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you who believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning, who they were who would 65 not believe, and who would betray him. And

he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto

him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went 67 back, and walked no more with him. Then

Jesus said unto the twelve, Will ye also go 68 away ? Simon Peter answered him, Lord,

to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of 69 eternal life. And we believe, and are sure, that

thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.* 70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you il twelve, and one of you is a devil ?He spake

of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

CHAP. VII.

1 AFTER these thing Jesus journeyed about

Galilee : for he would not abide in Judea, 2 because the Jews sought to kill him. Now the 3 Jews' feast of tabernacles was near. His breth

ren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go

into Judea, that thy disciples also may see 4 the works that thou doest. For no man doeth

any thing in private, while he seeketh to be

+ Christ means Anointed, Messiah, or Messenger. Griesbach's text is, 'that shou art the holy one of God.'

† An adversary or accuser,

known publicly.*. Since thou dost these things, 5 shew thyself to the world. (For his brethren 6 even did not believe in him.) Then Jesus

said unto them, My time is not yet come: 7 but your time is always ready. The world.

cannot hate you : but me it does hate, because

I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. 8 Go ye up unto this feast : I will not go up yet

unto this feast: for my time is not yet fully 9 come. When he had said these words unto

theni, he abode still in Galilee. 10

But when his brethren were gone up, then he went up also unto the feast, not openly, but 11 as it were in secret. Then the Jews sought

him at the feast, and said, Where is he? 12 And there was much disputing among the

people concerning himn : for some said, He is

a good man : others said, Nay ; but he de. 13 ceiveth the people. However no man spake

openly of him, for fear of the Jews. 14 Now about the midst of the feast, Jesus went 15 up

into the temple and taught. And the Jews were astonished, saying, How knoweth this man 16 letters, having never learned ? Jesus answered

them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but 17 his who sent me. If any man will do his will,

he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of 18 God, or whether I speak of myself.f He that

speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory : but he that seeketh his glory who sent him,

the

• While he is desirous of being publicly known.

† A desire to know and obey divine truths is favorable to the perception of evidence on religious snbjects.

If a man

same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.* 19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none

of you keepeth the law? Why do ye conspire 20 my death? The people answered and said, Thou

hast a devil :f who goeth about to kill thee ? 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have 22 done one work, and ye all wonder. Now

Moses gave you circumcision (not because

it is of Moses,but of the fathers) and ye on 23 the sabbath-day circumcise a man.

on the sabbath-day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken ; are

ye angry at me because I have made a man 24 entirely whole on the sabbath-day ? Judge not

according to the appearance, but judge righ25 teous judgment. Then said some of them of

Jerusalem, Is not this he whom they seek to 26 kill ? But lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say

nothing unto himn. Do the rulers II know in27 deed that this is the very Christ? Now we

know this man whence he is : but when Christ 28 cometh, no man knoweth whence he is. Then

Jesus spake aloud in the temple, as he taught, saying, Do ye indeed know me, and whence I am? I am not come of myself; but he who sent

* There is no deceit in him.

† Art possessed; thou art insane, or an impostor. Sce chap viii. 48, 52.

Circumcision was practised by Abraham and his descendants, long before Moses.

Rise superior to prejudice, and let your judgment be more rational and just.

Are the rulers in any measure eonvinced that this is the Messiah? Or, the rulers do not in fact know that this min is the Christ.

29 me is true, whom ye know not. But I know him, 30 for I am from him, and he hath sent me. Then

they sought to take him: but no man laid hands

on him, because his hour was not yet come. 31 And many of the people believed on him, and

said, When Christ cometh, will he do more

miracles then these which this man hath done? 32 The Pharisees heard that the people disputed

in this way concerning him : and the Pharisees

and the chief priests sent officers to take him. 33 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while I

am with you, and then I go unto him who sent 34 me.

Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me ; 35 and where I am, ye cannot come. Then the

Jews said among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him ? will he go unto

the dispersed among the Gentiles, * and teach 36 the Gentiles? What saying is this that he spake,

Ye will seek me, and shall not find me; and 37 where I am, ye cannot come? In the last day,

that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and

cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come 38 unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me,

as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall 39 flow rivers of living water. (But this he spake

of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive ; for the Holy Spirit was not

yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.) 40 Many of the people therefore, when they

heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the 41 prophet.t Others said, This is the Christ. * The Jews dispersed in the country of the Gentiles.

It appears that the Jews expected a great prophet before the coming of the Messiah. See chap. i. 21.

But some said, Shall Christ come out of 42 Galilee ? Hath not the scripture said, That

Christ comcth of the seed of David, and out

of the town of Bethlehem where David was ?* 43 So there was a division among the people 44 because of him. And some of them would

have taken him; but no man laid hands on

him. 45 Then the officers came to the chief priests and

Pharisees ; and they said unto them, Why 46 have ye not brought him? The officers

answered, Never man spake like this man.t 47 Then the Pharisees said to them, Are ye also 48 deceived ? Have any of the rulers, or of the 49 Pharisees, believed on him ? But this people, 50 who knoweth not the law, are cursed. Nico

demus, who was one of them, and the same who 51 came to Jesus by night, saith to them, Doth our

law judge any man before it hear him, and know 52 what he doeth? They answered and said unto

him, Art thou also of Galilee ? Search and look : 53 for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.$ And

every man went unto his own house.

* So in fact it was, Christ was born in Bethlehem, and Mary his mother was a descendant of David.

† This ingenuous testimony from men devoted to the civil power, and prejudiced against Christ, furnishes the highest eulogy on the instructions of our Lord.

| A remark suggested by prejudice and malice.

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