At that time the Feast of the Dedicationtookplace at Jerusalem ;
it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of 1Solomon.
242The Jewsthengatheredaround Him, and were saying to Him, "Howlongawill You keep us in suspense ? If You are bthe Christ, tell us 3plainly."
25Jesusanswered them, "4I told you, and you do not believe ; 5the works that I do in My Father'sname, thesetestify of Me.26"But you do not believebecause6you are not of My sheep.27"My sheep7hear My voice, and 8I know them, and they follow Me;28and I give9eternallife to them, and they will neverperish ; and 10noone will snatch them out of My hand.29"cMy Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all ; and noone is able to snatch them out of the Father'shand.30"11I and the Father are done."31
The Jews12picked up stonesagain to stone Him.
32Jesusanswered them, "I showed you manygoodworks from the Father ; for which of them are you stoning Me?"33
The Jewsanswered Him, "For a goodwork we do not stone You, but for 13blasphemy ; and because You, being a man, 14makeYourself out to be God."
34Jesusanswered them, "Has it not beenwritten in 15your 16Law, '17I SAID, YOU ARE GODS '?35"If he called them gods, to whom the word of Godcame (and the Scripturecannot be broken ),36do you say of Him, whom the Father18sanctified and 19sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, '20I am the Son of God '?37"21If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;38but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe22the works, so that you may eknow and understand that 23the Father is in Me, and I in the Father."39Therefore24they were seekingagain to seize Him, and 25He eluded their grasp.
And He wentaway26againbeyond the Jordan to the placewhereJohn was firstbaptizing, and He was stayingthere.
41Manycame to Him and were saying, "WhileJohnperformedno27sign, yet28everythingJohnsaidaboutthisman was true."
4229Manybelieved in Him there.