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The Gospel of St John

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The 1st Chapter

     In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God: and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by it, and without it, was made nothing that was made. In it was life, and the life was the light of men, and the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness comprehended it not.
     There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came as a witness to bear witness of the light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that light: but to bear witness of the light. That was a true light which lights all men that come into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him: and yet the world knew him not.
     He came among his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them he gave power to be the sons of God in that they believed on his name: which were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor yet of the will of man: but of God.
     And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw the glory of it, as the glory of the only begotten son of the father, which word was full of grace and verity.
     John bare witness of him and cried saying: This was he of whom I spoke, he that comes after me, was before me, because he was *yer then I. And of his fullness have all we received, even grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
     No man has seen God at any time. The only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the father, he has declared him.
     And this is the record of John: When the Jewes sent Priests and Levites from Jerusalem, to ask him, what are you? And he confessed and denied not and said plainly: I am not Christ. And they asked him: what then? are you *Helias? And he said: I am not. are you that Prophet? And he answered no. Then said they unto him: what are you that we may give an answer to them that sent us: What say you of your self? He said: I am the voice of a crier in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the Prophet Esaias.
     And they which were sent, were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him: why baptise you then if you be not Christ, nor *Helias, neither a Prophet? John answered them saying: I baptise with water: but one is come among you, whom you know not, he it is that comes after me, which was before me, whose shoe latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan where John did baptise.
     The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said: behold the lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said. After me comes a man, which was before me, for he was ere then I, and I knew him not: but that he should be declared to Israel, therefore am I come baptising with water.
     And John bare record saying: I saw the spirit descend from heaven, like unto a dove and abide upon him, and I knew him not. But he that sent me to baptise in water, the same said unto me: upon whom you shall see the spirit descend and tarry still on him, the same is he which baptises with the holy ghost. And I saw and bare record that this is the son of God.
     The next day after, John stood again, and two of his disciples. And he beheld Jesus as he walked by, and said: behold the lamb of God. And the two disciples heard him speak and followed Jesus. And Jesus turned about, and saw them follow, and said unto them: What seek ye? They said unto him: Rabbi (which is to say by interpretation, Master) where dwell you? He said unto them: come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt: and abode with him that day. For it was about the tenth hour.
     One of the two which heard John speak and followed Jesus, was Andrew Simon Peters brother. The same found his brother Simon first, and said unto him: we have found Messias, which is by interpretation, anointed: and brought him to Jesus. And Jesus beheld him and said: you are Simon the son of Jonas, you shall be called Cephas: which is by interpretation, a stone.
     The day following Jesus would go into Galile, and found Philip, and said unto him, follow me. Philip was of Bethsaida the city of Andrew and Peter. And Philip found Nathanael, and said unto him. We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the Prophets did write. Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth. And Nathanael said unto him: can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him: come and see.
     Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him. Behold a right Israelite, in whom is no guile. Nathanael said unto him: where knew you me? Jesus answered, and said unto him: Before that Philip called you, when you was under the fig tree, I saw you. Nathanael answered and said unto him: Rabbi, you are the son of God, you are the king of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him: Because I said unto you, I saw you under the fig tree, you believe. You shall see greater things than these. And he said unto him: Verily, verily, I say unto you: hereafter shall you see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending over the son of man.


*yer: may mean; one that is; or ever before. *Helias (Elias)




The 2nd Chapter

     And the third day, was there a marriage in Cana a city of Galile: and the mother of Jesus was there. And Jesus was called also and his disciples unto the marriage. And when the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said unto him: they have no wine. Jesus said unto her: woman, what have I to do with you? mine hour is not yet come. His mother said unto the ministers: whatsoever he says unto you, do it. And there were standing there, six waterpots of stone after the manner of the purifying of the Jewes, containing two or three *firkins apiece.
     And Jesus said unto them: fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he said unto them: draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was turned unto wine, and knew not from where it was (but the ministers which drew the water knew). He called the bridegroom, and said unto him: all men at the beginning set forth good wine, and when men be drunk, then that which is worse. But you have kept back the good wine, until now.
     This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galile, and showed his glory and his disciples believed on him. After that he descended into Capernaum, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: but continued not many days there.
     And the Jewes *ester was even at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and found sitting in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and changers of money. And he made a scourge of small cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen, and poured out the changers money, and overthrew the tables, and said unto them that sold doves: Have these things from now on, and make not my fathers house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered, how that it was written: the zeal of your house has even eaten me.
     Then answered the Jewes and said unto him: what token show you unto us, seeing that you do these things? Jesus answered and said unto them: destroy this temple, and in three days I will rear it up again. Then said the Jewes: forty six years was this temple a building: and will you rear it up in three days? But he spoke of the temple of his body. As soon therefore as he was risen from death again, his disciples remembered that he thus said. And they believed the scripture, and the words which Jesus had said.
     When he was at Jerusalem at ester in the feast, many believed on his name, when they saw his miracles which he did. But Jesus put not himself in their hands, because he knew all men, and needed not, that any man should testify of him. For he knew what was in man.


*firkins (small barrel) *exact spelling ester




The 3rd Chapter

     There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler among the Jewes. The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him. Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher which are come from God. For no man could do such miracles as you do, except God were with him. Jesus answered and said unto him: Verily, verily I say unto you: except a man be born a new, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said unto him: how can a man be born when he is old? can he enter into his mothers womb and be born again? Jesus answered: verily, verily I say unto you: except that a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the spirit, is spirit. Marvel not that I said to you, you must be born a new. The wind blows where he listeth, and you hear his sound: but can not tell from where he comes and whither he goes. So is every man that is born of the spirit.
     And Nicodemus answered and said unto him: how can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him: are you a master in Israel, and know not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto you, we speak that we know, and testify that we have seen: and you receive not our witness. If when I tell you earthly things, you believe not: how should you believe, if I shall tell you of heavenly things?
     And no man ascends up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, that is to say, the son of man which is in heaven.
     And as Moses lift up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lift up, that none that believes in him perish: but have eternal life.
     For God so loves the world, that he has given his only son, that none that believe in him, should perish: but should have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world, to condemn the world: but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him, shall not be condemned. But he that believes not, is condemned all ready, because he believes not in the name of the only son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and the men loved darkness more than light, because their deeds were evil. For every man that evil does, hates the light: neither comes to light least his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth, comes to the light that his deeds might be known, how that they are wrought in God.
     After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the Jewes land, and there he haunted with them and baptised. And John also baptised in Enon besides Salim, because there was much water there, and they came and were baptised. For John was not yet cast into prison.
     And there arose a question between Johns disciples and the Jewes about purifying. And they came unto John, and said unto him: Rabbi, he that was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bare witness. Behold the same baptises, and all men come to him. John answered, and said: a man can receive nothing at all except it be given him from heaven. you yourselves are witnesses, how that I said: I am not Christ, but am sent before him. He that has the bride, is the bridegroom. But the friend of the bridegroom, which stands by and hears him, rejoices greatly of the bridegrooms voice. This my joy is fulfilled. He must increase: and I must decrease.
     He that comes from an high is above all: He that is of the earth, is earthly, and speaks of the earth. He that comes from heaven, is above all, and what he has seen and heard: that he testifies: but no man receives his testimony. How be it, he that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God has sent, speaks the words of God. For God gives not the spirit by measure (unto him). The father loves the son and has given all things into his hand. He that believes on the son, has everlasting life: and he that believes not the son, shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.




The 4th Chapter

     As soon as the Lord had knowledge, how the Pharisees had heard, that Jesus made and baptised more disciples then John (though that Jesus him self baptised not: but his disciples) he left Jewry, and departed again in to Galile. And it was so that he must needs go through Samaria. Then came he to a city of Samaria called Sichar, besides the possession that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. And there was Jacobs well. Jesus then wearied in his journey, sat thus on the well. And it was about the sixth hour: and there came a woman of Samaria to draw water. And Jesus said unto her: give me drink. For his disciples were gone away unto the town to buy meat. Then said the woman of Samaria unto him: how is it, that you being a Jewe, ask drink of me, which am a Samaritan? for the Jewes meddle not with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her: if you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you give me drink, you would have asked of him, and he would have given you water of life. The woman said unto him. Sir you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from where then have you that water of life? are you greater then our father Jacob which gave us the well, and he himself drank thereof, and his children, and his cattle?
     Jesus answered and said unto her: whosoever drinks of this water, shall thirst again. But whosoever shall drink of the water that I shall give him, shall never be more a thirst: but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water, springing up into everlasting life. The woman said unto him: Sir give me of that water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus said unto her. Go and call your husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said to him: I have no husband. Jesus said to her: You have well said, I have no husband. For you have had five husbands, and he whom you now hast, is not your husband. That saidst you truly.
     The woman said unto him: Sir I perceive that you are a Prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain: and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus said unto her: woman believe me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the father. you worship you *wot not what: we know what we worship. For salvation comes of the Jewes. But the hour comes and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the father in spirit, and in truth. For verily such the father requires to worship him. God is a spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him, in spirit and truth.
     The woman said unto him: I *wot well Messias shall come, which is called Christ. When he is come, he will tell us all things: Jesus said unto her: I that speak unto you am he. And even at that point came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman. Yet no man said unto him: what mean you, or why talk you with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and said to the men. Come see a man which told me all things that ever I did. Is not he Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
     And in the mean while his disciples prayed him saying: Master, eat. He said unto them: I have meat to eat, that you know not of. Then said the disciples between themselves: has any man brought him meat? Jesus said unto them: my meat is to do the will of him that sent me. And to finish his work. Say not ye: there are yet four months, and then comes harvest? Behold I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the regions: for they are white already unto harvest. And he that reaps receives reward, and gathers fruit unto life eternal: that both he that sows, and he that reaps might rejoice together. And herein is the saying true, that one sows, and another reaps. I sent you to reap that whereon you bestowed no labor. Other men laboured, and you are entered into their labors.
     Many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him, for the saying of the woman, which testified: he told me all things that ever I did. Then when the Samaritans were come unto him they besought him, that he would tarry with them. And he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own words, and said unto the woman: Now we believe not because of your saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is even indeed Christ the saviour of the world.
     After two days he departed from that place, and went away into Galile. And Jesus himself testified, that a Prophet has none honour in his own country. Then as soon as he was come into Galile, the Galileans received him which had seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast. For they went also unto the feast day. And Jesus came again into Cana of Galile, where he turned water into wine.
     And there was a certain ruler, whose son was sick at Capernaum. As soon as the same heard that Jesus was come out of Jewry into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him, that he would descend, and heal his son: For he was even ready to die. Then said Jesus unto him: except you see signs and wonders, you cannot believe. The ruler said unto him: Sir come away or ever that my child die. Jesus said unto him: Go your way, your son lives. And the man believed the words that Jesus had spoken unto him, and went his way. And *anon as he went on his way, his servants met him, and told him saying: your child lives. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him: Yesterday the seventh hour, the fever left him. And the father knew that it was the same hour in which Jesus said unto him: your son lives. And he believed, and all his household. This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, after he was come out of Jewry into Galilee.


*wot (know) *anon (shortly)




The 5th Chapter

     After that there was a feast of the Jewes, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And there is at Jerusalem, by the slaughterhouse, a pool called in the Hebrew tongue, bethesda, having five porches, in which lay a great multitude of sick folk, of blind, halt and withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool and troubled the water. Whosoever then first after the stirring of the water, stepped in, was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had been diseased thirty eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he now long time had been diseased, he said unto him, Will you be made whole? The sick answered him: Sir I have no man when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool. But in the mean time, while I am about to come, another steps down before me.
     And Jesus said unto him: rise, take up your bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and went. And the same day was the Saboth day. The Jewes therefore said unto him that was made whole: It is the Saboth day, it is not lawful for you to carry your bed. He answered them: he that made me whole, said unto me: take up your bed, and get you from here, now. Then asked they him: what man is that which said unto you, take up your bed and walk? And he that was healed, *wist not who it was. For Jesus had gotten him self away, because that there was press of people in the place.
     And after that, Jesus found him in the temple, and said unto him: behold you are made whole, sin no more, least a worse thing happen unto you. The man departed, and told the Jewes that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. And therefore the Jewes did persecute Jesus, and sought the means to slay him, because he had done these things on the Saboth day. And Jesus answered them: my father works hither to, and I work. Therefore the Jewes sought the more to kill him, not only because he had broken the Saboth: but said also that God was his father and made himself equal with God.
     Then answered Jesus and said unto them: verily, verily, I say unto you: the son can do nothing of him self, but that he sees the father do. For whatsoever he does, that does the son also. For the father loves the son, and shows him all things whatsoever he him self does. And he will show him greater works than these, because you should marvel. For likewise as the father raises up the dead, and quickens them, even so the son quickens whom he will. Neither judges the father any man: but has committed all judgement unto the son, because that all men should honour the son, even as they honour the father. He that honors not the son, the same honors not the father which has sent him. Verily, verily I say unto you: He that hears my words, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into damnation: but is scaped from death unto life.
     Verily, verily I say unto you: the time shall come, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the son of God. And they that hear, shall live. For as the father has life in him self, so likewise has he given to the son to have life in him self: and has given him power also to judge, in that he is the son of man. Marvel not at this: the hour shall come in the which all that are in the graves, shall hear his voice, and shall come forth: they that have done good unto the resurrection of life: and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
     I can of mine own self do nothing at all. As I hear, I judge, and my judgement is just, because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the father which has sent me. If I bear witness of my self, my witness is not true. There is another that bears witness of me, and I am sure that the witness which he bears of me, is true.
     You sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not the record of man. Nevertheless, these things I say, that you might be safe. He was a burning, and a shining light, and you would for a season have rejoiced in his light. But I have greater witness than the witness of John. For the works which the father has given me to finish: the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the father sent me. And the father himself which has sent me, bears witness of me. you have not heard his voice at any time, nor you have seen his shape: thereto his words have you not abiding in you. For whom he has sent: him you believe not.
     Search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And yet will you not come to me, that you might have life. I receive not praise of men. But I know you, that you have not the love of God in you. I am come in my fathers name, and you receive me not. If another shall come in his own name, him will you receive. How can you believe which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that comes of God only?
     Do not think that I will accuse you to my father. There is one that accuses you: even Moses in whom you trust. For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But seeing you believe not his writing: how shall you believe my words?


*wist (knew)




The 6th Chapter

     After these things Jesus went his way over the sea of Galile near to a city called Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they had seen his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And *ester, a feast of the Jewes, was nigh. Then Jesus lift up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, and said unto Philip: from where shall we buy bread that these might eat? This he said to prove him: for he him self knew what he would do.
     Philip answered him, two hundred penny worth of bread are not sufficient for them, that every man have a little. Then said unto him one of his disciples, Andrew Simon Peters brother. There is a lad here, which has five barley loaves and two fishes: but what is that among so many? And Jesus said: Make the people sit down: There was much grass in the place. And the men sat down, in number, about five thousand. And Jesus took the bread, and gave thanks and gave to the disciples, and his disciples to them that were set down. And likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
     When they had eaten enough he said unto his disciples, gather up the broken meat that remains: that nothing be lost. And they gathered it together, and filled twelve baskets with the broken meat, of the five barley loaves: which broken meat remained unto them that had eaten. Then the men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said: This is of a truth the Prophet that should come into the world.
     When Jesus perceived that they would come, and take him up, to make him king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
     And when evening was come his disciples went unto the sea and entered into a ship and went over the sea unto Capernaum. And *anon it was dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose with a great wind that blew. And when they had rowed about a twenty five or a thirty furlongs, they saw Jesus walk on the sea, and draw near unto the ship, and they were afraid. And he said unto them: It is I, be not afraid. Then would they have received him into the ship, and the ship was by and by at the land whither they went.
     The day following, the people which stood on the other side of the sea, saw that there was none other ship there, save that one wherein his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not in with his disciples into the ship: but that his disciples were gone away alone. How be it, there came other ships from Tiberias near unto the place, where they ate bread, when the Lord had blessed. Then when the people saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping and came to Capernaum seeking for Jesus.
     And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him: Rabbi, when came you hither? Jesus answered them and said: verily, verily I say unto you: you seek me, not because you saw the miracles: but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled. Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for the meat that endures unto everlasting life, which meat the son of man shall give unto you. For him has God the father sealed.
     Then said they unto him: what shall we do that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them. This is the work of God, that you believe on him, whom he has sent. They said unto him: what sign show you then, that we may see and believe you? What do you work? Our fathers did eat Mannain in the desert, as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Jesus said unto them: verily, verily I say unto you: Moses gave you not bread from heaven: but my father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven and gives life unto the world.
     Then said they unto him: Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them: I am that bread of life. He that comes to me shall not hunger: and he that believes on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you: that you have seen me, and yet believe not. All that the father gives me shall come to me: and him that comes to me, I cast not away. For I came down from heaven: not to do mine own will, but his will which has sent me. And this is the fathers will which has sent me, that of all which he has given me, I should lose nothing: but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me: that every man which sees the son and believes on him, have everlasting life. And I will raise him up at the last day. The Jewes then murmured at him, because he said: I am that bread which is come down from heaven. And they said: Is not this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he says, I came down from heaven? Jesus answered and said unto them. Murmur not between yourselves. No man can come to me except the father which has sent me, draw him. And I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets, that they shall all be taught of God. Every man therefore that has heard and has learned of the father comes unto me. Not that any man has seen the father, save he which is of God, the same has seen the father.
     Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believes on me, has everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat Manna in the wilderness and are dead? This is that bread which comes from heaven that he which eats of it, should also not die. I am that living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever. And the bread that I will give, is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
     And the Jewes strove among themselves saying: How can this fellow give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them: Verily, verily I say unto you, except you eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. Whosoever eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life: and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He that eats my flesh and drinks my blood, dwells in me and I in him. As the living father has sent me, even so live I by my father: and he that eats me shall live by me. This is the bread which came from heaven: not as your fathers have eaten Manna and are dead. He that eats of this bread, shall live ever.
     These things said he in the synagogue as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples: when they had heard this, said: this is an hard saying: who can abide the hearing of it? Jesus knew in himself, that his disciples murmured at it, and said unto them: does this offend you? What and if you shall see the son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickens, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak unto you, are spirit and life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning, which they were that believed not, and who should 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.
     From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus to the twelve: will you also go away? Then Simon Peter answered: Master to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we believe and know that you are Christ the son of the living God. Jesus answered them: Have not I chosen you twelve, and yet one of you is the devil? He spoke it of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon. For he it was that should betray him, and was one of the twelve.


*ester: exact spelling, maybe: feast of sweet bread. *anon (after a while)


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