the treasury, teaching in the temple, and no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.

        21Continuing, he said to them, "I am going; and you will seek me, and you will die in your sins.  Where I am going, you are not able to come."

        22So the Jews were saying, "Is he going to kill himself, that he says, 'Where I am going, you are not able to come'?"

        23And he said to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.  24I said to you that you will die in your sins.  For if you do not believe that I am who I am, you will die in your sins."

        25Therefore they were saying to him, "Who are you?"

        Jesus said to them, "Why am I even speaking to you at all?  26I have many things to say about you, and to judge.  But the one who sent me is true, and I, what things I hear from him, those are the things I speak in the world."

        27They did not understand that he was speaking to them of the Father.  28Then Jesus said, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will find out that I am he, and of myself I do nothing, but rather exactly as the Father has taught me, those things I speak.  29And the one who sent me is continually with me.  He has not left me alone, because I always do the things pleasing to him."  30As he was speaking these things, many believed in him.

 

The Children of Abraham

        31Jesus was therefore saying to the ones who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are true disciples of mine, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

        33They responded to him, "We are seed of Abraham, and to no one have we ever been enslaved.  How do you mean, that we will become free?"

        34Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly I say to you, everyone doing sin is a slave of sin.  35And the slave does not abide in the house in perpetuity; the Son abides in perpetuity.  36If therefore the Son should make you free, you will be free indeed.  37I know that you are seed of Abraham; yet you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room in you.  38The things that I have seen with the Father, I speak, and you then the things you have heard from your father, you are doing."

        39They answered and said to him, "Our father is Abraham."

        Jesus says to them, "If you were children of Abraham, you would be doing the works of Abraham.  40But as it is, you are trying to kill me, someone who has spoken to you the truth he has heard from God.  This, Abraham did not do.  41You are doing the works of your father."

        They said to him, "We were not conceived in fornication.  We have one father: God."

 

The Children of the Devil

        42Jesus said to them, "If God were your father, you would love me, for I went out from God and have arrived here.  For neither did I come of myself, but that One sent me.  43What is the reason you do not understand my speech?  Because you are not able to tolerate my word.  44You are of your father, the Devil, and the yearnings of your father you want to do.  That one has been homicidal from the beginning, and in the truth he has never stood still, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaks a lie, he is speaking from his own things, for he is a liar, and the father of the lie.  45So I, because I am saying the truth, you do not believe me.  46Who of you is convicting me of a sin?  If I am saying the truth, why is it you do not believe me?  47The ones who are of the Father hear the statements of the Father.  This is why you do not hear; you are not of God."

 

The Authorities Attempt Stoning for Claim of Pre-Eminence of Abraham

        48The Jews answered and said to him, "Do we not rightly say that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?"

        49Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon.  Quite the opposite, I am honoring my Father.  And you are dishonoring me.  50It is not me seeking my glory.  There is One seeking, and judging.  51Truly, truly I say to you, If someone follows my word, death he will by no means see, into all time."

        52The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon.  Abraham died, and also the Prophets, and you say, 'If someone follows my word, death he will by no means experience, into all time.'  53Are you greater than our forefather Abraham, who died?  And the Prophets also died.  What sort of man do you reckon yourself?"

        54Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, that glory of mine is worthless.  My Father is the one glorifying me, the one that you say is your God.  55And you have never known him, but I know him.  Now if I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you.  But I do know him, and his word I am following.  56Abraham, your forefather, made exultation yearning to see my day.  And he saw it, and was thrilled."

        57The Jews therefore said to him, "You are not yet fifty, and you have beheld Abraham?"

        58Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was, I am."  59Then they picked up stones to throw at him.  But Jesus hid himself, and went forth from the temple.

 

Chapter 9

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

        1And as he was going along, he saw a man blind from birth.  2And his disciples queried him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?"

        3Jesus answered, "Neither that this man sinned, nor his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.  4We must be working at the works of him who sent me, while it is day.  Night is coming, when no one can work.  5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

        6When he had said these things, he spit on the ground, and made mud with the saliva, and rubbed the mud on the man's eyes.  7And he said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of 'Siloam'" (which when translated is 'Sent').  He went therefore and washed, and came back seeing.

        8His neighbors therefore, and those who had previously observed him being a beggar, were saying, "Isn't this the man usually sitting and begging?"

        9Some were saying, "This is the same man."

        Others were saying, "No; he only looks like him."

        He himself kept saying, "I am the one."

        10They were saying therefore to him, "How were your eyes opened?"

        11He answered, "The man named Jesus made mud and rubbed my eyes with it, and he told me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.'  So when I went and washed, I saw again."

        12And they said to him, "Where is that man?

        He says, "I don't know."

 

The Authorities Investigate the Healing

        13And they take him to the Pharisees, the man who had once been blind.  14And the day on which Jesus had made mud and opened his eyes had been a Sabbath.  15So again, the Pharisees also asked him how he came to see.  And he told them, "He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see."

        16Some of the Pharisees therefore were saying, "This man is not from God, because he does not keep the Sabbath."

        But others were saying, "How can a sinful man do such miracles?"  So there was a split among them.

        17Then they are talking to the blind man again: "What do you say about him?  For it was your eyes he opened."

        And he said, "He is a prophet."

        18The result was the Jews did not believe about him that he used to be blind and then saw; until they summoned the parents of the one who had received his sight.  19And they questioned them, saying, "Is this your son, the one you say was born blind?  And if so, how does he now see?"

        20His parents therefore answered and said, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind.  21But how he now sees, we do not know.  Or who opened his eyes, we do not know.  Ask him; he has majority.  He will speak for himself."  22His parents said these things because they were fearing the Jews.  For the Jews had already decided that anyone who acknowledged Him to be the Christ would be put out of the synagogue.  23This is why his parents said, "He has majority; ask him."

        24Then the man who had been blind they summoned a second time.  And they said to him, "Give credit to God.  We know that this man is sinful."

        25He then answered, "Whether he is sinful, I do not know.  One thing I know: Whereas I used to be blind, now I see."

        26They said therefore to him, "What did he do to you?  How did he open your eyes?"

        27He answered them, "I told you already, and you didn't listen.  Why do you want to hear it again?  Do you want to become his disciples too?"

        28And they ridiculed him and said, "You are the disciple of that one.  We are disciples of Moses.  29We know for sure that God has spoken to Moses; but this fellow, we don't know where he comes from."

        30The man answered and said to them, "Well, there certainly is something strange in this, that you don't know where he comes from, and he opened my eyes.  31We know that God does not hear the sinful.  But if someone is God-fearing, and practicing his will, this kind he hears.  32Since time began, reports have not been heard that someone opened the eyes of one born blind.  33If this man were not from God, he would not have been able to do anything."

        34They answered and said to him, "You were born totally in sin, and you are teaching us?"  Then they threw him out.

 

Spiritual Blindness

        35Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

        36That one answered and said, "And who is he, sir, so that I may believe in him."

        37Jesus said to him, "Not only have you seen him, but he is the one talking with you."

        38And he said, "I believe, Lord."  And he worshipped him.

        39And Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that those not seeing may see, and that those seeing, may become blind."

        40Some of the Pharisees heard these words, some who were with him, and they said to him, "And us, we are not blind, are we?"

        41Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sins.  But as you are now saying, 'We see,' your sins remain.

 

Chapter 10

The Good Shepherd

        1"Truly, truly I say to you, the one not entering the sheep fold through the door, but instead climbing up another way, that one is a thief and a bandit.  2But the one entering through the door, is the shepherd of the sheep.  3The doorkeeper opens for this one, and the sheep hear his voice.  And he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them forth.  4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on before them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.  5But a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."

        6This parable Jesus told them, but they did not understand what the principles were that he was speaking to them.

        7Again therefore Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  8All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not hear them.  9I am the door.  If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and find pasture.  10The thief does not come, except to steal, and to kill, and to ruin.  I have come so they might have life, and have it more.

        11"I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  12The wage earner, not being a shepherd, and for whom the sheep are not his own, sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and flees, and the wolf seizes them and scatters them.  13For he is a wage earner, and it matters not to him about the sheep.

        14"I am the good shepherd, and I know mine, and mine know me.  15Just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father.  And I lay down my life for the sheep.  16Other sheep I also have, which are not of this fold.  Those also I am to bring, and my voice they will hear, and the result will be one flock, one shepherd.  17For this reason my Father loves me, that I lay down my life, such that I will take it up again.  18No one takes it from me; I lay it down of myself.  I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again; this order I received from my Father."

        19Because of these words, there was again a split among the Jews.  20Many of them were saying, "He has a demon, and he's crazy.  Why are you listening to him?"

        21Others were saying, "These are not the expressions of someone demonized.  Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

 

The Authorities Again Attempt Stoning for Claim of Equality With God

        22Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem.  It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the Portico of Solomon.  24Then the Jews surrounded him, and were saying to him, "How long are you keeping our souls in suspense?  If you are the Christ, tell us clearly."

        25Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe.  The works that I am doing in the name of my Father, these testify for me.  26Yet, you are not believing, because you are not of my sheep.  27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  28And I give to them eternal life, and they will by no means perish, into all time, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  29My Father, the one who gave them to me, he is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.  30I and the Father are one."

        31Again, the Jews lifted up stones in order to stone him.  32Jesus responded to them, "Many good works I have shown you from the Father.  For which work of them are you stoning me?"

        33The Jews answered him, "Not for good works are we stoning you, but for blasphemy, because you, being a human, are making yourself God."

        34Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I have said, "You are gods"'?  35Why, since he called those to whom the word of God came 'gods,' and the scripture cannot be voided, 36do you say to the one the Father has consecrated and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because he said, 'I am the Son of God'?  37If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not believe me.  38And if I am doing them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may acknowledge and know that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."  39And again they were trying to arrest him.  And he got out of their grasp.

        40And he went back to the other side of the Jordan, to the place where John had earlier been baptizing, and he stayed there a while.  41And many came to him.  And they were saying, "Though John performed no miraculous sign, everything John said about this man was true."  42And many there believed in him.

 

Chapter 11

 

The Death of Lazarus

        1Now a certain man was ailing, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.  2And the Mary who anointed the Lord with perfumed ointment and who wiped his feet off with her hair, was the one whose brother was ailing.  3The sisters therefore sent to him, saying, "Lord, behold, the one you love is ailing."

        4And when he heard, Jesus said, "This sickness is not to death, but rather for the glory of God, in order that the Son of God be glorified through it."  5(But Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.)  6When then he heard that he was ailing, at that time he actually remained in the place in which he was, for two days.  7Only then, after this, he says to the disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."

        8The disciples are saying to him, "The Jews were just now trying to stone you, and you are going back there?"

        9Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of day?  If someone walks around in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.  10But if someone walks around in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not with him."

        11He said these things.  And after this, he is saying to them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going in order to wake him up."

        12The disciples therefore said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, that will help him."  13But Jesus had spoken of his death, whereas they thought he was speaking of the repose of sleep.

        14So then, Jesus said to them plainly, "Lazarus died.  15And for your sakes I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.  But let us go to him."

        16Then Thomas, the one called the Twin, said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us go also, and die with him."

 

"I Am the Resurrection and the Life"

        17Arriving therefore, Jesus found him already in the tomb four days since.  18Now Bethany was close to Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia apart, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to console them regarding their brother.  20When therefore Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary stayed put in the house.

        21Martha therefore said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  22Even now, I know that whatever things you ask God for, God will grant you."

        23Jesus says to her, "Your brother will rise again."

        24Martha says to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

        25Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection, and the life.  The person who believes in me, even though he dies, will live; 26and everyone who is living and believes in me, will never die.  Do you believe this?"

        27She says to him, "Yes, Lord.  I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one expected to come into the world."

        28And having said this she went off, and discreetly invited her sister Mary, as follows, "The Teacher is here, and is asking for you."  29That one then, when she heard, quickly got up and was coming toward him.  30(Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.)  31The Jews therefore who were with Mary in the house and consoling her, when they saw how she quickly got up and went out, they followed her, thinking, "She is going to the tomb, to grieve there."

        32Mary therefore, when she arrived where Jesus was, fell at his feet when she saw him, saying to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."

        33Then Jesus, when he saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her weeping, heaved with deep emotion, and churned inside himself.  34And he said, "Where have you laid him?"

        They are saying to him, "Lord, come and see."

        35Jesus showed tears.

        36The Jews therefore were saying, "See how he loved him."

        37But some of them said, "Shouldn't he who opened the eyes of the blind man, also have been able to make it so this man would not have died?"

 

Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead

        38Then Jesus, again heaving inside himself, arrives at the tomb.  And a cave it was, and a stone was there, covering over it.  39Jesus says, "Take away the stone."

        Martha, the sister of the one who was dead, says, "Lord, by now he smells; it is the fourth day."

        40Jesus says to her, "Did I not tell you, that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"

        41They therefore took away the stone.  And Jesus lifted his eyes aboveward, and said, "Father, I thank you, that you have heard me.  42But I already knew that you always hear me.  Only for the sake of the crowd standing around did I say this, so that they may believe that it was you who sent me."

        43And having said these things, he shouted out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"  44The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound up with bandages, and his face wrapped in a handkerchief.

        Jesus says to them, "Untangle him and allow him to go."

 

Sanhedrin Decides Jesus Must Die

        45Many of the Jews therefore, of those who had come to Mary and seen what he did, believed in him.  46But some of them went to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.  47So the chief priests and the Pharisees assembled a Sanhedrin.

        And they were saying, "What are we doing, that this man is performing so many signs?  48If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come, and take away both our place and our nation."

        49But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You people know nothing.  50Neither are you considering how it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and not the whole nation perish."

        51But this, from himself he did not say.  But rather, being high priest that year, he prophesied, that Jesus was about to die for the nation.  52And not for the nation only, but such that the children of God scattered about, he would gather also, into one people.

        53Thus from that time on they were resolved that they would kill him.  54Therefore, Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but departed from there to an area next to the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed, along with his disciples.

        55But then the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem from out of the country before the Passover, to purify themselves.  56They were watching for Jesus therefore, and speaking with one another, as they stood in the temple, "How does it seem to you?  That he is not coming to the festival at all?"  57Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders, that if anyone knew where he was, he should report it, so that they might arrest him.

 

Chapter 12

 

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

        1Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.  2So they made a supper for him there, and Martha was serving, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him.  3Then Mary, having taken a litre of expensive ointment of pure oil of nardroot, anointed the feet of Jesus, and with her hair, she wiped his feet.  And the house was filled with the smell of the ointment.

        4But Judas the Keriothite, one of his disciples, the one about to betray him, says, 5"Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"  6But he said this not because it mattered to him about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag, he would steal from what was put in.

        7Jesus said therefore, "Leave her alone.  It was that she kept it for the day of my burial.  8The poor you always have with you, but me, you do not always have."

        9Then the great crowd of the Jews found out that he was there, and they came, not only because of Jesus, but also that they might see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  10So the chief priests resolved that they would kill Lazarus also, 11for many of the Jews were going out because of him, and then believing in Jesus.

 

The Triumphal Entry

        12The next day, the great crowd that had come for the festival, hearing that Jesus is arriving into Jerusalem, 13took the fronds of palm trees, and went out into a merging with him.  And they were crying out:

 

        "Hosha na!’

        "Blessed is he who comes in the

          name of the Lord,

        the king of Israel!’

 

14And Jesus, having found a young donkey, took his seat upon it, just as it is written:

 

        15"Fear not, O daughter of Zion;

        Behold, your king is coming

          sitting on the foal of a donkey."

 

        16These things his disciples did not know at first, but once Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written in reference to him, and that these things they had done to him.

        17The crowd therefore, the one that had been with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead, had been bearing witness.  18Because of this the crowd had come out to join him, that they had understood him to have done this sign.  19Then the Pharisees said to each other, "Observe, that you are not prevailing at all.  Behold, the world has gone after him!"

 

Jesus Ponders Crucifixion

        20And among those going up to worship at the festival, were some Greeks.  21These, then, came up to Philip, he from Bethsaida, Galilee.  And they beseeched him, saying, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."  22Philip comes and tells Andrew; Andrew and Philip come and tell Jesus.

        23And Jesus responds to them as follows: "The hour has come, that the Son of Man should be glorified.  24Truly, truly I say to you, if a kernel of wheat does not fall to the ground and die, it remains only one; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  25The person who loves his life loses it, and the one who hates his life in this world will preserve it into eternal life.  26If someone is serving me, he must follow me; and where I am, there also my servant will be.  If someone is serving me, my Father will honor him.

        27"Now, my soul has become troubled.  And what shall I say– 'Father, save me from this hour?'  No, for this very thing I have arrived to this hour."

        28"Father, glorify your name."

        Then a voice came from heaven: "I both have glorified it, and will glorify again."  29The crowd therefore standing and hearing was maintaining thunder to have happened.  Others were saying, "An angel spoke to him."

        30Jesus answered and said, "Not for my sake has this voice happened, but for you.  31Now comes judgment of this world.  Now the ruler of this world will be thrown out.  32And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will attract all mankind to me."  33Now this he was saying signaling what manner of death he was about to die.

        34The crowd then responded to him: "We have heard out of the law that the Christ remains for ever, so how is it you are saying that the Son of Man is to be lifted up?  Who is this Son of Man?"

        35Jesus therefore said to them, "The light is among you a little while longer.  Walk, while you have the light, so that darkness does not overtake you.  For the person walking in darkness does not know where he is going.  36While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may be children of light."

        Jesus spoke these things, then went away and was hidden from them.

 

The Authorities Continue in Unbelief

        37But, though having done so many signs right in front of them, they were not believing in him, 38so that the word of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled, which said,

 

        "Lord, who has believed our report?

        And the arm of the Lord,

          to whom has it been revealed?"

 

        39Because of this they were not able to believe: that again, Isaiah said,

 

        40"He has blinded their eyes,

          and he has hardened their hearts,

        so that they would neither see

          with their eyes,

        nor understand with their hearts,

          nor look back around,

        such that I would heal them."

 

41(Isaiah said these things, because he saw Jesus' glory, so he spoke about him.)

        42Even so, many even of the rulers believed in him.  But, because of the Pharisees, they were not confessing it, for fear they would be put out of the synagogue.  43For:

 

They loved the approval

of human beings

over and above

the approval of God.

 

        44But Jesus cried out, and said, "The person believing in me is not believing in me but in the one who sent me, 45and the one looking upon me is looking upon the one who sent me.  46I have come into the world as a light, so that everyone believing in me may not abide in darkness.

        47"And if someone hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him.  For I did not come in order to judge the world, but to save the world.  48The person rejecting me and not believing my statements, has what judges him: the word which I spoke, that will judge him at the last day.  49For I from myself have not spoken; rather, the Father who sent me, he has given me commandment, what I should say, and how I should speak.  50And I know, that his commandment means eternal life.  Therefore, what things I speak, just as the Father has said them to me, I speak them just so."

 

Chapter 13

 

The Passover Supper

        1And before the Festival of Passover, Jesus, aware that the hour had come for him to pass on from this world to the Father, and having loved those of his own in the world, loved them to the end.  2And supper having started, with the devil having already put it in the heart of Judas son of Simon of Kerioth to betray him, 3and aware that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come forth from God and to God he was going, 4Jesus rises from the supper and lays down his clothing, and taking a towel, he fastened it around himself.  5Then, he is putting water into a basin.  And he began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them off with the towel in which he was girded.

        6Thus he comes to Simon Peter.  Who says to him, "Lord, You are washing my feet?"

        7Jesus answered, and said to him, "What I am doing, you do not know yet, but after these things, you will know."

        8Peter says to him, "No way will you ever wash my feet."

        Jesus answered him, "Unless I wash you, you have no place with me."

        9Simon Peter says to him, "Lord.  Not just my feet, but my hands and my head as well."

        10Jesus says to him, "One who is bathed has no need, except for the feet, to wash, but is clean on the whole.  And you men are clean; though not all of you."  11For he already knew of the one betraying him; for this reason he said, "Not all of you are clean."

        12When therefore he had washed their feet and taken his clothes and reclined again, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done for you?  13You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly you say so, for I am.  14If therefore I, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash the feet of one another.  15For I have given an example for you, so that just as I have done, you also might do.  16Truly, truly I say to you: A servant is not greater than his lord, neither an emissary greater than the one who sent him.  17Since these things you are knowing, blessed are you if you do them.

        18"I am not speaking about all of you; I know whom I have chosen; but, so that the scripture is fulfilled, 'Someone eating my bread has lifted up his heel against me.'

        19"Yes indeed: I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe who I am.  20Truly, truly I say to you, The person who accepts whomever I send, is accepting me; and the person who accepts me, is accepting the One who sent me."

        21When he had said these things, Jesus was disturbed in his spirit, and he testified, and he said, "Truly, truly I say to you: One of you will betray me."

        22The disciples were looking at one another, puzzling over about whom he was speaking.  23One of his disciples was reclining in the bosom of Jesus, the one Jesus loved.  24Simon Peter therefore nods to this one to inquire of Jesus about whom he was speaking.  25That one therefore simply leaned back onto the chest of Jesus and says to him, "Lord, who is it?"

        26Jesus replied, "It is that one for whom I shall dip and give the piece of bread."  After dipping the piece of bread therefore, he takes it and gives it to Judas, the son of Simon of Kerioth.

        27And after the bread transaction, at that time Satan entered into that one.  Then Jesus says to him, "What you are doing, do quickly."

        28But none of those reclining knew why he said this to him.  29For some thought that since Judas was in charge of the money bag, Jesus was telling him, "Buy things we need for the festival," or, that he should give something to the poor.  30When therefore that one had taken the piece of bread, he immediately went out.  And it was night.

 

Where Is Jesus Going?

 

        31Then after he had gone out, Jesus says, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and in him God is glorified.  32If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify the Son in himself, and glorify him at once.

        33"Children, I am with you only a little while longer.  You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, I now say to you also: 'Where I am going, you are not able to come.'

        34"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, so you also should love one another.  35By this will everyone know that you are my disciples: if you have love among one another."

        36Simon Peter says to him, "Lord, where are you going?"

        Jesus replied, "Where I am going, you are not able to follow me now, but you will follow later."

        37Peter says to him, "Why am I not able to follow you now?  I will lay down my life for you."

        38Jesus answers, "You will lay down your life for me?  Truly, truly I say to you, a rooster will not crow, until such time you deny me three times.

 

Chapter 14

 

        1"Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God.  Trust also in me.  2In my Father's house there are many abodes.  Otherwise, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you in with myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.  4And where I am going, you know the way."

 

Jesus the Way to the Father

 

        5Thomas says to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going— how is it we know the way?"

        6Jesus says to him, "I am the way, and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  7If you have come to know me, you will come to know my Father as well; indeed, from now on you know him, and have seen him."

        8Philip says to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and that will satisfy us."

        9Jesus says to him, "All this time I have been with you, and you have not come to know me, Philip?  The person who has seen me has seen the Father; how is it you say, 'Show us the Father'?  10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?  The statements which I say to you I do not speak from myself, but the Father abiding in me is doing his works.  11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.  But if not, believe because of those works.  12The person who believes in me, truly, truly I say to you, the works that I do, that one also shall do, and even greater than these shall do, because I am going to the Father.  13Indeed, whatever you shall request in my name, this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14If you ask me for something in my name, I will do it.

 

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

 

        15"If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, that he may be ever with you, 17the Spirit of truth, which the world is unable to receive, because it neither perceives him nor knows him.  You know him, because he abides among you, and will be in you.  18I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.  19Just a little while longer and the world will be seeing me no more; but you will be seeing me.  Because I will be living, you also will live.  20In that day you will know, that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.  21The person who has my commandments and also keeps them, that is the one who loves me.  And the one who loves me, will be loved by my Father, and I also will love him, and will reveal myself to him."

        22Judas (not the Keriothite) says to him, "Lord, and on what basis is it that, to us, you intend to reveal yourself, and not to the world?"

        23Jesus answered, and said to him, "If someone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him; and we will come to him, and make our abode with him.  24One who does not love me will not keep my word.  And the word that you are hearing is not mine, but the Father's, who sent me.

        25"These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.  26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, that one will teach you all things, and remind you of all the things I have said to you.

        27"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives, do I give to you.  Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

        28"You heard how I said to you, 'I am going away, and will be coming to you.'  If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.  29And now I have told you, before it happens, so that when it happens, you will believe.  30I will not speak with you much longer, for the ruler of this world is coming.  And he has no pull in me; 31but, just as the Father has commanded me, this I do, so that the world may know that I love the Father.

        "Arise, let us leave here."

 

Chapter 15

 

"I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches"

        1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer.  2Every branch in me bearing no fruit, he removes, and every branch bearing the fruit, he cleans, so it may bear more fruit.  3You are now clean, because of the word which I have spoken to you.  4Abide in me, and I in you.  Just as the branch is not able to bear fruit from itself, unless it abides in the vine, in the same way neither are you, unless you abide in me.

        5"I am the vine; you are the branches.  The one who abides in me and I in him, this one bears much fruit, for without me you can produce nothing.  6If someone does not abide in me, he is thrown aside like the branch that is withered; and they gather such and cast them in the fire, and they are burned.  7If you abide in me, and my sayings abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it will happen for you.  8In this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and be my disciples.

        9"Just as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you; abide ye in my love.  10If you keep my commandments, you are abiding in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and am abiding in his love.  11These things I have spoken to you, so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.  12This is my commandment: that you love one another, as I have loved you.  13Greater love has no one than this: that one lay down one's life for one's friends.  14You are my friends, if you practice the things I am commanding you.  15No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his lord is doing.  But you I have called friends, because all things that I have heard from my Father, I have made known to you.  16You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and appointed you, that you go and bear fruit, and that your fruit might abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, it may be granted to you.  17These instructions I am giving you, so that you will love one another.

 

For This the World Hates You

        18"If the world hates you, be assured that it hated me first, before you.  19If you were of the world, the world would like its own; but because you are not of the world, and indeed rather I have chosen you out of the world, for this the world hates you.  20Be mindful of the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his lord.'  If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.  If they took my word to heart, they will take yours to heart also.  21But all these things they will do against you because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.  22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but now, they have no excuse for their sin.  23One who hates me also hates my Father.  24If I had not done works among them which no one else has done, they would have no sin; but now they have both seen and hated both me and my Father.  25But so that the word written about them in the law might be fulfilled, 'They hated me without a cause.'

        26"When the Counselor has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, who flows forth from the Father, he will bear witness about me.  27And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

 

Chapter 16

 

        1"These things I have spoken to you so that you may not fall away.  2They will cause you to be put out of the synagogue; but an hour is coming such that everyone who kills you will reckon to be offering up religious service to God.  3And these things they will do, because they have not known the Father, neither me.  4But these things I have spoken to you, so that when the hour of them comes, you might remember them, that I told you.

 

The Holy Spirit Will Finish My Work

        "And I have not told you these things from the beginning, because I was with you.  5But now, I am going to the one who sent me, and none of you is asking me, 'Where are you going?'  6Instead, because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.  7But I am telling you the truth: it works out better for you that I go away, for if I were not to go away, the Counselor would not come to you.  Whereas if I go, I will send him to you.  8And when he has come, that one will refute the world concerning sin, and concerning righteousness, and concerning judgment; 9concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10concerning righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will be observing me no longer; 11and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

        12"I have many things yet to say to you, but you are not able at the present time to bear it.  13But when that one comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you in all the truth.  For he will not speak from himself, but rather, whatever things he hears he will speak; and he will report to you the things that are coming.  14That one will glorify me, because from mine he will take, and report it to you.  15Everything the Father has is mine; this is how I said, 'from mine he will be taking, and report it to you.'

        16"A little while, and you will be observing me no longer; and another little while, and you will see me."

 

The Disciples' Pain Will Be Turned to Joy

        17Then some of his disciples said to one another, "What is this that he is saying to us, 'A little while, and you will not be observing me; and another little while, and you will see me'?  And, 'because I am going to the Father'?"  18They kept saying therefore, "What is this 'little while'?  We don't know what he is saying."

        19Jesus knew that they were wanting to query him, and he said to them, "Is it this you are deliberating among yourselves about, that I said, 'A little while and you will not be observing me, and another little while and you will see me'?  20Truly, truly I say to you, You will weep and lament, and the world will be cheered.  You will be in pain.  But your pain will be turned into joy.  21In the case of the woman about to give birth, she has pain, because for her the hour has come.  But when she has delivered the child, no longer is she mindful of the distress, because of the joy that a human being is brought forth into the world.  22Thus you also, now you do have pain; but I will see you again, and your hearts will be cheered, and your joy, no one is taking away from you.  23And in that day you will not query me at all.  Truly, truly I say to you: whatever you will ask the Father in my name, he will grant it to you.  24Up to now you have not asked anything in my name; ask, and you will receive, so that your joy may be full.

        25"These things I have spoken to you in allegories; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in allegories, but I will tell you about the Father plainly.  26In that day you will make requests in my name, and I am not saying to you that I will make request of the Father on your behalf.  27For the Father himself likes you, because you have liked me, and have believed that I came forth from God.  28I went forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am taking leave of the world, and going my way back to the Father."

        29His disciples are saying, "There, now you are talking with clarity and not speaking any allegory.  30Now we know that you know all, and with you there is no need that someone query you.  By this we believe that you have come forth from God."

        31Jesus answered them, "For now you believe.  32Behold, an hour is coming, and indeed has come, that you will be scattered apart, each to his own, and me you will have abandoned, alone.  Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

        33"These things I have spoken to you, so in me you may have peace.  In the world you do have tribulation; but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world."

 

Chapter 17

 

Jesus Prays for Himself

        1Jesus spoke these things, and when he had lifted up his eyes to heaven, he said:

 

        "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son, so that the Son may glorify you; 2inasmuch as to him you have granted jurisdiction of all flesh, so that to all flesh that you have given him, he may grant to them eternal life.  3And this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you have sent, Jesus Christ.  4I have glorified you upon the earth, having finished the work which you have given me to do.  5And now, Father, glorify thou me, along with yourself, with the glory which I used to have along with you, before the existence of the world.

 

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

        6"I have made known your name to the humans of the world that you have given to me.  They had been yours, and you gave them to me, and they have taken your word to heart.  7Now they are persuaded that all the things you have given to me are indeed from you; 8for the sayings which you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted and knew for sure that I came forth from you, and they believed that you had sent me.  9I am making request concerning them; not concerning the world am I making request, but only concerning those whom you have given to me.  For they are yours; 10indeed everything of mine is yours, and of yours is mine.  And I am glorified in them; 11yes, no longer am I to be in the world, yet they are in the world, and I am coming to you.  O holy Father, keep them in your name, that flesh that you have given to me, so that they may be one, just as we are one.  12While I was with them, I kept them in your name, that flesh that you have given to me, and I stood guard, and not one of them met destruction, except the Son of Destruction, so that the scripture may be brought to completion.

        13"But now I am coming to you, and I am speaking these things in the world, so that they may have in them my joy brought to completion.  14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  15I am not asking that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.  16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  18Just as you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  19And on their behalf I sanctify myself, so that they also may be ones sanctified in truth.

 

Jesus Prays for All Believers

        20"And not concerning these only am I making request, but also concerning the ones who through their word believe in me, 21that they all may be one.  Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, so let them also be in us, so that the world might believe that you sent me.  22The glory which you have given to me, I also have given to them, so that they may be one, just as we are one: 23I in them, and you in me, so that they may become fully developed into one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you have loved them just as you loved me.

        24"O Father, that flesh that you have given to me, I desire that where I am, they might also be along with me, so that they may behold that glory of mine, which you have given to me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world.

        25"O righteous Father, indeed the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these have known that you sent me.  26And I have made known to them your name, and will do so in the future, so that the love with which you have loved me might always be in them, and I also in them."

 

Chapter 18

 

Gethsemane

        1After he said these things, Jesus went forth with his disciples to the other side of the wadi Kidron, where there was a garden, into which he himself went, and also his disciples.  2And Judas, the one betraying him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.

 

Jesus Arrested

        3Judas therefore, after taking the cohort and some guards, from the high priests and from the Pharisees, comes there, with lamps and torches and weapons.  4Then, aware of all the things coming upon him, Jesus went forward, and he says to them, "Whom are you seeking?"

        5They answered him, "Jesus the Nazarene."

        He says to them, "I am he.

        And Judas the one betraying him is also standing there with them.  6When therefore he said to them, "I am he," they moved away backward, and fell to the ground.  7Again therefore, he asked them, "Whom are you seeking?"

        And they said, "Jesus the Nazarene."

        8Jesus answered, "I told you that I am he.  If therefore it is me you are seeking, allow these to go their way."  9In order that the word which he had said would be fulfilled: "Of those you have given me, I have not lost even one."

        10Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.  And the name of the servant was Malchus.  11Jesus therefore said to Peter, "Put the sword in the sheath.  The cup which the Father has given me, am I not to drink it?"

 

Jesus Taken to Hananiah

        12Then the cohort and its chiliarch and the guards from the Jews took Jesus prisoner and bound him, 13and they led him to Hananiah first, for he was father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest for that year.  14And Caiaphas was the one having advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man die instead of the people.

 

Peter's First Denial

        15And Simon Peter was following Jesus, along with another disciple.  And that other disciple was known to the high priest, and he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16but Peter had stopped outside, at the door.  The other disciple therefore, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doormaid, and brought Peter in.  17Then the maidservant, the doorkeeper, says to Peter, "You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you?"

        He says, "No I am not."

        18And the servants and the guards stood by a fire they had made, for it was cold, and they were warming themselves.  So Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

 

The High Priest Questions Jesus

        19The high priest, then, questioned Jesus, about his disciples and about his teaching.

        20Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world.  I always taught in a synagogue or in the temple, where all the Jews come together.  21Why ask me?  Ask the ones who have heard, what I spoke to them.  You see, they know what things I said."

        22As he was saying these things, one of the guards standing by gave Jesus a whack, saying, "Is that how you answer the high priest?"

        23Jesus answered him, "If I spoke wrongly, testify to the wrong; but if acceptably, why are you hitting me?"

        24Then Hannaniah sent him, bound, to Caiaphas the high priest.

 

Peter's Second and Third Denials

        25And Peter was standing and warming himself.  They said therefore to him, "Are you not also one of his disciples?"

        He denied it and said, "No I am not."

        26One of the servants of the high priest, who was a relative of him whose ear Peter had cut off, says, "Did I not see you with him in the garden?"  27Again therefore, Peter denied it, and immediately a rooster crowed.

 

Jesus Before Pilate and Herod

        28They then are leading Jesus away from Caiaphas toward the Praetorium; and it was very early.  And they entered not into the Praetorium, so that they would not be defiled but rather might eat the Passover.  29So Pilate came outside to them.  And he says, "This man?  You are bringing what kind of charge against him?"

        30They answered, and said to him, "If he were not doing wrong, we would not have brought him over to you."

        31Pilate therefore said to them, "You take him, and you judge him according to your law."

        The Jews said to him, "For us it is not lawful to execute anyone."  32So the word of Jesus would be fulfilled, which he had spoken indicating by what means of death he was going to die.

        33So Pilate went back into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus, and he said to him, "You are the king of the Jews?"

        34Jesus answered, "From yourself are you saying this, or have others spoken to you about me?"

        35Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew?  It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me.  What have you done?"

        36Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world.  If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have fought so that I not be handed over to the Jews.  But in fact my kingship is not from here."

        37Pilate therefore said to him, "So then you ARE a king."

        Jesus answered, "You are saying that I am a king; I, for this reason have been born, and for this reason have come into the world: to testify to the truth.  Everyone on the side of truth hears my voice."

        38Pilate says to him, "What is truth?"  And with that said, he went out again to the Jews, and says to them, "I find in him no causa capitalis.  39But there is a custom with you that I release to you one prisoner during the Passover.  Would you therefore have me release to you the king of the Jews?"

        40They then shouted back, saying, "Not this man, but Barabbas!"  Now Barabbas was a bandit.

 

Chapter 19

 

        1At that time therefore, Pilate took Jesus and scourged him.  2And the soldiers, after weaving a wreath of thorns, set it on his head, and threw a purple robe around him.  3Then they were approaching him and saying, "Hail, O king of the Jews," and giving him slaps in the face.

        4And Pilate went outside again, and says to them, "Look, I am bringing him out to you, so that you will know that I find no causa capitalis in him."  5Jesus came outside therefore, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.  And Pilate says to them, "Behold the man."

        6When therefore the chief priests and their officers saw him, they shouted out, saying, "Crucify!  Crucify!"

        Pilate says to them, "You take him yourselves and crucify him.  As for me, I do not find causa capitalis in him.

        7The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and according to that law, he deserves to die because he called himself the son of God."

        8When therefore Pilate heard this information, he was more afraid, 9and he entered the Praetorium again, and says to Jesus, "Where are you from?"  But Jesus did not give him an answer.

        10Pilate then says to him, "To me you are not speaking?  Do you not know, that I have authority to free you, and I have authority to crucify you?"

        11Jesus answered, "You would have no authority over me if it had not been given you from above.  Because of this, the one who handed me over to you has the greater guilt."

        12From this point on Pilate tried to free him; but the Jews shouted out, saying, "If you release this man, you are no friend of Caesar!  Everyone calling himself a king is opposing Caesar."

        13When therefore Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside, and he sat down on the judgment seat, at a place called The Pavement, but in Hebrew called Gabbatha.  14And it was Preparation for the Passover, about 6:00 am.  And he says to the Jews, "Behold, your king."

        15They then shouted out, "Away with him!  Away with him!  Crucify him!"

        Pilate says to them, "Shall I crucify your king?"

        The chief priests responded, "We have no king but Caesar."

        16At that time therefore he handed him over to them, to be crucified.

 

The Crucifixion

        They took Jesus therefore.  17And carrying the cross by himself, he proceeded forth, to what is called the Skull Place, which in Hebrew is pronounced Gulgolta [גֻּלְגֻּלְתָּא], 18where they crucified him, and with him, two others, one on this side and one on the other, and Jesus in the middle.  19And Pilate also wrote a notice and put it on the cross, and it was inscribed: "JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS."  20Many of the Jews therefore read this notice, because the place where Jesus was crucified was close to the city, and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.

        21The chief priests of the Jews therefore were saying to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but rather: 'He SAID, I am King of the Jews.'"

        22Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written."

        23The soldiers then, when they crucified Jesus, took his garments and made four shares, a share for each soldier, plus the tunic.  For the tunic was seamless, woven continuously from the top through the whole.  24They said therefore to one another, "We should not tear it, but cast lots as to whose it shall be."  So that the scripture would be fulfilled,

 

        "They divided my garments

          among them;

        and cast lots

          over my clothing,"

those things therefore the soldiers did.

        25And near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, and his mother's sister; and the Mary belonging to Clopas, and the Magdalene Mary.  26Jesus therefore, seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near, says to his mother, "Dear woman, behold your son."

        27Then he says to the disciple, "Behold, your mother."  And from that time on, that disciple took her into his own home.

 

Jesus' Death

        28Jesus, knowing that after these things, all things were now completed, next says, "I am thirsty," so that the scripture would be fulfilled.  29A container full of vinegar was sitting there, so after sticking a sponge full of the vinegar around a hyssop stem, they held it out to his mouth.  30When therefore he had received the vinegar, Jesus said, "It is finished."  And after he bowed his head, he gave up his spirit.

        31The Jews therefore, since it was Preparation Day, asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken away, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross during the Sabbath; for that day was great among Sabbaths.  32The soldiers came therefore, and broke the legs of the first one, and of the other crucified with him, 33but when they came to Jesus they realized he was already dead, and did not in his case break the legs.  34But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.  35And the one who has seen has borne witness, and his testimony is reliable, and he knows that he is saying something true; so you may believe.  36And these things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled:

 

        "Not a bone of it shall be broken."

 

37And again, another scripture says:

 

        "They shall look upon him

          whom they have pierced."

 

Jesus' Burial

        38And after these things, Joseph from Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because of the fear of the Jews, made request of Pilate that he might take the body of Jesus; and Pilate consented.  He went therefore, and took his body.  39And Nicodemus, the one who earlier had come to Him by night, came as well, carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.  40They then took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths, with the spices, as is the burial custom with the Jews.  41And there was in the place where he was crucified, a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, one in which no one had ever yet been laid.  42So, since it was Preparation for the Jews, and because the tomb was close at hand, that is where they laid Jesus.

 

Chapter 20

 

The Empty Tomb

        1And on the first day of the week, very early while still dark, Mary the Magdalene is coming to the tomb; and she sees the stone having been removed from the tomb.  2She runs therefore, and goes to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and she says to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him."

        3Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple also, and they were going toward the tomb.  4And the two were running together; and the other disciple ran faster ahead, and came to the tomb first.  5And after stooping down, he sees the linen cloths lying there.  He did not enter inside, however.  6Then comes Simon Peter also, following behind him.  And he entered into the tomb, and he observes the linen cloths lying there, 7and also the sweat cloth which used to be on his head, except not lying with the linen cloths, but folded up in one place apart.  8Then at that time the other disciple entered, the one who had arrived to the tomb first; and he saw and believed.  9For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.

 

Jesus Appears to Mary of Magdala

        10The disciples then went back to their own homes.  11But Mary stayed with the tomb, and there she stands, outside, weeping.  As she thus was weeping, she stooped down into the tomb, 12and she beholds two angels in white, one sitting at the head and one sitting at the foot of where the body of Jesus had been lying.

        13And they say to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?"

        She says to them, "They have taken my Lord away, and I don't know where they have put him."

        14When she had said these things, she looked toward the rear, and beholds Jesus having been standing; and she did not realize that it was Jesus.

        15Jesus says to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?  Who are you looking for?"

        She, thinking he is the gardener, says to him, "Sir, if it is you who took him, tell me where you put him, and I will get him.

        16Jesus says to her, "Mary."

        She when she turned around, says to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher).

        17Jesus says to her, "Do not cleave to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers, and tell them: 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father; to my God and your God.'"

        18Mary goes, announcing to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and also announcing those things he had said to her.

 

Jesus Appears to the Ten Apostles

        19Then, when it was evening on that first day of the week, with the doors locked where the disciples were, because of the fear of the Jews, Jesus appeared, and stood in their midst.  And he says to them, "Peace be with you."  20And when he had said this, he showed them both his hands and his side.  Therefore the disciples rejoiced, seeing the Lord.

        21Then Jesus again said to them, "Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so also I send you."  22And having said this, he blew, and says to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.  23Whose ever sins you forgive, they are forgiven them; whose ever you retain, they are retained."

 

Jesus Appears to Thomas

        24But Thomas, one of the Twelve, the one who was called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  25So the other disciples were telling 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 place from the nails, and put my hands into his side, there is no way I will believe."

        26And after eight days, his disciples again were inside, and Thomas with them.  Jesus is appearing, even though the doors were locked.  And he stood in the midst, and said, "Peace be with you."  27Thereupon he says to Thomas, "Bring your finger here, and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believing."

        28Thomas responded and said to him, "My Lord and my God."

        29Jesus says to him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed.  Blessed are those believing without having seen."

        30While therefore Jesus did also do many other signs in the sight of his disciples which are not written in this book, 31these have been written so that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you might have life through his name.

 

Chapter 21

Resurrection Fish & Bread

        1After these things, Jesus revealed himself another time to his disciples, on the Sea of Tiberius.  And this is how he revealed himself.  2Simon Peter, and Thomas called the Twin, and Nathaniel from Cana of Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples of his, were together.  3Simon Peter says to them, "I am going to fish."

        They say to him, "We are also coming with you."

        They went, and embarked in the boat.  And throughout that night, they caught nothing.  4And now that it is turning morning, Jesus had stood at the shoreline.  However, the disciples have not realized that it is Jesus.  5Jesus therefore says to them, "Children, have you no fish?"

        They answered, "No."

        6And he said to them, "Cast the net into the area to the right of the boat, and you will find something."  They cast it therefore, and they were not strong enough to retrieve it, because of a fullness of fish.

        7So that disciple whom Jesus loved says to Peter, "It is the Lord."  When therefore Simon Peter heard that it is the Lord, he fastened his cloak around himself, for he was stripped for work, and he threw himself into the lake 8(for they were not far from shore, but only about two hundred cubits away), while the other disciples came in the boat, towing the fish net.  9As they get down therefore onto the beach, they see a fire of coals established, and fish lying on it, and bread.

        10Jesus says to them, "Bring some of the fish which you have now caught."  11Simon Peter therefore got up, and dragged the net to the beach, very full of fish, 153 of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.

        12Jesus says to them, "Come, eat breakfast."  And not one of the disciples got up the courage to challenge him, "Who are you?"  For they knew it was the Lord.  13Jesus comes, and he takes the bread and distributes to them, and the fish likewise.  14This was now the third time Jesus had revealed himself to the disciples after having risen from the dead.

 

Jesus Reappoints Peter

        15When therefore they had eaten breakfast, Jesus says to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"

        He says to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."

        He says to him, "Feed my lambs."

        16Again, he says to him a second time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"

        He says to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."

        He says to him, "Pastor my sheep."

        17He says to him the third time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"

        Peter was hurt that he said to him the third time, "Do you love me."  And he says to him, "Lord, you know all.  You know that I love you."

        Jesus says to him, "Feed my sheep."  18Truly, truly I say to you: When you were younger, you would dress yourself, and walk around where you wanted; but after you have become old, you will stretch out your hand, and someone else will dress you, and lead you somewhere you will not want."  19This he said signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.  And having said this, he says to him, "Follow me."

 

And What About John?

        20Peter turned around, and sees the disciple whom Jesus loved following, that is, the one who in the supper had leaned back onto His chest and said, "Lord, who is the one betraying you?"  21So when he saw this one, Peter says to Jesus, "Lord, and what about him?"

        22Jesus says to him, "If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?  You follow me."  23This therefore is the word that got out to the brothers: that that disciple would not die.  But Jesus had not said to him that he would not die; rather, "If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?"

        24That disciple is the one who is bearing witness to these things, and the one who wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.

        25And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if written in detail, I reckon not even the world itself would be able to hold the books that would be written.

 

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