Day 73

John 5

 

5:1 After these things, there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

 

5:2 Now in Jerusalem by the sheep gate, there is a pool, which is called in Hebrew, "Bethesda," having five porches.

 

5:3 In these lay a great multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, or paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water;

 

5:4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain times into the pool, and stirred up the water. Whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was made whole of whatever disease he had.

 

5:5 A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years.

 

5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been sick for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to be made well?"

 

5:7 The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I'm coming, another steps down before me."

 

5:8 Jesus said to him, "Arise, take up your mat, and walk."

 

5:9 Immediately, the man was made well, and took up his mat and walked. Now it was the Sabbath on that day.

 

5:10 So the Jews said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to carry the mat."

 

5:11 He answered them, "He who made me well, the same said to me, 'Take up your mat, and walk.'"

 

5:12 Then they asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your mat, and walk'?"

 

5:13 But he who was healed didn't know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a crowd being in the place.

 

5:14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "Behold, you are made well. Sin no more, so that nothing worse happens to you."

 

5:15 The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

 

5:16 For this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill him, because he did these things on the Sabbath.

 

5:17 But Jesus answered them, "My Father is still working, so I am working, too."

 

5:18 For this cause therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

 

5:19 Jesus therefore answered them, "Most certainly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father doing. For whatever things he does, these the Son also does likewise.

 

5:20 For the Father has affection for the Son, and shows him all things that he himself does. He will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel.

 

5:21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he desires.

 

5:22 For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the Son,

 

5:23 that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who doesn't honor the Son doesn't honor the Father who sent him.

 

5:24 "Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesn't come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

 

5:25 Most certainly, I tell you, the hour comes, and now is, when the dead will hear the Son of God's voice; and those who hear will live.

 

5:26 For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself.

 

5:27 He also gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man.

 

5:28 Don't marvel at this, for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs will hear his voice,

 

5:29 and will come out; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.

 

5:30 I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous; because I don't seek my own will, but the will of my Father who sent me.

 

5:31 "If I testify about myself, my witness is not valid.

 

5:32 It is another who testifies about me. I know that the testimony which he testifies about me is true.

 

5:33 You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.

 

5:34 But the testimony which I receive is not from man. However, I say these things that you may be saved.

 

5:35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.

 

5:36 But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John, for the works which the Father gave me to accomplish, the very works that I do, testify about me, that the Father has sent me.

 

5:37 The Father himself, who sent me, has testified about me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form.

 

5:38 You don't have his word living in you; because you don't believe him whom he sent.

 

5:39 "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me.

 

5:40 Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life.

 

5:41 I don't receive glory from men.

 

5:42 But I know you, that you don't have God's love in yourselves.

 

5:43 I have come in my Father's name, and you don't receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.

 

5:44 How can you believe, who receive glory from one another, and you don't seek the glory that comes from the only God?

 

5:45 "Don't think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hope.

 

5:46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me.

 

5:47 But if you don't believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"

 

2 Peter 1

 

1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:

 

1:2 Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

 

1:3 seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue;

 

1:4 by which he has granted to us his precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.

 

1:5 Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge;

 

1:6 and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control patience; and in patience godliness;

 

1:7 and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love.

 

1:8 For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1:9 For he who lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.

 

1:10 Therefore, brothers, be more diligent to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble.

 

1:11 For thus you will be richly supplied with the entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

1:12 Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you of these things, though you know them, and are established in the present truth.

 

1:13 I think it right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you;

 

1:14 knowing that the putting off of my tent comes swiftly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.

 

1:15 Yes, I will make every effort that you may always be able to remember these things even after my departure.

 

1:16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

 

1:17 For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

 

1:18 We heard this voice come out of heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.

 

1:19 We have the more sure word of prophecy; and you do well that you heed it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the morning star arises in your hearts:

 

1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of private interpretation.

 

1:21 For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit.

 

2 Peter 2

 

2:1 But false prophets also arose among the people, as false teachers will also be among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, denying even the Master who bought them, bringing on themselves swift destruction.

 

2:2 Many will follow their immoral ways, and as a result, the way of the truth will be maligned.

 

2:3 In covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words: whose sentence now from of old doesn't linger, and their destruction will not slumber.

 

2:4 For if God didn't spare angels when they sinned, but cast them down to hell, and committed them to pits of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;

 

2:5 and didn't spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah with seven others, a preacher of righteousness, when he brought a flood on the world of the ungodly;

 

2:6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly;

 

2:7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was very distressed by the lustful life of the wicked

 

2:8 (for that righteous man dwelling among them, was tormented in his righteous soul from day to day with seeing and hearing lawless deeds):

 

2:9 the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment;

 

2:10 but chiefly those who walk after the flesh in the lust of defilement, and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries;

 

2:11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, don't bring a railing judgment against them before the Lord.

 

2:12 But these, as unreasoning creatures, born natural animals to be taken and destroyed, speaking evil in matters about which they are ignorant, will in their destroying surely be destroyed,

 

2:13 receiving the wages of unrighteousness; people who count it pleasure to revel in the daytime, spots and blemishes, reveling in their deceit while they feast with you;

 

2:14 having eyes full of adultery, and who can't cease from sin; enticing unsettled souls; having a heart trained in greed; children of cursing;

 

2:15 forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of wrongdoing;

 

2:16 but he was rebuked for his own disobedience. A mute donkey spoke with a man's voice and stopped the madness of the prophet.

 

2:17 These are wells without water, clouds driven by a storm; for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever.

 

2:18 For, uttering great swelling words of emptiness, they entice in the lusts of the flesh, by licentiousness, those who are indeed escaping from those who live in error;

 

2:19 promising them liberty, while they themselves are bondservants of corruption; for a man is brought into bondage by whoever overcomes him.

 

2:20 For if, after they have escaped the defilement of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in it and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.

 

2:21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.


2:22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, "The dog turns to his own vomit again,"  and "the sow that has washed to wallowing in the mire."