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John 7:31–53

31 But amany of the crowd believed in Him; and they were saying, “bWhen 1the Christ comes, He will not perform more 2csigns than those which this man has, will He?”

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about Him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent aofficers to bseize Him.

33 Therefore Jesus said, aFor a little while longer I am with you, then bI go to Him who sent Me.

34 aYou will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come.”

35 aThe Jews then said to one another, “bWhere does this man intend to go that we will not find Him? He is not intending to go to cthe Dispersion among dthe Greeks, and teach the Greeks, is He?

36 “What is this statement that He said, aYou will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come?”

37 Now on athe last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, 1bIf anyone is thirsty, 2let him come to Me and drink.

38 He who believes in Me, aas the Scripture said, ‘From 1his innermost being will flow rivers of bliving water.’ ”

39 But this He spoke aof the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for bthe Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet cglorified.

Division of People over Jesus

40 Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, “This certainly is athe Prophet.”

41 Others were saying, “This is 1the Christ.” Still others were saying, “aSurely 1the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He?

42 “Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from athe descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”

43 So aa division occurred in the crowd because of Him.

44 aSome of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him.

45 The aofficers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, “Why did you not bring Him?”

46 The aofficers answered, “bNever has a man spoken the way this man speaks.”

47 The Pharisees then answered them, “aYou have not also been led astray, have you?

48 aNo one of bthe rulers or Pharisees has believed in Him, has he?

49 “But this crowd which does not know the Law is accursed.”

50 aNicodemus (he who came to Him before, being one of them) * said to them,

51 aOur Law does not judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?”

52 They answered him, “aYou are not also from Galilee, are you? Search, and see that no prophet arises out of Galilee.”

53 [1Everyone went to his home.

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