John 16-18 New Revised Standard Version

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16 1  "I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. 2  They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. 3  And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. 4  But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them. "I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

5  But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, "Where are you going?' 6  But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.

7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8  And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9  about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10  about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11  about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. 12  "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14  He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15  All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Sorrow to Turn into Joy

16  "A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me." 17  Then some of his disciples said to one another, "What does he mean by saying to us, "A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me'; and "Because I am going to the Father'?" 18  They said, "What does he mean by this "a little while'? We do not know what he is talking about." 19  Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, "Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, "A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me'? 20  Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy. 21  When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. 22  So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

23  On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24  Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

I Have Overcome the World

25  "I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. 26  On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27  for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

28  I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father." 29  His disciples said, "Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! 30  Now we know that you know all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that you came from God." 31  Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? 32  The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33  I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!"

Jesus' Prayer for His Disciples

17 1  After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2  since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3  And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4  I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5  So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

6  "I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7  Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8  for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9  I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10  All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.

11  And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12  While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13  But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14  I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15  I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16  They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.

17  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18  As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

20  "I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21  that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22  The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23  I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24  Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25  "Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26  I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

18 1  After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2  Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3  So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4  Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, "Whom are you looking for?" 5  They answered, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus replied, "I am he." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6  When Jesus said to them, "I am he," they stepped back and fell to the ground. 7  Again he asked them, "Whom are you looking for?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth." 8  Jesus answered, "I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go." 9  This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken, "I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me." 10  Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus. 11  Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?"

Jesus Brought before the High Priest

12  So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him.

13  First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14  Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.

Peter in the High Priest's Court

15  Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16  but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. 17  The woman said to Peter, "You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not." 18  Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19  Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. 20  Jesus answered, "I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. 21  Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said." 22  When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, "Is that how you answer the high priest?" 23  Jesus answered, "If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?" 24  Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Peter Denies Jesus

25  Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, "You are not also one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it and said, "I am not." 26  One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, "Did I not see you in the garden with him?" 27  Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.

Jesus before Pilate

28  Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate's headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. 29  So Pilate went out to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against this man?" 30  They answered, "If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you." 31  Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law." The Jews replied, "We are not permitted to put anyone to death." 32  (This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.) 33  Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" 34  Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?" 35  Pilate replied, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?" 36  Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here." 37  Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." 38  Pilate asked him, "What is truth?" After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, "I find no case against him.

Jesus Sentenced to Die

39  But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?" 40  They shouted in reply, "Not this man, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a bandit.

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