John 19-21 Bible in Basic English

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19 1  Then Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped with cords. 2  And the men of the army made a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. 3  And they kept coming and saying, Long life to the King of the Jews! And they gave him blows with their hands. 4  And Pilate went out again and said to them, See, I let him come out to you to make it clear to you that I see no wrong in him. 5  Then Jesus came out with the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, Here is the man! 6  So when the chief priests and the police saw him they gave a loud cry, To the cross! to the cross! Pilate said to them, Take him yourselves and put him on the cross: I see no crime in him. 7  And the Jews made answer, We have a law, and by that law it is right for him to be put to death because he said he was the Son of God. 8  When this saying came to Pilate's ears his fear became greater; 9  And he went again into the Praetorium and said to Jesus, Where do you come from? But Jesus gave him no answer. 10  Then Pilate said to him, You say nothing to me? is it not clear to you that I have power to let you go free and power to put you to death on the cross? 11  Jesus gave this answer: You would have no power at all over me if it was not given to you by God; so that he who gave me up to you has the greater sin. 12  Hearing this, Pilate had a desire to let him go free, but the Jews said in a loud voice, If you let this man go, you are not Caesar's friend: everyone who makes himself a king goes against Caesar. 13  So when these words came to Pilate's ear, he took Jesus out, seating himself in the judge's seat in a place named in Hebrew, Gabbatha, or the Stone Floor. 14  (It was the day when they made ready for the Passover; and it was about the sixth hour.) And he said to the Jews, There is your King! 15  Then they gave a loud cry, Away with him! away with him! to the cross! Pilate said to them, Am I to put your King to death on the cross? The chief priests said in answer, We have no king but Caesar.

16  So then he gave him up to them to be put to death on the cross. And they took Jesus away;

The Crucifixion

17  And he went out with his cross on him to the place which is named Dead Man's Head (in Hebrew, Golgotha): 18  Where they put him on the cross with two others, one on this side and one on that, and Jesus in the middle.

19  And Pilate put on the cross a statement in writing. The writing was: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20  The writing was seen by a number of the Jews, for the place where Jesus was put to death on the cross was near the town; and the writing was in Hebrew and Latin and Greek. 21  Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, Do not put, The King of the Jews, but, He said, I am the King of the Jews. 22  But Pilate made answer, What I have put in writing will not be changed. 23  And when Jesus was nailed to the cross, the men of the army took his clothing, and made a division of it into four parts, to every man a part, and they took his coat: now the coat was without a join, made out of one bit of cloth. 24  So they said among themselves, Let this not be cut up, but let us put it to the decision of chance and see who gets it. (They did this so that the Writings might come true, which say, They made a distribution of my clothing among them, and my coat they put to the decision of chance.) This was what the men of the army did. 25  Now by the side of the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister Mary, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26  So when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple who was dear to him, he said to his mother, Mother, there is your son! 27  Then he said to the disciple, There is your mother! And from that hour the disciple took her to his house. 28  After this, being conscious that all things had now been done so that the Writings might come true, Jesus said, Give me water. 29  Now there was a vessel ready, full of bitter wine, and they put a sponge full of it on a stick and put it to his mouth. 30  So when Jesus had taken the wine he said, All is done. And with his head bent he gave up his spirit.

Jesus' Side Pierced

31  Now it was the day of getting ready for the Passover, and so that the bodies might not be on the cross on the Sabbath (because the day of that Sabbath was a great day), the Jews made a request to Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32  So the men of the army came, and the legs of the first were broken and then of the other who was put to death on the cross with Jesus: 33  But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was dead by this time, and so his legs were not broken; 34  But one of the men made a wound in his side with a spear, and straight away there came out blood and water. 35  And he who saw it has given witness (and his witness is true; he is certain that what he says is true) so that you may have belief. 36  These things came about so that the Writings might be true, No bone of his body will be broken. 37  And again another verse says, They will see him who was wounded by their spears.

The Burial of Jesus

38  After these things, Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, made a request to Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate said he might do so. So he went and took away his body. 39  And Nicodemus came (he who had first come to Jesus by night) with a roll of myrrh and aloes mixed, about a hundred pounds. 40  Then they took the body of Jesus, folding linen about it with the spices, as is the way of the Jews when they put the dead to rest. 41  Now there was a garden near the cross, and in the garden a new place for the dead in which no man had ever been put. 42  So they put Jesus there, because it was the Jews' day of getting ready for the Passover, and the place was near.

The Resurrection

20 1  Now on the first day of the week, very early, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the place and saw that the stone had been taken away from it. 2  Then she went running to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple who was loved by Jesus, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the place of the dead and we have no knowledge where they have put him. 3  So Peter and the other disciple went out to the place of the dead. 4  They went running together, and the other disciple got in front of Peter and came first to the hole in the rock; 5  And looking in, he saw the linen bands on the earth; but he did not go in, 6  Then Simon Peter came after him and went into the hole in the rock; and he saw the linen bands on the earth, 7  And the cloth, which had been round his head, not with the linen bands but rolled up in a place by itself. 8  Then the other disciple who came there first went in; and he saw and belief came to him. 9  For at that time they had no knowledge that the Writings said that he would have to come again from the dead. 10  So then the disciples went away again to their houses.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11  But Mary was still there outside the hole in the rock, weeping; and while she was weeping and looking into the hole, 12  She saw two angels in white seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13  They said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? She said to them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I have no knowledge where they have put him. 14  And then looking round, she saw Jesus there, but had no idea that it was Jesus. 15  Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? who are you looking for? She, taking him for the gardener, said to him, Sir, if you have taken him away from here, say where you have put him and I will take him away. 16  Jesus said to her, Mary! Turning, she said to him in Hebrew, Rabboni! (which is to say, Master). 17  Jesus said to her, Do not put your hand on me, for I have not gone up to the Father: but go to my brothers and say to them, I go up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. 18  Mary Magdalene went with the news to the disciples, and said she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19  At evening on that day, the first day of the week, when, for fear of the Jews, the doors were shut where the disciples were, Jesus came among them and said to them, May peace be with you! 20  And when he had said this, he let them see his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21  And Jesus said to them again, May peace be with you! As the Father sent me, even so I now send you. 22  And when he had said this, breathing on them, he said to them, Let the Holy Spirit come on you: 23  Any to whom you give forgiveness, will be made free from their sins; and any from whom you keep back forgiveness, will still be in their sins.

The Unbelief of Thomas

24  Now Thomas, one of the twelve, named Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25  So the other disciples said to him, We have seen the Lord. But he said to them, If I do not see in his hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails, and if I do not put my hand into his side, I will never have belief.

26  And after eight days, his disciples were again in the house and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were shut, Jesus came, and taking his place in the middle of them, he said, May peace be with you! 27  Then he said to Thomas, Put out your finger, and see my hands; and put your hand here into my side: and be no longer in doubt but have belief. 28  And Thomas said in answer, My Lord and my God! 29  Jesus said to him, Because you have seen me you have belief: a blessing will be on those who have belief though they have not seen me!

The Purpose of the Book

30  A number of other signs Jesus did before his disciples which are not recorded in this book: 31  But these are recorded, so that you may have faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and so that, having this faith you may have life in his name.

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

21 1  After these things Jesus let himself be seen again by the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and it came about in this way. 2  Simon Peter, Thomas named Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were all together. 3  Simon Peter said to them, I am going fishing. They said to him, And we will come with you. They went out and got into the boat; but that night they took no fish. 4  Now very early in the morning Jesus was there by the edge of the sea (though the disciples were not conscious that it was Jesus). 5  So Jesus said to them, Children, have you taken any fish? They made answer, No. 6  And he said to them, Let down the net on the right side of the boat and you will get some. So they put it in the water and now they were not able to get it up again because of the great number of fish. 7  So the disciple who was dear to Jesus said to Peter, It is the Lord! Hearing that it was the Lord, Peter put his coat round him (because he was not clothed) and went into the sea. 8  And the other disciples came in the little boat (they were not far from land, only about two hundred cubits off) pulling the net full of fish. 9  When they got to land, they saw a fire of coals there, with fish cooking on it, and bread. 10  Jesus said to them, Get some of the fish which you have now taken. 11  So Peter went to the boat and came back pulling the net to land, full of great fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and though there was such a number the net was not broken. 12  Jesus said to them, Come and take some food. And all the disciples were in fear of putting the question, Who are you? being conscious that it was the Lord. 13  Then Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish in the same way. 14  Now this was the third time that Jesus let himself be seen by the disciples after he had come back from the dead.

Feed My Sheep

15  Then when they had taken food, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, is your love for me greater than the love of these others? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you are certain of my love for you. He said to him, Then give my lambs food. 16  Again, a second time, he said to him, Simon, son of John, have you any love for me? Yes, Lord, he said, you are certain of my love for you. Then take care of my sheep, said Jesus. 17  He said to him a third time, Simon, son of John, am I dear to you? Now Peter was troubled in his heart because he put the question a third time, Am I dear to you? And he said to him, Lord, you have knowledge of all things; you see that you are dear to me. Jesus said to him, Then give my sheep food. 18  Truly I say to you, When you were young, you made yourself ready and went wherever you had a desire to go: but when you are old, you will put out your hands and another will make you ready, and you will be taken where you have no desire to go. 19  Now this he said, pointing out the sort of death by which he would give God glory. And after saying this, he said to him, Come after me.

The Beloved Disciple

20  Then Peter, turning round, saw the disciple who was dear to Jesus coming after them—the disciple who was resting on his breast at the last meal, and said, Lord, who is it who will be false to you? 21  Seeing him, Peter said to Jesus, What about this man? 22  Jesus said to him, If it is my desire for him to be here till I come back, what is that to you? come yourself after me. 23  So this saying went about among the brothers that this disciple would not undergo death: Jesus, however, did not say that he would not undergo death, but, If it is my desire for him to be here till I come back, what is that to you? 24  This is the disciple who gives witness about these things and who put them in writing: and we have knowledge that his witness is true. 25  And Jesus did such a number of other things that, if every one was recorded, it is my opinion that even the world itself is not great enough for the books there would be.

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