Sometime after this there was a Jewish festival; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 There is in Jerusalem, near the sheep market, a bath with five colonnades round it. It is called in Hebrew ‘Bethesda.’ 3 In these colonnades, a large number of afflicted people were lying—blind, lame, and crippled—waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For it was said that an angel would go down at a certain time into the pool and stir the water, so that whoever went first in afterwards would be made whole from their afflictions. 5 One man who was there had been infirm for thirty-eight years.
6 Jesus saw the man lying there, and, finding that he had been in this state a long time, said to him: “Do you wish to be cured?” 7 “I have no one, sir,” the afflicted man answered, “to put me into the bath when there is a troubling of the water, and, while I am getting to it, someone else steps down before me.” 8 “Stand up,” said Jesus, “take up your mat, and walk about.” 9 The man was cured immediately, and took up his mat and began to walk about.
10 Now it was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured: “This is the Sabbath; you must not carry your mat.” 11 “The man who cured me,” he answered, “said to me: ‘Take up your mat and walk about.’” 12 “Who was it,” they asked, “that said to you: ‘Take up your mat and walk about’?” 13 But the man who had been restored did not know who it was; for Jesus had moved away because there was a crowd there.
14 Afterwards Jesus found the man in the temple courts, and said to him: “You are cured now; do not sin again, for fear that something worse may befall you.” 15 The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had cured him. 16 And that was why the Jews began to persecute Jesus, because he did things of this kind on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus replied: “My Father works to this very hour, and I work also.”
18 This made the Jews all the more eager to kill him, because not only was he doing away with the Sabbath, but he actually called God his own Father—putting himself on an equality with God. 19 So Jesus made this further reply: “In truth I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself; he does only what he sees the Father doing; whatever the Father does, the Son does also.”
20 “For the Father loves his Son, and shows him everything that he is doing; and he will show him still greater things—so that you will be filled with wonder. 21 For, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he pleases. 22 The Father himself does not judge anyone, but has entrusted the work of judging entirely to his Son, 23 So that all men may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son fails to honor the Father who sent him.”
24 “In truth I tell you that those who listen to my message and believes him who sent me, has immortal life, and does not come under condemnation, but has already passed out of death into life. 25 In truth I tell you that a time is coming, indeed it is already here, when the dead will listen to the voice of the Son of God, and when those who listen will live. 26 For, just as the Father has inherent life within him, so also he has granted to the Son to have inherent life within him; 27 And, because he is Son of Man, he has also given him authority to act as judge.”
28 “Do not wonder at this; for the time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice, 29 And will come out—those who have done good rising to life, and those who have lived evil lives rising for condemnation. 30 I can do nothing of myself; I judge as I am taught; and the judgment that I give is just, because my aim is not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.”
31 “If I bear testimony to myself, my testimony is not trustworthy; 32 It is another who bears testimony to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is trustworthy. 33 You have yourselves sent to John, and he as testified to the truth. 34 But the testimony which I receive is not from man; I am saying this for your salvation. 35 He was a burning and shining light, and you were ready to rejoice, for a time, in his light.”
36 “But the testimony which I have is of greater weight than John’s; for the work that the Father has given me to carry out—the work that I am doing—is in itself proof that the Father has sent me as his messenger. 37 The Father who has sent me has himself borne testimony of me. You have neither listened to his voice, nor seen his form; 38 And you have not taken his message home to your hearts, because you do not believe him whom he sent as his messenger.”
39 “You search the scriptures, because you think that you find in them eternal life; 40 And, though it is those very scriptures that bear testimony to me, you refuse to come to me to have life. 41 I do not receive honor from people, 42 But I know this of you, that you have not the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if others come in their own names, you will receive them.”
44 “How can you believe in me, when you receive honor from one another, and do not desire the honor which comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have been resting your hopes. 46 For, had you believed Moses, you would have believed me, for it was of me that Moses wrote; 47 But, if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my teaching?”
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