John 7:28-53 Revised Standard Version

28  So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, "You know me, and you know where I come from? But I have not come of my own accord; he who sent me is true, and him you do not know. 29  I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me." 30  So they sought to arrest him; but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31  Yet many of the people believed in him; they said, "When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?"

Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus

32  The Pharisees heard the crowd thus muttering about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. 33  Jesus then said, "I shall be with you a little longer, and then I go to him who sent me; 34  you will seek me and you will not find me; where I am you cannot come." 35  The Jews said to one another, "Where does this man intend to go that we shall not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36  What does he mean by saying, 'You will seek me and you will not find me,' and, 'Where I am you cannot come'?"

Rivers of Living Water

37  On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, "If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. 38  He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, 'Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" 39  Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Division among the People

40  When they heard these words, some of the people said, "This is really the prophet." 41  Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Is the Christ to come from Galilee? 42  Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?" 43  So there was a division among the people over him. 44  Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

The Unbelief of Those in Authority

45  The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why did you not bring him?" 46  The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!" 47  The Pharisees answered them, "Are you led astray, you also? 48  Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49  But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed." 50  Nicode'mus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, 51  "Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?" 52  They replied, "Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee."

The Woman Caught in Adultery

53  They went each to his own house,

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