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. Chapter 5.

The Healing at the Pool (Jerusalem)

1 LATER ON JESUS WENT UP to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. [Some witnesses read: for the Jewish festival.] 2 Now at the Sheep-Pool in Jerusalem there is a place with five colonnades. Its name in the language of the Jews is Bethesda. 3 In these colonnades there lay a crowd of sick people, blind, lame, and paralysed. [Some manuscripts add: waiting for the disturbance of the water;] 4 [some witnesses further insert: (4) for from time to time an angel came down into the pool and stirred up the water. The first to plunge in after this disturbance recovered from whatever disease had afflicted him.] 5 Among them was a man who had been crippled for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and was aware that he had been ill a long time, he asked him, 'Do you want to recover?' 7 'Sir,' he replied, 'I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is disturbed, but while I am moving, someone else is in the pool before me.' 8 Jesus answered, 'Rise to your feet, take up your bed and walk.' 9 The man recovered instantly, took up his stretcher, and began to walk.

10 That day was a Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, 'It is the Sabbath. You are not allowed to carry your bed on the Sabbath.' 11 He answered, 'The man who cured me said, "Take up your bed and walk." ' 12 They asked him, 'Who is the man who told you to take up your bed and walk?' 13 But the cripple who had been cured did not know; for the place was crowded and Jesus had slipped away. 14 A little later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, 'Now that you are well again, leave your sinful ways, or you may suffer something worse.' 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had cured him.

16 It was works of this kind done on the Sabbath that stirred the Jews to persecute Jesus. 17 He defended himself by saying, 'My Father has never yet ceased his is work, and I am working too.' 18 This made the Jews still more determined to kill him, because he was not only breaking the Sabbath, but, by calling God his own Father, he claimed equality with God.

The Authority of the Son (Jerusalem)

19 To this charge Jesus replied, 'In truth, in very truth I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he does only what he sees the Father doing: what the Father does, the Son does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all his works, and will show greater yet, to fill you with wonder. 21 As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to men, as he determines. 22 And again, the Father does not judge anyone, but has given full jurisdiction to the Son; 23 it is his will that all should pay the same honour to the Son as to the Father. To deny honour to the Son is to deny it to the Father who sent him.

24 'In very truth, anyone who gives heed to what I say and puts his trust in him who sent me has hold of eternal life, and does not come up for judgement, but has already passed from death to life. 25 In truth, in very truth I tell you, a time is coming, indeed it is already here, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and all who hear shall come to life. 26 For as the Father has life-giving power in himself, so has the Son, by the Father's gift.

27 'As Son of Man, he has also been given the right to pass judgement. 28 Do not wonder at this, because the time is coming when all who are in the grave shall hear his voice and come out: 29 those who have done right will rise to life; those who have done wrong will rise to hear their doom. 30 I cannot act by myself; I judge as I am bidden, and my sentence is just, because my aim is not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.

Witnesses to Jesus

31 'If I testify on my own behalf, that testimony does not hold good. 32 There is another who bears witness for me, and I know that his testimony holds. 33 Your messengers have been to John; you have his testimony to the truth. 34 Not that I rely on human testimony, but I remind you of it for your own salvation. 35 John was a lamp, burning brightly, and for a time you were ready to exult in his light. 36 But I rely on a testimony higher than John's. There is enough to testify that the Father has sent me, in the works my Father gave me to do and to finish—the very works I have in hand. 37 This testimony to me was given by the Father who sent me, although you never heard his voice, or saw his form. 38 But his word has found no home in you, for you do not believe the one whom he sent. 39 You study the scriptures diligently, supposing that in having them you have eternal life; yet, although their testimony points to me, 40 you refuse to come to me for that life.

41 'I do not look to men for honour, 42 But with you it is different, as I know well, for you have no love for God in you. 43 I have come accredited by my Father, and you have no welcome for me; if another comes self-accredited you will welcome him. 44 How can you have faith so long as you receive honour from one another, and care nothing for the honour that comes from him who alone is God? 45 Do not imagine that I shall be your accuser at the Father's tribunal. Your accuser is Moses, the very Moses on whom you have set your hope. 46 If you believed Moses you would believe what I tell you, for it was about me that he wrote. 47 But if you do not believe what he wrote, how are you to believe what I say?'

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