Gospel of John chapter 5

Reading and Interpretation by Vic Alexander

From the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures


John 5 

1. Afterwards there followed a feast of the Jews,* and Eashoa went up to Jerusalem. 2. There was in Jerusalem a place of baptism*, that is called in Hebrew “House of Harvest,” which was [supported] by five columns. 3. And by these [columns] they used to throw down many people, with fowl [illnesses,] the blind, the crippled and the withered; and they [eagerly awaited] the movement of the water. 4. For the angel, season by season, would come down for the baptism and would stir the water for them. And whoever went down first into the water, after the movement of the water, was restored* [from] whatever inadequacy they had. 5. There was a man there, one who for thirty-eight years had been [struck] with a foul illness. 6. Eashoa saw him [down by the column,*] and he knew he had a long [illness*,] and he said to him, “You anticipate [getting well*?]” 7. The sick [man] replied and said, “Yes, my Maryah. [But] I do not have anybody*, that when the water is stirred up, who will throw me into the [pool of] baptism. Except that before I can [go down into the water,] somebody else goes down before me.” 8. Eashoa told him, “Get up, take your [straw] mat and get going!” 9. And in that very hour the man was restored, and he got up, took his mat and got going. And that was [on] a Sabbath. 10. And the Jews told the one who was healed, “This is the Sabbath, you are not [permitted according to Law] to pick up your mat.” 11. But he replied and said, “The one who restored me, he [is the one] who told me, 'Take your mat and go.’" 12. And they asked him, “Who is this man who told you to pick up your mat and go?” 13. But the one who was healed did not know who he was, for Eashoa had disappeared* into the big crowd that were present at that place. 14. After a time* Eashoa found [the man] in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you are healed [now,] do not sin again, so as not to end up worse than before.”* 15. And the man went and told the Jews that it was Eashoa who restored him. 

16. And because of this the Jews abandoned* Eashoa and wanted him killed, [because] of such [works] that [Eashoa] did on the Sabbath. 17. But Eashoa told them, “Whatever my Father does, I also do.” 18. And because of this the Jews were forever resolved* to kill him, not only because he retired* the Sabbath, except also about Allaha he said that He was his Father, and he made himself equal with Allaha. 19. So, Eashoa replied and answered them, “Amen, amen, I am telling you, that the Son cannot do something from out of nowhere,* except [from that which] he sees his Father doing; for these [things] that the Father does, these also the Son likewise does. 20. “For the Father has compassion for the Son, and whatever He does he reveals* it to him. And much more than these works He will reveal to him so that you will be [utterly] amazed. 21. “For when the Father raises the dead and [brings them] to life, so also the Son to those he pleases he [brings] to life. 22. “For the Father never judges mankind*, except all judgment has been given to the Son, 23. “So that every human [being] may honor the Son as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son, does not honor the Father that sent him. 24. “Amen, amen, I am telling you, that whoever listens to my words and believes the one who sent me, has [achieved] eternal* Life, and will not come [before] judgment, except has passed from death to Life. 25. “Amen, amen, I am telling you, there comes an hour which has just arrived, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Allaha, and those that hear [it] shall live [again.] 26. “Because as for the Father there is Life through his Trinity, so also He has given the Son Life through his Trinity; 27. “And his work is to be also to judge, even as his Son was a human [being.] 28. “Do not be amazed [when] that hour comes, when all the dead hear his voice 29. “And come out, those who did good deeds are resurrected for Life and those who did evil stand to be condemned*. 30. “I cannot make something out of nothing, except I judge according to what I hear and my judgment is a righteous [judgment.] For I do not want satisfaction for myself, except [I do so] for the satisfaction of the one who sent me. 31. “If I were testifying on my own behalf, my testimony would not be sincere.* 32. “But someone else is testifying on my behalf, and I know that it is a true testimony that is being [given] concerning me. 33. “You sent for John and he witnessed to the truth. 34. “But it was not from human [beings] that I needed testimony, except that it was I who said that you shall live. 35. “[John] was a beacon of light, and you were satisfied for an hour [and] proud to be in that light.* 36. “[With] me I have a testimony greater than John's. For the tasks my Father has given me to accomplish*: these [very] tasks that I do, will be testimony that the Father authorized* me. 37. “And the Father who authorized me testified on my behalf. You neither hear his voice, nor recognize his presence*. 38. “And his manifestation does not abide in you, as long as you do not believe in whom He sent. 39. “Your entire hope is in the Scriptures, thinking that you have achieved eternal Life*, and [yet the Scriptures] testify about me. 40. “And you are not pleased* to come to me, so that you may have eternal life. 41. “Devotion from human beings does not nourish* me; 42. “Except to demonstrate that the love of Allaha is not in you. 43. “I came in the name of my Father and you did not accept me. And if someone else comes in his own name, you accept him. 44. “How can you have faith, when you accept devotion one from another* and the grace of the One Allaha you do not want? 45. “Do not expect that I will reduce you before the Father, there is someone else who will [do that,] Moses, in whom you have your hope*. 46. “For if you had believed in Moses, you would have also believed in me, for it was about me that Moses wrote. 47. “And if you do not believe in his Books*, how will you believe in my words?” 

Footnotes: 5:1 “After these it was feast of the Jews.” -- 5:2 “A pool of water.” -- 5:4 “Strengthened.” -- 5:6. 1 “Thrown [down].” -- 5:6. 2 “Season.” -- 5:6. 3 “Strengthened.” -- 5:7 “Human [being.]” -- 5:13 “Leaned.” -- 5:14. 1 “Season.” -- 5:14. 2 “Behold, restored one, again do not sin, so that it does not befall you of the thing that is worse than the first.” -- 5:16 “Cast out.” -- 5:18. 1 “Inheritance-wise,” in the sense of: “For good.” -- 5:18. 2 “Untied.” -- 5:19 “That the Son cannot do the thing from negating [contrary to] himself.” -- 5:20 “Shows.” -- 5:22 “The human [being.]” -- 5:24 “To [the end of] the universe.” -- 5:29 “Judged.” -- 5:31 “If I testify on myself my testimony will not be truthful.” -- 5:35 “He was a lamp that burned and brightened [also: revealed,] and you were satisfied [in] that pride of that hour in the light [revelation.]” -- 5:36. 1 Aramaic: “That grant peace.” -- 5:36. 2 “Apostled.” -- 5:37 “Sight.” -- 5:39 “Life” is always “Lives” in Aramaic. -- 5:40 “Satisfied.” -- 5:41 “Satisfy.” -- 5:44 “One.” -- 5:45 “[Whom you] anticipate.” -- 5:47 Literal Also: “Writings.”

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