New International Version

John 7:1-53

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,

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约翰福音 7:1-52

耶稣的弟弟不信祂

1之后,耶稣周游加利利,不愿去犹太地区,因为犹太人想要杀祂。 2犹太人的住棚节快到了, 3耶稣的弟弟们对祂说:“离开这里,去犹太过节吧,好让你的门徒在那里也看见你所做的啊! 4因为人想出名,都不会暗地里行事,你既然可以做这些事,就把自己显给世人看吧!” 5原来连祂的弟弟们也不信祂。

6耶稣对他们说:“我的时候还没有到,你们什么时候都很方便。 7世人不会恨你们,只会恨我,因为我指证他们行为邪恶。 8你们先去过节吧,我现在还不上去,因为我的时候还没有到。” 9耶稣说完这些话,仍留在加利利

耶稣过住棚节

10他们走了以后,耶稣避开了人们的注意,暗地里上去过节。 11节期到了,犹太人到处查问:“耶稣在哪里?”

12众人对祂议论纷纷,有些人说:“祂是好人,”有些说:“不,祂欺骗民众。” 13不过,没有人敢公开议论祂的事,因为害怕犹太人。

14节期约过了一半,耶稣来到圣殿教导人。 15犹太人感到惊奇,说:“这个人没有受过教育,怎么懂得这么多呢?”

16耶稣说:“我的教导不是出于我自己,而是出于差我来的那位。 17如果你们愿意遵行上帝的旨意,就能分辨这些教导是出于上帝,还是出于我自己。 18凭自己讲论的人是要寻求自己的荣耀,但人子真实无伪,毫无不义,祂是为了使差祂来的那位得荣耀。 19摩西不是把律法传给了你们吗?你们却没有一个人遵守。为什么想要杀我呢?”

20众人回答说:“你一定是被鬼附身了!谁要杀你啊?”

21耶稣说:“我行了一件神迹,你们都感到惊奇。 22摩西把割礼传给你们,你们也在安息日行割礼。其实割礼不是摩西定的,而是从祖先们的时代就有了。 23为了避免违背摩西的律法,行割礼的那一天就算是安息日,你们还是照行。那么,我在安息日使一个病人完全康复,你们为什么责怪我呢? 24不要根据外表来断定是非,要按公义的原则判断。”

耶稣是基督吗

25有些住在耶路撒冷的人说:“这不是他们要杀的那个人吗? 26你看祂这样公开讲道,居然没有人说什么,难道官长也真的认为祂是基督吗? 27可是基督来的时候,根本没有人知道祂从哪里来,我们却知道这个人是从哪里来的。”

28于是,耶稣在圣殿里高声教导人说:“你们知道我是谁,也知道我是从哪里来的。其实我来不是出于自己的意思,差我来的那位是真实的,你们不认识祂。 29但我认识祂,因为我是从祂那里来的,差我来的就是祂。” 30他们听了,想捉拿耶稣,只是没有人下手,因为祂的时候还没有到。

31人群中有许多人信了耶稣,他们说:“基督来的时候所行的神迹,难道会比这个人行得更多吗?”

32法利赛人听见众人这样议论耶稣,就联合祭司长派差役去抓祂。 33耶稣对众人说:“我暂时还会跟你们在一起,不久我要回到差我来的那位那里。 34那时你们要找我却找不到,你们也不能去我所在的地方。”

35犹太人彼此议论说:“祂要去哪里使我们找不着呢?难道祂要到我们犹太人侨居的希腊各地去教导希腊人吗? 36祂说我们找不到祂,又不能去祂所在的地方,是什么意思?”

活水的江河

37节期最后一天,也是整个节期的高潮,耶稣站起来高声说:“人若渴了,可以到我这里来喝。 38正如圣经所言,信我的人,‘从他里面要流出活水的江河来’。” 39耶稣这话是指信祂的人要得到圣灵,但当时圣灵还没有降临,因为耶稣还没有得到荣耀。

40听见这些话后,有些人说:“祂真是那位先知。” 41也有些人说:“祂是基督。”还有些人说:“不会吧,基督怎么会出自加利利呢? 42圣经上不是说基督是大卫的后裔,要降生在大卫的故乡伯利恒吗?” 43众人因为对耶稣的看法不同,就起了纷争。 44有些人想抓祂,只是没有人下手。

犹太官长不信耶稣

45祭司长和法利赛人看见差役空手回来,就问:“你们为什么不把祂带来呢?”

46差役答道:“从未有人像祂那样说话!”

47法利赛人说:“难道你们也被祂迷惑了吗? 48哪有官长和法利赛人信祂呢? 49这群不明白律法的民众该受咒诅!”

50曾经夜访耶稣、属于他们当中一员的尼哥德慕说: 51“难道不听被告申辩,不查明事实真相,我们的律法就定祂的罪吗?”

52他们回答说:“难道你也是加利利人吗?你去查查看,就会知道没有先知是从加利利来的。”