John 5:2-12 (New International Version)

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2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate1 a pool, which in Aramaic2 is called Bethesdaa and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie--the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.b 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?" 7 "Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me." 8 Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk."3 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,4 10 and so the Jews5 said to the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat."6 11 But he replied, "The man who made me well said to me, 'Pick up your mat and walk.' " 12 So they asked him, "Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?"
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