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1 AFTER this there was a feast of the Jews; 2 and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem, by the sheep-market, a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, 3 having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of infirm people, blind, halt, paralytic, 4 waiting for the moving of the water. For an
angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first, after the troubling of the water, stepped in, was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.* 5 And a certain man was there, who had an in6 firmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him, lying, and knew that he had been a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt 7 thou be made whole? The diseased man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool :f but while I am coming, another steppeth down 8 before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise take 9 up thy bed and walk. And immediately the
man became strong, and took up his bed, and walked and the same day was the sabbath.
* Some critics suppose this was a mineral spring, and the water possessing medicinal qualities which cured various diseases: and as it had this effect, the Jews supposed an angel descended and gave it a healing power.
By the troubling of the water, is to be understood, its agitation, occasioned by the heat; and probably, the medicinal and restoring power ceased when the extra heat abated.
10 The Jews therefore said unto him who was cured, It is the sabbath-day: it is not lawful 11 for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them,
He who made me whole, the same said unto 12 me, Take up thy bed, and walk. Then they
asked him, What man is he who said unto 13 thee, Take up thy bed, an. walk? And he who was healed knew not who it was for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a crowd 14 being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art restored to health: sin no more, lest a 15 worse thing come unto thee. The man depart
ed, and told the Jews, that it was Jesus who 16 had healed him. Then the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath-day.
But Jesus answered them, My Father hath worked hitherto, and 1 therefore work. 18 Then the Jews were more eager to kill him, because he not only had violated the sabbath, but said also that God was his own Father, 19 making himself equal with God.† Then Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do for whatever things he doeth, those doeth the Son
* That is, in preserving and governing the universe. † See x. chap. 36. Jesus neither says he was, or was not equal to God-but that he was the Son of God. Yet eertainly he disclaims all equality with God, when he calls him his Father, and says that he imitates God, and does his will, and ean do nothing of himself but what the Father giveth him power to do.
20 also. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things which he doeth and he will shew him greater works then these, that 21 ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up
the dead, and giveth them life; even so the Soit 22 giveth life to whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man; but hath committed all judg 23 ment unto the Son: that all men should honor. the Son, as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son, honoreth not the Father 24 who hath sent him. Verily, verily I say unto you, He that heareth my words and believeth on him who sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed 25 from death unto life. Verily, verily I say unto you, The hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: 26 and they who hear shall live. For as the
Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to 27 the Son also to have life in himself; and hath
likewise given him authority to execute judg 28 ment, because he is the Son of man. Wonder
not at this for the hour is coming, in which all who are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 and shall come forth; they, who have done good unto the resurrection of life: and they who have done evil, unto the resurrection of 30 damnation. I can of mine ownself do nothing:
They then who honor Christ, as the Son, and messenger of God, cannot be condemned for giving God's glory to another: Christ, we are commanded to honor-and he is the visible representative of the invisible God.
+ Campbell says, they who have done good, to enjoy life, and they who have done evil to suffer punishment.
as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because 1 seek not mine own will, but the will 31 of the Father who hath sent me. If I only bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
There is another who beareth witness of me, and I know that the testimony which he gave 33 of me is true. Ye sent unto John, and he bare 34 witness unto the truth. But I receive not
testimony from man: but these things I say, 35 that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, even the works that I do, bear witness 37 of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself who sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at 38 any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
Search the scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and it is they which testify 40 of me. Yet ye will not come to me, that ye 41 might have life. I receive not honor from men. 42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of 43 God in you. I am come in my Father's name,
* I, indeed, need not the testimony of man.
↑ By declaring that Christ was his beloved Son.
"The invisible God," we read in other places. Jesus Christ is the visible image of Deity. All judgment is cominitted to him, and he is to be honored as the Son or messenger of God. See 21, 22, 23d verses of this chapter-see also Rom. xiv. 9, 10, 1t, 12.
and ye receive me not: if another shall come 46 in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, who receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor which cometh from 45 God only? Do not think that I will accuse
you to the Father; there is one that accuseth 46 you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had
ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me : 47 for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words ?*
AFTER these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.† 2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them 3 that were diseased. And Jesus went up into
a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. 4 Now the passover, a feast of the Jews, was
Then Jesus lifting up his eyes, and seeing a great company come unto him, saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread that these 6 may eat? (And this he said to try him: for 7 he himself knew what he would do.) Philip answered him, Two hundred penny-worth of bread is not sufficient that every one of them 8 may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew,
* See Luke xvi. 31.
This was a lake, and called also the lake of Gennesareth-because these places were contiguous to and bordering on it.