João 5

1 AFTER this there was a feast of the Jews and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2 There is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool which is called in Hebrew Bethesda. Around it are five colonnades.

3 In these lay a multitude of invalids \'97 blind, lame, withered.


5 There was a man there who had had an infirmity thirty-eight years.

6 Jesus saw this man lying there and perceiving that he had been there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to get well?"

7 The sick man answered him, "I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled. While I am coming, some other man gets down before me."

8 Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet and walk."

9 At once the man became well and took up his pallet and began walking. That day was the Sabbath.

10 The Jews said to the man who had been cured, "It is the Sabbath, and it is not proper for you to carry your pallet."

11 But he answered them, "He who made me well \'97 he told me, 'Take up your pallet and walk.'

12 They asked him, "Who is the man that told you, 'Take it up and walk'?"

13 The cured man did not know who it was. For Jesus had taken himself away, a crowd being in that place.

14 Afterwards Jesus found him in the Temple court and said to him, "See, you have become well. Sin no more, for something worse might happen to you."

15 The man went away and told the Jews that Jesus was the man who had made him well.

16 On this account the Jews persecuted Jesus because he did such things on the Sabbath.

17 He answered them, "My Father has been working until now, and I am working."

18 On this account the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only kept breaking the Sabbath, but even spoke of God as his own Father, making himself equal with God.

19 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself; he does only what he sees the Father doing; whatever things he does, those the Son does likewise.

20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him what he is doing, and he will show him greater works than these that you may wonder.

21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.

22 Neither does the Father judge any one, but he has committed all judgment to the Son,

23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

24 Truly, truly, I tell you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me has life eternal and does not come into condemnation, but has passed over from death into life.

25 Truly, truly, I tell you that the 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.

26 For as the Father has life in himself, so also he has granted to the Son to have life in himself.

27 He has given him authority to do judgment, because he is Son of Man.

28 Do not wonder at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice

29 and will come forth \'97 those who have done good to a resurrection of life and those who have done evil to a resurrection of condemnation.

30 "I cannot of myself do anything. As I hear I judge and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of him who sent me.

31 If I testify regarding myself, my testimony is not true.

32 There is another who testifies regarding me and I know that the testimony that he bears regarding me is true.

33 You sent to John and he testified to the truth,

34 still I do not obtain my testimony from a man, but I say this that you may be saved.

35 He was the burning and shining light and you were willing to rejoice for an hour in his light.

36 But I have testimony greater than John's. For the works which the Father has granted to me to accomplish \'97 the very works that I do \'97 witness for me that the Father has sent me.

37 The Father who sent me \'97 he has witnessed regarding me. You have neither heard his voice nor seen his form,

38 and you have not his word abiding in you; because you do not believe him whom he has sent.

39 You search the Scriptures because you think that you have in them life eternal, and it is they that testify of me,

40 and yet you will not come to me to have life.

41 I do not accept honor from men,

42 but I know that you have not the love of God within you.

43 I have come in the name of my Father and you do not accept me. If another comes in his own name, you will accept him.

44 How can you believe, you who accept honor from one another and do not seek honor from the only God?

45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. You have an accuser, Moses in whom you trust.

46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.

47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"