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The New King James Version

John 5:1–47

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Christ Heals the Paralytic Man

5 After athis there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus bwent up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem cby the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, 1Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, 2paralyzed, 3waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

Jesus said to him, d“Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

Christ Heals on the Sabbath

And ethat day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; fit is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”

11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ”

12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 But the one who was ghealed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. hSin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”

15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

16 For this reason the Jews ipersecuted Jesus, 4and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.

Equality with God in Nature

17 But Jesus answered them, j“My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”

18 Therefore the Jews ksought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, lmaking Himself equal with God.

Equality with God in Power

19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, mthe Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For nthe Father loves the Son, and oshows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, peven so the Son gives life to whom He will.

Equality with God in Authority

22 For the Father judges no one, but qhas committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. rHe who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.

24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, she who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, tbut has passed from death into life. 25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when uthe dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For vas the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have wlife in Himself, 27 and xhas given Him authority to execute judgment also, ybecause He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will zhear His voice 29 aand come forth—bthose who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 cI can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because dI do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

Witness of John the Baptist

31 e“If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not 5true. 32 fThere is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. 33 You have sent to John, gand he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. 35 He was the burning and hshining lamp, and iyou were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.

Witness of the Works of Christ

36 But jI have a greater witness than John’s; for kthe works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very lworks that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.

Witness of the Father

37 And the Father Himself, who sent Me, mhas testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nnor seen His form. 38 But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.

Witness of the Scriptures

39 oYou search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and pthese are they which testify of Me. 40 qBut you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

41 r“I do not receive honor from men. 42 But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. 44 sHow can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek tthe honor that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; uthere is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; vfor he wrote about Me. 47 But if you wdo not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

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