"Come and See": A Web Commentary on the Gospel of John: Section 9 Deepening Conflict (Jn 9.1- 10.42)


Section 9.3 Jesus at the Feast of Dedication (Jn 10.22-39)


22At that time, it being winter, the feast of Dedication took place in Jerusalem, 23and Jesus walked in the Temple, in Solomon's Portico. 24The Judaeans (or The Jerusalemites) stood about him and said to him, How long will you keep us hanging? If in fact you are the Messiah, tell us plainly! 25Jesus answered them, I told you and you don't trust in me1. The works I do in my Father's name -- they bear witness about me. 26But you don't trust in them2 because you are not among my sheep. 27My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me. 28And I give them everlasting life and they will never die at all and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29What my Father has given me is greater than everything else and no-one can snatch it from my Father's hand. 30I and the Father are one.

31The Judaeans (or The Jerusalemites) again picked up stones for stoning him. 32Jesus answered them, I showed you many fine works from the Father; what kind of work among them are you going to stone me for? 33The Judaeans (or The Jerusalemites) answered him, We aren't going to stone you over a "fine work" but over blasphemy and because you, a mere human being, are making yourself God! 34Jesus answered them, Isn't it written in your own law, “I said, "You are gods"?”3 35If it says that those to whom the word of God came are gods -- and the Scripture cannot be annulled -- 36are you saying about the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world, You are blaspheming! because I said, I am the son of God? 37If I don't do my Father's works, then don't trust me; 38but if I do them and you don't trust me, trust the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father. 39They [then] tried again4 to arrest him but he slipped out of their hands.


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1 'in me' supplied

2 'in them' supplied

3 Ps 82.6 (LXX)

4 See Jn 7.32 and 45