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Jesus at the Feast of Dedication

10:22 Then came the feast of the Dedication55 in Jerusalem.56 10:23 It was winter,57 and Jesus was walking in the temple area58 in Solomon’s Portico.59 10:24 The Jewish leaders60 surrounded him and asked,61 “How long will you keep us in suspense?62 If you are the Christ,63 tell us plainly.”64 10:25 Jesus replied,65 “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds66 I do in my Father’s name testify about me. 10:26 But you refuse to believe because you are not my sheep. 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 10:28 I give67 them eternal life, and they will never perish;68 no one will snatch69 them from my hand. 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,70 and no one can snatch71 them from my Father’s hand. 10:30 The Father and I72 are one.”73

10:31 The Jewish leaders74 picked up rocks again to stone him to death. 10:32 Jesus said to them,75 “I have shown you many good deeds76 from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me?” 10:33 The Jewish leaders77 replied,78 “We are not going to stone you for a good deed79 but for blasphemy,80 because81 you, a man, are claiming to be God.”82

10:34 Jesus answered,83 “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’?84 10:35 If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken),85 10:36 do you say about the one whom the Father set apart86 and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 10:37 If I do not perform87 the deeds88 of my Father, do not believe me. 10:38 But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds,89 so that you may come to know90 and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” 10:39 Then91 they attempted92 again to seize him, but he escaped their clutches.93

10:40 Jesus94 went back across the Jordan River95 again to the place where John96 had been baptizing at an earlier time,97 and he stayed there. 10:41 Many98 came to him and began to say, “John99 performed100 no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man101 was true!” 10:42 And many believed in Jesus102 there.


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