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 Akyinnyegyeɛ
1Yei akyi no, Yesu tenaa Galilea a wampɛ sɛ ɔbɛsane akɔ Yudea, ɛfiri sɛ, na Yudafoɔ no rehwehwɛ no akum no. 2Ɛberɛ a Yudafoɔ Asese Afahyɛ no reyɛ aduru no, 3Yesu nuanom ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Ɛsɛ sɛ wofiri ha sane kɔ Yudea sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ na wʼakyidifoɔ bɛhunu nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ a woyɛeɛ no. 4Sɛ obi pɛ sɛ ɔgye edin a, ɔmmfa ne nneyɛeɛ nsie. Ɛsɛ sɛ ɔma nnipa nyinaa hunu ne nneyɛeɛ.” 5Na ne nuanom mpo nnye no nni.
6Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Me berɛ nnuruiɛ; na mo deɛ, ɛberɛ biara yɛ ma mo. 7Mo deɛ nnipa tan mo a ɛnyɛ yie, nanso me deɛ wɔtan me a ɛyɛ yie, ɛfiri sɛ, daa meka bɔne a wɔyɛ no kyerɛ wɔn. 8Mo deɛ, monni ɛkan nkɔ afahyɛ no, na me deɛ, mennya nkɔeɛ, ɛfiri sɛ, me berɛ nnuruiɛ.” 9Ɔkaa saa asɛm yi kyerɛɛ wɔn akyi no, ɔtenaa Galilea.
10Yesu nuanom, kɔeɛ akyi no, ɔno nso kɔɔ afahyɛ no ase bi a wamma obiara anhunu no. 11Yudafoɔ mpanin no hwehwɛɛ no afahyɛ no ase na wɔanhunu no no, wɔbisabisaa wɔn ho wɔn ho sɛ, “Onipa a yɛrehwehwɛ no no wɔ he?”
12Nnipa no kaa ne ho nsɛm huhuhuhu ɛfiri sɛ, na wɔsuro Yudafoɔ mpanin no. Ebinom se, “Ɔyɛ onipa pa.”
Na afoforɔ nso se, “Ɔyɛ ɔdaadaafoɔ.” 13Yudafoɔ mpanin no ho hu enti, obiara antumi annyi nʼanim anka ne ho asɛm wɔ badwa mu.
Yesu Kyerɛ Ne Tumi
14Afahyɛ no mfimfini no, Yesu kɔɔ asɔredan mu kɔkyerɛkyerɛeɛ. 15Ɛberɛ a Yudafoɔ mpanin no tee Yesu nkyerɛkyerɛ no, ɛyɛɛ wɔn nwanwa na wɔbisaa sɛ, “Onipa yi nsuaa nwoma da, na ɛyɛɛ dɛn na ɔtumi kyerɛkyerɛ sɛɛ yi?”
16Yesu buaa wɔn sɛ, “Deɛ merekyerɛ no mfiri mʼankasa, na mmom ɛfiri Onyankopɔn a ɔsomaa me no. 17Sɛ obi pɛ sɛ ɔyɛ Onyankopɔn apɛdeɛ a, ɔbɛhunu sɛ me nkyerɛkyerɛ no firi Onyankopɔn nkyɛn anaa ɛfiri mʼankasa. 18Obiara a ɔde nʼadwene kasa no pɛ animuonyam ma ne ho, na obiara a ɔpɛ animuonyam ma deɛ ɔsomaa no no yɛ ɔnokwafoɔ a nnaadaa biara nni ne mu. 19Mose amma mo mmara anaa? Nanso, mo mu biara nni saa mmara no so! Adɛn enti na mopɛ sɛ mokum me?”
20Nnipa no ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Gyama honhommɔne bi hyɛ wo so? Hwan na ɔrehwehwɛ wo akum wo?”
21Yesu buaa wɔn sɛ, “Anwanwadeɛ baako pɛ a mayɛ enti na mo ho adwiri mo sɛɛ yi. 22Mose maa mo twetiatwa (mpo ɛnyɛ sɛ Mose na ɔhyɛɛ ho mmara na ɛyɛ mo nananom) nanso, motwa twetia homeda. 23Sɛ motwa twetia homeda na moanto Mose mmara a, adɛn enti na sɛ masa obi yadeɛ homeda a, mo bo fu me? 24Mommmu atɛn kwa. Monhwɛ biribiara a mohunu no yie ansa na moabu ho atɛn.”
Yesu Ne Agyenkwa No Anaa?
25Nnipa a na wɔwɔ Yerusalem no mu bi bisaa sɛ, “Ɛnyɛ saa onipa yi ne deɛ wɔpɛ sɛ wɔkum no no anaa? 26Ɔno na ɔrekasa badwa mu a obiara nka hwee nkyerɛ no yi! Gyama afei deɛ mpanimfoɔ no agye no ato mu sɛ ɔne Agyenkwa no. 27Yɛnim sɛ Agyenkwa no nya ba a, obiara rentumi nkyerɛ faako a ɔfiri baeɛ, nanso saa onipa yi deɛ, yɛnim faako a ɔfiri.”
28Yesu gu so rekyerɛkyerɛ wɔ asɔredan mu no, ɔteaa mu kaa sɛ, “Ɛwom sɛ monim me na monim faako nso a mefiri baeɛ, nanso, ɛnyɛ me ara me pɛ na mede baeɛ, na deɛ ɔsomaa me no yɛ ɔnokwafoɔ, nanso monnim no; 29na me deɛ, menim no ɛfiri sɛ, mefiri ne nkyɛn na mebaeɛ na ɔno na ɔsomaa me.”
30Nʼano siiɛ no, wɔpɛɛ sɛ anka wɔkyere no nanso obiara antumi amfa ne nsa anka no, ɛfiri sɛ, na ne berɛ a ɛsɛ sɛ wɔkyere no no nnuruiɛ. 31Nnipa no mu fa kɛseɛ no ara gyee no dii, na wɔbisaa sɛ, “Sɛ Agyenkwa no ba a, ɔbɛtumi ayɛ anwanwadeɛ bebree sene deɛ ɔbarima yi ayɛ no anaa?”
32Farisifoɔ no tee huhuhuhu no a nnipa no yɛ faa Yesu ho no, wɔne asɔfoɔ mpanin no somaa asɔrefie awɛmfoɔ bi sɛ wɔnkɔkyere Yesu mmra.
33Yesu ka kyerɛɛ nnipakuo no sɛ, “Nna kakra bi na aka me a me ne mo bɛtena na masane akɔ deɛ ɔsomaa me no nkyɛn. 34Mobɛhwehwɛ me, nanso morenhunu me, ɛfiri sɛ, faako a merekɔ no morentumi nkɔ hɔ.”
35Ɛberɛ a Yudafoɔ mpanin no tee asɛm a Yesu kaeɛ no, wɔbisabisaa wɔn ho wɔn ho sɛ, “Ɛhefa na ɔse ɔrebɛkɔ a enti yɛrenhunu no yi? Anaasɛ ɔpɛ sɛ ɔkɔ Helafoɔ nkuro a Yudafoɔ tete mu no mu kɔkyerɛkyerɛ wɔn? 36Sɛ ɔka sɛ, ‘Mobɛhwehwɛ me, nanso morenhunu me, ɛfiri sɛ, faako a merekɔ no morentumi nkɔ hɔ’ a, na ɔkyerɛ sɛn?”
Nsuo A Ɛma Nkwa
37Afahyɛ no da a ɛdi akyire a ɛyɛ da titire no, Yesu sɔre gyinaa hɔ kasaa denden sɛ, “Obiara a osukɔm de no no mmra me nkyɛn mmɛnom nsuo. 38Na Atwerɛsɛm no ka sɛ, ‘Obiara a ɔgye me di no, nsuo a ɛma nkwa bɛtene afiri ne mu.’ ” 39Yesu kaa saa asɛm yi faa Honhom Kronkron a wɔn a wɔgyee no diiɛ no nsa bɛka no ho. Saa ɛberɛ no, na ɔnnya mfaa Honhom Kronkron no mmaa wɔn, ɛfiri sɛ, na wɔnnya mmaa ne so nkɔɔ ɔsoro, nhyɛɛ no animuonyam.
40Nnipa no tee asɛm a Yesu kae no, ebinom kaa sɛ, “Ampa ara, onipa yi ne odiyifoɔ no!”
41Afoforɔ nso kaa sɛ, “Ɔno ne Kristo no!”
Ebinom nso bisaa sɛ, “Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na Kristo no bɛfiri Galilea? 42Atwerɛsɛm no anka sɛ, saa Kristo no bɛfiri Dawid abusua mu, na wɔbɛwo no wɔ Betlehem kuro a Dawid tenaa mu no mu anaa?” 43Yesu enti, nnipa no mu kyekyɛeɛ. 44Ebinom pɛɛ sɛ wɔkyere no, nanso obiara amfa ne nsa anka no.
Yudafoɔ Mpanin Akyinnyegyeɛ
45Asomfoɔ no sane kɔeɛ no, asɔfoɔ mpanin ne Farisifoɔ no bisaa wɔn sɛ, “Adɛn enti na moamfa no amma?”
46Asomfoɔ no buaa sɛ, “Nsɛm a onipa no ka no, ɛyɛ nwanwa na yɛntee bi da.”
47Farisifoɔ no sane bisaa asomfoɔ no sɛ, “Mo nso wadaadaa mo anaa? 48Moahunu sɛ mpanimfoɔ anaa Farisifoɔ no bi agye no adi anaa? 49Dabi, ɛremma saa, na mmom ɛyɛ wɔn a wɔnnim mmara no na wɔadome wɔn no na wɔbɛgye no adi.”
50Saa ɛberɛ no, na Nikodemo a ɔyɛ Farisini a da bi ɔwiaa ne ho kɔɔ Yesu nkyɛn anadwo no nso wɔ hɔ bi. 51Ɔno na ɔbisaa sɛ, “Enti yɛn mmara ma ho kwan ma yɛbu obi fɔ wɔ ɛberɛ a yɛntee nʼanom asɛm, nhunuu deɛ wayɛ anaa?”
52Wɔbuaa no sɛ, “Wo nso wofiri Galilea anaa? Hwehwɛ Atwerɛsɛm no mu yie na wobɛhunu sɛ odiyifoɔ biara rentumi mfiri Galilea da.”
53Afei, obiara firii hɔ kɔeɛ a wɔantumi ansi gyinaeɛ biara.