Gospel of John Chapter Five

5:1 After this, there was a festival of the Prophets, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
5:2 Now in Jerusalem near the sheep gate there is a pool, called Bethesda in Hebrew, which is surrounded by five colonnades.
5:3 Within these lay a multitude of people who were sick, blind, paralyzed and withered.1
5:5 A man was there who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years.
5:6 Jesus saw him lying there and understood he had been in that condition for a long time, and asked him, "Are you willing to become whole?"
5:7 The paralytic replied, "Sir, I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is turbulent. When trying to enter the water, someone goes in ahead of me."
5:8 Jesus said to him, "Stand up, pick up your mat and walk."
5:9 And immediately the man's body was cured and he took up his mat and walked. This took place on the day of the Sabbath.
5:10 The Jewish officials told the man who was cured, "It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful to carry your mat."
5:11 He replied to them, "The man who made me well told me, 'Pick up your mat and walk.'"
5:12 Then they asked him, "Who is this man who told you to pick up your mat and walk?"
5:13 The man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, as there were a great many people in that place.
5:14 Afterward, Jesus found him at the altar and said to him, "See, your body is now well. Sin no more so nothing worse happens to you."
5:15 The man departed and told the Jewish officials that it was Jesus who had made him well.
5:16 Thus, the Jewish officials harassed Jesus because he had done these things on the Sabbath.
5:17 Jesus answered them saying, "My LORD is always working, and I too am working."
5:18 Because of this they began a pursuit to murder Jesus; not only because he broke the Sabbath, but he called the Creator his own, equating himself with God.
5:19 Jesus answered them, saying, "Truly I say to you, a child can do nothing of himself, but what he sees his father doing, because whatever the father does the child also does.
5:20 Similarly, the Creator loves His Representative and shows him all the things He Himself does. Yes, and He will show him greater deeds than these, and you will marvel.
5:21 Thus, just as the Creator raises the dead and gives them life, His Representative gives life to whom he is pleased with.
5:22 Furthermore, neither does the Creator select anyone, but He has entrusted selection to the Loving Servant,
5:23 so that all may honor God's Representative just as they honor the Creator. He who does not honor God's Representative does not honor the Creator who sent him.
5:24 Truly I say to you, he that hears my teachings and trusts in Him who sent me, has eternal life and will not be judged, but crosses over from death into life.
5:25 Very truly I say, a time will come when the dead shall hear the sound of the Representative of God, those who hear will live.
5:26 For as the Creator has life in Himself, so He grants His Representative life in Himself.
5:27 And He entrusts him with the authority to choose because he is the Servant of Humanity.
5:28 Do not wonder about this, for the time will come when each person who passes away will hear His voice
5:29 and come forth: And those who have prepared well will rise to2 life and those who perpetuated wickedness will rise to2 be condemned.
5:30 By myself I can do nothing; As I hear, I make choices, and my choices are just because I do not seek to please myself but to please Him who sent me.
5:31 If I alone testify about myself, my testimony is not true.
5:32 There is another who testifies about me, and I know the testimony He brings is true.
5:33 You have dismissed John but he has testified to the truth.
5:34 But the testimony I receive is not from humans, but I say these things so that you may be delivered from suffering.
5:35 John was the lamp that shined and gave light, and you rejoiced for a time in his light.
5:36 Yet the testimony is more critical than that of John. For the work that the Creator has given me to finish — the very work I am doing — indicates that the Creator has sent me.
5:37 And the Creator who sent me has Himself testified about me. You do not hear His voice nor perceive His Form,
5:38 nor does His wisdom dwell within you, for you do not trust the person He sent.
5:39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these testify about me;
5:40 yet you refuse to follow me so that you may have life.
5:41 I don't accept honor from worldly people.
5:42 But I know you - that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.
5:43 I have come in my LORD's Name, and you accept me not; but if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.
5:44 How can you believe when you accept blessings from one another but do not seek the blessings that come from the only God?
5:45 Do not think I will accuse you before the Creator; the one who accuses you is Moses, upon whom you put your hope.
5:46 For if you trusted Moses, you would trust me, for he wrote about me.
5:47 But since you do not trust his writings, how will you trust my words?"


1. Verse 5.4 was added in later manuscripts – not part of the earliest texts.

2. Verse 5:29 – "rise to" may also be translated to "resurrect." This originates with the ancient teaching that the spirit-person or soul will rise up out of the body at the time of death.