Gospel of John chapter 7

Reading by Vic Alexander

From the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures


John 7

1. After these things Eashoa went around Galilee. For it was not his pleasure to go around Judea, since the Judeans wanted to have him killed. 

2. And the Jewish feast of Tabernacles* was near. 3. And his brethren told Eashoa, “Leave this area and go to Judea, so that your disciples also may see the works that you do. 4. “For there is no man* who performs something in secret but whose intentions* are that it be revealed. If these works you are performing, then show yourself to the world*.” 5. For his brethren believed neither in him, nor in his being Eashoa*. 6. Eashoa told them, “My hour of decision is not yet here. This is your time, all of it.* 7. “No one can possibly hate you now. But me they hate, for I testify against them, that their deeds are wicked. 8. “You go up to this feast. I will not go to this feast yet, because the hour has not arrived.*” 9. These things he said and remained in Galilee. 10. But as his brethren went up to the feast, that is when* he also went up, not openly however, except as though in secret. 

11. The Jews that wanted him during the feast, were saying, “Where is he?” 12. And there was a lot of arguing about* him among the crowds. For there were some who said that he was good; and others said that no, except he is searching for supporters.* 13. For no one* spoke of him openly,* because of the Judean* subterfuge. 

14. As half the day of the feast was over, Eashoa went up to the temple and began teaching there. 15. And the Jews were amazed, saying, “How does he know the Scripture, as he has never learned it?” 16. Eashoa replied and said, “My learning was not mine, except of whom sent me. 17. “Whoever desires* to do His will*, shall be redeemed by my teachings,* if they are from Allaha, and not from myself that I speak them. 18. “Whoever speaks only from his own opinions, wants to glorify himself. Whoever wants glory for the One who sent him, is true, and no abomination is found in his heart. 19. “Did not Moses give you the Law? And yet not one* of you obeyed* the Law. Why do you want to have me killed?” 20. The crowd replied, “Are you possessed by a demon*? Who wants to have you killed?” 21. Eashoa replied and said to them, “I do one thing* and all of you are amazed! 22. “This is why* Moses gave you circumcision, not that it was from Moses, except that it was an ancestral tradition, and so that on a Sabbath you may perform the circumcision on a man*. 23. “And if a man* is circumcised on the Sabbath day, so as not to undo the Law of Moses; yet against me you complain that I restore the entire man* on the Sabbath day. 24. “Do not judge on face* value, except judge the judgment of the just.” 

25. And some men of Jerusalem asked, “Is this not the one whom they want to kill? 26. “And yet he speaks openly*, and they tell him nothing. Why do our priests think* that he is the Msheekha? 27. “Except we know where this one comes from. Our Msheekha, when he comes, not a soul* will know from where he comes.” 

28. And Eashoa raised his voice, as he taught at the temple, and said, “And so you know me, and where I come from you know that too, and out of nowhere* I did not come, except who sent me is the Truth. He whom you do not know. 29. “I am the one who knows Him, and I know that I am from Him and that He sent me.” 30. And they wanted to arrest* him and yet no one* raised a hand against him, for his hour had not come yet. 31. A great many from the crowd believed in him and said, “When the Msheekha comes, why then does he perform greater miracles than these that he is doing?” 32. And the Pharisees heard the crowds speaking about him such things, and the Pharisees and the high priests sent emissaries to arrest* him. 33. And Eashoa said, “I am with you a short season and then I go to whom sent me. 34. “And you will seek me and you will not find me, and where I come, you will not find it, so you could also come.” 35. The Judeans said inside themselves, “Where is he going to go* that we cannot find him? Why then, is he planning* to go to the countries of the world* and teach pagans? 36. “What is the meaning of these words he is saying,* that, 'You shall seek me and not find me, and where I come you cannot come?'"

37. On that great, last day of the feast,* Eashoa rose and cried out, “If anyone* thirsts they can come to me and drink! 38. “Whoever believes in me, as the Scriptures have proclaimed, 'Rivers of the Living waters shall gush from His body*.’" 39. However, he said this regarding the Holy Spirit, which was prepared for those to receive who believed in him. For the Holy Spirit had not yet been issued, since Eashoa had not poured out his sacrificial, glorifying blood.”* 40. A great many in the crowd who spoke out, said, “He is truly a prophet!” 41. Others said, “He is the Msheekha!” Others said, “Why, from Galilee is it possible that the Msheekha comes? 42. “Did not the Scripture say that it was from the seed of David, and from Bethlehem, which is the village of David, there will come the Anointed One?” 43. And so there was division in the crowd because of him. 44. And there were those* among them who wished to seize* him, except no one* raised their hands against him. 45. And the emissaries came back to the high priests and Pharisees, and the high priests said, “Why did you not bring him?” 46. The emissaries told them, “It is impossible for a human being to speak like this mighty man spoke!” 47. The Pharisees said to them, “Why, have you also lost* it? 48. “Why, is it possible a man from the emissaries, sent by the Pharisees, ends up believing in him?! 49. “Except for these cursed people here that do not know the Law!” 50. There said to them Nicodemus, one of them, who had come to Eashoa in the night, 51. “That is why our Law condemns no one*, except if it hears from them beforehand and learns from them what they have done?” 52. They replied to him and said, “Why, are you also from Galilee? Search and see you will find that no prophet rises out of Galilee.” 53. Thus* each went to their homes. 

Footnotes: 7:2 “Tents.” -- 7:4. 1 “Human [being.]” -- 7:4. 2 “Satisfaction.” -- 7:4. 3 “Universe,” or “people.” -- 7:5 “Life-giver,” or “Savior.” -- 7:6 “My season, which is decreed to occur, has not [yet] arrived. Your season, which is yours, in every time, has arrived.” -- 7:8 Literal expression: “Because my season has not yet concluded.” -- 7:10 “The time.” -- 7:12. 1 “Because of.” -- 7:12. 2 Literal expression: “Except he searches for people.” -- 7:13. 1 Literal expression: ““Not a human [being].” -- 7:13. 2 “Revealingly.” -- 7:13. 3 The reference to Jews is in the sense of religion, not the culture. -- 7:17. 1 “Is satisfied.” -- 7:17. 2 “Satisfaction.” -- 7:17. 3 Aramaic phraseology: “[Shall gain] autonomous (independent, liberating, sovereign) knowledge.” -- 7:19. 1 “Human [being.]” -- 7:19. 2 “Guarded and observed.” -- 7:20 Aramaic expression retained. “Are you crazy? [Absolutely not!]” -- 7:21 “Doing.” -- 7:22. 1 Literal expression: “Because of this.” -- 7:22. 2 “Human [being.” -- 7:23. 1 “Human [being.]” -- 7:23. 2 “Human [being.]” -- 7:24 “Faces.” -- 7:26. 1 “Revealingly.” -- 7:26. 2 “Know.” -- 7:27 “Human [being.]” 7:28 Literal expression: “From only myself.” -- 7:30. 1 “To [his] taking.” -- 7:30. 2 “Human [being.]” -- 7:32 “To take him.” -- 7:35. 1 “To where comes he to go.” -- 7:35. 2 “Coming,” or “intending.” -- 7:35. 3 “Peoples.” -- 7:36 Literal expression: “What is this word [or manifestation] that he says.” -- 7:37. 1 “On that great day, that was the last of the feast.” -- 7:37. 2 “Human [being.]” -- 7:38 “Stomach.” -- 7:39 Literal expression: “Since Eashoa had not yet performed [the act of] sacrificing glorification.” -- 7:44. 1 “Human [beings.]” -- 7:44. 2 “Take.” -- 7:44. 3 “Human [being.]” -- 7:47 “Searching for [it.]” -- 7:51 “No human beings.” -- 7:53 With matters unresolved. 

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