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John 5 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:1 - After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:2 - Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic[fn] called Bethesda,[fn] which has five roofed colonnades.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:3 - In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:5 - One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:6 - When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:7 - The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:8 - Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:9 - And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:10 - So the Jews[fn] said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:11 - But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:12 - They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:13 - Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:14 - Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:15 - The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:16 - And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:17 - But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

Jesus Is Equal with God

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:18 - This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

The Authority of the Son

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:19 - So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father[fn] does, that the Son does likewise.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:20 - For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:21 - For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:22 - For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:23 - that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:24 - Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:25 - “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:26 - For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:27 - And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:28 - Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:29 - and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

Witnesses to Jesus

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:30 - “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:31 - If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:32 - There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:33 - You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:34 - Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:35 - He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:36 - But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:37 - And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:38 - and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:39 - You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:40 - yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:41 - I do not receive glory from people.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:42 - But I know that you do not have the love of God within you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:43 - I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:44 - How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:45 - Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:46 - For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 5:47 - But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
ESV Footnotes
Or Hebrew
Some manuscripts Bethsaida
Some manuscripts insert, wholly or in part, waiting for the moving of the water; 4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had
The Greek word Ioudaioi refers specifically here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed Jesus in that time; also verses 15, 16, 18
Greek he
BLB Footnotes
Some Greek manuscripts exclude this verse. The ESV related footnote for 5:3 states:
Some manuscripts insert, wholly or in part, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had  

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