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29 me is true, whom ye know not. But I know him, 30 for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles then these which this man hath done?
The Pharisees heard that the people disputed in this way concerning him: and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him. 33 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while I am with you, and then I go unto him who sent 34 me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me ; 35 and where I am, ye cannot come. Then the Jews said among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles,* and teach 36 the Gentiles? What saying is this that he spake, Ye will seek me, and shall not find me; and 57 where I am, ye cannot come? In the last day,
that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come 38 unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me,
as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall 39 flow rivers of living water. (But this he spake
of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.) Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the 41 prophet. Others said, This is the Christ.
* The Jews dispersed in the country of the Gentiles. It appears that the Jews expected a great prophet before the coming of the Messiah. See chap. i. 21.
But some said, Shall Christ come out of 42 Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem where David was ?* 43 So there was a division among the people 44 because of him. And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.
Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why 46 have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.† 47 Then the Pharisees said to them, Are ye also 48 deceived? Have any of the rulers, or of the 49 Pharisees, believed on him? But this people, 50 who knoweth not the law, are cursed. Nico
demus, who was one of them, and the same who 51 came to Jesus by night, saith to them, Doth our
law judge any man before it hear him, and know 52 what he doeth? They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search and look : 53 for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. And
every man went unto his own house.
*So in fact it was, Christ was born in Bethlehem, aud Mary his mother was a descendant of David.
This ingenuous testimony from men devoted to the civil power, and prejudiced against Christ, furnishes the highest eulogy on the instructions of our Lord.
A remark suggested by prejudice and malice.
THEN Jesus went out to the mount of Olives: 2 And early in the morning returned to the temple, and all the people went unto him; and he 3 sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery and when they had sat her in the 4 midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman 5 was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law has commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have an accusation against him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the 7 ground, (as though he heard them not.) But when they continued asking him, he raised up himself, and said unto them, He who is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the 9 ground. And they who heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last and Jesus was left alone, and the woman. 10 standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, 11 No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee:* go, and sin no more.
* That is, I pronounce no sentence against thee. We cannot suppose that our Lord meant to be understood, as not condemning such conduct. But he came not as a judge. Nor did he choose to exercise judicial authority when on earth.
Then Jesus spake again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me, shall not walk in darkness, but shall have 13 the light of life. Then the Pharisees said unto him, Thou bearest witness of thyself; thy tes14 timony is not true. Jesus answered and said
unto them, Though I bear witness of myself, yet my testimony is true; for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell 15 whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge 16 after the flesh;* I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not 17 alone, but I and the Father that sent me.
is also written in your law, that the testimony 18 of two men is true. I am one who beareth
witness of myself, and the Father who sent me 19 beareth witness of me. Then they said unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my 20 Father also. These words Jesus spake in the treasury, as he taught in the temple and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not 21 yet come. Then Jesus said again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. 22 Then said the Jews, will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come. 23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath;
That is, from appearance or prejudice.
As if he said, my judgment and opinion are not that of a man only; but I speak and judge under the influence of the spirit of God. See 26th and 29th verses.
I am from above:* ye are of this world; I 24 am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he,t ye shall die in your 25 sins. Then they said unto him, Who art thou?
And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same 26 that I said unto you from the first. I have many things to say, and to judge of you: but he that sent me, is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. 27 They understood not that he spake to them of 28 the Father. Then Jesus said unto them, When
ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I 29 speak these things. And he who sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone;
for I do-always those things that please him. 30 As he spake these words, many believed on ..31 him. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed on him, If ye continue in my word, 32 then are ye my disciples indeed. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make ye free.
$3 They answered him, We are Abraham's offspring, and were never in bondage to any man: How sayest thou, Ye shall be made
See chap. iii. 13.
That is, the Messiah.
That I am the Christ, and was sent from God. many Jews did believe in Jesus as the Messiah, when they witnessed the awful events which took place at his crucifixion, and the gift of the Holy Spirit to his apostles.