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1 After this, Jesus traveled around Galilee. He did not want to travel in Judea, because the Jews there wanted to kill him. 1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life.
2 It was time for the Jewish Feast of Shelters. 2 But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near,
3 So Jesus' brothers said to him, "You should leave here and go to Judea so your followers there can see the miracles you do. 3 Jesus' brothers said to him, "You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do.
4 Anyone who wants to be well known does not hide what he does. If you are doing these things, show yourself to the world." 4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world."
5 (Even Jesus' brothers did not believe in him.) 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
6 Jesus said to his brothers, "The right time for me has not yet come, but any time is right for you. 6 Therefore Jesus told them, "The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.
7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I tell it the evil things it does. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.
8 So you go to the feast. I will not go yet to this feast, because the right time for me has not yet come." 8 You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come."
9 After saying this, Jesus stayed in Galilee. 9 Having said this, he stayed in Galilee.
10 But after Jesus' brothers had gone to the feast, Jesus went also. But he did not let people see him. 10 However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.
11 At the feast the Jews were looking for him and saying, "Where is that man?" 11 Now at the Feast the Jews were watching for him and asking, "Where is that man?"
12 Within the large crowd there, many people were whispering to each other about Jesus. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "No, he fools the people." 12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others replied, "No, he deceives the people."
13 But no one was brave enough to talk about Jesus openly, because they were afraid of the Jews. 13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the Jews.
14 When the feast was about half over, Jesus went to the Temple and began to teach. 14 Not until halfway through the Feast did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach.
15 The Jews were amazed and said, "This man has never studied in school. How did he learn so much?" 15 The Jews were amazed and asked, "How did this man get such learning without having studied?"
16 Jesus answered, "The things I teach are not my own, but they come from him who sent me. 16 Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.
17 If people choose to do what God wants, they will know that my teaching comes from God and not from me. 17 If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
18 Those who teach their own ideas are trying to get honor for themselves. But those who try to bring honor to the one who sent him speak the truth, and there is nothing false in them. 18 He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.
19 Moses gave you the law, but none of you obeys that law. Why are you trying to kill me?" 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?"
20 The people answered, "A demon has come into you. We are not trying to kill you." 20 "You are demon-possessed," the crowd answered. "Who is trying to kill you?"
21 Jesus said to them, "I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. 21 Jesus said to them, "I did one miracle, and you are all astonished.
22 Moses gave you the law about circumcision. (But really Moses did not give you circumcision; it came from our ancestors.) And yet you circumcise a baby on a Sabbath day. 22 Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a child on the Sabbath.
23 If a baby can be circumcised on a Sabbath day to obey the law of Moses, why are you angry at me for healing a person's whole body on the Sabbath day? 23 Now if a child can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath?
24 Stop judging by the way things look, but judge by what is really right." 24 Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment."
25 Then some of the people who lived in Jerusalem said, "This is the man they are trying to kill. 25 At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, "Isn't this the man they are trying to kill?
26 But he is teaching where everyone can see and hear him, and no one is trying to stop him. Maybe the leaders have decided he really is the Christ. 26 Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Christ ?
27 But we know where this man is from. And when the real Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from." 27 But we know where this man is from; when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from."
28 Jesus, teaching in the Temple, cried out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. But I have not come by my own authority. I was sent by the One who is true, whom you don't know. 28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him,
29 But I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me." 29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me."
30 When Jesus said this, the people tried to take him. But no one was able to touch him, because it was not yet the right time. 30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come.
31 But many of the people believed in Jesus. They said, "When the Christ comes, will he do more miracles than this man has done?" 31 Still, many in the crowd put their faith in him. They said, "When the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man?"
32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering these things about Jesus. So the leading priests and the Pharisees sent some Temple guards to arrest him. 32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
33 Jesus said, "I will be with you a little while longer. Then I will go back to the One who sent me. 33 Jesus said, "I am with you for only a short time, and then I go to the one who sent me.
34 You will look for me, but you will not find me. And you cannot come where I am." 34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come."
35 The Jews said to each other, "Where will this man go so we cannot find him? Will he go to the Greek cities where our people live and teach the Greek people there? 35 The Jews said to one another, "Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?
36 What did he mean when he said, 'You will look for me, but you will not find me,' and 'You cannot come where I am'?" 36 What did he mean when he said, 'You will look for me, but you will not find me,' and 'Where I am, you cannot come'?"
37 On the last and most important day of the feast Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 37 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.
38 If anyone believes in me, rivers of living water will flow out from that person's heart, as the Scripture says." 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."
39 Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit. The Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been raised to glory. But later, those who believed in Jesus would receive the Spirit. 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40 When the people heard Jesus' words, some of them said, "This man really is the Prophet." 40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, "Surely this man is the Prophet."
41 Others said, "He is the Christ." Still others said, "The Christ will not come from Galilee. 41 Others said, "He is the Christ." Still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee?
42 The Scripture says that the Christ will come from David's family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived." 42 Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David's family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?"
43 So the people did not agree with each other about Jesus. 43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus.
44 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one was able to touch him. 44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.
45 The Temple guards went back to the leading priests and the Pharisees, who asked, "Why didn't you bring Jesus?" 45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why didn't you bring him in?"
46 The guards answered, "The words he says are greater than the words of any other person who has ever spoken!" 46 "No one ever spoke the way this man does," the guards declared.
47 The Pharisees answered, "So Jesus has fooled you also! 47 "You mean he has deceived you also?" the Pharisees retorted.
48 Have any of the leaders or the Pharisees believed in him? No! 48 "Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?
49 But these people, who know nothing about the law, are under God's curse." 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law--there is a curse on them."
50 Nicodemus, who had gone to see Jesus before, was in that group. He said, 50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked,
51 "Our law does not judge a man without hearing him and knowing what he has done." 51 "Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?"
52 They answered, "Are you from Galilee, too? Study the Scriptures, and you will learn that no prophet comes from Galilee." 52 They replied, "Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee."
53 And everyone left and went home. 53 Then each went to his own home.