Jesus at the Feast of Booths

After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because (A)the Jews[a] were seeking to kill him. Now (B)the Jews' Feast of (C)Booths was at hand. (D)So his brothers[b] said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, (E)show yourself to the world.” (F)For not even (G)his brothers believed in him. Jesus said to them, (H)“My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but (I)it hates me because I testify about it that (J)its works are evil. You go up to the feast. I am not[c] going up to this feast, for (K)my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee.

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  1. John 7:1 Or Judeans; Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time
  2. John 7:3 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 5, 10
  3. John 7:8 Some manuscripts add yet

A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus

51 When the days drew near for (A)him to be taken up, (B)he set his face (C)to go to Jerusalem. 52 And (D)he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of (E)the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But (F)the people did not receive him, because (G)his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell (H)fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”[a] 55 But he turned and rebuked them.[b] 56 And they went on to another village.

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  1. Luke 9:54 Some manuscripts add as Elijah did
  2. Luke 9:55 Some manuscripts add And he said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of; 56for the Son of Man came not to destroy people's lives but to save them”

The Cost of Following Jesus

18 Now (A)when Jesus saw a crowd around him, (B)he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 (C)And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave (D)the dead to bury their own dead.”

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The Cost of Following Jesus

57 As they were going (A)along the road, (B)someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus[a] said to him, “Leave (C)the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and (D)proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, (E)but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, (F)“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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  1. Luke 9:60 Greek he

10 But after (A)his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. 11 (B)The Jews (C)were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12 And there was much (D)muttering about him among the people. (E)While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, (F)he is leading the people astray.” 13 Yet (G)for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up (H)into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore (I)marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning,[a] when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, (J)“My teaching is not mine, but his (K)who sent me. 17 (L)If anyone's will is to do God's[b] will, (M)he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I (N)am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority (O)seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. 19 (P)Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. (Q)Why do you seek to kill me?” 20 The crowd answered, (R)“You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I did (S)one work, and you all marvel at it. 22 (T)Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but (U)from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, (V)are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man's whole body well? 24 (W)Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Can This Be the Christ?

25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom (X)they seek to kill? 26 And here he is, (Y)speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that (Z)the authorities really know that this is the Christ? 27 But (AA)we know (AB)where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, (AC)no one will know where he comes from.” 28 So Jesus proclaimed, (AD)as he taught in the temple, (AE)“You know me, and you know where I come from. But (AF)I have not come of my own accord. (AG)He who sent me is true, (AH)and him you do not know. 29 (AI)I know him, for I come (AJ)from him, and (AK)he sent me.” 30 (AL)So they were seeking to arrest him, but (AM)no one laid a hand on him, (AN)because his hour had not yet come. 31 Yet (AO)many of the people believed in him. They said, (AP)“When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”

Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd (AQ)muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent (AR)officers to arrest him. 33 Jesus then said, (AS)“I will be with you a little longer, and then (AT)I am going to him who sent me. 34 (AU)You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.” 35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? (AV)Does he intend to go to (AW)the Dispersion among (AX)the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What does he mean by saying, (AY)‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”

Rivers of Living Water

37 (AZ)On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, (BA)“If anyone thirsts, let him (BB)come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, (BC)as[c] the Scripture has said, (BD)‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of (BE)living water.’” 39 Now (BF)this he said about the Spirit, (BG)whom those who believed in him were to receive, (BH)for as yet the Spirit had not been (BI)given, (BJ)because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Division Among the People

40 When they heard these words, (BK)some of the people said, “This really is (BL)the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is (BM)the Christ.” But some said, (BN)“Is the Christ to come from Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes (BO)from the offspring of David, and comes (BP)from Bethlehem, the village (BQ)where David was?” 43 So there was (BR)a division among the people over him. 44 (BS)Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

45 (BT)The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” 46 The officers answered, (BU)“No one ever spoke like this man!” 47 The Pharisees answered them, (BV)“Have you also been deceived? 48 (BW)Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” 50 (BX)Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, 51 (BY)“Does our law judge a man without first (BZ)giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” 52 They replied, (CA)“Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that (CB)no prophet arises from Galilee.”

[The earliest manuscripts do not include 7:53–8:11.][d]

The Woman Caught in Adultery

53 [[They went each to his own house, but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. (CC)Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and (CD)he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now (CE)in the Law, Moses commanded us (CF)to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said (CG)to test him, (CH)that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, (CI)“Let him who is without sin among you (CJ)be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, (CK)“Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on (CL)sin no more.”]]

I Am the Light of the World

12 (CM)Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, (CN)“I am the light of the world. Whoever (CO)follows me will not (CP)walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, (CQ)“You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, (CR)my testimony is true, for I know (CS)where I came from and (CT)where I am going, but (CU)you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 (CV)You judge according to the flesh; (CW)I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, (CX)my judgment is true, for (CY)it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father[e] who sent me. 17 (CZ)In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and (DA)the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, (DB)“You know neither me nor my Father. (DC)If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in (DD)the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but (DE)no one arrested him, because (DF)his hour had not yet come.


  1. John 7:15 Or this man knows his letters
  2. John 7:17 Greek his
  3. John 7:38 Or let him come to me, and let him who believes in me drink. As
  4. John 7:53 Some manuscripts do not include 7:53–8:11; others add the passage here or after 7:36 or after 21:25 or after Luke 21:38, with variations in the text
  5. John 8:16 Some manuscripts he

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