A Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda
1After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, 5:2 NU BethzathaBethesda, having five porches.
3In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, 5:3 witheredparalyzed, 5:3 NU omits the rest of v. 3 and all of v. 4.waiting for the moving of the water.
4For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.
5Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.
6When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
7The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
9And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And that day was the Sabbath.
10The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”
11He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ”
12Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”
13But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.
14Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
15The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
Honor the Father and the Son
16For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, 5:16 NU omits and sought to kill Himand sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.
17But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
18Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
19Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
20For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
21For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.
22For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,
23that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
Life and Judgment Are Through the Son
24“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
25Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.
26For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,
27and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
28Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice
29and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
30I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
The Fourfold Witness
31“If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not 5:31 valid as testimonytrue.
32There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true.
33You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.
34Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved.
35He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.
36But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.
37And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.
38But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.
39You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
40But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
41“I do not receive honor from men.
42But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.
43I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
44How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?
45Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust.
46For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.
47But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
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