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JERUSALEM

The Pool of Bethesda
JOHN 5
1After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3In these a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered lay, waiting for the moving of the water. 4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: who ever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatever disease he had. 5And a certain man was there, who had an infirmity thirty eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he said to him, Will you be made whole? 7The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: 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 whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and the same day was the sabbath. 10The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for you to carry your bed. 11He answered them, He who made me whole, the same said to me, Take up your bed, and walk. 12Then they him asked, What man is that who said to you, Take up your bed, and walk? 13And he who was healed did not know who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. 14Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, Behold, you are made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come to you. 15The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, who had made him whole. 16And therefore the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

17But Jesus answered them, My Father works till now, and I work. 18Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. 19Then Jesus answered and said to them, Verily, verily, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for whatever things he does, these also the Son does likewise. 20For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that he does himself: and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may marvel. 21For as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them; even so the Son quickens whom he will. 22For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son: 23That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who has sent him. 24Verily, verily, I say to you, He who hears my word, and believes in him who sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death to life. 25Verily, verily, I say to you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and those who hear shall live. 26For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27And has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 28Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29And shall come forth; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of damnation. 30I can do nothing of my own self: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the Father who has sent me.

31If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 32There is another who bears witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesses of me is true. 33You sent to John, and he bore witness to the truth. 34But I do not receive testimony from man: but these things I say, that you might be saved. 35He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing to rejoice in his light for a season. 36But I have a greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father has given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father has sent me. 37And the Father himself, who has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 38And you do not have his word abiding in you: for whom he has sent, you did not believe. 39Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they who testify of me. 40And you will not come to me, that you might have life. 41I do not receive honor from men. 42But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43I am come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me: if another shall come in his own name, you will receive him. 44How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from God only? 45Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one who accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust. 46For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47But if you do not believe his writings, how shall you believe my words?

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