John 13:21-38 Bible in Basic English

Jesus Foretells His Betrayal

21  When Jesus had said this he was troubled in spirit, and gave witness, saying, Truly I say to you, that one of you will be false to me. 22  Then the eyes of the disciples were turned on one another, in doubt as to whom he had in mind. 23  There was at table one of his disciples, the one dear to Jesus, resting his head on Jesus' breast. 24  Making a sign to him, Simon Peter said, Who is it he is talking about? 25  He, then, resting his head on Jesus' breast, said to him, Lord, who is it? 26  This was the answer Jesus gave: It is the one to whom I will give this bit of bread after I have put it in the vessel. Then he took the bit of bread, put it into the vessel, and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27  And when Judas took the bread Satan went into him. Then Jesus said to him, Do quickly what you have to do. 28  Now it was not clear to anyone at table why he said this to him. 29  Some were of the opinion that because Judas kept the money-bag Jesus said to him, Get the things we have need of for the feast; or, that he was to give something to the poor. 30  So Judas, having taken the bit of bread, straight away went out: and it was night.

The New Commandment

31  Then when he had gone out, Jesus said, Now is glory given to the Son of man, and God is given glory in him. 32  If God is given glory in him, God will give him glory in himself, and will give him glory even now. 33  My dear children, I am only to be with you a little longer. Then you will be looking for me: and as I said to the Jews, so now I say to you, Where I am going you may not come. 34  I give you a new law: Have love one for another; even as I have had love for you, so are you to have love one for another. 35  By this it will be clear to all men that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.

Peter's Denial Foretold

36  Simon Peter said to him, Lord, where are you going? Jesus said in answer, Where I am going you may not come with me now, but you will come later. 37  Peter said to him, Why may I not come with you even now? I will give up my life for you. 38  Jesus said in answer, Will you give up your life for me? Truly I say to you, Before the cry of the cock you will have said three times that you are not my disciple.


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