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The New King James Version

John 7:1–44

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Christ’s Brothers Do Not Believe

7 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, abecause the 1Jews sought to kill Him. bNow the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. cHis brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.” For deven His ebrothers did not believe in Him.

Then Jesus said to them, f“My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. gThe world cannot hate you, but it hates Me hbecause I testify of it that its works are evil. You go up to this feast. I am not 2yet going up to this feast, ifor My time has not yet fully come.” When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee.

Christ Secretly Goes to the Feast

10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 11 Then jthe Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, “Where is He?” 12 And kthere was much complaining among the people concerning Him. lSome said, “He is good”; others said, “No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.” 13 However, no one spoke openly of Him mfor fear of the Jews.

Christ’s Authority from the Father

14 Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and ntaught. 15 oAnd the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?”

16 3Jesus answered them and said, p“My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 qIf anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. 18 rHe who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who sseeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and tno unrighteousness is in Him. 19 uDid not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? vWhy do you seek to kill Me?”

20 The people answered and said, w“You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill You?”

21 Jesus answered and said to them, “I did one work, and you all marvel. 22 xMoses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, ybut from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry with Me because zI made a man completely well on the Sabbath? 24 aDo not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

Christ’s Origin from the Father

25 Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to bkill? 26 But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. cDo the rulers know indeed that this is 4truly the Christ? 27 dHowever, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.”

28 Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, e“You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and fI have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me gis true, hwhom you do not know. 29 5But iI know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.”

30 Therefore jthey sought to take Him; but kno one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. 31 And lmany of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?”

Christ’s Departure to the Father

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him. 33 Then Jesus said 6to them, m“I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I ngo to Him who sent Me. 34 You owill seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you pcannot come.”

35 Then the Jews said among themselves, “Where does He intend to go that we shall not find Him? Does He intend to go to qthe Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What is this thing that He said, ‘You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come’?”

Christ Reveals the “Living Water”

37 rOn the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, s“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 tHe who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, uout of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 vBut this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those 7believing in Him would receive; for the 8Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet wglorified.

Israel is Divided over Christ

40 Therefore 9many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is xthe Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is ythe Christ.”

But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? 42 zHas not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, awhere David was?” 43 So bthere was a division among the people because of Him. 44 Now csome of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.

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