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John 12:1-50

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

1Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3Then Mary took about a pint12:3 Or about 0.5 liter of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

4But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5“Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.12:5 Greek three hundred denarii6He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

7“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8You will always have the poor among you,12:8 See Deut. 15:11. but you will not always have me.”

9Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

12The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!12:13 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”12:13 Psalm 118:25,26

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

14Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

15“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;

see, your king is coming,

seated on a donkey’s colt.”12:15 Zech. 9:9

16At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

17Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”

Jesus Predicts His Death

20Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

23Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

27“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

30Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up12:32 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted. from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

34The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”

35Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

Belief and Unbelief Among the Jews

37Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:

“Lord, who has believed our message

and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”12:38 Isaiah 53:1

39For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:

40“He has blinded their eyes

and hardened their hearts,

so they can neither see with their eyes,

nor understand with their hearts,

nor turn—and I would heal them.”12:40 Isaiah 6:10

41Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.

42Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

44Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

47“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. 49For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Yohane 12:1-50

Wɔsra Yesu Ngo Wɔ Betania

1Aka nna nsia na Twam Afahyɛ no aduru no, Yesu kɔɔ Betania, kuro a na Lasaro a Yesu nyanee no firi awufoɔ mu no te mu no mu. 2Wɔtoo Yesu ɛpono. Marta na ɔsomee wɔ saa apontoɔ yi ase. Lasaro tenaa Yesu nkyɛn pɛɛ wɔ ɛpono no ho. 3Wɔredidi no, Maria faa ngohwam bi a ne boɔ yɛ den bɛhwie guu Yesu nan ase de ne tirinwi pepaeɛ. Ngo no hwa gyee efie hɔ nyinaa.

4Yuda Iskariot a ɔyɛ asuafoɔ no mu baako a akyire no ɔbɛyi Yesu ama no ani annye deɛ ɔbaa yi yɛeɛ no ho, 5enti ɔkaa sɛ, “Adɛn enti na wantɔn saa ngohwam yi na yɛamfa sika no amma ahiafoɔ?” 6Ɛnyɛ sɛ na ɔdwene ahiafoɔ ho enti na ɔkaa saa asɛm yi, na mmom, na ɔyɛ ɔkorɔmfoɔ na ɛsiane sɛ na ɔhwɛ asuafoɔ no sika so enti, na ɔwiawia bi.

7Yesu kaa sɛ, “Monnyaa ɔbaa yi haw! Deɛ ɔbaa yi ayɛ yi, ɔde resiesie me ama me wuo. 8Mo ne ahiafoɔ na ɛwɔ hɔ ɛberɛ biara, na me deɛ, me ne mo rentena hɔ daa.”

9Ɛberɛ a Yudafoɔ no tee sɛ Yesu wɔ Betania no, wɔn mu pii kɔɔ hɔ. Ɛnyɛ Yesu nko enti na wɔkɔɔ hɔ, na mmom, wɔkɔɔ hɔ sɛ wɔrekɔhwɛ Lasaro a Yesu nyanee no firii awufoɔ mu no nso. 10Afei, asɔfoɔ mpanin no bɔɔ pɔ sɛ wɔbɛkum Lasaro nso, 11ɛfiri sɛ, ɛsiane Lasaro wusɔreɛ no enti, na nnipa bebree retwe wɔn ho afiri Yudafoɔ mpanin no ho abɛdi Yesu akyi.

Yesu Kɔ Yerusalem

12Adeɛ kyeeɛ no, nnipadɔm a wɔaba Twam Afahyɛ no tee sɛ Yesu reba Yerusalem no, 13wɔbubuu ɛberɛ de kɔhyiaa no ɛkwan de ahurisie teateaam sɛ,


“Nhyira nka deɛ ɔreba wɔ Awurade din mu no!”

“Nhyira nka Israelhene!”

14Yesu rekɔ no, na ɔte afunumu ba bi so sɛdeɛ Atwerɛsɛm hyɛɛ ho nkɔm sɛ,

15“Nsuro, Ɔbabaa Sion!

Hwɛ sɛ wo ɔhene te afunumu ba so

reba wo nkyɛn.”

16Ahyɛaseɛ no, asuafoɔ no ante yeinom nyinaa ase kɔsii sɛ wɔhyɛɛ Yesu animuonyam no ansa na wɔrekae sɛ, Atwerɛsɛm no aka saa asɛm yi nyinaa afa ne ho dada, na ɛno ara ne deɛ wɔayɛ no.

17Nnipa a na wɔwɔ hɔ a wɔhunu sɛ Yesu nyanee Lasaro firii awufoɔ mu no kaa asɛm a ɛsii no kyerɛɛ afoforɔ. 18Yei enti na nnipa bebree kɔeɛ sɛ wɔrekɔhyia Yesu ɛkwan no, ɛfiri sɛ, na wɔate sɛ wayɛ anwanwadeɛ. 19Farisifoɔ no hunuu deɛ ɛrekɔ so no, wɔkaa sɛ, “Anyɛ yie! Monhwɛ sɛ nnipa no nyinaa atu adi nʼakyi!”

Yesu Hyɛ Ne Owuo Ho Nkɔm

20Afahyɛberɛ no mu no, Helafoɔ bi nso kɔɔ Yerusalem sɛ wɔrekɔsom. 21Wɔkɔɔ Filipo a ɔfiri Betsaida no nkyɛn kɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Owura, yɛpɛ sɛ yɛhunu Yesu.” 22Filipo kɔbɔɔ Andrea amaneɛ maa wɔn baanu kɔka kyerɛɛ Yesu.

23Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Ɛberɛ no aso sɛ wɔbɛhyɛ Onipa Ba no animuonyam. 24Mereka nokorɛ akyerɛ mo sɛ, sɛ wɔamfa burofua anhyɛ fam amma amporɔ na amfifiri a, ɛda so yɛ burofua no ara, nanso sɛ ɛporɔ na ɛfifiri a, ɛso aba pii. 25Obiara a ɔdɔ ne kra no bɛhwere ne nkwa, na deɛ ɔnnɔ ne kra no ɔbɛnya nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ. 26Obiara a ɔpɛ sɛ ɔsom me no, ɛsɛ sɛ ɔdi mʼakyi, na baabiara a mewɔ no, ɛsɛ sɛ mʼasomfoɔ nso wɔ hɔ bi.”

27Yesu kaa sɛ, “Afei deɛ, me kra ho yera no na asɛm bɛn na menka? Menka sɛ, ‘Agya, gye me firi saa amanehunu yi mu anaa?’ Nanso, yei enti na wosomaa me baa ewiase sɛ memmɛhunu amane. 28Agya, hyɛ wo din animuonyam!”

Ɔkasa wieeɛ no, nne bi firi ɔsoro kaa sɛ, “Mahyɛ no animuonyam dada na mɛsane mahyɛ no bio.” 29Nnipakuo a na wɔwɔ hɔ no tee nne no, wɔkaa sɛ aprannaa na ɛrebobɔ mu. Ebinom nso kaa sɛ, ɔsoro ɔbɔfoɔ na ɔkasa kyerɛɛ no.

30Nanso, Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Mo enti na saa nne yi kasaeɛ na ɛnyɛ me enti. 31Afei, ɛberɛ aduru sɛ wɔbu ewiase atɛn na wɔtu ɔbonsam a ɔdi ewiase so no gu. 32Sɛ wɔnya ma me so firi asase mu a, mɛtwe nnipa nyinaa aba me nkyɛn.” 33Ɔkaa yei de kyerɛɛ owuo ko a ɔbɛwu no.

34Nnipa no kaa sɛ, “Atwerɛsɛm no di adanseɛ sɛ, Agyenkwa no renwu da. Adɛn enti na wɔka kyerɛ yɛn sɛ, ɛsɛ sɛ wɔma Onipa Ba no so? Hwan ne saa Onipa Ba no?”

35Yesu buaa wɔn sɛ, “Me hann no bɛhyerɛn ama mo mmerɛ tiawa bi mu. Ɛno enti, monnante mu ɛberɛ a mowɔ saa hann no mu yi nkɔ baabiara a mopɛ sɛ mokɔ, ansa na esum aduru; anyɛ saa a morenhunu kwan. 36Ɛberɛ a mowɔ hann mu yi, monnye hann no nni na moayɛ hann no mma.” Yesu kaa nsɛm yi wieeɛ no, ɔfirii hɔ de ne ho kɔhintaeɛ.

Yudafoɔ Gu So Gye Akyinnyeɛ

37Ɛwom sɛ na Yesu ayɛ anwanwadeɛ ahodoɔ ama Yudafoɔ no ahunu deɛ, nanso na wɔnnye no nni ara. 38Yei ne Odiyifoɔ Yesaia asɛm a ɔkaa sɛ,

“Awurade, hwan na wagye yɛn asɛnka adi?

Na hwan nso na ɔbɛgye wʼanwanwadwuma no adi sɛ adansedie?”

39Yudafoɔ no annye anni ɛfiri sɛ, na Odiyifoɔ Yesaia asane aka sɛ,

40“Onyankopɔn afira wɔn ani,

na wapirim wɔn akoma,

sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a wɔrentumi nnane

mma me nkyɛn na masa wɔn yadeɛ.”

41Yesaia kaa yei faa Yesu animuonyam a daakye ɔbɛnya a Onyankopɔn yi kyerɛɛ no no ho.

42Mpo, na Yudafoɔ mpanin no mu pii gye Yesu di, nanso na wɔsuro sɛ, sɛ Farisifoɔ no hunu wɔn a, wɔremma wɔmma asɔredan no mu bio. 43Na wɔpɛ sɛ nnipa bɛkamfo wɔn sene sɛ Onyankopɔn bɛhyɛ wɔn animuonyam.

44Yesu teaam sɛ, “Obiara a ɔgye me di no, ɛnyɛ me nko na ɔgye me di, na ɔgye deɛ ɔsomaa me no nso di. 45Na deɛ ɔhunu me no hunu deɛ ɔsomaa me no nso. 46Maba ewiase sɛ hann, na obiara a ɔgye me di no ankɔ so antena sum mu.

47“Obiara a ɔte mʼasɛm na ɔnni so no, meremmu no atɛn. Ɛfiri sɛ, mamma sɛ merebɛbu nnipa atɛn, na mmom, mebaeɛ sɛ merebɛgye wɔn nkwa. 48Obiara a ɔpo me na ɔnnye mʼasɛm nni no, ɔtemmufoɔ bi wɔ hɔ a ɔbɛbu no atɛn. Me nsɛm a maka akyerɛ mo no na Atemmuo da no ɛbɛbu mo atɛn. 49Nsɛm a maka no nyinaa, ɛnyɛ mʼankasa mʼadwene na mede ka kyerɛɛ mo, na mmom ɛyɛ deɛ Agya no ka kyerɛɛ me sɛ menka nkyerɛ mo no. 50Menim sɛ asɛm biara a Agya no ahyɛ me sɛ menka no de nnipa kɔ nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ mu; enti asɛm a ɔbɛka akyerɛ me sɛ menka biara no, ɛno na meka!”