Chapter 7

Jesus Teaches at the Feast

1 After these things Jesus awas walking in Galilee, for He was unwilling to walk in Judea because bthe Jews cwere seeking to kill Him.

2 Now the feast of the Jews, athe Feast of Booths, was near.

3 Therefore His abrothers said to Him, “Leave here and go into Judea, so that Your bdisciples also may see Your works which You are doing.

4 “For no one does anything in secret 1when he himself seeks to be known publicly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.”

5 For not even His abrothers were believing in Him.

6 So Jesus * said to them, aMy time is not yet here, but your time is always opportune.

7 aThe world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that bits deeds are evil.

8 “Go up to the feast yourselves; I do not go up to this feast because aMy time has not yet fully come.”

9 Having said these things to them, He stayed in Galilee.

10 But when His abrothers had gone up to the feast, then He Himself also went up, not publicly, but as if, in secret.

11 aSo the Jews bwere seeking Him at the feast and were saying, “Where is He?”

12 There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning Him; asome were saying, “He is a good man”; others were saying, “No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray.”

13 Yet no one was speaking openly of Him for afear of the Jews.

14 But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and began to ateach.

15 aThe Jews then were astonished, saying, “How has this man bbecome learned, having never been educated?”

16 So Jesus answered them and said, aMy teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.

17 aIf anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.

18 “He who speaks from himself aseeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

19 aDid not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? Why do you bseek to kill Me?”

20 The crowd answered, “aYou have a demon! Who seeks to kill You?”

21 Jesus answered them, “I did aone 1deed, and you all marvel.

22 “For this reason aMoses has given you circumcision (not because it is from Moses, but from bthe fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a man.

23 aIf a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath?

24 “Do not ajudge according to appearance, but 1judge with righteous judgment.”

25 So some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Is this not the man whom they are seeking to kill?

26 “Look, He is speaking publicly, and they are saying nothing to Him. aThe rulers do not really know that this is 1the Christ, do they?

27 “However, awe know where this man is from; but whenever the Christ may come, no one knows where He is from.”

28 Then Jesus cried out in the temple, ateaching and saying, bYou both know Me and know where I am from; and cI have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.

29 aI know Him, because bI am from Him, and cHe sent Me.”

30 So they awere seeking to seize Him; and no man laid his hand on Him, because His bhour had not yet come.

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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