From The Work of God's Children
John 5:1 - 5:2 - 5:3 - 5:4 - 5:5 - 5:6 - 5:7 - 5:8 - 5:9 - 5:10 - 5:11 - 5:12 - 5:13 - 5:14 - 5:15 - 5:16 - 5:17 - 5:18
5:1. After these things was a festival day of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
5:2. Now there is at Jerusalem a pond called Probatica, which in Hebrew is named Bethesda, having five porches.
Probatica. . .That is, the sheep pond; either so called because the sheep that were to be offered up in sacrifice in the Temple were washed in it, or because it was near the sheep gate. That this was a pond where miracles were wrought is evident from the sacred text; and also that the water had no natural virtue to heal, as one only of those put in after the motion of the water was restored to health; for if the water had the healing quality, the others would have the like benefit, being put into it about the same time.
5:3. In these lay a great multitude of sick, blind, lame, and withered waiting for the movement of the water.
5:4. An angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond and the water was moved. He that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water was healed of whatever infirmity with which he was afflicted.
5:5. There was a certain man there that had been under his infirmity thirty-eight years.
5:6. When Jesus had seen him lying there, and knowing that he had now been there a long time, He said to him, “Will you be made whole?”
5:7. The infirm man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pond when the water is troubled, for while I am coming, another goes down before me.”
5:8. Jesus said to him, “Arise, take up your bed and walk.”
5:9. Immediately the man was made whole, and he took up his bed and walked. It was the Sabbath that day.
5:10. The Jews therefore said to him that was healed, “It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to take up your bed.”
5:11. He answered them, “He that made me whole said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.'”
5:12. They therefore asked him, “Who is that Man who said to you, 'Take up your bed and walk?'”
5:13. But he who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus went aside from the multitude standing in the place.
5:14. Afterwards, Jesus found him in the Temple and said to him, “Behold you are made whole; sin no more, so that some worse thing does not happen to you.”
5:15. The man went his way and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him whole.
5:16. Consequently, the Jews persecuted Jesus because He did these things on the Sabbath.
5:17. But Jesus answered them, “My Father works until now; I work too.”
5:18. After this the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because not only did He break the Sabbath, but He also said God was His Father, making Himself equal to God.