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JOHN, 17
Jesus prays for the church

17:1     Jesus said these things ; then, lifting his eyes to heaven, he said, Father, the time has now come ; give glory to your Son, so that the Son may give glory to you : 2 Even as you gave him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all those whom you have given to him. 3 And this is eternal life : to have knowledge of you, the only true God, and of him whom you have sent, even Jesus Christ. 4 I have given you glory on the earth, having done all the work which you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, let me have glory with you, even that glory which I had with you before the world was.

17:6     I have given knowledge of your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world : yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your words. 7 Now it is clear to them that whatever you have given to me comes from you : 8 Because I have given them the words which you gave to me ; and they have taken them to heart, and have certain knowledge that I came from you, and they have faith that you sent me. 9 My prayer is for them : my prayer is not for the world, but for those whom you have given to me, because they are yours 10 (All mine are yours, and yours are mine) and I have glory in them. 11 And now I will be no longer in the world, but they are in the world and I come to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name which you have given to me, so that they may be one even as we are one. 12 While I was with them I kept them safe in your name which you have given to me : I took care of them and not one of them has come to destruction, but only the son of destruction, so that the Writings might come true. 13 And now I come to you ; and these things I say in the world so that they may have my joy complete in them. 14 I have given your word to them ; and they are hated by the world, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you will take them out of the world, but that you will keep them from the Evil One. 16 They are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 17 Make them holy by the true word : your word is the true word. 18 Even as you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for them I make myself holy, so that they may be made truly holy.

17:20     My prayer is not for them only, but for all who will have faith in me through their word ; 21 May they all be one ! Even as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so let them be in us, so that all men may come to have faith that you sent me. 22 And the glory which you have given to me I have given to them, so that they may be one even as we are one ; 23 I in them, and you in me, so that they may be made completely one, and so that it may become clear to all men that you have sent me and that they are loved by you as I am loved by you. 24 Father, it is my desire that these whom you have given to me may be by my side where I am, so that they may see my glory which you have given to me, because you had love for me before the world came into being. 25 Father of righteousness, I have knowledge of you, though the world has not ; and to these it is clear that you sent me ; 26 And I have given to them knowledge of your name, and will give it, so that the love which you have for me may be in them and I in them.

JOHN, 18
Jesus before Caiaphs

18:1     When Jesus had said these words he went out with his disciples over the stream Kedron to a garden, into which he went with his disciples. 2 And Judas, who was false to him, had knowledge of the place because Jesus went there frequently with his disciples. 3 So Judas, getting a band of armed men and police from the chief priests and Pharisees, went there with lights and with arms. 4 Then Jesus, having knowledge of everything which was coming on him, went forward and said to them, Who are you looking for ? 5 Their answer was, Jesus the Nazarene. Jesus said, I am he. And Judas, who was false to him, was there at their side. 6 And when he said to them, I am he, they went back, falling to the earth. 7 So again he put the question to them, Who are you looking for ? And they said, Jesus the Nazarene. 8 Jesus made answer, I have said that I am he ; if you are looking for me, let these men go away. 9 (He said this so that his words might come true, I have kept safe all those whom you gave to me.) 10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, took it out and gave the high priest's servant a blow, cutting off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11 Then Jesus said to Peter, Put back your sword : am I not to take the cup which my Father has given to me ?

18:12     Then the band and the chief captain and the police took Jesus and put cords round him. 13 They took him first to Annas, because Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was the high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had said to the Jews that it was in their interest for one man to be put to death for the people.

18:15     And Simon Peter went after Jesus with another disciple. Now that disciple was a friend of the high priest and he went in with Jesus into the house of the high priest ; 16 But Peter was kept outside at the door. Then this other disciple, who was a friend of the high priest, came out and had a word with the girl who kept the door, and took Peter in. 17 Then the girl who was the door-keeper said to Peter, Are you not one of this man's disciples ? In answer he said, I am not. 18 Now the servants and the police had made a fire of coals because it was cold ; they were warming themselves in front of it and Peter was there with them, warming himself.

18:19     Then the high priest put questions to Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 Jesus made answer, I said things openly to the world at all times ; I have given my teaching in the Synagogues and in the Temple to which all the Jews come ; and I have said nothing secretly. 21 Why are you questioning me ? put questions to my hearers about what I have said to them : they have knowledge of what I said. 22 When he said this, one of the police by his side gave him a blow with his open hand, saying, Do you give such an answer to the high priest ? 23 Jesus said in answer, If I have said anything evil, give witness to the evil : but if I said what is true, why do you give me blows ? 24 Then Annas sent him chained to Caiaphas, the high priest.

18:25     But Simon Peter was still there warming himself by the fire. They said to him, Are you not one of his disciples ? He said, No, I am not. 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relation of him whose ear had been cut off by Peter, said, Did I not see you with him in the garden ? 27 Then again Peter said, No. And straight away a cock gave its cry.

18:28     So they took Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium. It was early. They themselves did not go into the Praetorium, so that they might not become unclean, but might take the Passover. 29 So Pilate came out to them and put the question : What have you to say against this man ? 30 They said to him in answer, If the man was not a wrongdoer we would not have given him up to you. 31 Then Pilate said to them, Take him yourselves and let him be judged by your law. But the Jews said to him, We have no right to put any man to death. 32 (That the word of Jesus might come true, pointing to the sort of death he would have.)

18:33     Then Pilate went back into the Praetorium and sent for Jesus and said to him, Are you the King of the Jews ? 34 Jesus made answer, Do you say this of yourself, or did others say it about me ? 35 Pilate said, Am I a Jew ? Your nation and the chief priests have given you into my hands : what have you done ? 36 Jesus said in answer, My kingdom is not of this world : if my kingdom was of this world, my disciples would have made a good fight to keep me out of the hands of the Jews : but my kingdom is not here. 37 Then Pilate said to him, Are you then a king ? Jesus made answer, You say that I am a king. For this purpose was I given birth, and for this purpose I came into the world, that I might give witness to what is true. Every lover of what is true gives ear to my voice. 38 Pilate said to him, True ? what is true ?     Having said this he went out again to the Jews and said to them, I see no wrong in him. 39 But every year you make a request to me to let a prisoner go free at the Passover. Is it your desire that I let the King of the Jews go free ? 40 Then again they gave a loud cry, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was an outlaw.

JOHN, 19
The crucifixion

19:1     Then Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped with cords. 2 And the men of the army made a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. 3 And they kept coming and saying, Long life to the King of the Jews ! And they gave him blows with their hands. 4 And Pilate went out again and said to them, See, I let him come out to you to make it clear to you that I see no wrong in him. 5 Then Jesus came out with the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, Here is the man ! 6 So when the chief priests and the police saw him they gave a loud cry, To the cross ! to the cross ! Pilate said to them, Take him yourselves and put him on the cross : I see no crime in him. 7 And the Jews made answer, We have a law, and by that law it is right for him to be put to death because he said he was the Son of God. 8 When this saying came to Pilate's ears his fear became greater ; 9 And he went again into the Praetorium and said to Jesus, Where do you come from ? But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then Pilate said to him, You say nothing to me ? is it not clear to you that I have power to let you go free and power to put you to death on the cross ? 11 Jesus gave this answer : You would have no power at all over me if it was not given to you by God ; so that he who gave me up to you has the greater sin.

19:12     Hearing this, Pilate had a desire to let him go free, but the Jews said in a loud voice, If you let this man go, you are not Caesar's friend : everyone who makes himself a king goes against Caesar. 13 So when these words came to Pilate's ear, he took Jesus out, seating himself in the judge's seat in a place named in Hebrew, Gabbatha, or the Stone Floor. 14 (It was the day when they made ready for the Passover ; and it was about the sixth hour.) And he said to the Jews, There is your King ! 15 Then they gave a loud cry, Away with him ! away with him! to the cross ! Pilate said to them, Am I to put your King to death on the cross ? The chief priests said in answer, We have no king but Caesar. 16 So then he gave him up to them to be put to death on the cross. And they took Jesus away;

19:17     And he went out with his cross on him to the place which is named Dead Man's Head (in Hebrew, Golgotha) : 18 Where they put him on the cross with two others, one on this side and one on that, and Jesus in the middle. 19 And Pilate put on the cross a statement in writing. The writing was : Jesus the Nazarene, The King of the Jews. 20 The writing was seen by a number of the Jews, for the place where Jesus was put to death on the cross was near the town ; and the writing was in Hebrew and Latin and Greek. 21 Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, Do not put, The King of the Jews, but, He said, I am the King of the Jews. 22 But Pilate made answer, What I have put in writing will not be changed.

19:23     And when Jesus was nailed to the cross, the men of the army took his clothing, and made a division of it into four parts, to every man a part, and they took his coat : now the coat was without a join, made out of one bit of cloth. 24 So they said among themselves, Let this not be cut up, but let us put it to the decision of chance and see who gets it. (They did this so that the Writings might come true, which say, They made a distribution of my clothing among them, and my coat they put to the decision of chance.) This was what the men of the army did.

19:25     Now by the side of the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister Mary, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 So when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple who was dear to him, he said to his mother, Mother, there is your son ! 27 Then he said to the disciple, There is your mother ! And from that hour the disciple took her to his house.

19:28     After this, being conscious that all things had now been done so that the Writings might come true, Jesus said, Give me water. 29 Now there was a vessel ready, full of bitter wine, and they put a sponge full of it on a stick and put it to his mouth. 30 So when Jesus had taken the wine he said, All is done. And with his head bent he gave up his spirit.

19:31     Now it was the day of getting ready for the Passover, and so that the bodies might not be on the cross on the Sabbath (because the day of that Sabbath was a great day), the Jews made a request to Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 So the men of the army came, and the legs of the first were broken and then of the other who was put to death on the cross with Jesus : 33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was dead by this time, and so his legs were not broken; 34 But one of the men made a wound in his side with a spear, and straight away there came out blood and water. 35 And he who saw it has given witness (and his witness is true ; he is certain that what he says is true) so that you may have belief. 36 These things came about so that the Writings might be true, No bone of his body will be broken. 37 And again another verse says, They will see him who was wounded by their spears.

19:38     After these things, Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, made a request to Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus : and Pilate said he might do so. So he went and took away his body. 39 And Nicodemus came (he who had first come to Jesus by night) with a roll of myrrh and aloes mixed, about a hundred pounds. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus, folding linen about it with the spices, as is the way of the Jews when they put the dead to rest. 41 Now there was a garden near the cross, and in the garden a new place for the dead in which no man had ever been put. 42 So they put Jesus there, because it was the Jews' day of getting ready for the Passover, and the place was near.

JOHN, 20
Jesus appears before Mary

20:1     Now on the first day of the week, very early, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the place and saw that the stone had been taken away from it. 2 Then she went running to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple who was loved by Jesus, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the place of the dead and we have no knowledge where they have put him. 3 So Peter and the other disciple went out to the place of the dead. 4 They went running together, and the other disciple got in front of Peter and came first to the hole in the rock ; 5 And looking in, he saw the linen bands on the earth ; but he did not go in, 6 Then Simon Peter came after him and went into the hole in the rock ; and he saw the linen bands on the earth, 7 And the cloth, which had been round his head, not with the linen bands but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple who came there first went in ; and he saw and belief came to him. 9 For at that time they had no knowledge that the Writings said that he would have to come again from the dead. 10 So then the disciples went away again to their houses.

20:11    But Mary was still there outside the hole in the rock, weeping ; and while she was weeping and looking into the hole, 12 She saw two angels in white seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, Woman, why are you weeping ? She said to them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I have no knowledge where they have put him. 14 And then looking round, she saw Jesus there, but had no idea that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you weeping ? who are you looking for ? She, taking him for the gardener, said to him, Sir, if you have taken him away from here, say where you have put him and I will take him away. 16 Jesus said to her, Mary ! Turning, she said to him in Hebrew, Rabboni ! (which is to say, Master). 17 Jesus said to her, Do not put your hand on me, for I have not gone up to the Father : but go to my brothers and say to them, I go up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. 18 Mary Magdalene went with the news to the disciples, and said she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.

20:19    At evening on that day, the first day of the week, when, for fear of the Jews, the doors were shut where the disciples were, Jesus came among them and said to them, May peace be with you ! 20 And when he had said this, he let them see his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 And Jesus said to them again, May peace be with you ! As the Father sent me, even so I now send you. 22 And when he had said this, breathing on them, he said to them, Let the Holy Spirit come on you : 23 Any to whom you give forgiveness, will be made free from their sins ; and any from whom you keep back forgiveness, will still be in their sins.

20:24     Now Thomas, one of the twelve, named Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples said to him, We have seen the Lord. But he said to them, If I do not see in his hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails, and if I do not put my hand into his side, I will never have belief.

20:26     And after eight days, his disciples were again in the house and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were shut, Jesus came, and taking his place in the middle of them, he said, May peace be with you ! 27 Then he said to Thomas, Put out your finger, and see my hands ; and put your hand here into my side : and be no longer in doubt but have belief. 28 And Thomas said in answer, My Lord and my God ! 29 Jesus said to him, Because you have seen me you have belief : a blessing will be on those who have belief though they have not seen me!

20:30     A number of other signs Jesus did before his disciples which are not recorded in this book : 31 But these are recorded, so that you may have faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and so that, having this faith you may have life in his name.

JOHN, 21
Jesus appears to disciples

21:1     After these things Jesus let himself be seen again by the disciples at the sea of Tiberias ; and it came about in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas named Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were all together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, I am going fishing. They said to him, And we will come with you. They went out and got into the boat ; but that night they took no fish.

21:4     Now very early in the morning Jesus was there by the edge of the sea (though the disciples were not conscious that it was Jesus). 5 So Jesus said to them, Children, have you taken any fish ? They made answer, No. 6 And he said to them, Let down the net on the right side of the boat and you will get some. So they put it in the water and now they were not able to get it up again because of the great number of fish. 7 So the disciple who was dear to Jesus said to Peter, It is the Lord ! Hearing that it was the Lord, Peter put his coat round him (because he was not clothed) and went into the sea. 8 And the other disciples came in the little boat (they were not far from land, only about two hundred cubits off) pulling the net full of fish.

21:9     When they got to land, they saw a fire of coals there, with fish cooking on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, Get some of the fish which you have now taken. 11 So Peter went to the boat and came back pulling the net to land, full of great fish, a hundred and fifty-three ; and though there was such a number the net was not broken. 12 Jesus said to them, Come and take some food. And all the disciples were in fear of putting the question, Who are you ? being conscious that it was the Lord. 13 Then Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish in the same way. 14 Now this was the third time that Jesus let himself be seen by the disciples after he had come back from the dead.

21:15     Then when they had taken food, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, is your love for me greater than the love of these others ? He said to him, Yes, Lord ; you are certain of my love for you. He said to him, Then give my lambs food. 16 Again, a second time, he said to him, Simon, son of John, have you any love for me ? Yes, Lord, he said, you are certain of my love for you. Then take care of my sheep, said Jesus. 17 He said to him a third time, Simon, son of John, am I dear to you ? Now Peter was troubled in his heart because he put the question a third time, Am I dear to you ? And he said to him, Lord, you have knowledge of all things ; you see that you are dear to me. Jesus said to him, Then give my sheep food. 18 Truly I say to you, When you were young, you made yourself ready and went wherever you had a desire to go : but when you are old, you will put out your hands and another will make you ready, and you will be taken where you have no desire to go. 19 Now this he said, pointing out the sort of death by which he would give God glory. And after saying this, he said to him, Come after me. 20 Then Peter, turning round, saw the disciple who was dear to Jesus coming after them -- the disciple who was resting on his breast at the last meal, and said, Lord, who is it who will be false to you ? 21 Seeing him, Peter said to Jesus, What about this man ? 22 Jesus said to him, If it is my desire for him to be here till I come back, what is that to you ? come yourself after me. 23 So this saying went about among the brothers that this disciple would not undergo death : Jesus, however, did not say that he would not undergo death, but, If it is my desire for him to be here till I come back, what is that to you ?

21:24     This is the disciple who gives witness about these things and who put them in writing : and we have knowledge that his witness is true.

21:25     And Jesus did such a number of other things that, if every one was recorded, it is my opinion that even the world itself is not great enough for the books there would be.

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