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 John 5
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The Healing at Bethesda

1 After these things there was a R237 feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the R238 sheep gate a pool, which is called in R239 Hebrew F61 Bethesda, F62 having five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [waiting F63 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 ill F64 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 the R240 water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me." 8 Jesus said to him, "Get R241 up, pick up your pallet and walk." 9 Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.

Now R242 it was the Sabbath on that day. 10 So the R243 Jews were saying to the man who was cured, "It is the Sabbath, and it R244 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 sin R245 anymore, so R246 that nothing worse happens to you." 15 The man went away, and told the R247 Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 For this reason the R248 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 God

18 For this reason therefore the R249 Jews were R250 seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making R251 Himself equal with God.

19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the R252 Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the F65 Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. 20 "For R253 the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater R254 works than these, so that you will marvel. 21 "For just as the Father raises the dead and gives R255 them life, even so the R256 Son also gives life to whom He wishes. 22 "For not even the Father judges anyone, but He R257 has given all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He R258 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 believes R259 Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does R260 not come into judgment, but has passed R261 out of death into life.

Two Resurrections

25 "Truly, truly, I say to you, an R262 hour is coming and now is, when the R263 dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear R264 will live. 26 "For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave R265 to the Son also to have life in Himself; 27 and He gave Him authority to execute R266 judgment, because He is the F66 Son of Man. 28 "Do not marvel at this; for an R267 hour is coming, in which all R268 who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those R269 who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

30 "I R270 can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My R271 judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the R272 will of Him who sent Me.

31 "If R273 I alone testify about Myself, My testimony is not true. F67 32 "There is another R274 who testifies of Me, and I know that the testimony which He gives about Me is true.

Witness of John

33 "You have sent to John, and he has R275 testified to the truth. 34 "But the R276 testimony which I receive is not from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 "He was the R277 lamp that was burning and was shining and you were R278 willing to rejoice for a F68 while in his light.

Witness of Works

36 "But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for the R279 works which the Father has given Me to R280 accomplish--the very works that I do--testify about Me, that the Father has R281 sent Me.

Witness of the Father

37 "And the Father who sent Me, He R282 has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form. 38 "You do not have His R283 word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent. R284

Witness of the Scripture

39 "You R285 F69 search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these R286 that testify about Me; 40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. 41 "I R287 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; if R288 another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 "How can you believe, when you receive R289 glory F70 from one another and you do not seek the R290 glory F70 that is from the R291 one and only God? 45 "Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, R292 in whom you have set your hope. 46 "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he R293 wrote about Me. 47 "But if R294 you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"
F61: I.e. Jewish Aramaic
F62: Some early mss read Bethsaida or Bethzatha
F63: Early mss do not contain the remainder of v 3, nor v 4
F64: Lit in his sickness
F65: Lit that One
F66: Or a son of man
F67: I.e. admissible as legal evidence
F68: Lit an hour
F69: Or (a command) Search the Scriptures!
F70: Or honor or fame
F70: Or honor or fame

R237: Deuteronomy 16:1; John 2:13
R238: Nehemiah 3:1,32; 12:39
R239: John 19:13,17,20; 20:16; Acts 21:40; Revelation 9:11; 16:16
R240: John 5:4
R241: Matthew 9:6; Mark 2:11; Luke 5:24
R242: John 9:14
R243: John 1:19; 5:15,16,18
R244: Nehemiah 13:19; Jeremiah 17:21f; Matthew 12:2; Luke 6:2; John 7:23; 9:16
R245: Mark 2:5; John 8:11
R246: Ezra 9:14
R247: John 1:19; 5:16,18
R248: John 1:19; 5:10,15,18
R249: John 1:19; 5:15,16
R250: John 5:16; 7:1
R251: John 10:33; 19:7
R252: Matthew 26:39; John 5:30; 6:38; 8:28; 12:49; 14:10
R253: Matthew 3:17; John 3:35; 2 Peter 1:17
R254: John 14:12
R255: Romans 4:17; 8:11
R256: John 11:25
R257: John 5:27; 9:39; Acts 10:42; 17:31
R258: Luke 10:16; 1 John 2:23
R259: John 3:18; 12:44; 20:31; 1 John 5:13
R260: John 3:18
R261: 1 John 3:14
R262: John 4:21,23; 5:28
R263: Luke 15:24
R264: John 6:60; 8:43,47; 9:27
R265: John 1:4; 6:57
R266: John 9:39; Acts 10:42; 17:31
R267: John 4:21
R268: John 11:24; 1 Corinthians 15:52
R269: Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; Acts 24:15
R270: John 5:19
R271: John 8:16
R272: John 4:34; 6:38
R273: John 8:14
R274: John 5:37
R275: John 1:7,15,19,32; 3:26-30
R276: John 5:32; 1 John 5:9
R277: 2 Samuel 21:17; 2 Peter 1:19
R278: Mark 1:5
R279: Matthew 11:4; John 2:23; 10:25,38; 14:11; 15:24
R280: John 4:34
R281: John 3:17
R282: Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22; 24:27; John 8:18; 1 John 5:9
R283: 1 John 2:14
R284: John 3:17
R285: John 7:52; Romans 2:17ff
R286: Luke 24:25,27; Acts 13:27
R287: John 5:44; 7:18; 1 Thessalonians 2:6
R288: Matthew 24:5
R289: John 5:41
R290: Romans 2:29
R291: John 17:3; 1 Timothy 1:17
R292: John 9:28; Romans 2:17ff
R293: Luke 24:27
R294: Luke 16:29,31


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