5 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days.2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda,[a] with five covered porches.3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.[b]5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years.6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
5:2Other manuscripts read Beth-zatha; still others read Bethsaida.
5:3Some manuscripts add an expanded conclusion to verse 3 and all of verse 4: waiting for a certain movement of the water,4 for an angel of the Lord came from time to time and stirred up the water. And the first person to step in after the water was stirred was healed of whatever disease he had.
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