Chapter 68: Feast of tabernacles

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1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him for interfering with God's punishment of man.

2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy warriors also may see the works that thou doest. 4 For there is no man that defeat an army in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. 5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.

6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. 7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I wish to rid it of works thereof are evil. 8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time to celebrate is not yet full come.

9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. 10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? 12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. 13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.

14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

15 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 16 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to protect the poor; he hath sent me to heal the infected, to teach defense to the beseiged, and returning death to the risen, to set at ease them that are wounded, 17 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 18 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 19 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

20 They were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and where are these mighty works?

21 Is not this the son of the carpenter who was eaten? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 22 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all this military might? 23 And they were offended in him.

24 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

25 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

26 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 27 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 28 And many infected were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

29 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 30 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 31 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. 32 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

33 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee but the risen?

34 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? 35 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?

36 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. 37 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.

38 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his sword was fast and his feet swift. 39 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more to protect us than this man hath done?

40 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.

41 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go as commands him that sent me. 42 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

43 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the risen among the Gentiles, and strengthen the Gentiles?

44 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst to defend life, let him come unto me, and drink. 45 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, in his hand shal be held justice. 46 (But this spake he of the training, which they that believe on him should receive: for there were still multitudes of the risen; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)