John 7:1-27 Revised Standard Version

The Unbelief of Jesus' Brethren

7 1  After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him. 2  Now the Jews' feast of Tabernacles was at hand. 3  So his brothers said to him, "Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples may see the works you are doing. 4  For no man works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world." 5  For even his brothers did not believe in him. 6  Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7  The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil. 8  Go to the feast yourselves; I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come." 9  So saying, he remained in Galilee.

Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles

10  But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. 11  The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, "Where is he?" 12  And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, "He is a good man," others said, "No, he is leading the people astray." 13  Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

14  About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. 15  The Jews marveled at it, saying, "How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?" 16  So Jesus answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me; 17  if any man's will is to do his will, he shall know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18  He who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. 19  Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?" 20  The people answered, "You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?" 21  Jesus answered them, "I did one deed, and you all marvel at it. 22  Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man upon the sabbath. 23  If on the sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the sabbath I made a man's whole body well? 24  Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment."

Is This the Christ?

25  Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, "Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? 26  And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? 27  Yet we know where this man comes from; and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from."

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