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The Empty Tomb

20 (A)Now on the first day of the week, (B)Mary Magdalene *came early to the tomb, while it *was still dark, and *saw (C)the stone already taken away from the tomb. So she *ran and *came to Simon Peter and to the other (D)disciple whom Jesus loved, and *said to them, “(E)They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” (F)So Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb. And the two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first; and (G)stooping and looking in, he *saw the (H)linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in. And so Simon Peter also *came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he *saw the linen wrappings lying there, and (I)the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the (J)linen wrappings, but folded up in a place by itself. So the other disciple who (K)had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed. For as yet (L)they did not understand the Scripture, (M)that He must rise again from the dead. 10 So the disciples went away again (N)to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 (O)But Mary was standing outside the tomb crying; and so, as she was crying, she (P)stooped to look into the tomb; 12 and she *saw (Q)two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “(R)Woman, why are you crying?” She *said to them, “Because (S)they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and *(T)saw Jesus standing there, and (U)did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus *said to her, (V)Woman, why are you crying? Whom are you seeking?” Thinking Him to be the gardener, she *said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus *said to her, “Mary!” She turned and *said to Him (W)in [a]Hebrew, “(X)Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). 17 Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to (Y)My brothers and say to them, ‘I (Z)ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” 18 (AA)Mary Magdalene *came, (AB)announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 So while it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and while the doors were shut where the disciples were, for (AC)fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and *said to them, [b](AD)Peace be with you.” 20 And when He had said this, (AE)He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then (AF)rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, (AG)Peace be with you; (AH)as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He (AI)breathed on them and *said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 (AJ)If you forgive the sins of any, their sins [c]have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”

24 But (AK)Thomas, one of (AL)the twelve, called [d](AM)Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in (AN)His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, (AO)I will not believe.”

26 And [e]after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus *came, the doors having been [f]shut, and stood in their midst and said, (AP)Peace be with you.” 27 Then He *said to Thomas, (AQ)Bring your finger here, and see My hands; and bring your hand here and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus *said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? (AR)Blessed are those who did not see, and yet believed.”

Why This Gospel Was Written

30 (AS)Therefore many other [g](AT)signs Jesus also did in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written (AU)so that you may believe that Jesus is the [h]Christ, (AV)the Son of God; and that (AW)believing you may have life in His name.


  1. John 20:16 Jewish Aramaic
  2. John 20:19 Lit Peace to you
  3. John 20:23 Have previously been forgiven
  4. John 20:24 The Twin
  5. John 20:26 Or A week later
  6. John 20:26 Or locked
  7. John 20:30 Or attesting miracles
  8. John 20:31 Messiah