John 7

After these things Jesus continued to travel about in Galilee, for he did not wish to go about in Judea, because the Jews kept trying to kill him. When the time of the Jewish feast of Tabernacles drew near, his brothers said to him. "Leave here and go into Judea, so that your disciples also may behold the works which you are doing. "For no one ever does anything in secret if he himself seeks to be known publicly. If you are performing these signs, show yourself openly to the world." For even his own brothers did not believe in him. "My time is not yet come," said Jesus, "but your time is always at hand. "The world cannot hate you, but me it does hate, because I am bearing testimony against it, that its ways are wicked. Do you go up to the feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, because my time is not yet fully come." After saying this, he remained in Galilee; but after his brothers had gone up to feast, 10 then he went too - not openly, but as it were a secret. 11 The Jews meanwhile kept looking for him at feast, and saying, "Where is he?" "I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own Name these whom thou hast given me, that they may be one as we are one. 12 and there was much disputing about him among the crowd. Some would say, "He is a good man." Others. "No! he is misleading the people." "While I was with them I kept them by the power of thy name which thou hast given me. I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 No one, however, was speaking openly about him, for fear of the Jews. "But now I am coming to thee, and I am speaking these things while I am in the world, so that they may have my joy in all its fulness in themselves.

14 But when it was already the middle of the feast, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach. "I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 The Jews were amazed. They said, "How does this fellow know the sacred writings when he has never learned them?" "I am not asking that thou wilt take them out of the world, but that thou wilt protect them from the Evil One. 16 In reply Jesus said to them; "My teaching is not mine, but is his who sent me. "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 "If any one wills to do God’s will he shall know concerning my teaching, whether it is from God, or I speak my own authority. "Dedicate them in thy truth; thy word is truth. 18 "The man who speaks on his own authority is always seeking his own glory. But one who is eager for the glory of Him who sent him, he is true, and therefore is nothing false about him. 19 "Did not Moses give you the Law? Yet none of you is keeping the Law. Why are you seeking to kill me?" 20 The crowd answered. "You have a demon! Who is trying kill you?" 21 Jesus answered them. "There was one thing I did, and you are all amazed. 22 "Consider, therefore, Moses has given you circumcision - not that Moses originated it, but the fathers - and you are accustomed to circumcise a child even on the Sabbath. 23 "If a child receives circumcision on the Sabbath, in order that the Law of Moses may not be broken, how can you be angry with me because I made a man sound and well on the Sabbath? 24 "Do not judge according to appearance. Judge justly." 25 Then some of the men of Jerusalem were saying. "Is not this the man they are seeking to kill? 26 "And look! he is speaking boldly and they are saying nothing to him. Can it possibly be that the rulers have really discovered that he is the Christ? 27 "But we know this man and where he is from; but when the Christ comes no one will know where he comes from." 28 So Jesus cried aloud as he was teaching in the Temple, and said. "You both know me and you know where I am from; and I am not come on my own authority, but he who sent me is trustworthy, and him you do not know. 29 "But I now him, because I am from him and he sent me." 30 Then they kept seeking to arrest him, but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 31 But many of the crowd believed on him and began to say, "The Christ, when he comes, will he do more signs than this man has done?" 32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the high priest and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. 33 Then Jesus said to them. "Still for a little longer I am with you, and then I am going my way to him who sent me. 34 "You will search for me and will not find me, and where I am you cannot come." 35 Then the Jews said to one another. "Where does this fellow intend to go, so that we shall not find him? He is not intending to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and to teach the Greeks, is he? 36 "What does he mean saying, ‘You shall seek me and you shall not find me,’ and ‘Where I am you cannot come’?"

37 Now the last day, that the great day of the feast, Jesus stood up and cried in a loud voice. 38 "If any man thirst let him come to me and drink. From the heart of him who believes in me will flow, as the Scripture said, rivers of living water." 39 Now he said this concerning the Spirit whom those who believed in him should receive. For the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified. 40 Some of the crowd who had been listening to these discourses began to say, "Without a doubt this man is a Prophet." 41 Other said, "He is the Christ." But others were saying. "Surely the Christ is not to come out of Galilee, is he? 42 "Does not the Scripture say that the Christ is coming of the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, David’s town?" 43 So a division arose in the crowd concerning him. Some of them wished to apprehend him, but no one laid hands on him. 44 Then the officers returned to the chief priest and Pharisees,

45 and they asked them, "Why have you not brought him?" 46 The officers answered, "Never yet did a man speak like this man." 47 "Surely you have not been led astray, have you? answered the Pharisees. 48 "Has any one of the rulers believed on him, or of the Pharisees? 49 "As for this mob who do not understand the Law, they are accursed!" 50 Nicodemus, one of their number, he who had formerly visited Jesus, said to them, 51 "Our law does not condemn the accused, does it, before hearing his defense, and finding out what he is doing?" 52 In answer they said to him. "You are not from Galilee, are you? Search for yourself, and see that from Galilee arises no prophet." 53 Then they departed each to his own house.

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