John 13:5-16 (New International Version)

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5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet,1 drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" 7 Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."2 8 "No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." 9 "Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!" 10 Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean,3 though not every one of you."4 11 For he knew who was going to betray him,5 and that was why he said not every one was clean. 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. 13 "You call me 'Teacher'6 and 'Lord,'7 and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.8 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.9 16 I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master,10 nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
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