John 7

Goodspeed(i) 1 After this Jesus went from place to place in Galilee, for he would not do so in Judea, because the Jews were making efforts to kill him. 2 But the Jewish camping festival was coming. 3 So his brothers said to him, "You ought to leave here and go to Judea, to let your disciples also see the things you are doing. 4 For no one acts in secret when he desires to be publicly known. If you are going to do these things, let the world see you." 5 For even his brothers did not believe in him. 6 Then Jesus said to them, "It is not yet time for me to act, but any time is suitable for you. 7 It is impossible for the world to hate you, but it does hate me for testifying that its ways are wrong. 8 As for you, go up to the festival; I am not going up to this festival as yet, for it is not quite time for me to go." 9 That was what he told them, and he stayed on in Galilee. 10 But after his brothers had gone up to the festival, then Jesus went up also, not publicly, but as though he did not wish to be observed. 11 Now the Jews were looking for him at the festival and asking where he was, 12 and there was a great deal of muttering about him among the crowds, some saying that he was a good man, and others that he was not, but was imposing on the people. 13 But no one spoke of him in public, for fear of the Jews. 14 But when the festival was half over, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach. 15 This astonished the Jews. "How is it that this man can read?" they said, "when he has never gone to school?" 16 So Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own; it comes from him who has sent me. 17 Anyone who resolves to do his will will know whether my teaching comes from God, or originates with me. 18 Whoever speaks simply for himself is looking for honor for himself, but whoever looks for honor for the person who has sent him shows his sincerity; there is no dishonesty about him. 19 Was it not Moses who gave you the Law? Yet not one of you obeys the Law. Why are you trying to kill me?" 20 The crowd answered, "You must be possessed! Who is trying to kill you?" 21 Jesus answered, "I have done just one deed, and you are all astonished at it. 22 Yet Moses gave you the rite of circumcision—not that it began with Moses but with your forefathers—and you practice it even on the Sabbath. 23 But if a person undergoes circumcision on a Sabbath, to avoid breaking the Law of Moses, are you angry at me for making a man perfectly well on a Sabbath? 24 You must not judge so externally; you must judge justly!" 25 Some of the people of Jerusalem said, "Is not this the man they want to kill? 26 And here he is speaking publicly, and they say nothing to him! Can the authorities really have found that he is the Christ? 27 But then, we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from." 28 So Jesus, as he was teaching in the Temple, cried out, "You do know me and you do know where I come from, and I have not come of my own accord but someone who is very real, whom you do not know, has sent me. 29 I do know him, because I come from him, and he has sent me here." 30 Then they tried to arrest him, and yet no one laid hands on him, because he was not yet ready. 31 But many of the people believed in him, and said, "Will the Christ show more signs when he comes than this man has shown?" 32 The Pharisees heard the people saying these things about him in whispers, and the high priests and the Pharisees sent attendants to arrest him. 33 Jesus said, "I am to be with you a little while longer, and then I am going to him who has sent me. 34 You will look for me and you will not find me, and you will not be able to go where I shall be." 35 Then the Jews said to one another, "Where is he going, that we shall not find him? Is he going to our people scattered among the Greeks, and will he teach the Greeks? 36 What does he mean by saying 'You will look for me and you will not find me, and you will not be able to go where I shall be'?" 37 Now on the last day, the great day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38 If anyone believes in me, streams of living water, as the Scripture says, shall flow forth from his heart." 39 He meant by this the Spirit which those who believed in him were to receive—for the Spirit had not yet come, because Jesus had not yet been glorified. 40 So some of the people, when they heard these words, said, "This is certainly the Prophet!" 41 Others said, "This is the Christ!" But they rejoined, "What! Is the Christ to come from Galilee? 42 Do not the Scriptures say that the Christ is to spring from the descendants of David and to come from the village of Bethlehem where David lived?" 43 So the people were divided about him, 44 and some of them wanted to arrest him, yet no one laid hands on him. 45 The attendants went back to the high priests and Pharisees, and they said to the attendants, "Why have you not brought him?" 46 The attendants answered, "No man ever talked as he does!" 47 The Pharisees answered, "Have you been imposed upon too? 48 Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 But these common people who do not know the Law are doomed!" 50 One of them, Nicodemus, who had previously gone to Jesus, said to them, 51 "Does our Law condemn the accused without first hearing what he has to say, and finding out what he has done?" 52 They answered, "Are you from Galilee too? Study and you will find that no prophet is to appear from Galilee." 53 OMITTED TEXT