John 5:1-24 Darby’s Translation

The Healing at the Pool

5 1  After these things was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2  Now there is in Jerusalem, at the sheepgate, a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3  In these lay a multitude of sick, blind, lame, withered, [awaiting the moving of the water. 4  For an angel descended at a certain season in the pool and troubled the water. Whoever therefore first went in after the troubling of the water became well, whatever disease he laboured under.] 5  But there was a certain man there who had been suffering under his infirmity thirty and eight years. 6  Jesus seeing this [man] lying [there], and knowing that he was [in that state] now a great length of time, says to him, Wouldest thou become well? 7  The infirm [man] answered him, Sir, I have not a man, in order, when the water has been troubled, to cast me into the pool; but while I am coming another descends before me. 8  Jesus says to him, Arise, take up thy couch and walk. 9  And immediately the man became well, and took up his couch and walked: and on that day was sabbath. 10  The Jews therefore said to the healed [man], It is sabbath, it is not permitted thee to take up thy couch. 11  He answered them, He that made me well, he said to me, Take up thy couch and walk. 12  They asked him [therefore], Who is the man who said to thee, Take up thy couch and walk? 13  But he that had been healed knew not who it was, for Jesus had slidden away, there being a crowd in the place. 14  After these things Jesus finds him in the temple, and said to him, Behold, thou art become well: sin no more, that something worse do not happen to thee. 15  The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16  And for this the Jews persecuted Jesus [and sought to kill him], because he had done these things on sabbath.

17  But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto and I work. 18  For this therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he had not only violated the sabbath, but also said that God was his own Father, making himself equal with God.

The Authority of the Son

19  Jesus therefore answered and said to them, Verily, verily, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself save whatever he sees the Father doing: for whatever things he does, these things also the Son does in like manner. 20  For the Father loves the Son and shews him all things which he himself does; and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may wonder. 21  For even as the Father raises the dead and quickens [them], thus the Son also quickens whom he will: 22  for neither does the Father judge any one, but has given all judgment to the Son; 23  that all may honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He who honours not the Son, honours not the Father who has sent him. 24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, that he that hears my word, and believes him that has sent me, has life eternal, and does not come into judgment, but is passed out of death into life.


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