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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

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Jesus’ Brothers Disbelieve


1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, abecause the 1Jews sought to kill Him.
2 aNow the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand.
3 aHis brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing.

CHAPTER 7 References

1 aJohn 5:18;
7:19, 25; 8:37,
40 1The ruling
2 aLev. 23:34
3 aMatt. 12:46
5 aPs. 69:8;
Mic. 7:6
bMark 3:21
6 aJohn 2:4;
7 a[John
15:19] bJohn
8 aJohn 8:20
1NU omits yet
11 aJohn 11:56
12 aJohn 9:16;
10:19 bLuke
13 a[John 9:22;
12:42; 19:38] 14 aPs. 22:22;
Mark 6:34
15 aMatt. 13:54
16 aJohn 3:11
1NU, M So Jesus
17 aJohn 3:21;
18 aJohn 5:41
bJohn 8:50
c[2 Cor. 5:21] 19 aDeut. 33:4
bMatt. 12:14
20 aJohn 8:48,
22 aLev. 12:3
bGen. 17:9–14
23 aJohn 5:8,
9, 16
24 aProv. 24:23

4 “For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.”
5 For aeven His bbrothers did not believe in Him.
6 Then Jesus said to them, a“My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.
7 a“The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me bbecause I testify of it that its works are evil.
8 “You go up to this feast. I am not 1yet going up to this feast, afor My time has not yet fully come.”
9 When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee.

The Heavenly Scholar

10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
11 Then athe Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, “Where is He?”
12 And athere was much complaining among the people concerning Him. bSome said, “He is good”; others said, “No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.”
13 However, no one spoke openly of Him afor fear of the Jews.
14 Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and ataught.
15 aAnd the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?”
16 1Jesus answered them and said, a“My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
17 a“If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.
18 a“He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who bseeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and cno unrighteousness is in Him.
19 a“Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? bWhy do you seek to kill Me?”
20 The people answered and said, a“You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill You?”
21 Jesus answered and said to them, “I did one work, and you all marvel.
22 a“Moses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, bbut from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.
23 “If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry with Me because aI made a man completely well on the Sabbath?
24 a“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

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Could This Be the Christ?

25 Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to akill?
26 “But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. aDo the rulers know indeed that this is 1truly the Christ?
27 a“However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.”
28 Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, a“You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and bI have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me cis true, dwhom you do not know.
29 1“But aI know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.”
30 Therefore athey sought to take Him; but bno one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.
31 And amany of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?”

Jesus and the Religious Leaders

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him.
33 Then Jesus said 1to them, a“I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I bgo to Him who sent Me.
34 “You awill seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you bcannot come.”
35 Then the Jews said among themselves, “Where does He intend to go that we shall not find Him? Does He intend to go to athe Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks?
36 “What is this thing that He said, ‘You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come’?”

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

37 aOn the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, b“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
38 a“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, bout of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
39 aBut this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those 1believing in Him would receive; for the 2Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet bglorified.

Who Is He?

40 Therefore 1many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is athe Prophet.”
41 Others said, “This is athe Christ.” But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee?

25 aMatt.
21:38; 26:4
26 aJohn 7:48
1NU omits
27 aLuke 4:22
28 aJohn 8:14
bJohn 5:43
cRom. 3:4
dJohn 1:18;
29 aMatt. 11:27
1NU, M omit
30 aMark
11:18 bJohn
7:32, 44; 8:20;
31 aMatt. 12:23
33 aJohn 13:33
b[1 Pet. 3:22] 1NU, M omit
to them
34 aHos. 5:6
b[Matt. 5:20] 35 aJames 1:1
37 aLev. 23:36
b[Is. 55:1] 38 aDeut. 8:15
bIs. 12:3;
43:20; 44:3;
39 aIs. 44:3
bJohn 12:16;
13:31; 17:5
1NU who believed
omits Holy
40 aDeut.
18:15, 18 1NU
41 aJohn 4:42;
42 aMic. 5:2
b1 Sam.
16:1, 4
43 aJohn 7:12
44 aJohn 7:30
46 aLuke 4:22
50 aJohn 3:1, 2;
19:39 1Lit. Him
2NU before
51 aDeut. 1:16,
17; 19:15
52 a[Is. 9:1, 2] 1NU is to rise
53 1NU brackets
through 8:11
as not in the
original text.
They are present
in over 900
mss. of John.

CHAPTER 8 References

2 aJohn 8:20;
18:20 1M very
4 aEx. 20:14 1M
we found this
5 aLev. 20:10
1M in our law
Moses commanded
M to stone
such 3M adds
about her
6 aMatt. 22:15
1NU,M omit
as though He
did not hear

JOHN 8:9

42 a“Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, bwhere David was?”
43 So athere was a division among the people because of Him.
44 Now asome of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.

Rejected by the Authorities

45 Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?”
46 The officers answered, a“No man ever spoke like this Man!”
47 Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived?
48 “Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him?
49 “But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.”
50 Nicodemus a(he who came to 1Jesus 2by night, being one of them) said to them,
51 a“Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?”
52 They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for ano prophet 1has arisen out of Galilee.”

An Adulteress Faces the Light of the World

53 1And everyone went to his own house.


1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 Now 1early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and ataught them.
3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst,
4 they said to Him, “Teacher, 1this woman was caught in aadultery, in the very act.
5 a“Now 1Moses, in the law, commanded us 2that such should be stoned. But what do You 3say?”
6 This they said, testing Him, that they amight have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, 1as though He did not hear.
7 So when they continued asking Him, He 1raised Himself up and said to them, a“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 Then those who heard it, abeing1 convicted by their conscience, went

7 aDeut. 17:7 1M He looked up 9 aRom. 2:22 1NU,M omit being convicted by their conscience

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JOHN 8:10

out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had raised Himself up 1and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers 2of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, a“Neither do I condemn you; go 1and bsin no more.”
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, a“I am the light of the world. He who bfollows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Jesus Defends His Self-Witness

13 The Pharisees therefore said to Him, a“You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not 1true.”
14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself,My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but ayou do not know where I come from and where I am going.
15 a“You judge according to the flesh; bI judge no one.
16 “And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for aI am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me.
17 a“It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true.
18 “I am One who bears witness of Myself, and athe Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.”
19 Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, a“You know neither Me nor My Father. bIf you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”
20 These words Jesus spoke in athe treasury, as He taught in the temple; and bno one laid hands on Him, for cHis hour had not yet come.

Jesus Predicts His Departure

21 Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and ayou will seek Me, and bwill die in your sin.Where I go you cannot come.”
22 So the Jews said, “Will He kill Himself, because He says, ‘Where I go you cannot come’?”
23 And He said to them, a“You are from beneath; I am from above. bYou are of this world; I am not of this world.
24 a“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; bfor if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
25 Then they said to Him, “Who are You?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I ahave been saying to you from the beginning.
26 “I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but aHe who sent Me is true; and bI speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.”

10 1NU omits
and saw no
one but the
woman; M He
saw her and
said, 2NU,M
omit of yours
11 a[John 3:17] b[John 5:14] 1NU,M add
from now on
12 aJohn 1:4;
9:5; 12:35
b1 Thess. 5:5
13 aJohn 5:31
1valid as testimony
14 aJohn 7:28;
15 aJohn 7:24
b[John 3:17;
12:47; 18:36] 16 aJohn 16:32
17 aDeut. 17:6;
18 aJohn 5:37
19 aJohn 16:3
bJohn 14:7
20 aMark 12:41,
43 bJohn 2:4;
7:30 cJohn 7:8
21 aJohn 7:34;
13:33 bJohn
23 aJohn 3:31
b1 John 4:5
24 aJohn 8:21
b[Mark 16:16] 25 aJohn 4:26
26 aJohn 7:28
bJohn 3:32;
28 aJohn 3:14;
12:32; 19:18
b[Rom. 1:4] cJohn 5:19, 30
dJohn 3:11
29 aJohn 14:10
bJohn 8:16;
16:32 cJohn
4:34; 5:30;
30 aJohn 7:31;
10:42; 11:45
31 a[John
14:15, 23] 32 a[John 1:14,
17; 14:6] b[Rom. 6:14,
18, 22] 33 a[Matt. 3:9] 34 a2 Pet. 2:19
35 aGal. 4:30
36 aGal. 5:1
37 aJohn 7:19
38 a[John 3:32;
5:19, 30;
14:10, 24] 1NU
heard from
39 aMatt. 3:9
b[Rom. 2:28] 40 aJohn 8:37
bJohn 8:26
41 aIs. 63:16
42 a1 John 5:1
bJohn 16:27;
17:8, 25 cGal.
43 a[John 7:17] 44 aMatt. 13:38
b1 John 2:16,
17 c[1 John
3:8–10, 15] d[Jude 6]

27 They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father.
28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you alift1 up the Son of Man, bthen you will know that I am He, and cthat I do nothing of Myself; but das My Father taught Me, I speak these things.
29 “And aHe who sent Me is with Me. bThe Father has not left Me alone, cfor I always do those things that please Him.”

30 As He spoke these words, amany believed in Him.

The Truth Shall Make You Free

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you aabide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32 “And you shall know the atruth, and bthe truth shall make you free.”
33 They answered Him, a“We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, awhoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
35 “And aa slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
36 a“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Abraham’s Seed and Satan’s

37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but ayou seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.
38 a“I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have 1seen with your father.”
39 They answered and said to Him, a“Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, b“If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.
40 a“But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth bwhich I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.
41 “You do the deeds of your father.” Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; awe have one Father—God.”
42 Jesus said to them, a“If God were your Father, you would love Me, for bI proceeded forth and came from God; cnor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.
43 a“Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.
44 a“You are of your father the devil, and the bdesires of your father you want to cdo. He was a murderer from the beginning, and ddoes not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own re-

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sources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
45 “But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
46 “Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?
47 a“He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”

Before Abraham Was, I AM

48 Then the Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and ahave a demon?”
49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and ayou dishonor Me.
50 “And aI do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges.
51 “Most assuredly, I say to you, aif anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”
52 Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You ahave a demon! bAbraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’
53 “Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. aWho do You make Yourself out to be?”
54 Jesus answered, a“If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. bIt is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is 1your God.
55 “Yet ayou have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and bkeep His word.
56 “Your father Abraham arejoiced to see My day, band he saw it and was glad.”
57 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”
58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, abefore Abraham was, bI AM.”
59 Then athey took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, bgoing1 through the midst of them, and so passed by.

47 aLuke 8:15;
John 10:26;
1 John 4:6
48 aJohn 7:20;
49 aJohn 5:41
50 aJohn 5:41;
7:18; [Phil.
2:6–8] 51 aJohn 5:24;
52 aJohn 7:20;
10:20 bZech.
1:5; Heb.
53 aJohn 10:33;
54 aJohn 5:31,
32 bJohn 5:41;
Acts 3:13
1NU, M our
55 aJohn 7:28,
29 b[John
15:10] 56 aLuke 10:24
bMatt. 13:17;
Heb. 11:13
58 aMic. 5:2;
John 17:5;
Heb. 7:3; Rev.
22:13 bEx.
3:14; Is. 43:13;
John 17:5, 24;
Col. 1:17; Rev.
59 aJohn 10:31;
11:8 bLuke
4:30; John
10:39 1NU
omits the rest
of v. 59.

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Joy in Forgiveness of Israel’s Sins


1 aOh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

2 Who can 1utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can declare all His praise?
3 Blessed are those who keep justice, And 1he who adoes righteousness at ball times!

4 aRemember me, O LORD, with the favor You have toward Your people. Oh, visit me with Your salvation,
5 That I may see the benefit of Your chosen ones, That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation, That I may glory with 1Your inheritance.
6 aWe have sinned with our fathers, We have committed iniquity, We have done wickedly.
7 Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders; They did not remember the multitude of Your mercies, aBut rebelled by the sea—the Red Sea.

8 Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake, aThat He might make His mighty power known.
9 aHe rebuked the Red Sea also, and it dried up; So bHe led them through the depths, As through the wilderness.

PSALM 106 References

1 a1 Chr.
16:34, 41
1Heb. Hallelujah
2 1express
3 aPs. 15:2
b[Gal. 6:9] 1LXX, Syr.,
Tg.,Vg. those
who do
4 aPs. 119:132
5 1The people
of Your inheritance
6 a[Dan. 9:5] 7 aEx. 14:11,
8 aEx. 9:16
9 aEx. 14:21
bIs. 63:11–13
10 aEx. 14:30
11 aEx. 14:27,
28; 15:5
12 aEx.
13 aEx. 15:24;
16:2; 17:2
14 a1 Cor. 10:6
15 aNum.
11:31 bIs.
16 aNum.
17 aDeut. 11:6
18 aNum.
16:35, 46
19 aEx. 32:1–4
20 aRom. 1:23
23 aEx. 32:10
bEzek. 22:30

10 He asaved them from the hand of him who hated them, And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 aThe waters covered their enemies; There was not one of them left.
12 aThen they believed His words; They sang His praise.

13 aThey soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel,
14 aBut lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, And tested God in the desert.
15 aAnd He gave them their request, But bsent leanness into their soul.

16 When athey envied Moses in the camp, And Aaron the saint of the LORD,
17 aThe earth opened up and swallowed Dathan, And covered the faction of Abiram.
18 aA fire was kindled in their company; The flame burned up the wicked.

19 aThey made a calf in Horeb, And worshiped the molded image.
20 Thus athey changed their glory Into the image of an ox that eats grass.
21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt,
22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, Awesome things by the Red Sea.
23 aTherefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one bstood before Him in the breach,

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PSALM 106:24

To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.
24 Then they despised athe pleasant land; They bdid not believe His word,
25 aBut complained in their tents, And did not heed the voice of the LORD.
26 aTherefore He raised His hand in an oath against them, bTo 1overthrow them in the wilderness,
27 aTo 1overthrow their descendants among the 2nations, And to scatter them in the lands.

28 aThey joined themselves also to Baal of Peor, And ate sacrifices 1made to the dead.
29 Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds, And the plague broke out among them.
30 aThen Phinehas stood up and intervened, And the plague was stopped.
31 And that was accounted to him afor righteousness To all generations forevermore.

32 aThey angered Him also at the waters of 1strife, bSo that it went ill with Moses on account of them;
33 aBecause they rebelled against His Spirit, So that he spoke rashly with his lips.

34 aThey did not destroy the peoples, bConcerning whom the LORD had commanded them,
35 aBut they mingled with the Gentiles And learned their works;
36 aThey served their idols, bWhich became a snare to them.
37 aThey even sacrificed their sons And their daughters to bdemons,

PSALM 106 References

24 aDeut. 8:7
b[Heb. 3:18,
19] 25 aNum. 14:2,
26 aEzek.
20:15, 16;
1make them
27 aLev. 26:33
1make their
fall also 2Gentiles
28 aHos. 9:10
30 aNum.
25:7, 8
31 aNum.
32 aNum.
bDeut. 1:37;
3:26 1Or
33 aNum. 20:3,
34 aJudg. 1:21
b[Deut. 7:2,
16] 35 aJudg. 3:5, 6
36 aJudg. 2:12
bDeut. 7:16
37 a2 Kin. 16:3;
17:17 b[Lev.
17:7] 38 a[Num.
35:33] 39 aEzek.
20:18 b[Lev.
17:7] 1became
2Were unfaithful
40 aJudg. 2:14
b[Deut. 9:29;
32:9] 41 aJudg. 2:14
43 aJudg. 2:16
44 aJudg. 3:9;
6:7; 10:10
45 a[Lev. 26:41,
42] bJudg.
2:18 cPs. 69:16
46 aEzra 9:9
47 a1 Chr.
16:35, 36
48 aPs. 41:13
1Heb. Hallelujah

38 And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And athe land was polluted with blood.
39 Thus they 1were adefiled by their own works, And bplayed2 the harlot by their own deeds.

40 Therefore athe wrath of the LORD was kindled against His people, So that He abhorred bHis own inheritance.
41 And aHe gave them into the hand of the Gentiles, And those who hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies also oppressed them, And they were brought into subjection under their hand.
43 aMany times He delivered them; But they rebelled in their counsel, And were brought low for their iniquity.

44 Nevertheless He regarded their affliction, When aHe heard their cry;
45 aAnd for their sake He remembered His covenant, And brelented caccording to the multitude of His mercies.
46 aHe also made them to be pitied By all those who carried them away captive.

47 aSave us, O LORD our God, And gather us from among the Gentiles, To give thanks to Your holy name, To triumph in Your praise.

48 aBlessed be the LORD God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!”

1Praise the LORD!



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