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John 12 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Jesus Anointed at Bethany
(Mat 26:6–13; Mar 14:3–9 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:1 - Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:2 - A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate[fn] with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:3 - Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar[fn] of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:4 - But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:5 - “That perfume was worth a year’s wages.[fn] It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:6 - Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:7 - Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:8 - You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:9 - When all the people[fn] heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:10 - Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:11 - for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them[fn] and believed in Jesus.
Jesus’ Triumphant Entry
(Mat 21:1–11; Mar 11:1–11; Luk 19:28–40 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:12 - The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:13 - took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,
“Praise God![fn]
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!
Hail to the King of Israel!”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:14 - Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:15 - “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.[fn]
Look, your King is coming,
riding on a donkey’s colt.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:16 - His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:17 - Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others[fn] about it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:18 - That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:19 - Then the Pharisees said to each other, “There’s nothing we can do. Look, everyone[fn] has gone after him!”
Jesus Predicts His Death
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:20 - Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:21 - paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:22 - Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:23 - Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man[fn] to enter into his glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:24 - I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:25 - Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:26 - Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:27 - “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came!
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:28 - Father, bring glory to your name.”
Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:29 - When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:30 - Then Jesus told them, “The voice was for your benefit, not mine.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:31 - The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:32 - And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:33 - He said this to indicate how he was going to die.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:34 - The crowd responded, “We understood from Scripture[fn] that the Messiah would live forever. How can you say the Son of Man will die? Just who is this Son of Man, anyway?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:35 - Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:36 - Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”
After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.
The Unbelief of the People
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:37 - But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:38 - This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted:
“LORD, who has believed our message?
To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm?”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:39 - But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:40 - “The Lord has blinded their eyes
and hardened their hearts—
so that their eyes cannot see,
and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me
and have me heal them.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:41 - Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he said this, because he saw the future and spoke of the Messiah’s glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:42 - Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:43 - For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:44 - Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:45 - For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:46 - I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:47 - I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:48 - But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:49 - I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:50 - And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.”
NLT Footnotes
Or who reclined.
Greek took 1 litra [327 grams].
Greek worth 300 denarii. A denarius was equivalent to a laborer’s full day’s wage.
Greek Jewish people; also in 12:11.
Or had deserted their traditions; Greek reads had deserted.
Greek Hosanna, an exclamation of praise adapted from a Hebrew expression that means “save now.”
Ps 118:25-26; Zeph 3:15.
Greek daughter of Zion.
Zech 9:9.
Greek were testifying.
Greek the world.
“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
Greek from the law.
Isa 53:1.
Isa 6:10.

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