Jesus Goes to the Festival of Tabernacles
1After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want7:1 Some manuscripts not have authority to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. 2But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. 4No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 5For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
6Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. 7The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. 8You go to the festival. I am not7:8 Some manuscripts not yet going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” 9After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee.
10However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. 11Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, “Where is he?”
12Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.”
Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” 13But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.
Jesus Teaches at the Festival
14Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. 15The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?”
16Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. 18Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. 19Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”
20“You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?”
21Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. 22Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath. 23Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath? 24Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
Division Over Who Jesus Is
25At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? 27But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.”
28Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, 29but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.”
30At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?”
32The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
33Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me. 34You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”
35The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? 36What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”
37On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”7:37,38 Or me. And let anyone drink 38 who believes in me.” As Scripture has said, “Out of him (or them) will flow rivers of living water.” 39By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”
41Others said, “He is the Messiah.”
Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? 42Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” 43Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. 44Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.
Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders
45Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”
46“No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.
47“You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48“Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”
50Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51“Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”
52They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”
[The earliest manuscripts and many other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53—8:11. A few manuscripts include these verses, wholly or in part, after John 7:36, John 21:25, Luke 21:38 or Luke 24:53.]
53Then they all went home,
Yesu Ho Akyinnyegye
1Eyi akyi no Yesu kyinkyinii wɔ Galilea. Wampɛ sɛ obekyinkyin wɔ Yudea, efisɛ na Yudafo mpanyin no rehwehwɛ no akum no. 2Bere a Yudafo Asese Afahyɛ no reyɛ adu no, 3Yesu nuanom ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Ɛsɛ sɛ wufi ha san kɔ Yudea sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ na wʼakyidifo behu nsɛnkyerɛnne a woyɛe no. 4Sɛ obi pɛ sɛ ogye din a ɔmmfa ne nneyɛe nsie. Ɛsɛ sɛ ɔma nnipa nyinaa hu ne nneyɛe.” 5Na nʼankasa ne nuanom mpo nnye no nni.
6Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Me bere nnuu ɛ, na mo de bere biara ye ma mo. 7Mo de, nnipa tan mo a ɛnyɛ ye, nanso me de wɔtan me a ɛyɛ ye, efisɛ daa meka bɔne a wɔyɛ no kyerɛ wɔn. 8Mo de, munni kan nkɔ afahyɛ no na me de, minnya nkɔɔ ɛ, efisɛ me bere nnuu ɛ.” 9Ɔkaa saa asɛm yi kyerɛɛ wɔn akyi no ɔtenaa Galilea.
10Yesu nuanom kɔɔ akyi no na ɔno nso kɔɔ afahyɛ no ase bi a wanna ne ho adi wɔ hɔ. 11Yudafo mpanyin no hwehwɛɛ no wɔ afahyɛ no ase na wɔanhu no no, wobisabisaa wɔn ho wɔn ho se, “Onipa a yɛrehwehwɛ no no wɔ he?”
12Nnipa no kaa ne ho nsɛm huhuhuhu efisɛ na wosuro Yudafo mpanyin no. Ebinom se, “Ɔyɛ onipa pa.”
Na afoforo nso se, “Ɔyɛ ɔdaadaafo.” 13Yudafo mpanyin no ho hu nti obiara antumi anyi nʼanim anka ne ho asɛm wɔ bagua mu.
Yesu Kyerɛkyerɛ Wɔ Afahyɛ No Ase
14Afahyɛ no duu ne mpɔmpɔnso no, Yesu kɔɔ asɔredan mu kɔkyerɛkyerɛe. 15Bere a Yudafo mpanyin no tee Yesu nkyerɛkyerɛ no, ɛyɛɛ wɔn nwonwa na wobisae se, “Onipa yi nsuaa nhoma da, na ɛyɛɛ dɛn na otumi kyerɛkyerɛ sɛɛ yi?”
16Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Nea merekyerɛ no mfi mʼankasa, na mmom efi Onyankopɔn a ɔsomaa me no. 17Sɛ obi pɛ sɛ ɔyɛ Onyankopɔn apɛde a obehu sɛ me nkyerɛkyerɛ no fi Onyankopɔn nkyɛn anaa efi mʼankasa. 18Obiara a ɔde nʼadwene kasa no pɛ anuonyam ma ne ho, na obiara a ɔpɛ anuonyam ma nea ɔsomaa no no yɛ ɔnokwafo a nnaadaa biara nni ne mu. 19Mose amma mo mmara no ana? Nanso mo mu biara nni saa mmara no so! Adɛn nti na mopɛ sɛ mukum me?”
20Nnipa no ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Gyama honhommɔne bi hyɛ wo so? Hena na ɔrehwehwɛ wo akum wo?”
21Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Anwonwade baako pɛ a mayɛ nti na mo ho adwiriw mo sɛɛ yi. 22Mose maa mo twetiatwa (mpo ɛnyɛ sɛ Mose na ɔhyɛɛ ho mmara na ɛyɛ mo nenanom) nanso, mutwa twetia homeda. 23Sɛ mutwa twetia homeda na moanto Mose mmara a, adɛn nti na sɛ mesa obi yare homeda a, mo bo fuw me? 24Mummmu atɛn kwa. Monhwɛ biribiara a muhu no yiye ansa na moabu ho atɛn.”
Yesu Ne Agyenkwa No Ana?
25Nnipa a na wɔwɔ Yerusalem no mu bi bisae se, “Ɛnyɛ saa onipa yi ne nea wɔpɛ sɛ wokum no no ana? 26Ɔno na ɔrekasa wɔ bagua mu a obiara nka hwee nkyerɛ no yi! Gyama afei de mpanyimfo no agye no ato mu sɛ ɔne Agyenkwa no? 27Yenim sɛ Agyenkwa no nya ba a, obiara rentumi nkyerɛ faako a ofi bae nanso saa onipa yi de, yenim faako a ofi.”
28Yesu gu so rekyerɛkyerɛ wɔ asɔredan mu no, ɔkaa no dennen se, “Ɛwɔ mu sɛ munim me na munim faako nso a mifi bae, nanso ɛnyɛ me ara me pɛ na mede bae, na nea ɔsomaa me no yɛ ɔnokwafo, nanso munnim no; 29na me de, minim no, efisɛ mifi ne nkyɛn na mebae na ɔno na ɔsomaa me.”
30Nʼano sii no, wɔpɛe sɛ anka wɔkyere no nanso obiara antumi amfa ne nsa anka no, efisɛ na ne bere a ɛsɛ sɛ wɔkyere no no nnui ɛ. 31Nnipa no mu fa kɛse no ara gyee no dii na wobisae se, “Sɛ Agyenkwa no ba a obetumi ayɛ anwonwade bebree sen nea ɔbarima yi ayɛ no ana?”
32Farisifo no tee huhuhuhu no a nnipa no yɛ faa Yesu ho no, wɔne asɔfo mpanyin no somaa hyiadan awɛmfo bi se wɔnkɔkyere Yesu mmra.
33Yesu ka kyerɛɛ nnipakuw no se, “Nna kakraa bi na aka me a me ne mo bɛtena na masan akɔ nea ɔsomaa me no nkyɛn. 34Mobɛhwehwɛ me nanso morenhu me, efisɛ faako a merekɔ no morentumi nkɔ hɔ.”
35Bere a Yudafo mpanyin no tee asɛm a Yesu kae no, wobisabisaa wɔn ho wɔn ho se, “Ɛhefa na ose ɔrebɛkɔ a enti yɛrenhu no yi? Anaasɛ ɔpɛ sɛ ɔkɔ Helafo nkurow a Yudafo tete mu no mu akɔkyerɛkyerɛ wɔn? 36Sɛ ɔka se, ‘Mobɛhwehwɛ me, nanso morenhu me, efisɛ faako a merekɔ no morentumi nkɔ hɔ’ a, na ɔkyerɛ dɛn?”
Nsu A Ɛma Nkwa
37Afahyɛ no da a edi akyi a ɛyɛ da titiriw no, Yesu sɔre gyinaa hɔ kasaa dennen se, “Obiara a osukɔm de no no mmra me nkyɛn mmɛnom nsu. 38Na Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se, ‘Obiara a ogye me di no, nsu a ɛma nkwa bɛsen afi ne mu.’ ” 39Yesu kaa saa asɛm yi faa Honhom Kronkron a wɔn a wogyee no dii no nsa bɛka no ho. Saa bere no na onya mfaa Honhom Kronkron no mmaa wɔn ɛ, efisɛ na wonnya mmaa no so nkɔɔ ɔsoro nhyɛɛ no anuonyam ɛ.
40Nnipa no tee asɛm a Yesu kae no, ebinom kae se, “Ampa ara onipa yi ne odiyifo no!”
41Afoforo nso kae se, “Ɔno ne Kristo no!”
Ebinom nso bisae se, “Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na Kristo no befi Galilea? 42Kyerɛwsɛm no anka se saa Kristo no befi Dawid abusua mu na wɔbɛwo no wɔ Betlehem kurow a Dawid tenaa mu no mu ana?” 43Yesu nti nnipa no mu kyekyɛe. 44Ebinom pɛɛ sɛ wɔkyere no nanso obiara amfa ne nsa anka no.
Yudafo Mpanyin Akyinnyegye
45Asomfo no san kɔe no, asɔfo mpanyin ne Farisifo no bisaa wɔn se, “Adɛn nti na moamfa no amma?”
46Asomfo no buae se, “Nsɛm a onipa no ka no, ɛyɛ nwonwa na yɛntee bi da.”
47Farisifo no san bisaa asomfo no se, “Mo nso wadaadaa mo ana? 48Moahu sɛ mpanyimfo anaa Farisifo no bi agye no adi ana? 49Dabi, ɛremma sa, na mmom ɛyɛ wɔn a wonnim mmara no na wɔadome wɔn no na wobegye no adi.”
50Saa bere no na Nikodemo a ɔyɛ Farisini a da bi owiaa ne ho kɔɔ Yesu nkyɛn anadwo no nso wɔ hɔ bi. 51Ɔno na obisae se, “Enti yɛn mmara ma ho kwan ma yebu obi fɔ wɔ bere a yɛntee nʼanom asɛm, nhuu nea wayɛ ana?”
52Wobuaa no se, “Wo nso wufi Galilea ana? Hwehwɛ Kyerɛwsɛm no mu yiye na wubehu sɛ odiyifo biara rentumi mfi Galilea da.”
53Afei obiara fii hɔ kɔe a wɔantumi ansi gyinae biara.