John 7:28-53 Bible in Basic English

28  Then, when he was teaching in the Temple, Jesus said with a loud voice, You have knowledge of me and you have knowledge of where I come from; and I have not come of myself; but there is One who has sent me; he is true, but you have no knowledge of him. 29  I have knowledge of him because I came from him and he sent me. 30  Then they had a desire to take him: but no man put hands on him because his hour was still to come. 31  And numbers of the people had belief in him, and they said, When the Christ comes will he do more signs than this man has done?

Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus

32  This discussion of the people came to the ears of the Pharisees; and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent servants to take him. 33  Then Jesus said, I will be with you a little longer and then I go to him who sent me. 34  You will be looking for me, and you will not see me: and where I am you may not come. 35  So the Jews said among themselves, To what place is he going where we will not see him? will he go to the Jews living among the Greeks and become the teacher of the Greeks? 36  What is this saying of his, You will be looking for me and will not see me, and where I am you may not come?

Rivers of Living Water

37  On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus got up and said in a loud voice, If any man is in need of drink let him come to me and I will give it to him. 38  He who has faith in me, out of his body, as the Writings have said, will come rivers of living water. 39  This he said of the Spirit which would be given to those who had faith in him: the Spirit had not been given then, because the glory of Jesus was still to come.

Division among the People

40  When these words came to their ears, some of the people said, This is certainly the prophet. 41  Others said, This is the Christ. But others said, Not so; will the Christ come from Galilee? 42  Do not the Writings say that the Christ comes of the seed of David and from Beth-lehem, the little town where David was? 43  So there was a division among the people because of him. 44  And some of them had a desire to take him; but no man put hands on him.

The Unbelief of Those in Authority

45  Then the servants went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, Why have you not got him with you? 46  The servants made answer, No man ever said things like this man. 47  Then the Pharisees said to them, Have you, like the others, been given false ideas? 48  Have any of the rulers belief in him, or any one of the Pharisees? 49  But these people who have no knowledge of the law are cursed. 50  Nicodemus—he who had come to Jesus before, being himself one of them—said to them, 51  Is a man judged by our law before it has given him a hearing and has knowledge of what he has done? 52  This was their answer: And do you come from Galilee? Make search and you will see that no prophet comes out of Galilee.

The Woman Caught in Adultery

53  [And every man went to his house;

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