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John 12 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany

(Mat 26:6–13; Mar 14:3–9 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:1 - Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:2 - So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:3 - Mary therefore took a pound[fn] of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:4 - But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:5 - “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii[fn] and given to the poor?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:6 - He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:7 - Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it[fn] for the day of my burial.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:8 - For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

The Plot to Kill Lazarus

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:9 - When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus[fn] was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:10 - So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:11 - because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

(Mat 21:1–11; Mar 11:1–11; Luk 19:28–40 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:12 - The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:13 - So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:14 - And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:15 - “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:16 - His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:17 - The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:18 - The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:19 - So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Some Greeks Seek Jesus

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:20 - Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:21 - So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:22 - Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:23 - And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:24 - Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:25 - Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:26 - If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:27 - “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:28 - Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:29 - The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:30 - Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:31 - Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:32 - And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:33 - He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:34 - So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:35 - So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:36 - While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

The Unbelief of the People

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:37 - Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:38 - so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
“Lord, who has believed what he heard from us,
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:39 - Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:40 - “He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart,
lest they see with their eyes,
and understand with their heart, and turn,
and I would heal them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:41 - Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:42 - Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue;
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:43 - for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

Jesus Came to Save the World

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:44 - And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:45 - And whoever sees me sees him who sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:46 - I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:47 - If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:48 - The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:49 - For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:50 - And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
ESV Footnotes
Greek litra; a litra (or Roman pound) was equal to about 11 1/2 ounces or 327 grams
A denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer
Or Leave her alone; she intended to keep it
Greek he

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