kEx. 20:10; Neh. 13:19; Jer. 17:21, 22; [ch. 7:23; 9:16; Matt. 12:2; Mark 2:24; 3:4; Luke 6:2; 13:14]
The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath1After this there was a afeast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2Now there is in Jerusalem by bthe Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic ▼
▼Or Hebrewcalled Bethesda ▼
▼Some manuscripts Bethsaidawhich has five roofed colonnades. 3In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and eparalyzed. ▼
▼Some manuscripts insert, wholly or in part, waiting for the moving of the water; 4for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had5One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8Jesus said to him, g“Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 hAnd at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
iNow that day was the Sabbath. 10So the Jews ▼
▼The Greek word Ioudaioi refers specifically here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed Jesus in that time; also verses 15, 16, 18said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and kit is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” 12They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for lJesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! mSin no more, nthat nothing worse may happen to you.” 15The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16And this was why the Jews owere persecuting Jesus, pbecause he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
Jesus Is Equal with God18This was why the Jews qwere seeking all the more to kill him, rbecause not only was he sbreaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God this own Father, umaking himself equal with God.
The Authority of the Son19So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, vthe Son wcan do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father ▼
▼Greek hedoes, that the Son does likewise. 20For ythe Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And zgreater works than these will he show him, so that aayou may marvel. 21For as the Father abraises the dead and acgives them life, so adalso the Son gives life aeto whom he will. 22 afFor the Father judges no one, but aghas given all judgment to the Son, 23that all may honor the Son, just as they ahhonor the Father. aiWhoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24Truly, truly, I say to you, ajwhoever hears my word and akbelieves him who sent me has eternal life. He aldoes not come into judgment, but amhas passed from death to life.
25“Truly, truly, I say to you, anan hour is coming, and is now here, when aothe dead will hear apthe voice of the Son of God, and those who hear aqwill live. 26 arFor as the Father has life in himself, asso he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27And he athas given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28Do not marvel at this, for auan hour is coming when avall who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29and come out, awthose who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
Witnesses to Jesus30 ax“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and aymy judgment is just, because azI seek not my own will babut the will of him who sent me. 31 bbIf I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. 32There is bcanother who bears witness about me, and bdI know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. 33 beYou sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34Not that bfthe testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35He was a burning and bgshining lamp, and bhyou were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36But bithe testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For bjthe works that the Father has given me bkto accomplish, the very works that I am doing, blbear witness about me that bmthe Father has sent me. 37And the Father who sent me bnhas himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, bohis form you have never seen, 38and bpyou do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. 39 bqYou search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and brit is they that bear witness about me, 40yet bsyou refuse to come to me that you may have life. 41 btI do not receive glory from people. 42But buI know that you do not have bvthe love of God within you. 43I have come bwin my Father’s name, and bxyou do not receive me. byIf another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and bzdo not seek the glory that comes from cathe only God? 45Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, cbon whom you have set your hope. 46For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for cche wrote of me. 47But cdif you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
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