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7:1After that, Jesus went about in Galilee instead of Judea, since the Judeans intended to kill him.7:2Now the Judeans’ Festival of Tents was approaching,7:3so his siblings said to him, “If you want to be famous, you’ll have to go into Judea so your disciples can see what you’re doing.7:4After all, people don’t stay hidden if they want publicity. If you’re going to do these things, show the world!”7:5(His own siblings didn’t believe him.)

7:6But Jesus responded, “My time has not yet come, but for you, any time will do.7:7The world can’t hate you, but it hates me because I am testifying that it does evil.7:8So you go on up to the festival; I’m not going to this one because it isn’t my time.”7:9After he said this, he remained in Galilee.7:10Yet he did go after his siblings left, but secretly so no one would know.

7:11Now the Judeans were looking for him at the festival and saying “Where is he?”7:12And there was disagreement about him in the crowd, with some saying “He is good” and others saying “No, he is misleading people.”7:13Yet no one talked about him openly for fear of the Judeans.

7:14It was already midway through the festival when Jesus went up into the temple compound and began to teach.7:15But the Judeans were astounded and said, “How did he learn so much without an education?”

7:16Jesus answered, “This teaching is not mine but is from the one who sent me.7:17Whoever chooses to do what he says will know whether my teaching is from God or only from me.7:18Those who only want to honor themselves speak on their own behalf, but those who want to honor the one who sent them are true; there is no injustice in them.7:19Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you obeys it! Why do you intend to kill me?”

7:20But the crowd retorted, “You’re possessed! Who wants to kill you?”

7:21Jesus said, “I do one miracle on a Sabbath and you’re all surprised!7:22Now Moses gave you the rite of circumcision (though it wasn’t actually from Moses but the ancestors), yet you will even circumcise someone on a Sabbath.7:23But though you will do this to avoid violating the law of Moses, you are enraged at me for healing someone on a Sabbath!17:24Don’t judge by appearances; instead, reach the proper verdict.”

7:25Then some of the residents of Jerusalem said, “Isn’t this the one they intend to kill?7:26But look! He speaks boldly and they say nothing to him. Have the authorities realized that this is undoubtedly the Anointed?7:27On the other hand, we know where this one is from, but when the Anointed comes, no one knows for sure where he comes from.”

7:28So then Jesus, who was teaching in the temple compound, shouted out, “Yes, you know me and where I’m from, yet I have not come of my own accord. But the one sending me is true. You do not know him,7:29but I do, because he commissioned me and so I came.”7:30At this they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him because his time had not yet come.

7:31Many in the crowd put their trust in him and said, “When the Anointed comes, he will do no more miracles than this one!”7:32Now the Pharisees heard what the crowd was saying about him, so the ruling priests and Pharisees dispatched deputies2 to arrest him.7:33Then Jesus said, “I’ll only be with you for a short time now, and then I must return to the one who sent me.7:34You will all look for me but won’t find me, because where I am you cannot follow.”

7:35Then the Judeans said to themselves, “Where does he intend to go, that we cannot follow him? Surely he doesn’t mean to go out to our people scattered among the Greeks and teach the Greeks!7:36And what does he mean by saying ’You will all look for me but won’t find me, because where I am you cannot follow’?”

7:37Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and shouted, “Let whoever is thirsty come to me and drink!7:38The one who puts their trust in me will have, as scripture says, ‘living waters flowing out of them’.”7:39Yet he was speaking of the Spirit that those who would put trust in him would receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been exalted.

7:40Some in the crowd heard these things and said, “Truly, this is the Prophet!”7:41Others said, “This is the Anointed,” but some replied, “The Anointed doesn’t come from Galilee.7:42Don’t the scriptures say that the Anointed would be of the line of David, and from his city of Bethlehem?”7:43So a rift developed in the crowd because of him.7:44Some even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him.

7:45Then the deputies came to the ruling priests and Pharisees, who demanded, “Why didn’t you bring him here?”

7:46“No one ever spoke like this person!” they answered.

7:47“Don’t tell us you’re deceived too!” retorted the Pharisees.7:48“None of the authorities or Pharisees trusts in him,7:49but this ignorant crowd is under a curse!”

7:50Nicodemus, the one who had come to Jesus earlier and was one of the Pharisees, says,7:51“No law of ours judges someone before hearing their testimony and examining the evidence.”

7:52“Don’t tell us you’re from Galilee too!” they retorted. “Do your own investigation and you’ll see that no prophet is called out of Galilee.”7:53Then they all went to their homes.

  1. 1Though it isn’t recorded here, Jesus is evidently referring to the time he healed the disabled person on the Sabbath; see ch. 5.
  2. 2Technically, the Greek word rendered “deputies” is for the lowest of slaves, but in this context it indicates someone with delegated authority to take someone into custody.