Woman at the Well and the Samaritans
4[1-6] Knowing that the religious leaders had heard that Yeshua made and baptized more followers than John, (Though Yeshua didn’t baptize, but only the followers,) the Christ left Judea, and went back to Galilee, going through Samaria. Then they came to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near the piece of land that Jacob gave to Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there, so Yeshua, being tired from the long walk, sat on the well about noon.
[7-15] Then a woman from Samaria came there to get water: so Yeshua asked her, “Give Me a drink,” (because the followers had gone on to the city to buy food.) Then the woman of Samaria answered, “How come you, being a Jew, ask me to give you a drink, who am a woman of mixed-race from Samaria? Jews don’t have anything to do with Samaritans of mixed-race. So Yeshua answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that said to you, Give me a drink; you would have asked of Me, and I would have given you living water.” So the woman said, “Sir, you’ve nothing to get it with, and the well is deep: so then where do you have that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well, and drank out of it, along with the children, and the cattle?” And Yeshua answered, “Whoever drinks this water will always thirst again, but whoever drinks the water that I give them will never thirst; but the water that I give them will be in them as a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” Then the woman said, “Sir, give me this water, so that I won’t be thirsty, nor have to come here to get it.”
[16-26] And Yeshua said to her, “Go, call your husband and come back here.” But the woman answered, “I don’t have a husband.” So Yeshua said to her, “You said rightly, I don’t have a husband: because you’ve had five husbands; and the one you have now isn’t even your husband: in that you said rightly.” So the woman said, “Sir, I realize now that you’re a great preacher. Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain; but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where we ought to worship.” So Yeshua said to her, “Woman, believe me, the time is coming, when you’ll not worship God on this mountain, nor at Jerusalem. You don’t even know what you worship: but we know what we worship because it is through the Jews that people are saved. But the time is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship God in spirit and in truth because Yahweh God wants worship from this kind of people. God is a Spirit: and those who worship God must worship God in spirit and in truth.” Then the woman said, “I know that the Messiah is coming, which is called the Christ: and will tell us everything then.” So Yeshua said to her, “I, the One who is speaking to you, am the Christ.”
[27-30] And at this time, the followers came, and were amazed that the Christ talked with the woman: but still no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar, and went back into the city, saying to all the people, “Come and see someone who has told me everything that I ever did: isn’t this the Christ?” Then they went out of the city, and came to the Christ.
[31-38] In the mean time, the followers begged Yeshua, saying, “Christ, eat.” But Yeshua answered, “I’ve got food to eat that you don’t know of.” So the followers asked one another, “Has anyone brought Yeshua anything to eat?” And Yeshua answered, “My food is to do what the One who sent Me wants Me to do, and to finish God’s work. So don’t say, There are still four months, and then the harvest will be ready? I tell you, look up, and see that the fields are all ready to be harvested. And whoever collects the harvest will get paid, and gathers fruit to everlasting life, so that both those who sow and those who reap can celebrate together. And this saying is true, one sows, and another reaps. I sent you to reap from what you’ve not worked on: other people worked, and you joined them in their work.”
[39-42] And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on the Christ because of the Words of the woman, who told us truthfully, “The Christ told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans had come, they begged the Christ to stay with them: so the Christ stayed there two days. And many more believed because of the Christ’s own words, who said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of your saying, but because we’ve heard the Christ for ourselves, and know for sure that this is the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
The Second Miracle
[43-54] Now after two days the Christ left there, and went into Galilee. And Yeshua told us truthfully, that great preachers have no honor in their own country. Then when the Christ came into Galilee, the Galilaeans accepted Yeshua, having seen everything that the Christ did at Jerusalem at the celebration because they also went to the celebration. So Yeshua came back into Cana of Galilee, where the water was turned to wine. And there was someone of high standing, whose child was sick at Capernaum, who had heard that Yeshua had come out of Judea into Galilee. So this person went to the Christ, and begged the Christ to come down, and heal the child, who was at the point of death. Then Yeshua answered, “Unless you people see signs and amazing things, you won’t believe any other way.” Then the person begged, “Sir, come down or my child will die.” So Yeshua said, “Go now; your child lives.” And that person believed the Words that Yeshua had spoken, and left. And some workers came to the person, who was going back down, saying, “Your child lives;” Who then asked them the time when the child began to get well. And they said, “Yesterday, at one o’clock the fever left the Child.” So the person knew that it was at the very time that Yeshua had said, “Your child lives”: so the whole family believed. This is the second miracle that Yeshua did, when the Christ came out of Judea into Galilee.
Miracle at Bethesda
5[1-9] Later there was a celebration of the Jews; and Yeshua went up to Jerusalem. Now at Jerusalem, by the animal market, there’s a pool, which is called in the Hebrew language Bethesda, having five columned porches, where a great many people, who were disabled, who were blind, unable to walk, or had other disabilities, lay waiting for the moving of the water, because whoever stepped in first after the water stirred, was healed of whatever trouble they had when an angel went down at a certain time into the pool, and stirred the water. And there was someone there, who was disabled for thirty-eight years. So when Yeshua saw them lying there, and knew that they had been that way a long time, the Christ asked, “Would you like to become well?” But the helpless person answered, “Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anyone to help me into the pool: but while I am coming, someone else steps down before me.” Then Yeshua said, “Get up, pick up your bed, and walk.” And suddenly the person was healed, and picked up their bed, and walked: and that day was on the Seventh Day.
[10-16] So the Jews said to the one that was healed, “You can’t carry your bed; It’s a Day of Worship!” And that person answered, the One who made me well told me, “Pick up your bed, and walk.” Then they asked, “Who said to you, ‘Pick up your bed, and walk?’” And the one who was healed didn’t know who it was because Yeshua had left from the crowd that was there. But later, Yeshua saw that person in the place of worship, and said, “Now that you’re well: don’t sin any more or something worse may come to you.” Then the person went and told the Jews that it was Yeshua who had done it, so the Jews abused Yeshua, and looked for a way to kill the Christ, because it had been done on a Day of Worship.
Christ’s Judgment and The Afterlife
[17-29] So Yeshua told them, “The One I came from has been working until now, so I have been working.” So the Jews looked for a way to kill the Christ all the more, because Yeshua hadn’t only broken the rule of the Day of Worship, but said also, “I am from God”, which made Yeshua equal with God. Then Yeshua answered, saying, “The truth is, I can do nothing of Myself, but what I see God do, I do, because whatever God does, I do in the same way. God loves Me, and shows Me everything that is done: and God will show Me greater things than these, so that you can wonder about it. Just as God brings the dead to life again, and gives them the breath of life; in the same way I will give life to whoever I want to. Because God judges no one, but has given all judgment to Me, so that all people would honor Me, just as they honor God. Whoever doesn’t honor Me doesn’t honor God, who has sent Me. The truth is, whoever hears My Word, and believes on the One who sent Me, has everlasting life, and won’t be damned to Hell, but will go from death to life. The truth is, the time is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Christ of God: and those who hear will live. Because as God is life; so God has given Me life in Myself, and has given Me power to give judgment also, because I am the Christ. Don’t wonder about this because the time is coming, in which those who are dead in their graves will hear My voice, and will come out; those who have done good will come to life again and live; and those who have done evil will be damned in the afterlife.
The Four Witnesses
[30-35] I can do nothing of My own self: but as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is fair, because I don’t do what I want, but what the God who has sent Me wants. If I only give witness of Myself, My witness isn’t true. But there’s another that tells the truth about Me; and I know that this witness of Me is true. You sent to John, who gave witness of the truth, though I don’t accept what a person says: but I say this that you might be saved. John was a burning and shining light: and for a while you wanted to celebrate in that light.
[36-38] But there’s a greater witness of Me than John because the work that My God has given Me to finish, the very things that I do, are a truthful witness of Me, that I have been sent by God. And My God, who has sent Me, has given witness of Me. You haven’t even heard the voice of God once, nor seen what God looks like. And you don’t have God’s Word in you because you don’t believe the One God has sent to you.
[39-47] You search the Words because you think you have everlasting life in them: but they’re the very words which tell of Me. But you won’t come to Me, that you might have life. I get no honor from you people. But I know that you don’t have God’s love in you. I am come in the Name of God, and you don’t accept Me: but if someone else comes in their own name, you’ll accept them. How can you believe, who get honor from one another, but don’t want the honor that comes from God? And don’t think that I’ll accuse you to God: but there’s one who does accuse you, Moses, the very one you trust in. Because if you had believed Moses, you would have believed Me because Moses wrote of Me. But if you don’t believe those Writings, how will you believe My Words?”
The Bread and Fish
6[1-14] Later, Yeshua sailed across the sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a great crowd followed along, because they saw all the amazing things which the Christ did for those who were diseased. So Yeshua went up on a mountain, and sat there with the followers, the Passover, a celebration of the Jews, being near. Then when Yeshua looked up, and saw a great many coming to them, the Christ said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread, so that they can eat?” But the Christ said this to test them, already knowing what would happen. Then Philip answered, “More than half a year’s wage worth of bread isn’t enough, even if everyone takes just a little.” Then another of the followers, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, “There’s a little boy here, who has five loaves of barley bread, and two little fish: but how can they feed so many?” And Yeshua said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a lot of grass in that place, so the people sat down, which numbered about five thousand. And Yeshua took the loaves; and when the Christ had given thanks, gave it to the followers, and the followers to those who were sitting down; and they all had as much of the bread and the fish as they wanted. And when they were full, the Christ said to the followers, “Gather up the scraps that are left over, so that nothing is wasted.” So they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the scraps of the five barley loaves, which were over and above what had been eaten. Then the people, when they had seen the miracle that Yeshua did, said, “It’s true, this is the great preacher that was to come into the world!”
The Christ Walks on the Water
[15-21] So realizing that they would come, making the Christ their Ruler by force, Yeshua went back up on a mountain alone. And when evening came, the followers went down to the sea, got in a ship, and rowed across the sea toward Capernaum. And it was dark, but Yeshua still hadn’t come to them. Then the waves rose up from a storm wind. And when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Yeshua walking on the water, and coming near the ship: so they were very afraid. But the Christ hollered out, “It’s Me; don’t be afraid.” Then they willingly took the Christ into the ship: and the ship was suddenly at the land where they were heading.
[22-24] The next day, the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except the one that the followers had come in, and that Yeshua hadn’t got into the boat and left with the followers, because the followers had left alone. But other boats had come from Tiberias, near the place where they ate the bread, after the Christ had given thanks. So when the people saw that Yeshua wasn’t there, nor the followers, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, looking for Yeshua.
Bread From Heaven
[25-29] And when they had found the Christ on the other side of the sea, they asked, “Teacher, when did you come here?” And Yeshua answered, “The truth is, you look for Me, not because you saw the amazing things, but because you ate the bread, and were filled. But don’t just work for the food that ruins, but for the spiritual food that lasts to everlasting life, which I’ll give to you because I have the blessing of My God.” Then they asked, “What do we need to do, so that we might do the work of God?” And Yeshua answered, saying to them, “The work of God is that you believe on the One who God has sent.”
[30-40] Then they asked the Christ, “What sign will you show us then that we can see, and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the bread from heaven in the desert; as the Word says, God gave them bread from heaven to eat.” Then Yeshua answered, “The truth is, Moses didn’t give you that bread from heaven; but My God gives you the true bread from heaven, because the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.” Then they said, “Christ, give us this bread to have forever.” And Yeshua answered, “I am that bread of life: whoever comes to Me will never hunger; and whoever believes on Me will never thirst. But I say to you that even though you’ve seen Me, you still don’t believe. Everyone that God gives Me will come to Me; and I won’t ever put out those who come to Me, because I came down from heaven, not to do what I want, but what the One who sent Me wants. And this is what God who has sent Me wants; that I would lose none of all I have been given, but would bring them to life again at the last day. And this is what the One who sent Me wants, that everyone who sees and believes on the Christ will have everlasting life: and I’ll bring them to life at the last day.”
[41-45] Then the Jews spoke against the Christ for saying, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” And they said, “Isn’t this Yeshua, the Child of Joseph, whose parents we know? Why then does Yeshua say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” So Yeshua answered them, “Don’t whisper among yourselves. No one can come to Me, unless the God who has sent Me calls them: and I’ll bring them to life at the last day. It’s written in the Words of the great preachers, and they’ll all be taught of God. So everyone that has heard, and has learned of God, comes to Me.
[46-51] Not that anyone has seen God; but the only One who has seen God is the One who is of God. The truth is, whoever believes on Me has everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your ancestors ate the bread from heaven in the countryside, and are dead now. But this is the bread which comes down from heaven, which when someone accepts it, they won’t die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if anyone eats this bread, they’ll live forever: and the bread that I give is My body, which I give for the life of the whole world.”
[52-58] So the Jews argued among themselves, saying, “How can someone give us their body to eat?” Then Yeshua answered, “The truth is, unless you eat of My body, and drink of My blood, you won’t have life in you. Whoever eats My body, and drinks My blood, has everlasting life; and I’ll bring them to life at the last day. The truth is, My body is spiritual food, and My blood is spiritual drink. Whoever accepts My body, and My blood, lives in Me, and I in them. As the Living God has sent Me, and I live by God: so whoever is fed by Me, will live by Me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your ancestors ate the bread from heaven, and are dead: whoever eats of this bread will live forever.”
[59-65] The Christ said this in the place of worship, while teaching in Capernaum. So many of the followers, when they had heard this, said, “This is hard to hear; who can understand it?” And when Yeshua knew that the followers spoke against it, the Christ asked, “Does this offend you? What if you see Me go up to where I came from? It’s the Spirit that gives life; the body is good for nothing: I speak to you with Life-giving words, which are spirit. But there are some of you who still don’t believe.” Because the Christ knew from the beginning who wouldn’t believe, and who it was that would hand Yeshua over. And the Christ said, “So I said to you, that no one can come to Me, unless they were called of My God.”
Peter’s Confession and Judas’ Betrayal
[66-71] From then on many of the followers went back home, and didn’t follow along any more. So Yeshua asked the twelve, “Will you go away, too?” Then Simon Peter answered, “Christ, who would we go to? Only You speak the Words of everlasting life. And we believe and are sure that You’re the Christ, the One Born of the Living God.” And Yeshua said, “Didn’t I choose the twelve of you, and even one of you has an evil spirit?” Yeshua spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, because it was this one who would hand over the Christ, being one of the twelve.
The Unbelief of Christ’s Family
7[1-9] Later, Yeshua walked in Galilee, not going in the towns of the Jews, because they waited for a chance to kill the Christ. Now, it was the Jews’ celebration of alters, so some of the Christ’s family members said, “Leave here, and go to Judea, so that your followers there can also see what you’ve done and what you do, because no one does anything in secret, who wants to become known to the public. If you really do these things, show yourself to the world.” Not even Yeshua’s own family members believed in the Christ. Then Yeshua answered, “My time isn’t here yet: but your time is always right now. The world doesn’t hate you; but it hates Me, because I tell them that what they’ve done is evil. Go on up to this celebration: but I won’t go now because it’s not My time yet.” So the Christ told them this and stayed behind in Galilee.
The Heavenly Teacher
[10-13] But when they had gone on up, the Christ went up also to the celebration, though not in the open, but in secret. Then the Jews were looking for the Christ at the celebration, saying, “Where is that One?” And everyone was whispering about the Christ, some saying, “The Christ is a good person”, and others saying, “No; but this One misleads the people.” But no one spoke openly of the Christ for fear of the Jews.
[14-19] Now about the middle of the celebration Yeshua went up into the place of worship, and was teaching. And the Jews were wondering, saying, “How does this person understand letters, having never been taught?” So Yeshua answered, saying, “My teaching isn’t Mine, but is from the One that sent Me. If anyone wants to do what God wants, they’ll know whether these words are of God, or whether I speak for Myself. Whoever speaks for themselves looks for their own praise: but whoever wants praise for the One who sent them, this person is true, and no ungodliness is in them. Didn’t Moses give you the Word of God, and still none of you keeps it? Why do you go about trying to kill Me?”
[20-24] So the people answered, “You’ve got an evil spirit: who is going around trying to kill you?” So Yeshua said to them, “I’ve done one work, and you all wonder. Moses gave you the practice of cutting the flesh, not because it’s of Moses, but of the ancestors, and you even cut the flesh of people on a Day of Worship. If someone can be cut on a Day of Worship, so that the Words of Moses won’t be broken; why are you angry at Me, because I’ve made someone well on a Day of Worship? Don’t judge by the way something appears, but use good sense.”
[25-31] Then some of those from Jerusalem said, “Isn’t this the One they want to kill? But, this person speaks without fear, and they don’t say anything. Do the rulers really know that this is the very Christ? But we know where this person comes from: and no one will know where the Christ comes from.” Then Yeshua hollered out in the place of worship while teaching, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from: I am not come of Myself, but the One who sent Me is true, whom you don’t know. But I know this One because I am from God, and God has sent Me.” Then they looked for a way to take the Christ: but no one dared to, because it wasn’t the right time. And many of the people believed on the Christ, asking, “When the Christ comes, will anyone do more amazing things than what this person has done?”
The Living Water
[32-39] The religious leaders heard the people whispering these things; and they sent officers to take the Christ. Then Yeshua said, “For a little while yet, I am with you, and then I will go to the One who sent Me. You’ll look for Me, but won’t find Me: and where I am, you can’t come.” Then the Jews said among themselves, “Where can Yeshua go, that we can’t find? To those scattered among the other peoples, and teach them? What kind of saying is this, ‘You’ll look for Me, and won’t find Me’: and ‘Where I am, there you can’t come’? So in the last day, the greatest day of the celebration, Yeshua stood up and hollered out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let them come to Me, and drink of My Words. Whoever believes on Me, as the Word has said, Out of their spirit will flow rivers of living water.” (But Yeshua spoke this of the Holy Spirit, which hadn’t yet been given to those who would believe on the Christ, who hadn’t been raised from the dead yet.)
[40-44] So many of the people, when they heard this saying, said, “It’s true, this is the Great Preacher.” But others said, “This is the Christ.” And some asked, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Hasn’t the Word said that the Christ comes from the line of David, and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was born?” So there was a disagreement among the people because of the Christ. And some of them would have taken the Christ; but no one dared to.
[45-53] Then the officers went back to the leading priests and the religious leaders; and they asked, “Why haven’t you brought Yeshua?” The officers said, “No one has ever spoken like this person.” Then the religious leaders asked them, “Have you also lost your minds? Have any of the rulers or the religious leaders believed this person? But these people who don’t know the Word of God are cursed.” And Nicodemus said, (the one who came to Yeshua by night, being one of them) “Does our law judge anyone, before it hears them, and knows what’s been done?” So they asked, “Are you also of Galilee? Search and see that no great preacher comes out of Galilee.” And everyone left and went home.