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John 7 1 After this, Jesus stayed in Galilee, going from village to village. He wanted to stay out of Judea where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death.
John 7 2 But soon it was time for the Festival of Shelters,
John 7 3 and Jesus' brothers urged him to go to Judea for the celebration. "Go where your followers can see your miracles!" they scoffed.
John 7 4 "You can't become a public figure if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, prove it to the world!"
John 7 5 For even his brothers didn't believe in him.
John 7 6 Jesus replied, "Now is not the right time for me to go. But you can go anytime, and it will make no difference.
John 7 7 The world can't hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of sin and evil.
John 7 8 You go on. I am not yet ready to go to this festival, because my time has not yet come."
John 7 9 So Jesus remained in Galilee.
John 7 10 But after his brothers had left for the festival, Jesus also went, though secretly, staying out of public view.
John 7 11 The Jewish leaders tried to find him at the festival and kept asking if anyone had seen him.
John 7 12 There was a lot of discussion about him among the crowds. Some said, "He's a wonderful man," while others said, "He's nothing but a fraud, deceiving the people."
John 7 13 But no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.
John 7 14 Then, midway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach.
John 7 15 The Jewish leaders were surprised when they heard him. "How does he know so much when he hasn't studied everything we've studied?" they asked.
John 7 16 So Jesus told them, "I'm not teaching my own ideas, but those of God who sent me.
John 7 17 Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own.
John 7 18 Those who present their own ideas are looking for praise for themselves, but those who seek to honor the one who sent them are good and genuine.
John 7 19 None of you obeys the law of Moses! In fact, you are trying to kill me."
John 7 20 The crowd replied, "You're demon possessed! Who's trying to kill you?"
John 7 21 Jesus replied, "I worked on the Sabbath by healing a man, and you were offended.
John 7 22 But you work on the Sabbath, too, when you obey Moses' law of circumcision. (Actually, this tradition of circumcision is older than the law of Moses; it goes back to Abraham.)
John 7 23 For if the correct time for circumcising your son falls on the Sabbath, you go ahead and do it, so as not to break the law of Moses. So why should I be condemned for making a man completely well on the Sabbath?
John 7 24 Think this through and you will see that I am right."
John 7 25 Some of the people who lived there in Jerusalem said among themselves, "Isn't this the man they are trying to kill?
John 7 26 But here he is, speaking in public, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that our leaders know that he really is the Messiah?
John 7 27 But how could he be? For we know where this man comes from. When the Messiah comes, he will simply appear; no one will know where he comes from."
John 7 28 While Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he called out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I come from. But I represent one you don't know, and he is true.
John 7 29 I know him because I have come from him, and he sent me to you."
John 7 30 Then the leaders tried to arrest him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come.
John 7 31 Many among the crowds at the Temple believed in him. "After all," they said, "would you expect the Messiah to do more miraculous signs than this man has done?"
John 7 32 When the Pharisees heard that the crowds were murmuring such things, they and the leading priests sent Temple guards to arrest Jesus.
John 7 33 But Jesus told them, "I will be here a little longer. Then I will return to the one who sent me.
John 7 34 You will search for me but not find me. And you won't be able to come where I am."
John 7 35 The Jewish leaders were puzzled by this statement. "Where is he planning to go?" they asked. "Maybe he is thinking of leaving the country and going to the Jews in other lands, or maybe even to the Gentiles!
John 7 36 What does he mean when he says, 'You will search for me but not find me,' and 'You won't be able to come where I am'?"
John 7 37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, "If you are thirsty, come to me!
John 7 38 If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within."
John 7 39 (When he said "living water," he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
John 7 40 When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, "This man surely is the Prophet."
John 7 41 Others said, "He is the Messiah." Still others said, "But he can't be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee?
John 7 42 For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born."
John 7 43 So the crowd was divided in their opinion about him.
John 7 44 And some wanted him arrested, but no one touched him.
John 7 45 The Temple guards who had been sent to arrest him returned to the leading priests and Pharisees. "Why didn't you bring him in?" they demanded.
John 7 46 "We have never heard anyone talk like this!" the guards responded.
John 7 47 "Have you been led astray, too?" the Pharisees mocked.
John 7 48 "Is there a single one of us rulers or Pharisees who believes in him?
John 7 49 These ignorant crowds do, but what do they know about it? A curse on them anyway!"
John 7 50 Nicodemus, the leader who had met with Jesus earlier, then spoke up.
John 7 51 "Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?" he asked.
John 7 52 They replied, "Are you from Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself--no prophet ever comes from Galilee!"
John 7 53 Then the meeting broke up and everybody went home.
John 8 1 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives,
John 8 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them.
John 8 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
John 8 4 "Teacher," they said to Jesus, "this woman was caught in the very act of adultery.
John 8 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?"
John 8 6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.
John 8 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, "All right, stone her. But let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!"
John 8 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
John 8 9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.
John 8 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to her, "Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?"
John 8 11 "No, Lord," she said. And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more."
John 8 12 Jesus said to the people, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life."
John 8 13 The Pharisees replied, "You are making false claims about yourself!"
John 8 14 Jesus told them, "These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don't know this about me.
John 8 15 You judge me with all your human limitations, but I am not judging anyone.
John 8 16 And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone--I have with me the Father who sent me.
John 8 17 Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact.
John 8 18 I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other."
John 8 19 "Where is your father?" they asked. Jesus answered, "Since you don't know who I am, you don't know who my Father is. If you knew me, then you would know my Father, too."
John 8 20 Jesus made these statements while he was teaching in the section of the Temple known as the Treasury. But he was not arrested, because his time had not yet come.
John 8 21 Later Jesus said to them again, "I am going away. You will search for me and die in your sin. You cannot come where I am going."
John 8 22 The Jewish leaders asked, "Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, 'You cannot come where I am going'?"
John 8 23 Then he said to them, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not.
John 8 24 That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I say I am, you will die in your sins."
John 8 25 "Tell us who you are," they demanded. Jesus replied, "I am the one I have always claimed to be.
John 8 26 I have much to say about you and much to condemn, but I won't. For I say only what I have heard from the one who sent me, and he is true."
John 8 27 But they still didn't understand that he was talking to them about his Father.
John 8 28 So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will realize that I am he and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak what the Father taught me.
John 8 29 And the one who sent me is with me--he has not deserted me. For I always do those things that are pleasing to him."
John 8 30 Then many who heard him say these things believed in him.
John 8 31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings.
John 8 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
John 8 33 "But we are descendants of Abraham," they said. "We have never been slaves to anyone on earth. What do you mean, 'set free'?"
John 8 34 Jesus replied, "I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave of sin.
John 8 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.
John 8 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.
John 8 37 Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because my message does not find a place in your hearts.
John 8 38 I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father."
John 8 39 "Our father is Abraham," they declared. "No," Jesus replied, "for if you were children of Abraham, you would follow his good example.
John 8 40 I told you the truth I heard from God, but you are trying to kill me. Abraham wouldn't do a thing like that.
John 8 41 No, you are obeying your real father when you act that way." They replied, "We were not born out of wedlock! Our true Father is God himself."
John 8 42 Jesus told them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me.
John 8 43 Why can't you understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to do so!
John 8 44 For you are the children of your father the Devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and has always hated the truth. There is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.
John 8 45 So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don't believe me!
John 8 46 Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don't you believe me?
John 8 47 Anyone whose Father is God listens gladly to the words of God. Since you don't, it proves you aren't God's children."
John 8 48 The people retorted, "You Samaritan devil! Didn't we say all along that you were possessed by a demon?"
John 8 49 "No," Jesus said, "I have no demon in me. For I honor my Father--and you dishonor me.
John 8 50 And though I have no wish to glorify myself, God wants to glorify me. Let him be the judge.
John 8 51 I assure you, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!"
John 8 52 The people said, "Now we know you are possessed by a demon. Even Abraham and the prophets died, but you say that those who obey your teaching will never die!
John 8 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Are you greater than the prophets, who died? Who do you think you are?"
John 8 54 Jesus answered, "If I am merely boasting about myself, it doesn't count. But it is my Father who says these glorious things about me. You say, 'He is our God,'
John 8 55 but you do not even know him. I know him. If I said otherwise, I would be as great a liar as you! But it is true--I know him and obey him.
John 8 56 Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad."
John 8 57 The people said, "You aren't even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham? "
John 8 58 Jesus answered, "The truth is, I existed before Abraham was even born!"
John 8 59 At that point they picked up stones to kill him. But Jesus hid himself from them and left the Temple.
John 9 1 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.
John 9 2 "Teacher," his disciples asked him, "why was this man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or those of his parents?"
John 9 3 "It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "He was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him.
John 9 4 All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end.
John 9 5 But while I am still here in the world, I am the light of the world."
John 9 6 Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and smoothed the mud over the blind man's eyes.
John 9 7 He told him, "Go and wash in the pool of Siloam" (Siloam means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came back seeing!
John 9 8 His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, "Is this the same man--that beggar?"
John 9 9 Some said he was, and others said, "No, but he surely looks like him!" And the beggar kept saying, "I am the same man!"
John 9 10 They asked, "Who healed you? What happened?"
John 9 11 He told them, "The man they call Jesus made mud and smoothed it over my eyes and told me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash off the mud.' I went and washed, and now I can see!"
John 9 12 "Where is he now?" they asked. "I don't know," he replied.
John 9 13 Then they took the man to the Pharisees.
John 9 14 Now as it happened, Jesus had healed the man on a Sabbath.
John 9 15 The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, "He smoothed the mud over my eyes, and when it was washed away, I could see!"
John 9 16 Some of the Pharisees said, "This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath." Others said, "But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?" So there was a deep division of opinion among them.
John 9 17 Then the Pharisees once again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, "This man who opened your eyes--who do you say he is?" The man replied, "I think he must be a prophet."
John 9 18 The Jewish leaders wouldn't believe he had been blind, so they called in his parents.
John 9 19 They asked them, "Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he see?"
John 9 20 His parents replied, "We know this is our son and that he was born blind,
John 9 21 but we don't know how he can see or who healed him. He is old enough to speak for himself. Ask him."
John 9 22 They said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue.
John 9 23 That's why they said, "He is old enough to speak for himself. Ask him."
John 9 24 So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, "Give glory to God by telling the truth, because we know Jesus is a sinner."
John 9 25 "I don't know whether he is a sinner," the man replied. "But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!"
John 9 26 "But what did he do?" they asked. "How did he heal you?"
John 9 27 "Look!" the man exclaimed. "I told you once. Didn't you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?"
John 9 28 Then they cursed him and said, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.
John 9 29 We know God spoke to Moses, but as for this man, we don't know anything about him."
John 9 30 "Why, that's very strange!" the man replied. "He healed my eyes, and yet you don't know anything about him!
John 9 31 Well, God doesn't listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.
John 9 32 Never since the world began has anyone been able to open the eyes of someone born blind.
John 9 33 If this man were not from God, he couldn't do it."
John 9 34 "You were born in sin!" they answered. "Are you trying to teach us?" And they threw him out of the synagogue.
John 9 35 When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
John 9 36 The man answered, "Who is he, sir, because I would like to."
John 9 37 "You have seen him," Jesus said, "and he is speaking to you!"
John 9 38 "Yes, Lord," the man said, "I believe!" And he worshiped Jesus.
John 9 39 Then Jesus told him, "I have come to judge the world. I have come to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind."
John 9 40 The Pharisees who were standing there heard him and asked, "Are you saying we are blind?"
John 9 41 "If you were blind, you wouldn't be guilty," Jesus replied. "But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.
John 10 1 "I assure you, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber!
John 10 2 For a shepherd enters through the gate.
John 10 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
John 10 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they recognize his voice.
John 10 5 They won't follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don't recognize his voice."
John 10 6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn't understand what he meant,
John 10 7 so he explained it to them. "I assure you, I am the gate for the sheep," he said.
John 10 8 "All others who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them.
John 10 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. Wherever they go, they will find green pastures.
John 10 10 The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.
John 10 11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 10 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will leave the sheep because they aren't his and he isn't their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock.
John 10 13 The hired hand runs away because he is merely hired and has no real concern for the sheep.
John 10 14 "I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,
John 10 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.
John 10 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice; and there will be one flock with one shepherd.
John 10 17 "The Father loves me because I lay down my life that I may have it back again.
John 10 18 No one can take my life from me. I lay down my life voluntarily. For I have the right to lay it down when I want to and also the power to take it again. For my Father has given me this command."
John 10 19 When he said these things, the people were again divided in their opinions about him.
John 10 20 Some of them said, "He has a demon, or he's crazy. Why listen to a man like that?"
John 10 21 Others said, "This doesn't sound like a man possessed by a demon! Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"
John 10 22 It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah.
John 10 23 He was at the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon's Colonnade.
John 10 24 The Jewish leaders surrounded him and asked, "How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly."
John 10 25 Jesus replied, "I have already told you, and you don't believe me. The proof is what I do in the name of my Father.
John 10 26 But you don't believe me because you are not part of my flock.
John 10 27 My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
John 10 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them away from me,
John 10 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. So no one can take them from me.
John 10 30 The Father and I are one."
John 10 31 Once again the Jewish leaders picked up stones to kill him.
John 10 32 Jesus said, "At my Father's direction I have done many things to help the people. For which one of these good deeds are you killing me?"
John 10 33 They replied, "Not for any good work, but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, have made yourself God."
John 10 34 Jesus replied, "It is written in your own law that God said to certain leaders of the people, 'I say, you are gods!'
John 10 35 And you know that the Scriptures cannot be altered. So if those people, who received God's message, were called 'gods,'
John 10 36 why do you call it blasphemy when the Holy One who was sent into the world by the Father says, 'I am the Son of God'?
John 10 37 Don't believe me unless I carry out my Father's work.
John 10 38 But if I do his work, believe in what I have done, even if you don't believe me. Then you will realize that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father."
John 10 39 Once again they tried to arrest him, but he got away and left them.
John 10 40 He went beyond the Jordan River to stay near the place where John was first baptizing.
John 10 41 And many followed him. "John didn't do miracles," they remarked to one another, "but all his predictions about this man have come true."
John 10 42 And many believed in him there.