John 7-8 Bible in Basic English

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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. 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;

8 1  But Jesus went to the Mountain of Olives. 2  And early in the morning he came again into the Temple and all the people came to him and he was seated teaching them. 3  Now the scribes and Pharisees came, with a woman who had been taken in the act of sinning against the married relation; 4  And putting her forward, they said to him, Master, this woman has been taken in the very act of sinning against the married relation. 5  Now in the law Moses gave directions that such women were to be stoned; what do you say about it? 6  They said this, testing him, so that they might have something against him. But Jesus, with his head bent down, made letters on the floor with his finger. 7  But when they went on with their questions, he got up and said to them, Let him among you who is without sin be the first to send a stone at her. 8  And again, with bent head, he made letters on the floor. 9  And when his words came to their ears, they went out one by one, starting with the oldest even to the last, because they were conscious of what was in their hearts: and Jesus was there by himself with the woman before him. 10  Then Jesus got up, and seeing nobody but the woman, he said to her, Where are the men who said things against you? did no one give a decision against you? 11  And she said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said, And I do not give a decision against you: go, and never do wrong again.]

Jesus the Light of the World

12  Then again Jesus said to them, I am the light of the world; he who comes with me will not be walking in the dark but will have the light of life. 13  So the Pharisees said to him, The witness you give is about yourself: your witness is not true. 14  Jesus said in answer, Even if I give witness about myself, my witness is true, because I have knowledge of where I came from and where I am going; but you have no knowledge of where I come from or of where I am going. 15  You are judging from what you see; I am judging no man. 16  Even if I am judging, my decision is right, because I am not by myself—with me is the Father who sent me. 17  Even in your law it is said that the witness of two men is true. 18  I give witness about myself and the Father who sent me gives witness about me. 19  Then they said to him, Where is your Father? Jesus said in answer, You have no knowledge of me or of my Father: if you had knowledge of me you would have knowledge of my Father. 20  Jesus said these words in the place where the offerings were stored, while he was teaching in the Temple: but no man took him because his time was still to come.

Whither I Go Ye Cannot Come

21  Then he said to them again, I am going away and you will be looking for me, but death will overtake you in your sins. It is not possible for you to come where I am going. 22  So the Jews said, Will he take his life? Is that why he says, Where I go it is not possible for you to come? 23  And he said to them, You are of the earth; I am from heaven: you are of this world; I am not of this world. 24  For this reason I said to you that death will overtake you in your sins: for if you have not faith that I am he, death will come to you while you are in your sins. 25  Then they said to him, Who are you? Jesus said, What I said to you from the first. 26  I have much to say about you and against you: but he who sent me is true and what he has said to me I say to the world. 27  They did not see that his words were about the Father. 28  So Jesus said, When the Son of man has been lifted up by you, then it will be clear to you who I am, and that I do nothing of myself, but say as the Father gave me teaching. 29  He who sent me is with me; he has not gone from me, because at all times I do the things which are pleasing to him. 30  When he said this a number came to have faith in him.

The Truth Shall Make You Free

31  Then Jesus said to the Jews who had faith in him, If you keep my word, then you are truly my disciples; 32  And you will have knowledge of what is true, and that will make you free. 33  They said to him in answer, We are Abraham's seed and have never been any man's servant: why do you say, You will become free? 34  And this was the answer Jesus gave them: Truly I say to you, Everyone who does evil is the servant of sin. 35  Now the servant does not go on living in the house for ever, but the son does. 36  If then the son makes you free, you will be truly free. 37  I am conscious that you are Abraham's seed; but you have a desire to put me to death because my word has no place in you.

38  I say the things which I have seen in my Father's house: and you do the things which come to you from your father's house.

Your Father the Devil

39  In answer they said to him, Our father is Abraham. Jesus said to them, If you were Abraham's children you would do what Abraham did. 40  But now you have a desire to put me to death, a man who has said to you what is true, as I had it from God: Abraham did not do that. 41  You are doing the works of your father. They said to him, We are true sons of Abraham; we have one Father, who is God. 42  Jesus said to them, If God was your Father you would have love for me, because it was from God I came and am here. I did not come of myself, but he sent me. 43  Why are my words not clear to you? It is because your ears are shut to my teaching. 44  You are the children of your father the Evil One and it is your pleasure to do his desires. From the first he was a taker of life; and he did not go in the true way because there is no true thing in him. When he says what is false, it is natural to him, for he is false and the father of what is false. 45  But because I say what is true, you have no belief in me.

46  Which of you is able truly to say that I am a sinner? If I say what is true, why have you no belief in me? 47  He who is a child of God gives ear to the words of God: your ears are not open to them because you are not from God.

Before Abraham Was, I Am

48  The Jews said to him in answer, Are we not right in saying that you are of Samaria and have an evil spirit? 49  And this was the answer of Jesus: I have not an evil spirit; but I give honour to my Father and you do not give honour to me. 50  I, however, am not in search of glory for myself: there is One who is searching for it and he is judge.

51  Truly I say to you, If a man keeps my word he will never see death. 52  The Jews said to him, Now we are certain that you have an evil spirit. Abraham is dead, and the prophets are dead; and you say, If a man keeps my word he will never see death. 53  Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? and the prophets are dead: who do you say that you are? 54  Jesus said in answer, If I take glory for myself, my glory is nothing: it is my Father who gives me glory, of whom you say that he is your God. 55  You have no knowledge of him, but I have knowledge of him; and if I said I have no knowledge of him I would be talking falsely like you: but I have full knowledge of him, and I keep his word. 56  Your father Abraham was full of joy at the hope of seeing my day: he saw it and was glad. 57  Then the Jews said to him, You are not fifty years old; have you seen Abraham? 58  Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, Before Abraham came into being, I am. 59  So they took up stones to send at him: but Jesus got secretly out of their way and went out of the Temple.

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