John 7:28-53 World English Bible

28  Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, “You both know me, and know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent me is true, whom you don’t know. 29  I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” 30  They sought therefore to take him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31  But of the multitude, many believed in him. They said, “When the Christ comes, he won’t do more signs than those which this man has done, will he?”

Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus

32  The Pharisees heard the multitude murmuring these things concerning him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. 33  Then Jesus said, “I will be with you a little while longer, then I go to him who sent me. 34  You will seek me, and won’t find me; and where I am, you can’t come.” 35  The Jews therefore said among themselves, “Where will this man go that we won’t find him? Will he go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? 36  What is this word that he said, ‘You will seek me, and won’t find me; and where I am, you can’t come’?

Rivers of Living Water

37  Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink! 38  He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water.” 39  But he said this about the Spirit, which those believing in him were to receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus wasn’t yet glorified.

Division among the People

40  Many of the multitude therefore, when they heard these words, said, “This is truly the prophet.” 41  Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “What, does the Christ come out of Galilee? 42  Hasn’t the Scripture said that the Christ comes of the seed of David, [1] and from Bethlehem, [2] the village where David was?” 43  So there arose a division in the multitude because of him. 44  Some of them would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on him.

The Unbelief of Those in Authority

45  The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, “Why didn’t you bring him?” 46  The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!” 47  The Pharisees therefore answered them, “You aren’t also led astray, are you? 48  Have any of the rulers believed in him, or of the Pharisees? 49  But this multitude that doesn’t know the law is accursed.” 50  Nicodemus (he who came to him by night, being one of them) said to them, 51  “Does our law judge a man, unless it first hears from him personally and knows what he does?” 52  They answered him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search, and see that no prophet has arisen out of Galilee. [3]

The Woman Caught in Adultery

53  Everyone went to his own house,


[1] 7:42 2 Samuel 7:12

[2] 7:42 Micah 5:2

[3] 7:52 See Isaiah 9:1 and Matthew 4:13-16.

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