(38) Jesus Returns to Jerusalem
After this there was a Jewish feast, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, called Bethesda in the Hebrew language, and it had five porches. In these lay a great number of sick folks, the blind, the lame, the paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel would come down into the pool at a certain time and disturb the water, and the first one to step into the water after it had been troubled was made well of whatever disease he had.
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”
”Sir,” the invalid said, “I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled; for while I’m coming, another steps in before me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed, and walk.”
The man was immediately made well, and he took up his bed and walked.
Now this day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to him that was cured, “It’s the Sabbath day; it’s against the law for you to carry your bed!”
But he said to them, “The man who healed me, told me: Take up your bed and walk.”
”What man?” they asked him. “Who told you to take up your bed and walk?”
But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for it was crowded in that place and Jesus had slipped away.
Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “Look, you are healed! Sin no more, lest something worse happens to you.”
The man left and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. So the Jews began to persecute Jesus, and sought to kill Him; because He had done these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father works even now, and so will I.”
Then the Jews tried even harder to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
(38) Jesus Returns to Jerusalem
John 5:1-18, KJV
After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. 11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. 12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? 13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. 15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. 16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. 17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
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