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in order that you may wonder.

005:021 For just as the Father awakens the dead and gives them life,
so the Son also gives life to whom He wills.

005:022 The Father indeed does not judge any one, but He has entrusted
all judgement to the Son,

005:023 that all may honour the Son even as they honour the Father.
The man who withholds honour from the Son withholds honour
from the Father who sent Him.

005:024 "In most solemn truth I tell you that he who listens to my
teaching and believes Him who sent me, has the Life of the Ages,
and does not come under judgement, but has passed over out
of death into Life.

005:025 "In most solemn truth I tell you that a time is coming -
nay, has already come - when the dead will hear the voice
of the Son of God, and those who hear it will live.

005:026 For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He has also given
to the Son to have life in Himself.

005:027 And He has conferred on Him authority to act as Judge,
because He is the Son of Man.

005:028 Wonder not at this. For a time is coming when all who are
in the graves will hear His voice and will come forth -

005:029 they who have done what is right to the resurrection of Life,
and they whose actions have been evil to the resurrection
of judgement.

005:030 "I can of my own self do nothing. As I am bidden, so I judge;
and mine is a just judgement, because it is not my own will
that guides me, but the will of Him who sent me.

005:031 "If I give testimony concerning myself, my testimony
cannot be accepted.

005:032 There is Another who gives testimony concerning me, and I know
that the testimony is true which He offers concerning me.

005:033 "You sent to John, and he both was and still is a witness
to the truth.

005:034 But the testimony on my behalf which I accept is not from man;
though I say all this in order that you may be saved.

005:035 He was the lamp that burned and shone, and for a time you
were willing to be gladdened by his light.

005:036 "But the testimony which I have is weightier than that of John;
for the work the Father has assigned to me for me to
bring it to completion - the very work which I am doing -
affords testimony concerning me that the Father has sent me.

005:037 And the Father who sent me, *He* has given testimony concerning me.
None of you have ever either heard His voice or seen what
He is like.

005:038 Nor have you His word dwelling within you, for you refuse
to believe Him whom *He* has sent.

005:039 "You search the Scriptures, because you suppose that in them
you will find the Life of the Ages; and it is those Scriptures
that yield testimony concerning me;

005:040 and yet you are unwilling to come to me that you may have Life.

005:041 "I do not accept glory from man,

005:042 but I know you well, and I know that in your hearts you do
not really love God.

005:043 I have come as my Father's representative, and you do not
receive me. If some one else comes representing only himself,
him you will receive.

005:044 How is it possible for you to believe, while you receive glory
from one another and have no desire for the glory that comes
from the only God?

005:045 "Do not suppose that I will accuse you to the Father.
There is one who accuses you, namely Moses, on whom
your hope rests.

005:046 For if you believe Moses, you would believe me;
for he wrote about me.

005:047 But if you disbelieve his writings, how are you to believe my words?"

006:001 After this Jesus went away across the Lake of Galilee (that is,
the Lake of Tiberias).

006:002 A vast multitude followed Him, because they witnessed the miracles
on the sick which He was constantly performing.

006:003 Then Jesus went up the hill, and sat there with His disciples.

006:004 The Jewish Festival, the Passover, was at hand.

006:005 And when He looked round and saw an immense crowd coming
towards Him, He said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread
for all these people to eat?"

006:006 He said this to put Philip to the test, for He Himself knew
what He was going to do.

006:007 "Seven pounds' worth of bread," replied Philip, "is not enough
for them all to get even a scanty meal."

006:008 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother,
said to Him,

006:009 "There is a boy here with five barley loaves and a couple of fish:
but what is that among so many?"

006:010 "Make the people sit down," said Jesus. The ground was
covered with thick grass; so they sat down, the adult men
numbering about 5,000.

006:011 Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks He
distributed them to those who were resting on the ground;
and also the fish in like manner - as much as they desired.

006:012 When all were fully satisfied, He said to His disciples,
"Gather up the broken portions that remain over, so that
nothing be lost."

006:013 Accordingly they gathered them up; and with the fragments
of the five barley loaves - the broken portions that remained
over after they had done eating - they filled twelve baskets.

006:014 Thereupon the people, having seen the miracle He had performed,
said, "This is indeed the Prophet who was to come into the world."

006:015 Perceiving, however, that they were about to come and carry
Him off by force to make Him a king, Jesus withdrew again up
the hill alone by Himself.

006:016 When evening came on, His disciples went down to the Lake.

006:017 There they got on board a boat, and pushed off to cross
the Lake to Capernaum. By this time it had become dark,
and Jesus had not yet joined them.

006:018 The Lake also was getting rough, because a strong wind was blowing.

006:019 When, however, they had rowed three or four miles, they saw
Jesus walking on the water and coming near the boat.

006:020 They were terrified; but He called to them. "It is I," He said,
"do not be afraid."

006:021 Then they were willing to take Him on board; and in a moment
the boat reached the shore at the point to which they were going.

006:022 Next morning the crowd who were still standing about on
the other side of the Lake found that there had been but one
small boat there, and they had seen that Jesus did not go
on board with His disciples, but that His disciples went
away without Him.

006:023 Yet a number of small boats came from Tiberias to the neighbourhood
of the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord
had given thanks.

006:024 When however the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor His disciples
were there, they themselves also took boats and came to Capernaum
to look for Jesus.

006:025 So when they had crossed the Lake and had found Him,
they asked Him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?"

006:026 "In most solemn truth I tell you," replied Jesus, "that you
are searching for me not because you have seen miracles,
but because you ate the loaves and had a hearty meal.

006:027 Bestow your pains not on the food which perishes,
but on the food that remains unto the Life of the Ages -
that food which will be the Son of Man's gift to you;
for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal."

006:028 "What are we to do," they asked, "in order to carry out the things
that God requires?"

006:029 "This," replied Jesus, "is above all the thing that God requires -
that you should be believers in Him whom He has sent."

006:030 "What miracle then," they asked, "do you perform for us to see
and become believers in you? What do you *do*?

006:031 Our forefathers ate the manna in the Desert, as it is written,
`He gave them bread out of Heaven to eat'."

006:032 "In most solemn truth I tell you," replied Jesus, "that Moses
did not give you the bread out of Heaven, but my Father
is giving you the bread - the true bread - out of Heaven.

006:033 For God's bread is that which comes down out of Heaven and gives
Life to the world."

006:034 "Sir," they said, "always give us that bread."

006:035 "I am the bread of Life," replied Jesus; "he who comes to me shall
never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never, never thirst.

006:036 But it is as I have said to you: you have seen me and yet
you do not believe.

006:037 Every one whom the Father gives me will come to me, and him
who comes to me I will never on any account drive away.

006:038 For I have left Heaven and have come down to earth not to seek
my own pleasure, but to do the will of Him who sent me.

006:039 And this is the will of Him who sent me, that of all that He
has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it
to life on the last day.

006:040 For this is my Father's will, that every one who fixes his gaze
on the Son of God and believes in Him should have the Life
of the Ages, and I will raise him to life on the last day."

006:041 Now the Jews began to find fault about Him because of His
claiming to be the bread which came down out of Heaven.

006:042 They kept asking, "Is not this man Joseph's son?
Is he not Jesus, whose father and mother we know? What does
he mean by now saying, `I have come down out of Heaven'?"

006:043 "Do not thus find fault among yourselves," replied Jesus;

006:044 "no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him;
then I will raise him to life on the last day.

006:045 It stands written in the Prophets, `And they shall all of them
be taught by God'. Every one who listens to the Father
and learns from Him comes to me.

006:046 No one has ever seen the Father - except Him who is from God.
He has seen the Father.

006:047 "In most solemn truth I tell you that he who believes has
the Life of the Ages.

006:048 I am the bread of Life.

006:049 Your forefathers ate the manna in the Desert, and they died.

006:050 Here is the bread that comes down out of Heaven that a man
may eat it and not die.

006:051 I am the living bread come down out of Heaven.
If a man eats this bread, he shall live for ever.
Moreover the bread which I will give is my flesh given
for the life of the world."

006:052 This led to an angry debate among the Jews. "How can this man,"
they argued, "give us his flesh to eat?"

006:053 "In most solemn truth I tell you," said Jesus, "that unless
you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood,
you have no Life in you.

006:054 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has the Life of the Ages,
and I will raise him up on the last day.

006:055 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.

006:056 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in union with me,
and I remain in union with him.

006:057 As the ever-living Father has sent me, and I live because of
the Father, so also he who eats me will live because of me.

006:058 This is the bread which came down out of Heaven; it is unlike
that which your forefathers ate - for they ate and yet died.
He who eats this bread shall live for ever."

006:059 Jesus said all this in the synagogue while teaching at Capernaum.

006:060 Many therefore of His disciples, when they heard it, said,
"This is hard to accept. Who can listen to such teaching?"

006:061 But, knowing in Himself that His disciples were dissatisfied
about it, Jesus asked them,

006:062 "Does this seem incredible to you? What then if you were to see
the Son of Man ascending again where He was before?

006:063 It is the spirit which gives Life. The flesh confers no
benefit whatever. The words I have spoken to you are spirit
and are Life.

006:064 But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus
knew from the beginning who those were that did not believe,
and who it was that would betray Him.

006:065 So He added, "That is why I told you that no one can come
to me unless it be granted him by the Father."

006:066 Thereupon many of His disciples left Him and went away,
and no longer associated with Him.

006:067 Jesus therefore appealed to the Twelve. "Will you go also?"
He asked.

006:068 "Master," replied Simon Peter, "to whom shall we go?
Your teachings tell us of the Life of the Ages.

006:069 And we have come to believe and know that *you* are indeed
the Holy One of God."

006:070 "Did not I choose you - the Twelve?" said Jesus, "and even of you
one is a devil."

006:071 He alluded to Judas, the son of Simon the Iscariot.
For he it was who, though one of the Twelve, was afterwards
to betray Him.

007:001 After this Jesus moved from place to place in Galilee.
He would not go about in Judaea, because the Jews were seeking
an opportunity to kill Him.

007:002 But the Jewish Festival of the Tent-Pitching was approaching.

007:003 So His brothers said to Him, "Leave these parts and go into Judaea,
that not only we but your disciples also may witness the miracles
which you perform.

007:004 For no one acts in secret, desiring all the while to be
himself known publicly. Since you are doing these things,
show yourself openly to the world."

007:005 For even His brothers were not believers in Him.

007:006 "My time," replied Jesus, "has not yet come, but for you any
time is suitable.

007:007 It is impossible for the world to hate you; but me it does hate,
because I give testimony concerning it that its conduct is evil.

007:008 As for you, go up to the Festival. I do not now go up
to this Festival, because my time is not yet fully come."

007:009 Such was His answer, and He remained in Galilee.

007:010 When however His brothers had gone up to the Festival,
then He also went up, not openly, but as it were privately.

007:011 Meanwhile the Jews at the Festival were looking for Him
and were inquiring, "Where is he?"

007:012 Among the mass of the people there was much muttered debate
about Him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "Not so:
he is imposing on the people."

007:013 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke out boldly about Him.

007:014 But when the Festival was already half over, Jesus went up
to the Temple and commenced teaching.

007:015 The Jews were astonished. "How does this man know anything
of books," they said, "although he has never been at any
of the schools?"

007:016 Jesus answered their question by saying, "My teaching does
not belong to me, but comes from Him who sent me.

007:017 If any one is willing to do His will, he shall know about
the teaching, whether it is from God or originates with me.

007:018 The man whose teaching originates with himself aims at his own glory.
He who aims at the glory of Him who sent him teaches the truth,
and there is no deception in him.

007:019 Did not Moses give you the Law? And yet not a man of you
obeys the Law. Why do you want to kill me?"

007:020 "You are possessed by a demon," replied the crowd; "no one wants
to kill you."

007:021 "One deed I have done," replied Jesus, "and you are all
full of wonder.

007:022 Consider therefore. Moses gave you the rite of circumcision
(not that it began with Moses, but with your earlier forefathers),
and even on a Sabbath day you circumcise a child.

007:023 If a child is circumcised even on a Sabbath day, are you bitter
against me because I have restored a man to perfect health
on a Sabbath day?

007:024 Do not form superficial judgements, but form the judgements
that are just."

007:025 Some however of the people of Jerusalem said, "Is not this
the man they are wanting to kill?

007:026 But here he is, speaking openly and boldly, and they say nothing
to him! Can the Rulers really have ascertained that this
man is the Christ?

007:027 And yet we know this man, and we know where he is from;
but as for the Christ, when He comes, no one can tell where
He is from."

007:028 Jesus therefore, while teaching in the Temple, cried aloud,
and said, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from.
And yet I have not come of my own accord; but there is One who has
sent me, an Authority indeed, of whom you have no knowledge.

007:029 I know Him, because I came from Him, and He sent me."

007:030 On hearing this they wanted to arrest Him; yet not a hand
was laid on Him, because His time had not yet come.

007:031 But from among the crowd a large number believed in Him.
"When the Christ comes," they said, "will He perform more
miracles than this teacher has performed?"

007:032 The Pharisees heard the people thus expressing their various
doubts about Him, and the High Priests and the Pharisees sent
some officers to apprehend Him.

007:033 So Jesus said, "Still for a short time I am with you,
and then I go my way to Him who sent me.

007:034 You will look for me and will not find me, and where I am
you cannot come."

007:035 The Jews therefore said to one another, "Where is he about
to betake himself, so that we shall not find him?
Will he betake himself to the Dispersion among the Gentiles,
and teach the Gentiles?

007:036 What do those words of his mean, `You will look for me,
but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come'?"

007:037 On the last day of the Festival - the great day - Jesus stood
up and cried aloud. "Whoever is thirsty," He said, "let him
come to me and drink.

007:038 He who believes in me, from within him - as the Scripture has said -
rivers of living water shall flow."

007:039 He referred to the Spirit which those who believed in Him
were to receive; for the Spirit was not bestowed as yet,
because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

007:040 After listening to these discourses, some of the crowd began
to say, "This is beyond doubt the Prophet."

007:041 Others said, "He is the Christ." But others again, "Not so,
for is the Christ to come from Galilee?

007:042 Has not the Scripture declared that the Christ is to come
of the family of David and from Bethlehem, David's village?"

007:043 So there was a violent dissension among the people on His account.

007:044 Some of them wanted at once to arrest Him, but no one laid
hands upon Him.

007:045 Meanwhile the officers returned to the High Priests and Pharisees,
who asked them, "Why have you not brought him?"

007:046 "No mere man has ever spoken as this man speaks,"
said the officers.

007:047 "Are *you* deluded too?" replied the Pharisees;

007:048 "has any one of the Rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?

007:049 But this rabble who understand nothing about the Law are accursed!"

007:050 Nicodemus interposed - he who had formerly gone to Jesus,
being himself one of them.

007:051 "Does our Law," he asked, "judge a man without first hearing
what he has to say and ascertaining what his conduct is?"

007:052 "Do you also come from Galilee?" they asked in reply.
"Search and see for yourself that no Prophet is
of Galilaean origin."

007:053 [So they went away to their several homes;

008:001 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

008:002 At break of day however He returned to the Temple, and there
the people came to Him in crowds. He seated Himself;

008:003 and was teaching them when the Scribes and the Pharisees brought
to Him a woman who had been found committing adultery.
They made her stand in the centre of the court, and they put
the case to Him.

008:004 "Rabbi," they said, "this woman has been found in the very act
of committing adultery.

008:005 Now, in the Law, Moses has ordered us to stone such women to death.
But what do you say?"

008:006 They asked this in order to put Him to the test,
so that they might have some charge to bring against Him.
But Jesus leant forward and began to write with His finger
on the ground.

008:007 When however they persisted with their question, He raised
His head and said to them, "Let the sinless man among you
be the first to throw a stone at her."

008:008 Then He leant forward again, and again began to write
on the ground.

008:009 They listened to Him, and then, beginning with the eldest,
took their departure, one by one, till all were gone.
And Jesus was left behind alone - and the woman in the centre
of the court.

008:010 Then, raising His head, Jesus said to her, "Where are they?
Has no one condemned you?"

008:011 "No one, Sir," she replied. "And *I* do not condemn you either,"
said Jesus; "go, and from this time do not sin any more."]

008:012 Once more Jesus addressed them. "I am the Light of the world,"
He said; "the man who follows me shall certainly not walk
in the dark, but shall have the light of Life."

008:013 "You are giving testimony about yourself," said the Pharisees;
"your testimony is not true."

008:014 "Even if I am giving testimony about myself," replied Jesus,
"my testimony is true; for I know where I came from and where I
am going, but you know neither of these two things.

008:015 You judge according to appearances: I am judging no one.

008:016 And even if I do judge, my judgement is just; for I am not alone,
but the Father who sent me is with me.

008:017 In your own Law, too, it is written that the testimony of two
men is true.

008:018 I am one giving testimony about myself, and the Father who sent
me gives testimony about me."

008:019 "Where is your Father?" they asked. "You know my Father
as little as you know me." He replied; "if you knew me,
you would know my Father also."

008:020 These sayings He uttered in the Treasury, while teaching
in the Temple; yet no one arrested Him, because His time
had not yet come.

008:021 Again He said to them, "I am going away. Then you will try
to find me, but you will die in your sins. Where I am going,
it is impossible for you to come."

008:022 The Jews began to ask one another, "Is he going to kill himself,
do you think, that he says, `Where I am going, it is impossible
for you to come'?"

008:023 "You," He continued, "are from below, I am from above:
you are of this present world, I am not of this present world.

008:024 That is why I told you that you will die in your sins;
for, unless you believe that I am He, that is what will happen."

008:025 "You - who are you?" they asked. "How is it that I am speaking
to you at all?" replied Jesus.

008:026 "Many things I have to speak and to judge concerning you.
But He who sent me is true, and the things which I have heard
from Him are those which I have come into the world to speak."

008:027 They did not perceive that He was speaking to them of the Father.

008:028 So Jesus added, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man,
then you will know that I am He. Of myself I do nothing;
but as the Father has taught me, so I speak.

008:029 And He who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone:
for I do always what is pleasing to Him."

008:030 As He thus spoke, many became believers in Him.

008:031 Jesus therefore said to those of the Jews who had now believed
in Him, "As for you, if you hold fast to my teaching,
then you are truly my disciples;

008:032 and you shall know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free."

008:033 "We are descendants of Abraham," they answered,

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