John 7

1After this, Jesus travelled around in Galilee. He would not travel around in Judea because the leaders of the Jews wanted to kill him. 2Every year the Jews had a feast to remember the time when their fathers lived in tents in the desert. The time was near for that feast. 3Jesus’ brothers said to him, ‘Go away from here to Judea. Let your disciples also see the work you are doing. 4When a person wants people to know about him, he does not hide what he is doing. If you are doing these big things, let the world see you.’ 5Even his brothers did not believe in Jesus. 6Jesus said to them, ‘It is not yet the time for me to go. But you may go any time you want to. 7The people of the world cannot hate you. But they hate me because I say what they do is wrong. 8Go to the feast yourselves. I am not going to the feast until it is the right time for me to go.’ 9He said this to them and stayed in Galilee. 10After his brothers went to the feast, Jesus went also. He did not go with the other people, but he went by himself. 11The leaders of the Jews at the feast tried to find him. They said, ‘Where is he?’ 12People were talking among themselves about Jesus. Some said, ‘He is a good man.’ Others said, ‘No. He is leading people to do wrong things.’ 13But they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, so no one talked about him out in the open.

14When the feast was half finished, Jesus went to the temple and taught the people. 15The Jews were very much surprised. ‘How can this man know books? He never went to school.’ 16Jesus answered the people, ‘I am not teaching you my teaching. It is the teaching of the one who sent me. 17If any man wants to do what God wants him to do, he will know the teaching. He will know if it is God’s teaching or if I am speaking from my own mind. 18The person who speaks from his own mind only wants to be great himself. But the person whom God has sent wants to show that God is great. That person is true. He is not a bad man. 19Did not Moses give you the law? Not one of you is keeping the law. Why are you trying to kill me?’ 20The people answered Jesus, ‘A bad spirit is in you! Who is trying to kill you?’ 21Jesus answered them, ‘I have done one thing. You are all surprised about it. 22Moses gave you the law of circumcision. You obey the law, not because it came from Moses, but because it came from the fathers long ago. You circumcise a baby boy on the Sabbath day. 23You do it on the Sabbath day so that you will not break the law of Moses. If you do that, then why are you angry with me because I healed a man on the Sabbath day? 24Do not judge by what you see, but judge in the right way.’ 25Some people from Jerusalem said, ‘Is not this the person they are trying to kill? 26See, he does not fear to speak and yet they say nothing to him! Do the rulers really know that this man is the Christ? 27But we know where this man comes from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from.’ 28Jesus was teaching in the temple. He spoke loudly saying, ‘You know me and you know where I come from. I have not come in my own power. The one who sent me is true. He is the one you do not know. 29I know him because I came from him. He sent me.’ 30Then the people wanted to catch him. But no one put a hand on him. It was not yet the time for that. 31Many of the people believed in Jesus. They said, ‘When Christ comes, will he do greater works than this man has done?’ 32The Pharisees heard what the people said about him. The chief priests and the Pharisees sent soldiers to catch him. 33Jesus said, ‘I will stay with you a short time longer. Then I will go back to him who sent me. 34You will look for me, but you will not find me. You will not be able to go to the place where I will be.’ 35The Jews said to one another, ‘Where will he go that we cannot find him? Will he go to our people who are living in other countries? Will he teach them? 36What does he mean by this: "You will look for me and will not find me. You will not be able to go to the place where I will be"?’

37The last day of the feast was a big day. On that day Jesus stood up and shouted, ‘If anyone is thirsty, he may come to me and drink. 38If anyone believes in me, the holy writings say, "Rivers of water that give life will flow out of his heart." ‘ 39This is what Jesus meant: those who believe in him would receive the Spirit. At that time no one had received the Holy Spirit because Jesus had not yet been lifted up to heaven 40When some of the people heard this they said, ‘Truly, this is the Prophet.’ 41Other people said, ‘This is the Christ.’ But some said, ‘The Christ will not come from Galilee. Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 42Do not the holy writings say that Christ will be of David’s family? Will he not come from Bethlehem where David lived?’ 43The people did not all say the same thing about him. 44Some of them wanted to catch Jesus, but no one put hands on him.

45The soldiers came back to the chief priests and the Pharisees. They asked the soldiers, ‘Why did you not bring him?’ 46The soldiers replied, ‘No person has ever talked like he does!’ 47The Pharisees said, ‘Has he fooled you also? 48None of the rulers and none of the Pharisees have believed on him, have they? 49These poor people do not know the law. They will die!’ 50Nicodemus, the man who came to Jesus by night, was one of them. 51He said, ‘Is it right to judge any man by our law before we hear him and learn what he has done?’ 52They answered him, ‘Are you from Galilee also? Study what is written. You will see that no prophet is to come from Galilee.’ 53Then every one of them went home.

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