John 52 Now there is in Jerusalem a pool near the Sheep Gate. This pool in the Hebrew is called Bethesda, having five porches (alcoves, colonnades, doorways). 3 In these lay a great number of sick folk--some blind, some crippled, and some paralyzed (shriveled up)--Many manuscripts omit the last part of verse and all of verse 4.waiting for the bubbling up of the water. 4 For an angel of the Lord went down at appointed seasons into the pool and moved and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was cured of whatever disease with which he was afflicted. 5 There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus noticed him lying there , knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? 7 The invalid answered, Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am trying to come myself, somebody else steps down ahead of me. 8 Jesus said to him, Get up! Pick up your bed (sleeping pad) and walk! 9 Instantly the man became well and recovered his strength and picked up his bed and walked. But that happened on the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews kept saying to the man who had been healed, It is the Sabbath, and you have no right to pick up your bed . 11 He answered them, The Capitalized because of what He is, the spotless Son of God, not what the speaker may have thought He was.Man Who healed me and gave me back my strength, He Himself said to me, Pick up your bed and walk! 12 They asked him, Who is the Man Who told you, Pick up your bed and walk? 13 Now the invalid who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had quietly gone away , since there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward, when Jesus found him in the temple, He said to him, See, you are well! Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you. 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus Who had made him well. 16 For this reason the Jews began to persecute (annoy, torment) Jesus Some manuscripts add this phrase.and sought to kill Him, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, My Father has worked until now, and I, too, must be at work. 18 This made the Jews more determined than ever to kill Him ; because He not only was breaking (weakening, violating) the Sabbath, but He actually was speaking of God as being His own Father, making Himself equal with God. 19 So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way . 20 The Father dearly loves the Son and discloses to (shows) Him everything that He Himself does. And He will disclose to Him (let Him see) greater things yet than these, so that you may marvel and be full of wonder and astonishment. 21 Just as the Father raises up the dead and gives them life , even so the Son also gives life to whomever He wills and is pleased to give it. 22 Even the Father judges no one, for He has given all judgment (the last judgment and the whole business of judging) entirely into the hands of the Son, 23 So that all men may give honor (reverence, homage) to the Son just as they give honor to the Father. whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, Who has sent Him. 24 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment , but he has already passed over out of death into life. 25 Believe Me when I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the time is coming and is here now when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear it shall live. 26 For even as the Father has life in Himself and is self-existent, so He has given to the Son to have life in Himself and be self-existent. 27 And He has given Him authority and granted Him power to execute (exercise, practice) judgment because He is Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.a Son of man . 28 Do not be surprised and wonder at this, for the time is coming when all those who are in the tombs shall hear His voice, 29 And they shall come out--those who have practiced doing good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil will be raised for judgment . 30 I am able to do nothing from Myself . Even as I hear, I judge , and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me. 31 If I alone testify in My behalf, My testimony is not valid and cannot be worth anything. 32 There is Another Who testifies concerning Me, and I know and am certain that His evidence on My behalf is true and valid. 33 You yourselves have sent to John and he has been a witness to the truth. 34 But I do not receive human witness ; but I simply mention all these things in order that you may be saved (made and kept safe and sound). 35 John was the lamp that kept on burning and shining , and you were willing for a while to delight (sun) yourselves in his light. 36 But I have as My witness something greater (weightier, higher, better) than that of John; for the works that the Father has appointed Me to accomplish and finish, the very same works that I am now doing, are a witness and proof that the Father has sent Me. 37 And the Father Who sent Me has Himself testified concerning Me. Not one of you has ever given ear to His voice or seen His form (His face--what He is like). 38 And you have not His word (His thought) living in your hearts, because you do not believe and adhere to and trust in and rely on Him Whom He has sent. 39 You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these testify about Me! 40 And still you are not willing to come to Me, so that you might have life. 41 I receive not glory from men , 42 But I know you and recognize and understand that you have not the love of God in you. 43 I have come in My Father's name and with His power, and you do not receive Me ; but if another comes in his own name and his own power and with no other authority but himself, you will receive him and give him your approval. 44 How is it possible for you to believe , you who receive praise and honor and glory from one another, and yet do not seek the praise and honor and glory which come from Him Who alone is God? 45 Put out of your minds the thought and do not suppose that I will accuse you before the Father. There is one who accuses you--it is Moses, the very one on whom you have built your hopes . 46 For if you believed and relied on Moses, you would believe and rely on Me, for he wrote about Me . 47 But if you do not believe and trust his writings, how then will you believe and trust My teachings?
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