John 7:1-27 Bible in Basic English

The Unbelief of Jesus' Brethren

7 1  After this, Jesus went from place to place in Galilee. He did not go about in Judaea, because the Jews were looking for a chance to put him to death. 2  But the feast of the Jews, the feast of tents, was near. 3  So his brothers said to him, Go away from here into Judaea so that your disciples may see the works which you do. 4  Because no man does things secretly if he has a desire that men may have knowledge of him. If you do these things, let yourself be seen by all men. 5  For even his brothers had no belief in him. 6  Jesus said to them, My time is still to come, but any time is good for you. 7  It is not possible for you to be hated by the world; but I am hated by it, because I give witness that what it does is evil. 8  Go you up to the feast: I am not going up now to the feast because my time has not fully come. 9  Having said these things to them, he still kept in Galilee.

Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles

10  But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he went up, not publicly, but in secret. 11  At the feast the Jews were looking for him and saying, Where is he? 12  And there was much discussion about him among the mass of the people. Some said, He is a good man; but others said, No, he is giving people false ideas. 13  But no man said anything about him openly for fear of the Jews.

14  Now in the middle of the feast Jesus went up to the Temple and was teaching. 15  Then the Jews were surprised and said, How has this man got knowledge of books? He has never been to school. 16  Jesus gave them this answer: It is not my teaching, but his who sent me. 17  If any man is ready to do God's pleasure he will have knowledge of the teaching and of where it comes from—from God or from myself. 18  The man whose words come from himself is looking for glory for himself, but he who is looking for the glory of him who sent him—that man is true and there is no evil in him. 19  Did not Moses give you the law? Even so, not one of you keeps the law. Why have you a desire to put me to death? 20  The people said in answer, You have an evil spirit: who has any desire to put you to death? 21  This was the answer of Jesus: I have done one work and you are all surprised at it. 22  Moses gave you circumcision—not that it comes from Moses, but from the fathers—and even on the Sabbath you give a child circumcision. 23  If a child is given circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath? 24  Let not your decisions be based on what you see, but on righteousness.

Is This the Christ?

25  Then some of the people of Jerusalem said, Is not this the man whose death is desired? 26  And here he is talking openly and they say nothing to him! Is it possible that the rulers have knowledge that this is truly the Christ? 27  However, it is clear to us where this man comes from: but when the Christ comes no one will have knowledge where he comes from.

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