John 14-17 Bible in Basic English

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Jesus the Way to the Father

14 1  Let not your heart be troubled: have faith in God and have faith in me. 2  In my Father's house are rooms enough; if it was not so, would I have said that I am going to make ready a place for you? 3  And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to be with me, so that you may be where I am.

4  And you all have knowledge of where I am going, and of the way to it. 5  Thomas said, Lord, we have no knowledge of where you are going; how may we have knowledge of the way? 6  Jesus said to him, I am the true and living way: no one comes to the Father but by me. 7  If you had knowledge of me, you would have knowledge of my Father: you have knowledge of him now and have seen him. 8  Philip said to him, Lord, let us see the Father, and we have need of nothing more. 9  Jesus said to him, Philip, have I been with you all this time, and still you have no knowledge of me? He who has seen me has seen the Father. Why do you say, Let us see the Father? 10  Have you not faith that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words which I say to you, I say not from myself: but the Father who is in me all the time does his works. 11  Have faith that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me: at least, have faith in me because of what I do.

12  Truly I say to you, He who puts his faith in me will do the very works which I do, and he will do greater things than these, because I am going to my Father. 13  And whatever request you make in my name, that I will do, so that the Father may have glory in the Son. 14  If you make any request to me in my name, I will do it.

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

15  If you have love for me, you will keep my laws. 16  And I will make prayer to the Father and he will give you another Helper to be with you for ever, 17  Even the Spirit of true knowledge. That Spirit the world is not able to take to its heart because it sees him not and has no knowledge of him: but you have knowledge of him, because he is ever with you and will be in you.

18  I will not let you be without a friend: I am coming to you. 19  A little time longer, and the world will see me no more; but you will see me; and you will be living because I am living. 20  At that time it will be clear to you that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I in you. 21  He who has my laws and keeps them, he it is who has love for me: and he who has love for me will be loved by my Father, and I will have love for him and will let myself be seen clearly by him. 22  Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, How is it that you will let yourself be seen clearly by us and not by the world? 23  Jesus said to him in answer, If anyone has love for me, he will keep my words: and he will be dear to my Father; and we will come to him and make our living-place with him. 24  He who has no love for me does not keep my words; and the word which you are hearing is not my word but the Father's who sent me.

25  I have said all this to you while I am still with you. 26  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will be your teacher in all things and will put you in mind of everything I have said to you. 27  May peace be with you; my peace I give to you: I give it not as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled; let it be without fear.

28  Keep in mind how I said to you, I go away and come to you again. If you had love for me you would be glad, because I am going to the Father: for the Father is greater than I. 29  And now I have given you word of it before it comes, so that, when it comes, you may have faith. 30  After this I will not say much to you, because the ruler of this world comes: and he has no power over me; 31  But he comes so that the world may see that I have love for the Father, and that I am doing as I am ordered by the Father. Get up, and let us go.

Jesus the True Vine

15 1  I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. 2  He takes away every branch in me which has no fruit, and every branch which has fruit he makes clean, so that it may have more fruit. 3  You are clean, even now, through the teaching which I have given you. 4  Be in me at all times as I am in you. As the branch is not able to give fruit of itself, if it is not still on the vine, so you are not able to do so if you are not in me. 5  I am the vine, you are the branches: he who is in me at all times as I am in him, gives much fruit, because without me you are able to do nothing. 6  If a man does not keep himself in me, he becomes dead and is cut off like a dry branch; such branches are taken up and put in the fire and burned. 7  If you are in me at all times, and my words are in you, then anything for which you make a request will be done for you. 8  Here is my Father's glory, in that you give much fruit and so are my true disciples.

9  Even as the Father has given me his love, so I have given my love to you: be ever in my love. 10  If you keep my laws, you will be ever in my love, even as I have kept my Father's laws, and am ever in his love. 11  I have said these things to you so that I may have joy in you and so that your joy may be complete. 12  This is the law I give you: Have love one for another, even as I have love for you. 13  Greater love has no man than this, that a man gives up his life for his friends. 14  You are my friends, if you do what I give you orders to do. 15  No longer do I give you the name of servants; because a servant is without knowledge of what his master is doing: I give you the name of friends, because I have given you knowledge of all the things which my Father has said to me. 16  You did not take me for yourselves, but I took you for myself; and I gave you the work of going about and producing fruit which will be for ever; so that whatever request you make to the Father in my name he may give it to you. 17  So this is my law for you: Have love one for another.

The World's Hatred

18  If you are hated by the world, keep in mind that I was hated by the world before you. 19  If you were of the world, you would be loved by the world: but because you are not of the world, but I have taken you out of the world, you are hated by the world. 20  Keep in mind the words I said to you, A servant is not greater than his lord. If they were cruel to me, they will be cruel to you; if they kept my words, they will keep yours. 21  They will do all this to you because of my name—because they have no knowledge of him who sent me. 22  If I had not come and been their teacher they would have had no sin: but now they have no reason to give for their sin. 23  He who has hate for me has hate for my Father. 24  If I had not done among them the works which no other man ever did, they would have had no sin: but now they have seen, and they have had hate in their hearts for me and my Father. 25  This comes about so that the writing in their law may be made true, Their hate for me was without cause.

26  When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father even the Spirit of true knowledge who comes from the Father—he will give witness about me; 27  And you, in addition, will give witness because you have been with me from the first.

16 1  I have said these things to you so that you may not be in doubt. 2  They will put you out of the Synagogues: yes, the time is coming when whoever puts you to death will have the belief that he is doing God's pleasure. 3  They will do these things to you because they have not had knowledge of the Father or of me. 4  I have said these things to you so that when the time comes, what I have said may come to your mind. I did not say them to you at the first, because then I was still with you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

5  But now I am going to him who sent me; and not one of you says to me, Where are you going? 6  But your hearts are full of sorrow because I have said these things.

7  But what I am saying is true: my going is for your good: for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8  And he, when he comes, will make the world conscious of sin, and of righteousness, and of being judged: 9  Of sin, because they have not faith in me; 10  Of righteousness, because I go to the Father and you will see me no more; 11  Of being judged, because the ruler of this world has been judged. 12  I have still much to say to you, but you are not strong enough for it now. 13  However, when he, the Spirit of true knowledge, has come, he will be your guide into all true knowledge: for his words will not come from himself, but whatever has come to his hearing, that he will say: and he will make clear to you the things to come. 14  He will give me glory, because he will take of what is mine, and make it clear to you. 15  Everything which the Father has is mine: that is why I say, He will take of what is mine and will make it clear to you.

Sorrow to Turn into Joy

16  After a little time you will see me no longer; and then again, after a little time, you will see me. 17  So some of the disciples said one to another, What is this he is saying, After a little time, you will see me no longer; and then again, after a little time, you will see me? and, I am going to the Father? 18  So they said again and again, What is this he is saying, A little time? His words are not clear to us. 19  Jesus saw that they had a desire to put the question to him, so he said to them, Is this what you are questioning one with another, why I said, After a little time, you will see me no longer; and then again, after a little time, you will see me? 20  Truly I say to you, You will be weeping and sorrowing, but the world will be glad: you will be sad, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21  When a woman is about to give birth she has sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she has given birth to the child, the pain is put out of her mind by the joy that a man has come into the world. 22  So you have sorrow now: but I will see you again, and your hearts will be glad, and no one will take away your joy.

23  And on that day you will put no questions to me. Truly I say to you, Whatever request you make to the Father, he will give it to you in my name. 24  Up to now you have made no request in my name: do so, and it will be answered, so that your hearts may be full of joy.

I Have Overcome the World

25  All this I have said to you in veiled language: but the time is coming when I will no longer say things in veiled language but will give you knowledge of the Father clearly. 26  In that day you will make requests in my name: and I do not say that I will make prayer to the Father for you, 27  For the Father himself gives his love to you, because you have given your love to me and have had faith that I came from God.

28  I came out from the Father and have come into the world: again, I go away from the world and go to the Father. 29  His disciples said, Now you are talking clearly and not in veiled language. 30  Now we are certain that you have knowledge of all things and have no need for anyone to put questions to you: through this we have faith that you came from God. 31  Jesus made answer, Have you faith now? 32  See, a time is coming, yes, it is now here, when you will go away in all directions, every man to his house, and I will be by myself: but I am not by myself, because the Father is with me. 33  I have said all these things to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble: but take heart! I have overcome the world.

Jesus' Prayer for His Disciples

17 1  Jesus said these things; then, lifting his eyes to heaven, he said, Father, the time has now come; give glory to your Son, so that the Son may give glory to you: 2  Even as you gave him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all those whom you have given to him. 3  And this is eternal life: to have knowledge of you, the only true God, and of him whom you have sent, even Jesus Christ. 4  I have given you glory on the earth, having done all the work which you gave me to do. 5  And now, Father, let me have glory with you, even that glory which I had with you before the world was.

6  I have given knowledge of your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world: yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your words. 7  Now it is clear to them that whatever you have given to me comes from you: 8  Because I have given them the words which you gave to me; and they have taken them to heart, and have certain knowledge that I came from you, and they have faith that you sent me. 9  My prayer is for them: my prayer is not for the world, but for those whom you have given to me, because they are yours 10  (All mine are yours, and yours are mine) and I have glory in them.

11  And now I will be no longer in the world, but they are in the world and I come to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name which you have given to me, so that they may be one even as we are one. 12  While I was with them I kept them safe in your name which you have given to me: I took care of them and not one of them has come to destruction, but only the son of destruction, so that the Writings might come true. 13  And now I come to you; and these things I say in the world so that they may have my joy complete in them. 14  I have given your word to them; and they are hated by the world, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15  My prayer is not that you will take them out of the world, but that you will keep them from the Evil One. 16  They are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

17  Make them holy by the true word: your word is the true word. 18  Even as you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19  And for them I make myself holy, so that they may be made truly holy.

20  My prayer is not for them only, but for all who will have faith in me through their word; 21  May they all be one! Even as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so let them be in us, so that all men may come to have faith that you sent me. 22  And the glory which you have given to me I have given to them, so that they may be one even as we are one; 23  I in them, and you in me, so that they may be made completely one, and so that it may become clear to all men that you have sent me and that they are loved by you as I am loved by you.

24  Father, it is my desire that these whom you have given to me may be by my side where I am, so that they may see my glory which you have given to me, because you had love for me before the world came into being. 25  Father of righteousness, I have knowledge of you, though the world has not; and to these it is clear that you sent me; 26  And I have given to them knowledge of your name, and will give it, so that the love which you have for me may be in them and I in them.

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