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The blind man sees

9:1     And when he went on his way, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples put a question to him, saying, Master, was it because of this man's sin, or the sin of his father and mother, that he has been blind from birth ? 3 Jesus said in answer, It was not because of his sin, or because of his father's or mother's ; it was so that the works of God might be seen openly in him. 4 While it is day we have to do the works of him who sent me : the night comes when no work may be done. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 6 Having said these words, he put earth, mixed with water from his mouth, on the man's eyes, 7 And said to him, Go and make yourself clean in the bath of Siloam (the sense of the name is, Sent). So he went away and, after washing, came back able to see. 8 Then the neighbours and others who had seen him before in the street, with his hand out for money, said, Is not this the man who got money from people ? 9 Some said, It is he : others said, No, but he is like him. He said, I am he. 10 So they said to him, How then were your eyes made open ? 11 His answer was : The man who is named Jesus put earth mixed with water on my eyes, and said to me, Go and make yourself clean in Siloam : so I went away and, after washing, am now able to see. 12 And they said to him, Where is he ? His answer was : I have no knowledge. 13 They took him before the Pharisees -- this man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which the earth was mixed by Jesus and the man's eyes were made open was the Sabbath. 15 So the Pharisees put more questions to him about how his eyes had been made open. And he said to them, He put earth on my eyes, and I had a wash and am able to see. 16 Then some of the Pharisees said, That man has not come from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath. Others said, How is it possible for a sinner to do such signs ? So there was a division among them. 17 Again they said to the blind man, What have you to say about him for opening your eyes ? And he said, He is a prophet.

9:18     Now the Jews had no belief in the statement that he had been blind and was now able to see, till they sent for the father and mother of the man whose eyes had been made open, 19 And put the question to them, saying, Is this your son, of whom you say that he was blind at birth ? how is it then that he is now able to see ? 20 In answer his father and mother said, We are certain that this is our son and that he was blind at birth : 21 But how it is he is now able to see, or who made his eyes open, we are not able to say : put the question to him ; he is old enough to give an answer for himself. 22 They said this because of their fear of the Jews : for the Jews had come to an agreement that if any man said that Jesus was the Christ he would be put out of the Synagogue. 23 That was the reason why they said, He is old enough ; put the question to him.

9:24     So they sent a second time for the man who had been blind and they said to him, Give glory to God : it is clear to us that this man is a sinner. 25 He said in answer, I have no knowledge if he is a sinner or not, but one thing I am certain about ; I was blind, and now I see. 26 Then they said to him, What did he do to you ? how did he give you the use of your eyes ? 27 His answer was : I have said it before, but your ears were shut : why would you have me say it again ? is it your desire to become his disciples ? 28 And they were angry with him and said, You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We are certain that God gave his word to Moses : but as for this man, we have no knowledge where he comes from. 30 The man said in answer, Why, here is a strange thing ! You have no knowledge where he comes from though he gave me the use of my eyes. 31 We have knowledge that God does not give ear to sinners, but if any man is a worshipper of God and does his pleasure, to him God's ears are open. 32 In all the years nobody has ever before seen the eyes of a man blind from birth made open. 33 If this man did not come from God he would be unable to do anything. 34 Their answer was : You came to birth through sin ; do you make yourself our teacher ? And they put him out of the Synagogue.

9:35     It came to the ears of Jesus that they had put him out, and meeting him he said, Have you faith in the Son of man ? 36 He said in answer, And who is he, Lord ? Say, so that I may have faith in him. 37 Jesus said to him, You have seen him ; it is he who is talking to you. 38 And he said, Lord, I have faith. And he gave him worship. 39 And Jesus said, I came into this world to be a judge, so that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind. 40 These words came to the ears of the Pharisees who were with him and they said to him, Are we, then, blind ? 41 Jesus said to them, If you were blind you would have no sin : but now that you say, We see ; your sin is there still.

JOHN, 10
The good shepard

10:1     Truly I say to you, He who does not go through the door into the place where the sheep are kept, but gets in by some other way, is a thief and an outlaw. 2 He who goes in by the door is the keeper of the sheep. 3 The porter lets him in ; and the sheep give ear to his voice ; he says over the names of the sheep, and takes them out. 4 When he has got them all out, he goes before them, and the sheep go after him, for they have knowledge of his voice. 5 They will not go after another who is not their keeper, but will go from him in flight, because his voice is strange to them. 6 In this Jesus was teaching them in the form of a story : but what he said was not clear to them.

10:7     So Jesus said again, Truly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and outlaws : but the sheep did not give ear to them. 9 I am the door : if any man goes in through me he will have salvation, and will go in and go out, and will get food. 10 The thief comes only to take the sheep and to put them to death : he comes for their destruction : I have come so that they may have life and have it in greater measure. 11 I am the good keeper of sheep : the good keeper gives his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a servant, and not the keeper or the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming and goes in flight, away from the sheep ; and the wolf comes down on them and sends them in all directions : 13 Because he is a servant he has no interest in the sheep. 14 I am the good keeper ; I have knowledge of my sheep, and they have knowledge of me, 15 Even as the Father has knowledge of me and I of the Father ; and I am giving my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep which are not of this field : I will be their guide in the same way, and they will give ear to my voice, so there will be one flock and one keeper. 17 For this reason am I loved by the Father, because I give up my life so that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it away from me ; I give it up of myself. I have power to give it up, and I have power to take it again. These orders I have from my Father.

10:19     There was a division again among the Jews because of these words. 20 And a number of them said, He has an evil spirit and is out of his mind ; why do you give ear to him ? 21 Others said, These are not the words of one who has an evil spirit. Is it possible for an evil spirit to make blind people see ?

10:22     Then came the feast of the opening of the Temple in Jerusalem : it was winter; 23 And Jesus was walking in the Temple, in Solomon's covered way. 24 Then the Jews came round him, saying, how long are you going to keep us in doubt ? If you are the Christ, say so clearly. 25 Jesus said in answer, I have said it and you have no belief : the works which I do in my Father's name, these give witness about me. 26 But you have no belief because you are not of my sheep. 27 My sheep give ear to my voice, and I have knowledge of them, and they come after me : 28 And I give them eternal life ; they will never come to destruction, and no one will ever take them out of my hand. 29 That which my Father has given to me has more value than all ; and no one is able to take anything out of the Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are one.

10:31     Then the Jews took up stones again to send at him. 32 Jesus said to them in answer, I have let you see a number of good works from the Father ; for which of those works are you stoning me ? 33 This was their answer : We are not stoning you for a good work but for evil words ; because being a man you make yourself God. 34 In answer, Jesus said, Is there not a saying in your law, I said, You are gods ? 35 If he said they were gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Writings may not be broken), 36 Do you say of him whom the Father made holy and sent into the world, Your words are evil ; because I said, I am God's Son ? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not have belief in me ; 38 But if I am doing them, then have belief in the works even if you have no belief in me ; so that you may see clearly and be certain that the Father is in me and I am in the Father. 39 Then again they made an attempt to take him ; but he got away from them.

10:40     And he went again to the other side of the Jordan, to the place where John first gave baptism ; and he was there for a time. 41 And a great number of people came to him, saying, John did no sign : but everything John said of this man was true. 42 And a number came to have faith in him there.

JOHN, 11
Lazarus raised from death

11:1     Now a certain man named Lazarus was ill ; he was of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (The Mary whose brother Lazarus was ill, was the Mary who put perfumed oil on the Lord and made his feet dry with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent to him, saying, Lord, your dear friend is ill. 4 When this came to his ears, Jesus said, The end of this disease is not death, but the glory of God, so that the Son of God may have glory because of it.

11:5     Now Jesus had love in his heart for Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when the news came to him that Lazarus was ill, he did not go from the place where he was for two days. 7 Then after that time he said to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. 8 The disciples said to him, Master, the Jews were attempting only the other day to have you stoned, and are you going back there again ? 9 Then Jesus said in answer, Are there not twelve hours in the day ? A man may go about in the day without falling, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if a man goes about in the night, he may have a fall because the light is not in him. 11 These things said he : and after that he said to them, Lazarus our friend is at rest ; but I go so that I may make him come out of his sleep. 12 Then his disciples said to him, Lord, if he is resting he will get well. 13 Jesus, however, was talking of his death : but they had the idea that he was talking about taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said to them clearly, Lazarus is dead. 15 And because of you I am glad I was not there, so that you may have faith ; but let us go to him. 16 Then Thomas, who was named Didymus, said to the other disciples, Let us go so that we may be with him in death.

11:17     Now when Jesus came, he made the discovery that Lazarus had been put into the earth four days before. 18 Now Bethany was near to Jerusalem, about two miles away ; 19 And a number of Jews had come to Martha and Mary to give them comfort about their brother. 20 When Martha had the news that Jesus was on the way, she went out to him, but Mary did not go from the house. 21 Then Martha said to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here my brother would not be dead. 22 But I am certain that, even now, whatever request you make to God, God will give it to you. 23 Jesus said to her, Your brother will come to life again. 24 Martha said to him, I am certain that he will come to life again when all come back from the dead at the last day. 25 Jesus said to her, I am myself that day and that life ; he who has faith in me will have life even if he is dead ; 26 And no one who is living and has faith in me will ever see death. Is this your faith ? 27 She said to him, Yes, Lord : my faith is that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.

11:28     And having said this, she went away and said secretly to her sister Mary, The Master is here and has sent for you. 29 And Mary, hearing this, got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not at this time come into the town, but was still in the place where Martha had seen him. 31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, comforting her, when they saw Mary get up quickly and go out, went after her in the belief that she was going to the place of the dead and would be weeping there. 32 When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she went down at his feet, saying, Lord, if you had been here my brother would not be dead. 33 And when Jesus saw her weeping, and saw the Jews weeping who came with her, his spirit was moved and he was troubled, 34 And said, Where have you put him ? They said, Come and see, Lord. 35 And Jesus himself was weeping. 36 So the Jews said, See how dear he was to him ! 37 But some of them said, This man, who made open the eyes of the blind man, was he not able to keep his friend from death ?

11:38     So Jesus, deeply troubled in heart, came to the place of the dead. It was a hole in the rock, and a stone was over the opening. 39 Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said, Lord, by this time the body will be smelling, for he has been dead four days. 40 Jesus said to her, Did I not say to you that if you had faith you would see the glory of God ? 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus, looking up to heaven, said, Father, I give praise to you for hearing me. 42 I was certain that your ears are at all times open to me, but I said it because of these who are here, so that they may see that you sent me. 43 Then he said in a loud voice, Lazarus, come out ! 44 And he who was dead came out, with linen bands folded tightly about his hands and feet, and a cloth about his face. Jesus said to them, Make him free and let him go.

11:45     Then a number of the Jews who had come to Mary and had seen the things which Jesus did had belief in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees with the news of what Jesus had done. 47 Then the high priests and the Pharisees had a meeting and said, What are we doing ? This man is doing a number of signs. 48 If we let him go on in this way, everybody will have belief in him and the Romans will come and take away our place and our nation. 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, You have no knowledge of anything ; 50 You do not see that it is in your interest for one man to be put to death for the people, so that all the nation may not come to destruction. 51 He did not say this of himself, but being the high priest that year he said, as a prophet, that Jesus would be put to death for the nation ; 52 And not for that nation only, but for the purpose of uniting in one body the children of God all over the world. 53 And from that day they took thought together how to put him to death.

11:54     So Jesus no longer went about publicly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near to the waste land, to a town named Ephraim, where he was for some time with the disciples.

11:55     Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and numbers of people went up from the country to Jerusalem to make themselves clean before the Passover. 56 They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another while they were in the Temple, What is your opinion ? Will he not come to the feast ? 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone had knowledge where he was, he was to give them word, so that they might take him.

JOHN, 12
Entry into Jerusalem

12:1     Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had made to come back from the dead. 2 So they made him a meal there, and he was waited on by Martha, and Lazarus was among those who were seated with him at table. 3 Then Mary, taking a pound of perfumed oil of great value, put it on the feet of Jesus and made them dry with her hair ; and the house became full of the smell of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot (who was to give him up), said, 5 Why was not this perfume traded for three hundred pence, and the money given to the poor ? 6 (He said this, not because he had any love for the poor ; but because he was a thief, and, having the money-bag, took for himself what was put into it.) 7 Then Jesus said, Let her be. Let her keep what she has for the day of my death. 8 The poor you have ever with you, but me you have not for ever.

12:9     Then a great number of the Jews had news that he was there : and they came, not only because of Jesus, but so that they might see Lazarus who had been dead and to whom he had given life. 10 Now there was talk among the chief priests of putting Lazarus to death ; 11 For because of him a great number of the Jews went away and had belief in Jesus.

12:12     The day after, a great number of people who were there for the feast, when they had the news that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 Took branches of palm-trees and went out to him, crying, A blessing on him who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel ! 14 And Jesus saw a young ass and took his seat on it ; as the Writings say, 15 Have no fear, daughter of Zion : see your King is coming, seated on a young ass. 16 (These things were not clear to his disciples at first : but when Jesus had been lifted up into his glory, then it came to their minds that these things in the Writings were about him and that they had been done to him.) 17 Now the people who were with him when his voice came to Lazarus in the place of the dead, and gave him life again, had been talking about it. 18 And that was the reason the people went out to him, because it had come to their ears that he had done this sign. 19 Then the Pharisees said one to another, You see, you are unable to do anything : the world has gone after him.

12:20     Now there were some Greeks among the people who had come up to give worship at the feast : 21 They came to Philip, who was of Beth-saida in Galilee, and made a request, saying, Sir, we have a desire to see Jesus. 22 Philip went and gave word of it to Andrew ; and Andrew went with Philip to Jesus. 23 And Jesus said to them in answer, The hour of the glory of the Son of man has come. 24 Truly I say to you, If a seed of grain does not go into the earth and come to an end, it is still a seed and no more ; but through its death it gives much fruit. 25 He who is in love with life will have it taken from him ; and he who has no care for his life in this world will keep it for ever and ever. 26 If any man is my servant, let him come after me ; and where I am, there will my servant be. If any man becomes my servant, my Father will give him honour.

12:27     Now is my soul troubled; and what am I to say ? Father, keep me from this hour. No : for this purpose have I come to this hour. 28 Father, give glory to your name. Then there came a voice out of heaven, saying, I have given it glory, and I will give it glory again. 29 Hearing the sound, a number of people who were there said that it was thunder : others said, An angel was talking to him. 30 Jesus said in answer, This voice came not for me but for you. 31 Now is this world to be judged : now will the ruler of this world be sent out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will make all men come to me. 33 (This he said, pointing to the sort of death he would have.) 34 Then the people in answer said to him, The law says that the Christ will have life without end : how say you then that it is necessary for the Son of man to be lifted up ? Who is this Son of man ? 35 Jesus said to them, For a little time longer the light will be among you ; while you have the light go on walking in it, so that the dark may not overtake you : one walking in the dark has no knowledge of where he is going. 36 In so far as you have the light, put your faith in the light so that you may become sons of light.     With these words Jesus went away and for a time was not seen again by them. 37 But though he had done such a number of signs before them, they still had no belief in him : 38 So that the words of the prophet Isaiah might come true, when he said, Lord, who has any belief in our preaching ? and the arm of the Lord, to whom has it been unveiled ? 39 For this reason they were unable to have belief, because Isaiah said again, 40 He has made their eyes blind, and their hearts hard ; for fear that they might see with their eyes and get knowledge with their hearts, and be changed, and I might make them well. 41 (Isaiah said these words because he saw his glory. His words were about him.) 42 However, a number even of the rulers had belief in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not say so openly for fear that they might be shut out from the Synagogue : 43 For the praise of men was dearer to them than the approval of God.

12:44     Then Jesus said with a loud voice, He who has faith in me, has faith not in me, but in him who sent me. 45 And he who sees me, sees him who sent me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, so that no one who has faith in me will go on living in the dark. 47 And if any man gives ear to my words and does not keep them, I am not his judge : I did not come to be judge of the world but to give salvation to the world. 48 He who puts me on one side and does not take my words to heart, is not without a judge : the word which I have said will be his judge on the last day. 49 For I have not said it on my authority, but the Father who sent me gave me orders what to say and how to say it. 50 And I have knowledge that his order is eternal life : so that the things which I say, I say them even as the Father says them to me.

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