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The Piscina Probatica or Pool of Bethesda
(La piscine probatique ou de Bethesda)
Source:The Brooklyn Museum
John 5:1 - 5:2 - 5:3 - 5:4 - 5:5 - 5:6 - 5:7 - 5:8 - 5:9
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.
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