The Healing at Bethesda1 After these things there was a a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by b the sheep gate a pool, which is called c in ▼
▼ I.e. Jewish AramaicHebrew ▼
▼ Some early mss read Bethsaida or BethzathaBethesda, having five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [ ▼
▼ Early mss do not contain the remainder of v 3, nor v 4waiting for the moving of the waters; 4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.] 5 A man was there who had been ▼
▼ Lit in his sicknessill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when h the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, i “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” 9 Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk. j Now it was the Sabbath on that day. 10 So k the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and l it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.” 11 But he answered them, “He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk’?” 13 But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away while there was a crowd in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you have become well; do not m sin anymore, n so that nothing worse happens to you.” 15 The man went away, and told o the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 For this reason p the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.”
Jesus’ Equality with God18 For this reason therefore q the Jews r were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father s making Himself equal with God. 19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, t the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever ▼
▼ Lit that Onethe Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. 20 v “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him w greater works than these, so that you will marvel. 21 “For just as the Father raises the dead and x gives them life, even so y the Son also gives life to whom He wishes. 22 “For not even the Father judges anyone, but z He has given all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. aa He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and ab believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and ac does not come into judgment, but has ad passed out of death into life.
Two Resurrections25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, ae an hour is coming and now is, when af the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who ag hear will live. 26 “For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He ah gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; 27 and He gave Him authority to ai execute judgment, because He is ▼
▼ Or a son of manthe Son of Man. 28 “Do not marvel at this; for ak an hour is coming, in which al all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; am those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment. 30 an “I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and ao My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but ap the will of Him who sent Me. 31 aq “If I alone testify about Myself, My testimony is not ▼
▼ I.e. admissible as legal evidencetrue. 32 “There is as another who testifies of Me, and I know that the testimony which He gives about Me is true.
Witness of John33 “You have sent to John, and he at has testified to the truth. 34 “But au the testimony which I receive is not from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 “He was av the lamp that was burning and was shining and you aw were willing to rejoice for ▼
▼ Lit an houra while in his light.
Witness of Works36 “But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for ay the works which the Father has given Me az to accomplish— the very works that I do— testify about Me, that the Father ba has sent Me.
Witness of the Father37 “And the Father who sent Me, bb He has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form. 38 “You do not have bc His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He bd sent.
Witness of the Scripture39 ▼
▼ Or (a command) Search the Scriptures!, bf “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is bg these that testify about Me; 40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. 41 bh “I do not receive glory from men; 42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. 43 “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; bi if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 “How can you believe, when you bj receive ▼
▼ Or honor or fameglory from one another and you do not seek bl the ▼
▼ Or honor or fameglory that is from bn the one and only God? 45 “Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is bo Moses, in whom you have set your hope. 46 “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for bp he wrote about Me. 47 “But bq if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
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