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1 After this, Jesus stayed in Galilee, going from village to village. He wanted to stay out of Judea where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death. 1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life.
2 But soon it was time for the Festival of Shelters, 2 But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near,
3 and Jesus' brothers urged him to go to Judea for the celebration. "Go where your followers can see your miracles!" they scoffed. 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 "You can't become a public figure if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, prove it 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 For even his brothers didn't believe in him. 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
6 Jesus replied, "Now is not the right time for me to go. But you can go anytime, and it will make no difference. 6 Therefore Jesus told them, "The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.
7 The world can't hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of sin and evil. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.
8 You go on. I am not yet ready to go to this festival, because my time 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 So Jesus remained in Galilee. 9 Having said this, he stayed in Galilee.
10 But after his brothers had left for the festival, Jesus also went, though secretly, staying out of public view. 10 However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.
11 The Jewish leaders tried to find him at the festival and kept asking if anyone had seen him. 11 Now at the Feast the Jews were watching for him and asking, "Where is that man?"
12 There was a lot of discussion about him among the crowds. Some said, "He's a wonderful man," while others said, "He's nothing but a fraud, deceiving 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 had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders. 13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the Jews.
14 Then, midway through the festival, Jesus went up 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 Jewish leaders were surprised when they heard him. "How does he know so much when he hasn't studied everything we've studied?" they asked. 15 The Jews were amazed and asked, "How did this man get such learning without having studied?"
16 So Jesus told them, "I'm not teaching my own ideas, but those of God who sent me. 16 Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.
17 Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. 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 present their own ideas are looking for praise for themselves, but those who seek to honor the one who sent them are good and genuine. 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 None of you obeys the law of Moses! In fact, you are 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 crowd replied, "You're demon possessed! Who's trying to kill you?" 20 "You are demon-possessed," the crowd answered. "Who is trying to kill you?"
21 Jesus replied, "I worked on the Sabbath by healing a man, and you were offended. 21 Jesus said to them, "I did one miracle, and you are all astonished.
22 But you work on the Sabbath, too, when you obey Moses' law of circumcision. (Actually, this tradition of circumcision is older than the law of Moses; it goes back to Abraham.) 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 For if the correct time for circumcising your son falls on the Sabbath, you go ahead and do it, so as not to break the law of Moses. So why should I be condemned for making a man completely well on the Sabbath? 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 Think this through and you will see that I am right." 24 Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment."
25 Some of the people who lived there in Jerusalem said among themselves, "Isn't this 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 here he is, speaking in public, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that our leaders know that he really is the Messiah? 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 how could he be? For we know where this man comes from. When the Messiah comes, he will simply appear; 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 While Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he called out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I come from. But I represent one you don't know, and he is true. 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 I know him because I have come from him, and he sent me to you." 29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me."
30 Then the leaders tried to arrest him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come. 30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come.
31 Many among the crowds at the Temple believed in him. "After all," they said, "would you expect the Messiah to do more miraculous signs 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 When the Pharisees heard that the crowds were murmuring such things, they and the leading priests sent Temple guards to arrest Jesus. 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 But Jesus told them, "I will be here a little longer. Then I will return 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 search for me but not find me. And you won't be able to 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 Jewish leaders were puzzled by this statement. "Where is he planning to go?" they asked. "Maybe he is thinking of leaving the country and going to the Jews in other lands, or maybe even to the Gentiles! 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 does he mean when he says, 'You will search for me but not find me,' and 'You won't be able to 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 day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, "If you are thirsty, come to me! 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 you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within." 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."
39 (When he said "living water," he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) 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 crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, "This man surely 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 Messiah." Still others said, "But he can't be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee? 41 Others said, "He is the Christ." Still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee?
42 For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born." 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 crowd was divided in their opinion about him. 43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus.
44 And some wanted him arrested, but no one touched him. 44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.
45 The Temple guards who had been sent to arrest him returned to the leading priests and Pharisees. "Why didn't you bring him in?" they demanded. 45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why didn't you bring him in?"
46 "We have never heard anyone talk like this!" the guards responded. 46 "No one ever spoke the way this man does," the guards declared.
47 "Have you been led astray, too?" the Pharisees mocked. 47 "You mean he has deceived you also?" the Pharisees retorted.
48 "Is there a single one of us rulers or Pharisees who believes in him? 48 "Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?
49 These ignorant crowds do, but what do they know about it? A curse on them anyway!" 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law--there is a curse on them."
50 Nicodemus, the leader who had met with Jesus earlier, then spoke up. 50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked,
51 "Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?" he asked. 51 "Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?"
52 They replied, "Are you from Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself -- no prophet ever 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 Then the meeting broke up and everybody went home. 53 Then each went to his own home.