John 7:32-39

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 am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me.
34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”
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 ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”
37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.
38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”[a]
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.

John 7:32-39 In-Context

30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.
31 Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?”
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 am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me.
34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”
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 ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”
37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.
38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
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 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”
41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee?

Cross References 15

  • 1. John 12:35; John 13:33; John 16:16
  • 2. Jn 16:5,10,17,28
  • 3. ver 36; John 8:21; John 13:33
  • 4. S James 1:1
  • 5. John 12:20; Acts 17:4; Acts 18:4; 1 Peter 1:1
  • 6. ver 34
  • 7. Leviticus 23:36
  • 8. Isaiah 55:1; Revelation 22:17
  • 9. S John 3:15
  • 10. Isaiah 58:11
  • 11. S John 4:10
  • 12. S John 4:14
  • 13. Joel 2:28; John 1:33; Acts 2:17,33
  • 14. S John 20:22
  • 15. John 12:23; John 13:31,32

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "me. And let anyone drink" 38"who believes in me.” As Scripture has said, “Out of him" (or "them" ) "will flow rivers of living water.”"