The Gospel According to St John

Chapter 7

Jesus’ kinsmen do not believe—He teaches His Father’s doctrine and proclaims His divine sonship—Truth may be known through obedience—Jesus offers living water to all people—The people have various opinions concerning Him.

 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews asought to bkill him.

 Now the Jews’ afeast of tabernacles was at hand.

 His abrethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judæa, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.

 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.

 For neither did his brethren believe in him.

 Then Jesus said unto them, My atime is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.

 The world cannot hate you; but me it ahateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are bevil.

 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.

 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

 10 ¶But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

 11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?

 12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.

 13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for afear of the Jews.

 14 ¶Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

 15 And the Jews amarvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

 16 Jesus answered them, and said, My adoctrine is not mine, but his that bsent me.

 17 If any man will ado his bwill, he shall cknow of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

 18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own aglory: but he that seeketh his bglory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

 19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

 20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?

 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel.

 22 Moses therefore gave unto you acircumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.

 23 If a man on the asabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit bwhole on the sabbath day?

 24 aJudge not according to bthe cappearance, but judge righteous judgment.

 25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?

 26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the arulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?

 27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.

 28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is atrue, whom ye know not.

 29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath asent me.

 30 Then they asought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his bhour was not yet come.

 31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?

 32 ¶The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.

 33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me.

 34 Ye shall aseek me, and shall not find me: and bwhere I am, cthither ye dcannot come.

 35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the aGentiles, and teach the Gentiles?

 36 What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?

 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man athirst, let him come unto me, and bdrink.

 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

 39 (But this spake he of the aSpirit, which they that believe on him should receive: bfor the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

 40 ¶Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the aProphet.

 41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

 42 Hath not the scripture said, That aChrist cometh of the seed of bDavid, and out of the town of cBethlehem, where David was?

 43 So there was a adivision among the people because of him.

 44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.

 45 ¶Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?

 46 The officers answered, Never man aspake like this man.

 47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also adeceived?

 48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?

 49 But this people who knoweth not the law are acursed.

 50 aNicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)

 51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?

 52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

 53 And every man went unto his own house.