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John 13 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:1 - Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:2 - During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:3 - Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:4 - rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:5 - Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:6 - He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:7 - Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:8 - Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:9 - Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:10 - Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet,[fn] but is completely clean. And you[fn] are clean, but not every one of you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:11 - For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:12 - When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:13 - You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:14 - If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:15 - For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:16 - Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant[fn] is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:17 - If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
(Mat 26:21–25; Mar 14:18, 19; Luk 22:21–23 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:18 - I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled,[fn] ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:19 - I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:20 - Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

One of You Will Betray Me

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:21 - After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:22 - The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:23 - One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:24 - so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus[fn] of whom he was speaking.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:25 - So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:26 - Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:27 - Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:28 - Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:29 - Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:30 - So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

A New Commandment

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:31 - When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:32 - If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:33 - Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:34 - A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:35 - By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:36 - Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:37 - Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:38 - Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.
ESV Footnotes
Some manuscripts omit except for his feet
The Greek words for you in this verse are plural
Or bondservant, or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
Greek But in order that the Scripture may be fulfilled
Greek in the bosom of Jesus
Greek lacks Jesus

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