New International Version

John 5:1-47

The Healing at the Pool

1Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda5:2 Some manuscripts Bethzatha; other manuscripts Bethsaida and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 45:3,4 Some manuscripts include here, wholly or in part, paralyzed—and they waited for the moving of the waters. 4 From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters. The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease they had. 5One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

7“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

8Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

11But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’

12So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.

The Authority of the Son

16So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

19Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

24“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

28“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

Testimonies About Jesus

31“If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.

33“You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. 34Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. 35John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

36“I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 37And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39You study5:39 Or 39 Study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

41“I do not accept glory from human beings, 42but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God5:44 Some early manuscripts the Only One?

45“But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”

New International Reader’s Version

John 5:1-47

Jesus Heals a Man at the Pool

1Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish feasts. 2In Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate is a pool. In the Aramaic language it is called Bethesda. It is surrounded by five rows of columns with a roof over them. 3-4Here a great number of disabled people used to lie down. Among them were those who were blind, those who could not walk, and those who could hardly move. 5One person was there who had not been able to walk for 38 years. 6Jesus saw him lying there. He knew that the man had been in that condition for a long time. So he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

7“Sir,” the disabled man replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when an angel stirs up the water. I try to get in, but someone else always goes down ahead of me.”

8Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9The man was healed right away. He picked up his mat and walked.

This happened on a Sabbath day. 10So the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath day. The law does not allow you to carry your mat.”

11But he replied, “The one who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

12They asked him, “Who is this fellow? Who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13The one who was healed had no idea who it was. Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14Later Jesus found him at the temple. Jesus said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you.” 15The man went away. He told the Jewish leaders it was Jesus who had made him well.

The Authority of the Son

16Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath day. So the Jewish leaders began to oppose him. 17Jesus defended himself. He said to them, “My Father is always doing his work. He is working right up to this day. I am working too.” 18For this reason the Jewish leaders tried even harder to kill him. According to them, Jesus was not only breaking the law of the Sabbath day. He was even calling God his own Father. He was making himself equal with God.

19Jesus answered, “What I’m about to tell you is true. The Son can do nothing by himself. He can do only what he sees his Father doing. What the Father does, the Son also does. 20This is because the Father loves the Son. The Father shows him everything he does. Yes, and the Father will show the Son even greater works than these. And you will be amazed. 21The Father raises the dead and gives them life. In the same way, the Son gives life to anyone he wants to. 22Also, the Father does not judge anyone. He has given the Son the task of judging. 23Then all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

24“What I’m about to tell you is true. Anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. They will not be judged. They have crossed over from death to life. 25What I’m about to tell you is true. A time is coming for me to give life. In fact, it has already begun. The dead will hear the voice of the Son of God. Those who hear it will live. 26The Father has life in himself. He has allowed the Son also to have life in himself. 27And the Father has given him the authority to judge. This is because he is the Son of Man.

28“Do not be amazed at this. A time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice. 29They will all come out of their graves. People who have done what is good will rise and live again. People who have done what is evil will rise and be found guilty. 30I can do nothing by myself. I judge only as I hear. And my judging is fair. I do not try to please myself. I try to please the one who sent me.

Being a Witness About Jesus

31“If I am a witness about myself, what I say is not true. 32There is someone else who is a witness in my favor. And I know that what he says about me is true.

33“You have sent people to John the Baptist. He has been a witness to the truth. 34I do not accept what a person says. I only talk about what John says so that you can be saved. 35John was like a lamp that burned and gave light. For a while you chose to enjoy his light.

36“What I say about myself is more important than what John says about me. I am doing the works the Father gave me to finish. These works are a witness that the Father has sent me. 37The Father who sent me is himself a witness about me. You have never heard his voice. You have never seen what he really looks like. 38And his word does not live in you. That’s because you do not believe the one he sent. 39You study the Scriptures carefully. You study them because you think they will give you eternal life. The Scriptures you study are a witness about me. 40But you refuse to come to me and receive life.

41“I do not accept praise from human beings. 42But I know you. I know that you do not have love for God in your hearts. 43I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me. But if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44You accept praise from one another. But you do not seek the praise that comes from the only God. So how can you believe?

45“Do not think I will bring charges against you in front of the Father. Moses is the one who does that. And he is the one you build your hopes on. 46Do you believe Moses? Then you should believe me. He wrote about me. 47But you do not believe what he wrote. So how are you going to believe what I say?”