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9:37. And Jesus said to him: Thou hast both seen him; and it is he that
talketh with thee.
9:38. And he said: I believe, Lord. And falling down, he adored him.
9:39. And Jesus said: For judgment I am come into this world: that they
who see not may see; and they who see may become blind.
I am come, etc. . .Not that Christ came for that end, that any one
should be made blind: but that the Jews, by the abuse of his coming,
and by their not receiving him, brought upon themselves this judgment
9:40. And some of the Pharisees, who were with him, heard: and they
said unto him: Are we also blind?
9:41. Jesus said to them: If you were blind, you should not have sin:
but now you say: We see. Your sin remaineth.
If you were blind, etc. . .If you were invincibly ignorant, and had
neither read the scriptures, nor seen my miracles, you would not be
guilty of the sin of infidelity: but now, as you boast of your
knowledge of the scriptures, you are inexcusable.
John Chapter 10
Christ is the door and the good shepherd. He and his Father are one.
10:1. Amen, amen, I say to you: He that entereth not by the door into
the sheepfold but climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a
10:2. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
10:3. To him the porter openeth: and the sheep hear his voice. And he
calleth his own sheep by name and leadeth them out.
10:4. And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and
the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.
10:5. But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they
know not the voice of strangers.
10:6. This proverb Jesus spoke to them. But they understood not what he
10:7. Jesus therefore said to them again: Amen, amen, I say to you, I
am the door of the sheep.
10:8. All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers: and
the sheep heard them not.
10:9. I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved: and
he shall go in and go out, and shall find pastures.
10:10. The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill and to
destroy. I am come that they may have life and may have it more
10:11. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for
10:12. But the hireling and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the
sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming and leaveth the sheep and flieth:
and the wolf casteth and scattereth the sheep,
10:13. And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath
no care for the sheep.
10:14. I am the good shepherd: and I know mine, and mine know me.
10:15. As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down
my life for my sheep.
10:16. And other sheep I have that are not of this fold: them also I
must bring. And they shall hear my voice: And there shall be one fold
and one shepherd.
10:17. Therefore doth the Father love me: because I lay down my life,
that I may take it again.
10:18. No man taketh it away from me: but I lay it down of myself. And
I have power to lay it down: and I have power to take it up again. This
commandment have I received of my Father.
10:19. A dissension rose again among the Jews for these words.
10:20. And many of them said: He hath a devil and is mad. Why hear you
10:21. Others said: These are not the words of one that hath a devil.
Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
10:22. And it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem: and it was
10:23. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon's porch.
10:24. The Jews therefore came round about him and said to him: How
long dost thou hold our souls in suspense? If thou be the Christ, tell
10:25. Jesus answered them: I speak to you, and you believe not: the
works that I do in the name of my Father, they give testimony of me.
10:26. But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep.
10:27. My sheep hear my voice. And I know them: and they follow me.
10:28. And I give them life everlasting: and they shall not perish for
ever. And no man shall pluck them out of my hand.
10:29. That which my Father hath given me is greater than all: and no
one can snatch them out of the hand of my Father.
10:30. I and the Father are one.
I and the Father are one. . .That is, one divine nature, but two
10:31. The Jews then took up stones to stone him.
10:32. Jesus answered them: Many good works I have shewed you from my
Father. For which of those works do you stone me?
10:33. The Jews answered him: For a good work we stone thee not, but
for blasphemy: and because that thou. being a, man, makest thyself God.
10:34. Jesus answered them: Is it not written in your law: I said, you
10:35. If he called them gods to whom the word of God was spoken; and
the scripture cannot be broken:
10:36. Do you say of him whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into
the world: Thou blasphemest; because I said: I am the Son of God?
10:37. If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
10:38. But if I do, though you will not believe me, believe the works:
that you may know and believe that the Father is in me and I in the
10:39. They sought therefore to take him: and he escaped out of their
10:40. And he went again beyond the Jordan, into that place where John
was baptizing first. And there he abode.
10:41. And many resorted to him: and they said: John indeed did no
10:42. But all things whatsoever John said of this man were true. And
many believed n him.
John Chapter 11
Christ raises Lazarus to life. The rulers resolve to put him to death.
11:1. Now there was a certain man sick, named Lazarus, of Bethania, of
the town of Mary and of Martha her sister.
11:2. (And Mary was she that anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped
his feet with her hair: whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
11:3. His sisters therefore sent to him, saying: Lord, behold, he whom
thou lovest is sick.
11:4. And Jesus hearing it, said to them: This sickness is not unto
death, but for the glory of God: that the Son of God may be glorified
11:5. Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister Mary and Lazarus.
11:6. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he still remained
in the same place two days.
11:7. Then after that, he said to his disciples: Let us go into Judea
11:8. The disciples say to him: Rabbi, the Jews but now sought to stone
thee. And goest thou thither again?
11:9. Jesus answered: Are there not twelve hours of the day? If a man
walk in the day he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this
11:10. But if he walk in the night, he stumbleth, because the light is
not in him.
11:11. These things he said; and after that he said to them: Lazarus
our friend sleepeth: but I go that I may awake him out of sleep.
11:12. His disciples therefore said: Lord, if he sleep, he shall do
11:13. But Jesus spoke of his death: and they thought that he spoke of
the repose of sleep.
11:14. Then therefore Jesus said to them plainly: Lazarus is dead.
11:15. And I am glad, for your sakes; that I was not there, that you
may believe. But, let us go to him.
11:16. Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow
disciples: Let us also go, that we may die with him.
11:17. Jesus therefore came: and found that he had been four days
already in the grave.
11:18. (Now Bethania was near Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off.)
11:19. And many of the Jews were come to Martha and Mary, to comfort
them concerning their brother.
11:20. Martha therefore, as soon as she heard that Jesus was come, went
to meet him: but Mary sat at home.
11:21. Martha therefore said to Jesus: Lord, if thou hadst been here,
my brother had not died.
11:22. But now also I know that whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God
will give it thee.
11:23. Jesus saith to her: Thy brother shall rise again.
11:24. Martha saith to him: I know that he shall rise again, in the
resurrection at the last day.
11:25. Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life: he that
believeth in me, although he be dead, shall live:
11:26. And every one that liveth and believeth in me shall not die for
ever. Believest thou this?
11:27. She saith to him: Yea, Lord, I have believed that thou art
Christ, the Son of the living God, who art come into this world.
11:28. And when she had said these things, she went and called her
sister Mary secretly, saying: The master is come and calleth for thee.
11:29. She, as soon as she heard this, riseth quickly and cometh to
11:30. For Jesus was not yet come into the town: but he was still in
that place where Martha had met him.
11:31. The Jews therefore, who were with her in the house and comforted
her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up speedily and went out,
followed her, saying: She goeth to the grave to weep there.
11:32. When Mary therefore was come where Jesus was, seeing him, she
fell down at his feet and saith to him. Lord, if thou hadst been here,
my brother had not died.
11:33. Jesus, therefore, when he saw her weeping, and the Jews that
were come with her weeping, groaned in the spirit and troubled himself,
11:34. And said: Where have you laid him? They say to him: Lord, come
11:35. And Jesus wept.
11:36. The Jews therefore said: Behold how he loved him.
11:37. But some of them said: Could not he that opened the eyes of the
man born blind have caused that this man should not die?
11:38. Jesus therefore again groaning in himself, cometh to the
sepulchre. Now it was a cave; and a stone was laid over it.
11:39. Jesus saith: Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that
was dead, saith to him: Lord, by this time he stinketh, for he is now
of four days.
11:40. Jesus saith to her: Did not I say to thee that if thou believe,
thou shalt see the glory of God?
11:41. They took therefore the stone away. And Jesus lifting up his
eyes, said: Father, I give thee thanks that thou hast heard me.
11:42. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the
people who stand about have I said it, that they may believe that thou
hast sent me.
11:43. When he had said these things, he cried with a loud voice:
Lazarus, come forth.
11:44. And presently he that had been dead came forth, bound feet and
hands with winding bands. And his face was bound about with a napkin.
Jesus said to them: Loose him and let him go.
11:45. Many therefore of the Jews, who were come to Mary and Martha and
had seen the things that Jesus did, believed in him.
11:46. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them the things
that Jesus had done.
11:47. The chief priests, therefore, and the Pharisees gathered a
council and said: What do we, for this man doth many miracles?
11:48. If we let him alone so, all will believe in him; and the Romans
will come, and take away our place and nation.
11:49. But one of them, named Caiphas, being the high priest that year,
said to them: You know nothing.
11:50. Neither do you consider that it is expedient for you that one
man should die for the people and that the whole nation perish not.
11:51. And this he spoke not of himself: but being the high priest of
that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation.
11:52. And not only for the nation, but to gather together in one the
children of God that were dispersed.
11:53. From that day therefore they devised to put him to death.
11:54. Wherefore Jesus walked no more openly among the Jews: but he
went into a country near the desert, unto a city that is called Ephrem.
And there he abode with his disciples.
11:55. And the pasch of the Jews was at hand: and many from the country
went up to Jerusalem, before the pasch, to purify themselves.
11:56. They sought therefore for Jesus; and they discoursed one with
another, standing in the temple: What think you that he is not come to
the festival day? And the chief priests and Pharisees had given a
commandment that, if any man knew where he was, he should tell, that
they might apprehend him.
John Chapter 12
The anointing of Christ's feet. His riding into Jerusalem upon an ass.
A voice from heaven.
12:1. Jesus therefore, six days before the pasch, came to Bethania,
where Lazarus had been dead, whom Jesus raised to life.
12:2. And they made him a supper there: and Martha served. But Lazarus
was one of them that were at table with him.
12:3. Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of right spikenard, of
great price, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her
hair. And the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
12:4. Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, he that was about to
betray him, said:
12:5. Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence and given
to the poor?
12:6. Now he said this not because he cared for the poor; but because
he was a thief and, having the purse, carried the things that were put
12:7. Jesus therefore said: Let her alone, that she may keep it against
the day of my burial.
12:8. For the poor you have always with you: but me you have not
See the annotation of St. Matt. 26. 11.
12:9. A great multitude therefore of the Jews knew that he was there;
and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see
Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
12:10. But the chief priests thought to kill Lazarus also:
12:11. Because many of the Jews, by reason of him, went away and
believed in Jesus.
12:12. And on the next day, a great multitude that was come to the
festival day, when they had heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
12:13. Took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him and cried
Hosanna. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, the king of
12:14. And Jesus found a young ass and sat upon it, as it is written:
12:15. Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold thy king cometh, sitting on
an ass's colt.
12:16. These things his disciples did not know at the first: but when
Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were
written of him and that they had done these things to him.
12:17. The multitude therefore gave testimony, which was with him, when
he called Lazarus out of the grave and raised him from the dead.
12:18. For which reason also the people came to meet him, because they
heard that he had done this miracle.
12:19. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves: Do you see that
we prevail nothing? Behold, the whole world is gone after him.
12:20. Now there were certain Gentiles among them, who came up to adore
on the festival day.
12:21. These therefore came to Philip, who was of Bethsaida of Galilee,
and desired him, saying: Sir, we would see Jesus.
12:22. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew. Again Andrew and Philip told
12:23. But Jesus answered them, saying: The hour is come that the Son
of man should be glorified.
12:24. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into
the ground die,
12:25. Itself remaineth alone. But if it die it bringeth forth much
fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it and he that hateth his
life in this world keepeth it unto life eternal.
12:26. If any man minister to me, let him follow me: and where I am,
there also shall my minister be. If any man minister to me, him will my
12:27. Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? Father, save me
from this hour. But for this cause I came unto this hour.
12:28. Father, glorify thy name. A voice therefore came from heaven: I
have both glorified it and will glorify it again.
12:29. The multitude therefore that stood and heard said that it
thundered. Others said: An angel spoke to him.
12:30. Jesus answered and said: This voice came not because of me, but
for your sakes.
12:31. Now is the judgment of the world: now shall the prince of this
world be cast out.
12:32. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to
12:33. (Now this he said, signifying what death he should die.)
12:34. The multitude answered him: We have heard out of the law that
Christ abideth for ever. And how sayest thou: The Son of man must be
lifted up? Who is this Son of man?
12:35. Jesus therefore said to them: Yet a little while, the light is
among you. Walk whilst you have the light, and the darkness overtake
you not. And he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither be goeth.
12:36. Whilst you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be
the children of light. These things Jesus spoke: and he went away and
hid himself from them.
12:37. And whereas he had done so many miracles before them, they
believed not in him:
12:38. That the saying of Isaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which
he said: Lord, who hath believed our hearing? And to whom hath the arm
of the Lord been revealed?
12:39. Therefore they could not believe, because Isaias said again:
They could not believe. . .Because they would not, saith St. Augustine,
Tract. 33, in Joan. See the annotation, St. Mark 4. 12.
12:40. He hath blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, that they
should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart and be
converted: and I should heal them.
12:41. These things said Isaias, when he saw his glory, and spoke of
12:42. However, many of the chief men also believed in him: but because
of the Pharisees they did not confess him, that they might not be cast
out of the synagogue.
12:43. For they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.
12:44. But Jesus cried and said: He that believeth in me doth not
believe in me, but in him that sent me.
12:45. And he that seeth me, seeth him that sent me.
12:46. I am come, a light into the world, that whosoever believeth in
me may not remain in darkness.
12:47. And if any man hear my words and keep them not, I do not judge
him for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
12:48. He that despiseth me and receiveth not my words hath one that
judgeth him. The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in
the last day.
12:49. For I have not spoken of myself: but the Father who sent me, he
gave me commandment what I should say and what I should speak.
12:50. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting. The things
therefore that I speak, even as the Father said unto me, so do I speak.
John Chapter 13
Christ washes his disciples' feet. The treason of Judas. The new
commandment of love.
13:1. Before the festival day of the pasch, Jesus knowing that his hour
was come, that he should pass out of this world to the Father: having
loved his own who were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
Before the festival day of the pasch. . .This was the fourth and last
pasch of the ministry of Christ, and according to the common
computation, was in the thirty-third year of our Lord: and in the year
of the world 4036. Some chronologers are of opinion that our Saviour
suffered in the thirty-seventh year of his age: but these different
opinions on this subject are of no consequence.
13:2. And when supper was done (the devil having now put into the heart
of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray him),
13:3. Knowing that the Father had given him all things into his hands
and that he came from God and goeth to God,
13:4. He riseth from supper and layeth aside his garments and, having
taken a towel, girded himself.
13:5. After that, he putteth water into a basin and began to wash the
feet of the disciples and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was
13:6. He cometh therefore to Simon Peter. And Peter saith to him: Lord,
dost thou wash my feet?
13:7. Jesus answered and said to him: What I do, thou knowest not now;
but thou shalt know hereafter.
13:8. Peter saith to him: Thou shalt never wash my feet, Jesus answered
him: If I wash thee not, thou shalt have no part with me.
13:9. Simon Peter saith to him: Lord, not only my feet, but also my
hands and my head.
13:10. Jesus saith to him: He that is washed needeth not but to wash
his feet, but is clean wholly. And you are clean, but not all.
13:11. For he knew who he was that would betray him; therefore he said:
You are not all clean.
13:12. Then after he had washed their feet and taken his garments,
being set down again, he said to them: Know you what I have done to
13:13. You call me Master and Lord. And you say well: for so I am.
13:14. If then I being your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you
also ought to wash one another's feet.
13:15. For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so
you do also.
13:16. Amen, amen, I say to you: The servant is not greater than his
lord: neither is the apostle greater than he that sent him.
13:17. If you know these things, you shall be blessed if you do them.
13:18. I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen. But that the
scripture may be fulfilled: He that eateth bread with me shall lift up
his heel against me,
13:19. At present I tell you, before it come to pass: that when it
shall come to pass, you may believe that I am he.
13:20. Amen, amen, I say to you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send
receiveth me: and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
13:21. When Jesus had said these things, he was troubled in spirit; and
he testified, and said: Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you shall
13:22. The disciples therefore looked one upon another, doubting of
whom he spoke.
13:23. Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom
13:24. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him and said to him: Who is it
of whom he speaketh?
13:25. He therefore, leaning on the breast of Jesus, saith to him:
Lord, who is it?
13:26. Jesus answered: He it is to whom I shall reach bread dipped. And
when he had dipped the bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of
13:27. And after the morsel, Satan entered into him. And Jesus said to
him: That which thou dost, do quickly.
That which thou dost, do quickly. . .It is not a license, much less a
command, to go about his treason: but a signification to him that
Christ would not hinder or resist what he was about, do it as soon as
he pleased: but was both ready and desirous to suffer for our
13:28. Now no man at the table knew to what purpose he said this unto
13:29. For some thought, because Judas had the purse, that Jesus had
said to him: Buy those things which we have need of for the festival
day: or that he should give something to the poor.
13:30. He therefore, having received the morsel, went out immediately.
And it was night.
13:31. When he therefore was gone out, Jesus said: Now is the Son of
man glorified; and God is glorified in him.
13:32. If God be glorified in him, God also will glorify him in
himself: and immediately will he glorify him.
13:33. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You shall
seek me. And as I said to the Jews: Whither I go you cannot come; so I
say to you now.
13:34. A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as
I have loved you, that you also love one another.
13:35. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you
have love one for another.
13:36. Simon Peter saith to him: Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus
answered: Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now: but thou shalt
13:37. Peter saith to him: Why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay
down my life for thee.
13:38. Jesus answered him: Wilt thou lay down thy life for me? Amen,
amen, I say to thee, the cock shall not crow, till thou deny me thrice.
John Chapter 14
Christ's discourse after his last supper.
14:1. Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God: believe also
14:2. In my Father's house there are many mansions. If not, I would
have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you.
14:3. And if I shall go and prepare a place for you, I will come again
and will take you to myself: that where I am, you also may be.
14:4. And whither I go you know: and the way you know.
14:5. Thomas saith to him: Lord, we know not whither thou goest. And
how can we know the way?
14:6. Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No
man cometh to the Father, but by me.
14:7. If you had known me, you would without doubt have known my Father
also: and from henceforth you shall know him. And you have seen him.
14:8. Philip saith to him: Lord, shew us the Father; and it is enough
14:9. Jesus saith to him: Have I been so long a time with you and have
you not known me? Philip, he that seeth me seeth the Father also. How
sayest thou: Shew us the Father?
14:10. Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me?
The words that I speak to you, I speak not of myself. But the Father
who abideth in me, he doth the works.
14:11. Believe you not that I am in the Father and the Father in me?
14:12. Otherwise believe for the very works' sake. Amen, amen, I say to
you, he that believeth in me, the works that I do, he also shall do:
and greater than these shall he do.
14:13. Because I go to the Father: and whatsoever you shall ask the
Father in my name, that will I do: that the Father may be glorified in
14:14. If you shall ask me any thing in my name, that I will do.
14:15. If you love me, keep my commandments.
14:16. And I will ask the Father: and he shall give you another
Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever:
Paraclete. . .That is, a comforter: or also an advocate; inasmuch as by
inspiring prayer, he prays, as it were, in us, and pleads for us. For
ever. . .Hence it is evident that this Spirit of Truth was not only
promised to the persons of the apostles, but also to their successors
through all generations.
14:17. The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it
seeth him not, nor knoweth him. But you shall know him; because he
shall abide with you and shall be in you.
14:18. I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you.
14:19. Yet a little while and the world seeth me no more. But you see
me: because I live, and you shall live.
14:20. In that day you shall know that I am in my Father: and you in
me, and I in you.
14:21. He that hath my commandments and keepeth them; he it is that
loveth me. And he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father: and I
will love him and will manifest myself to him.
14:22. Judas saith to him, not the Iscariot: Lord, how is it that thou
wilt manifest thyself to us, and not to the world?
14:23. Jesus answered and said to him: If any one love me, he will keep
my word. And my Father will love him and we will come to him and will
make our abode with him.
14:24. He that loveth me not keepeth not my words. And the word which
you have heard is not mine; but the Father's who sent me.
14:25. These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you.
14:26. But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in
my name, he will teach you all things and bring all things to your
mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.
Teach you all things. . .Here the Holy Ghost is promised to the apostles
and their successors, particularly, in order to teach them all truth,
and to preserve them from error.
14:27. Peace I leave with you: my peace I give unto you: not as the
world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled: nor
let it be afraid.
14:28. You have heard that I said to you: I go away, and I come unto
you. If you loved me you would indeed be glad, because I go to the
Father: for the Father is greater than I.
For the Father is greater than I. . .It is evident, that Christ our Lord
speaks here of himself as he is made man: for as God he is equal to the
Father. (See Phil. 2.) Any difficulty of understanding the meaning of
these words will vanish, when the relative circumstances of the text
here are considered: for Christ being at this time shortly to suffer
death, signified to his apostles his human nature by these very words:
for as God he could not die. And therefore as he was both God and man,
it must follow that according to his humanity he was to die, which the
apostles were soon to see and believe, as he expresses, ver. 29. And
now I have told you before it come to pass: that when it shall come to
pass, you may believe.
14:29. And now I have told you before it come to pass: that when it
shall come to pass, you may believe.
14:30. I will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of
this world: cometh: and in me he hath not any thing.
14:31. But that the world may know that I love the Father: and as the
Father hath given me commandments, so do I. Arise, let us go hence.
John Chapter 15
A continuation of Christ's discourse to his disciples.
15:1. I am the true vine: and my Father is the husbandman.
15:2. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he will take away: and
every one that beareth fruit, he will purge it, that it may bring forth
15:3. Now you are clean, by reason of the word which I have spoken to
15:4. Abide in me: and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of
itself, unless it abide in the vine, so neither can you, unless you
abide in me.
15:5. I am the vine: you the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in
him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
15:6. If any one abide not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch
and shall wither: and they shall gather him up and cast him into the
fire: and he burneth.
15:7. If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask
whatever you will: and it shall be done unto you.
15:8. In this is my Father glorified: that you bring forth very much
fruit and become my disciples.
15:9. As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you. Abide in my
15:10. If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love: as I
also have kept my Father's commandments and do abide in his love.
15:11. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you,
and your joy may be filled.
15:12. This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have
15:13. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life
for his friends.
15:14. You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you.
15:15. I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not
what his lord doth. But I have called you friends. because all things,
whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you.
15:16. You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you; and have
appointed you, that you should go and should bring forth fruit; and
your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father
in my name, he may give it you.
15:17. These things I command you, that you love one another.
15:18. If the world hate you, know ye that it hath hated me before you.
15:19. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but
because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the
world, therefore the world hateth you.
15:20. Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater
than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute
you. If they have kept my word, they will keep yours also.
15:21. But all these things they will do to you for my name's sake:
because they know not him that sent me.
15:22. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin:
but now they have no excuse for their sin.
15:23. He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
15:24. If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath
done, they would not have sin: but now they have both seen and hated
both me and my Father.
15:25. But that the word may be fulfilled which is written in their
law: they hated me without cause.
15:26. But when the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the
Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall
give testimony of me.
Whom I will send. . .This proves, against the modern Greeks, that the
Holy Ghost proceedeth from the Son, as well as from the Father:
otherwise he could not be sent by the Son.
15:27. And you shall give testimony, because you are with me from the
John Chapter 16
The conclusion of Christ's last discourse to his disciples.
16:1. These things have I spoken to you things have I spoken to you
that you may not be scandalized.
16:2. They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh,
that whosoever killeth you will think that he doth a service to God.
16:3. And these things will they do to you; because they have not known
the Father nor me.
16:4. But these things I have told you, that when the hour shall come,
you may remember that I told you of them.
16:5. But I told you not these things from the beginning, because I was
with you. And now I go to him that sent me, and none of you asketh me:
Whither goest thou?
16:6. But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow hath filled
16:7. But I tell you the truth: it is expedient to you that I go. For
if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you: but if I go, I will
send him to you.
16:8. And when he is come, he will convince the world of sin and of
justice and of judgment.
He will convince the world of sin, etc. . .The Holy Ghost, by his coming
brought over many thousands, first, to a sense of their sin in not
believing in Christ. Secondly, to a conviction of the justice of
Christ, now sitting at the right hand of his Father. And thirdly, to a
right apprehension of the judgment prepared for them that choose to
follow Satan, who is already judged and condemned.
16:9. Of sin: because they believed not in me.
16:10. And of justice: because I go to the Father: and you shall see me
16:11. And of judgment: because the prince of this world is already
16:12. I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them
16:13. But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all
truth. For he shall not speak of himself: but what things soever he
shall hear, he shall speak. And the things that are to come, he shall
Will teach you all truth. . .See the annotation on chap. 14. ver. 26.
16:14. He shall glorify me: because he shall receive of mine and shall
shew it to you.
16:15. All things whatsoever the Father hath are mine. Therefore I said
that he shall receive of me and shew it to you.
16:16. A little while, and now you shall not see me: and again a little
while, and you shall see me: because I go to the Father.
16:17. Then some of his disciples said one to another: What is this
that he saith to us: A little while, and you shall not see me: and
again a little while, and you shall see me, and, Because I go to the
16:18. They said therefore: What is this that he saith, A little while?
We know not what he speaketh.
16:19. And Jesus knew that they had a mind to ask him. And he said to
them: Of this do you inquire among yourselves, because I said: A little
while, and you shall not see me; and again a little while, and you
shall see me?
16:20. Amen, amen, I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but
the world shall rejoice: and you shall be made sorrowful, but your
sorrow shall be turned into joy.
16:21. A woman, when she is in labour, hath sorrow, because her hour is
come; but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no
more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
16:22. So also you now indeed have sorrow: but I will see you again and
your heart shall rejoice. And your joy no man shall take from you.
16:23. And in that day you shall not ask me any thing. Amen, amen, I
say to you: if you ask the Father any thing in my name, he will give it
16:24. Hitherto, you have not asked any thing in my name. Ask, and you
shall receive; that your joy may be full.
16:25. These things I have spoken to you in proverbs. The hour cometh
when I will no longer speak to you in proverbs, but will shew you
plainly of the Father.
16:26. In that day, you shall ask in my name: and I say not to you that
I will ask the Father for you.
16:27. For the Father himself loveth you, because you have loved me and
have believed that I came out from God.
16:28. I came forth from the Father and am come into the world: again I
leave the world and I go to the Father.
16:29. His disciples say to him: Behold, now thou speakest plainly and
speakest no proverb.
16:30. Now we know that thou knowest all things and thou needest not
that any man should ask thee. By this we believe that thou camest forth
16:31. Jesus answered them: Do you now believe?
16:32. Behold, the hour cometh, and it is now come, that you shall be
scattered every man to his own and shall leave me alone. And yet I am
not alone, because the Father is with me.
16:33. These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have
peace. In the world you shall have distress. But have confidence. I
have overcome the world.
John Chapter 17
Christ's prayer for his disciples.
17:1. These things Jesus spoke: and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he
said: the hour is come. Glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee.
17:2. As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he may give
eternal life to all whom thou hast given him.
17:3. Now this is eternal life: That they may know thee, the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
17:4. I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work
which thou gavest me to do.
17:5. And now glorify thou me, O Father, with thyself, with the glory
which I had, before the world was, with thee.
17:6. I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou hast given me out
of the world. Thine they were: and to me thou gavest them. And they
have kept thy word.
17:7. Now they have known that all things which thou hast given me are
17:8. Because the words which thou gavest me, I have given to them. And
they have received them and have known in very deed that I came out
from thee: and they have believed that thou didst send me.
17:9. I pray for them. I pray not for the world, but for them whom thou
hast given me: because they are thine.
17:10. And all my things are thine, and thine are mine: and I am
glorified in them.
17:11. And now I am not in the world, and these are in the world, and I
come to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name whom thou hast given
me: that they may be one, as we also are.
17:12. While I was with them, I kept them in thy name. Those whom thou
gavest me have I kept: and none of them is lost, but the son of
perdition: that the scripture may be fulfilled.
17:13. And now I come to thee: and these things I speak in the world,
that they may have my joy filled in themselves.
17:14. I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them:
because they are not of the world, as I also am not of the world.
17:15. I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but
that thou shouldst keep them from evil.
17:16. They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world.
17:17. Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth.
17:18. As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into
17:19. And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be
sanctified in truth.
17:20. And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through
their word shall believe in me.
17:21. That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee;
that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou
hast sent me.
17:22. And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them:
that, they may be one, as we also are one.
17:23. I in them, and thou in me: that they may be made perfect in one:
and the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them, as
thou hast also loved me.
17:24. Father, I will that where I am, they also whom thou hast given
me may be with me: that they may see my glory which thou hast given me,
because thou hast loved me before the creation of the world.
17:25. Just Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known
thee. And these have known that thou hast sent me.
17:26. And I have made known thy name to them and will make it known:
that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in
John Chapter 18
The history of the passion of Christ.
18:1. When Jesus had said these things, he went forth with his
disciples over the brook Cedron, where there was a garden, into which
he entered with his disciples.
18:2. And Judas also, who betrayed him, knew the place: because Jesus
had often resorted thither together with his disciples.
18:3. Judas therefore having received a band of soldiers and servants
from the chief priests and the Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns
and torches and weapons.
18:4. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him,
went forth and said to them: Whom seek ye?
18:5. They answered him: Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith to them: I am
he. And Judas also, who betrayed him, stood with them.
18:6. As soon therefore as he had said to them: I am he; they went
backward and fell to the ground.
18:7. Again therefore he asked them: Whom seek ye? And they said:
Jesus of Nazareth.
18:8. Jesus answered: I have told you that I am he. If therefore you
seek me, let these go their way,
18:9. That the word might be fulfilled which he said: Of them whom thou
hast given me, I have not lost any one.
18:10. Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the servant
of the high priest and cut off his right ear. And the name of thee
servant was Malchus.
18:11. Jesus therefore said to Peter: Put up thy sword into the
scabbard. The chalice which my father hath given me, shall I not drink
18:12. Then the band and the tribune and the servants of the Jews took
Jesus and bound him.
18:13. And they led him away to Annas first, for he was father-in-law
to Caiphas, who was the high priest of that year.
18:14. Now Caiphas was he who had given the counsel to the Jews: That
it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
18:15. And Simon Peter followed Jesus: and so did another disciple. And
that disciple was known to the high priest and went in with Jesus into
the court of the high priest.
18:16. But Peter stood at the door without. The other disciple
therefore, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the
portress and brought in Peter.
18:17. The maid therefore that was portress saith to Peter: Art not
thou also one of this man's disciple? He saith I am not.
18:18. Now the servants and ministers stood at a fire of coals, because
it was cold, and warmed themselves. And with them was Peter also,
standing and warming himself.
18:19. The high priest therefore asked Jesus of his disciples and of
18:20. Jesus answered him: I have spoken openly to the world. I have
always taught in the synagogue and in the temple, whither all the Jews
resort: and in secret I have spoken nothing.
18:21. Why askest thou me? Ask them who have heard what I have spoken
unto them. Behold they know what things I have said.
18:22. And when he had said these things, one of the servants standing
by gave Jesus a blow, saying: Answerest thou the high priest so?
18:23. Jesus answered him: If I have spoken evil, give testimony of the
evil; but if well, why strikest thou me?
18:24. And Annas sent him bound to Caiphas the high priest.
18:25. And Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said
therefore to him: Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it
and said: I am not.
18:26. One of the servants of the high priest (a kinsman to him whose
ear Peter cut off) saith to him: Did not I see thee in the garden with
18:27. Again therefore Peter denied: and immediately the cock crew.
18:28. Then they led Jesus from Caiphas to the governor's hall. And it
was morning: and they went not into the hall, that they might not be
defiled, but that they might eat the pasch.
18:29. Pilate therefore went out to them, and said: What accusation
bring you against this man?
18:30. They answered and said to him: If he were not a malefactor, we
would not have delivered him up to thee.
18:31. Pilate therefore said to them: Take him you, and judge him
according to your law. The Jews therefore said to him: It is not lawful
for us to put any man to death.
18:32. That the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he said,
signifying what death he should die.
18:33. Pilate therefore went into the hall again and called Jesus and
said to him: Art thou the king of the Jews?
18:34. Jesus answered: Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have
others told it thee of me?
18:35. Pilate answered: Am I a Jew? Thy own nation and the chief
priests have delivered thee up to me. What hast thou done?
18:36. Jesus answered: My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom
were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should
not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence.
18:37. Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus
answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for
this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth.
Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
18:38. Pilate saith to him: What is truth? And when he said this, he
went out again to the Jews and saith to them: I find no cause in him.
18:39. But you have a custom that I should release one unto you at the
Pasch. Will you, therefore, that I release unto you the king of the
18:40. Then cried they all again, saying: Not this man, but Barabbas.
Now Barabbas was a robber.
John Chapter 19
The continuation of the history of the Passion of Christ.
19:1. Then therefore Pilate took Jesus and scourged him.
19:2. And the soldiers platting a crown of thorns, put it upon his
head: and they put on him a purple garment.
19:3. And they came to him and said: Hail, king of the Jews. And they
gave him blows.
19:4. Pilate therefore went forth again and saith to them: Behold, I
bring him forth unto you, that you may know that I find no cause in
19:5. (Jesus therefore came forth, bearing the crown of thorns and the
purple garment.) And he saith to them: Behold the Man.
19:6. When the chief priests, therefore, and the servants had seen him,
they cried out, saying: Crucify him, Crucify him. Pilate saith to them:
Take him you, and crucify him: for I find no cause in him.
19:7. The Jews answered him: We have a law; and according to the law he
ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
19:8. When Pilate therefore had heard this saying, he feared the more.
19:9. And he entered into the hall again; and he said to Jesus: Whence
art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.
19:10. Pilate therefore saith to him: Speakest thou not to me? Knowest
thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and I have power to release
19:11. Jesus answered: Thou shouldst not have any power against me,
unless it were given thee from above. Therefore, he that hath delivered
me to thee hath the greater sin.
19:12. And from henceforth Pilate sought to release him. But the Jews
cried out, saying: If thou release this man, thou art not Caesar's
friend. For whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
19:13. Now when Pilate had heard these words, he brought Jesus forth
and sat down in the judgment seat, in the place that is called
Lithostrotos, and in Hebrew Gabbatha.
19:14. And it was the parasceve of the pasch, about the sixth hour: and
he saith to the Jews: Behold your king.
The parasceve of the pasch. . .That is, the day before the paschal
sabbath. The eve of every sabbath was called the parasceve, or day of
preparation. But this was the eve of a high sabbath, viz., that which
fell in the paschal week.
19:15. But they cried out: Away with him: Away with him: Crucify him.
Pilate saith to them: shall I crucify your king? The chief priests
answered: We have no king but Caesar.
19:16. Then therefore he delivered him to them to be crucified. And
they took Jesus and led him forth.
19:17. And bearing his own cross, he went forth to the place which is
called Calvary, but in Hebrew Golgotha.
19:18. Where they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each
side, and Jesus in the midst.
19:19. And Pilate wrote a title also: and he put it upon the cross. And
the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
19:20. This title therefore many of the Jews did read: because the
place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city. And it was
written in Hebrew, in Greek, and in Latin.
19:21. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate: Write not:
The King of the Jews. But that he said: I am the King of the Jews.
19:22. Pilate answered: What I have written, I have written.
19:23. The soldiers therefore, when they had crucified him, took his
garments, (and they made four parts, to every soldier a part) and also
his coat. Now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
19:24. They said then one to another: Let us not cut it but let us cast
lots for it, whose it shall be; that the scripture might be fulfilled,
saying: They have parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture
they have cast lots. And the soldiers indeed did these things.
19:25. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother and his
mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen.
19:26. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple
standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son.
19:27. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And
from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.
19:28. Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished,
that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst.
19:29. Now there was a vessel set there, full of vinegar. And they,
putting a sponge full of vinegar about hyssop, put it to his mouth.
19:30. Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is
consummated. And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost.
19:31. Then the Jews (because it was the parasceve), that the bodies
might not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day (for that was a
great sabbath day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken:
and that they might be taken away.
19:32. The soldiers therefore came: and they broke the legs of the
first, and of the other that was crucified with him.
19:33. But after they were come to Jesus, when they saw that he was
already dead, they did not break his legs.
19:34. But one of the soldiers with a spear opened his side: and
immediately there came out blood and water.
19:35. And he that saw it hath given testimony: and his testimony is
true. And he knoweth that he saith true: that you also may believe.
19:36. For these things were done that the scripture might be
fulfilled: You shall not break a bone of him.
19:37. And again another scripture saith: They shall look on him whom
19:38. And after these things, Joseph of Arimathea (because he was a
disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews), besought Pilate
that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave leave. He
came therefore and took away the body of Jesus.
19:39. And Nicodemus also came (he who at the first came to Jesus by
night), bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound
19:40. They took therefore the body of Jesus and bound it in linen
cloths, with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
19:41. Now there was in the place where he was crucified a garden: and
in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein no man yet had been laid.
19:42. There, therefore, because of the parasceve of the Jews, they
laid Jesus: because the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
John Chapter 20
Christ's resurrection and manifestation to his disciples.
20:1. And on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalen cometh early,
when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre: and she saw the stone taken
away from the sepulchre.
20:2. She ran therefore and cometh to Simon Peter and to the other
disciple whom Jesus loved and saith to them: They have taken away the
Lord out of the sepulchre: and we know not where they have laid him.
20:3. Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple: and they came
to the sepulchre.
20:4. And they both ran together: and that other disciple did outrun
Peter and came first to the sepulchre.
20:5. And when he stooped down, he saw the linen cloths lying: but yet
he went not in.
20:6. Then cometh Simon Peter, following him, and went into the
sepulchre: and saw the linen cloths lying,
20:7. And the napkin that had been about his head, not lying with the
linen cloths, but apart, wrapped up into one place.
20:8. Then that other disciple also went in, who came first to the
sepulchre: and he saw and believed.
20:9. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again
from the dead.
20:10. The disciples therefore departed again to their home.
20:11. But Mary stood at the sepulchre without, weeping. Now as she was
weeping, she stooped down and looked into the sepulchre,
20:12. And she saw two angels in white, sitting, one at the head, and
one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been laid.
20:13. They say to her: Woman, why weepest thou? She saith to them:
Because they have taken away my Lord: and I know not where they have
20:14. When she had thus said, she turned herself back and saw Jesus
standing: and she knew not that it was Jesus.
20:15. Jesus saith to her: Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?
She, thinking that it was the gardener, saith to him: Sir, if thou hast
taken him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him: and I will take him
20:16. Jesus saith to her: Mary. She turning, saith to him: Rabboni
(which is to say, Master).
20:17. Jesus saith to her: Do not touch me: for I am not yet ascended
to my Father. But go to my brethren and say to them: I ascend to my
Father and to your Father, to my God and to your God.
20:18. Mary Magdalen cometh and telleth the disciples: I have seen the
Lord; and these things he said to me.
20:19. Now when it was late the same day, the first of the week, and
the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for
fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them:
Peace be to you.
The doors were shut. . .The same power which could bring Christ's whole
body, entire in all its dimensions, through the doors, can without the
least question make the same body really present in the sacrament;
though both the one and the other be above our comprehension.
20:20. And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his
side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.
20:21. He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father
hath sent me, I also send you.
20:22. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them:
Receive ye the Holy Ghost.
20:23. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them: and whose
sins you shall retain, they are retained.
Whose sins, etc. . .See here the commission, stamped by the broad seal
of heaven, by virtue of which the pastors of Christ's church absolve
repenting sinners upon their confession.
20:24. Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not
with them when Jesus came.
20:25. The other disciples therefore said to him: We have seen the
Lord. But he said to them: Except I shall see in his hands the print of
the nails and put my finger into the place of the nails and put my hand
into his side, I will not believe.
20:26. And after eight days, again his disciples were within, and
Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the
midst and said: Peace be to you.
20:27. Then he said to Thomas: Put in thy finger hither and see my
hands. And bring hither the hand and put it into my side. And be not
faithless, but believing.
20:28. Thomas answered and said to him: My Lord and my God.
20:29. Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast
believed: blessed are they that have not seen and have believed.
20:30. Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples,
which are not written in this book.
20:31. But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his
John Chapter 21
Christ manifests himself to his disciples by the sea side and gives
Peter the charge of his sheep.
21:1. After this, Jesus shewed himself to the disciples at the sea of
Tiberias. And he shewed himself after this manner.
21:2. There were together: Simon Peter and Thomas, who is called
Didymus, and Nathanael, who was of Cana of Galilee, and the sons of
Zebedee and two others of his disciples.
21:3. Simon Peter saith to them: I go a fishing. They say to him: We
also come with thee. And they went forth and entered into the ship: and
that night they caught nothing.
21:4. But when the morning was come, Jesus stood on the shore: yet the
disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
21:5. Jesus therefore said to them: Children, have you any meat? They
answered him: No.
21:6. He saith to them: Cast the net on the right side of the ship; and
you shall find. They cast therefore: and now they were not able to draw
it, for the multitude of fishes.
21:7. That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved said to Peter: It is the
Lord. Simon Peter, when he heard that it was the Lord, girt his coat
about him (for he was naked) and cast himself into the sea.
21:8. But the other disciples came in the ship (for they were not far
from the land, but as it were two hundred cubits) dragging the net with
21:9. As soon then as they came to land they saw hot coals lying, and a
fish laid thereon, and bread.
21:10. Jesus saith to them: Bring hither of the fishes which you have
21:11. Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of great
fishes, one hundred and fifty-three. And although there were so many,
the net was not broken.
21:12. Jesus saith to them: Come and dine. And none of them who were at
meat, durst ask him: Who art thou? Knowing that it was the Lord.
21:13. And Jesus cometh and taketh bread and giveth them: and fish in
21:14. This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to his
disciples, after he was risen from the dead.
21:15. When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter:
Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him:
Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my
21:16. He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He
saith to him: yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to
him: Feed my lambs.
21:17. He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou
me? Peter was grieved because he had said to him the third time: Lovest
thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou
knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep.
Feed my sheep. . .Our Lord had promised the spiritual supremacy to St.
Peter; St. Matt. 16. 19; and here he fulfils that promise, by charging
him with the superintendency of all his sheep, without exception; and
consequently of his whole flock, that is, of his own church.
21:18. Amen, amen, I say to thee, When thou wast younger, thou didst
gird thyself and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be
old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee
and lead thee whither thou wouldst not.
21:19. And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify
God. And when he had said this, he saith to him: Follow me.
21:20. Peter turning about, saw that disciple whom Jesus loved
following, who also leaned on his breast at supper and said: Lord, who
is he that shall betray thee?
21:21. Him therefore when Peter had seen, he saith to Jesus: Lord, and
what shall this man do?
21:22. Jesus saith to him: So I will have him to remain till I come,
what is it to thee? Follow thou me.
21:23. This saying therefore went abroad among the brethren, that that
disciple should not die. And Jesus did not say to him: He should not
die; but: So I will have him to remain till I come, what is it to thee?
21:24. This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things and
hath written these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
21:25. But there are also many other things which Jesus did which, if
they were written every one, the world itself. I think, would not be
able to contain the books that should be written.
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
This Book, which, from the first ages, hath been called, THE ACTS OF
THE APOSTLES, is not to be considered as a history of what was done by
all the Apostles, who were dispersed into different nations; but only a
short view of the first establishment of the Christian Church. A part
of the preaching and action of St. Peter are related in the first
twelve chapters; and a particular account of St. Paul's apostolical
labours in the subsequent chapters. It was written by St. Luke the
Evangelist, and the original in Greek. Its history commences from the
Ascension of Christ our Lord and ends in the year sixty-three, being a
brief account of the Church for the space of about thirty years.
Acts Chapter 1
The ascension of Christ. Matthias is chosen in place of Judas.
1:1. The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, of all things which
Jesus began to do and to teach,
1:2. Until the day on which, giving commandments by the Holy Ghost to
the apostles whom he had chosen, he was taken up.
1:3. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many
proofs, for forty days appearing to them, and speaking of the kingdom
1:4. And eating together with them, he commanded them, that they should
not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the
Father, which you have heard (saith he) by my mouth.
1:5. For John indeed baptized with water: but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence.
1:6. They therefore who were come together, asked him, saying: Lord,
wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom of Israel?
1:7. But he said to them: It is not for you to know the time or
moments, which the Father hath put in his own power:
1:8. But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you,
and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and
Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth.
1:9. And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was
raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight.
1:10. And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two
men stood by them in white garments.
1:11. Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to
heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come
as you have seen him going into heaven.
1:12. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount that is called
Olivet, which is nigh Jerusalem, within a sabbath day's journey.
1:13. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room,
where abode Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas,
Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alpheus and Simon Zelotes and Jude
the brother of James.
1:14. All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the
women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
1:15. In those days Peter rising up in the midst of the brethren, said
(now the number of persons together was about an hundred and twenty):
1:16. Men, brethren, the scripture must needs be fulfilled, which the
Holy Ghost spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was
the leader of them that apprehended Jesus:
1:17. Who was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
1:18. And he indeed hath possessed a field of the reward of iniquity,
and being hanged, burst asunder in the midst: and all his bowels gushed
1:19. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: so that
the same field was called in their tongue, Haceldama, that is to say,
The field of blood.
1:20. For it is written in the book of Psalms: Let their habitation
become desolate, and let there be none to dwell therein. And his
bishopric let another take.
1:21. Wherefore of these men who have companied with us, all the time
that the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us,
1:22. Beginning from the baptism of John, until the day wherein he was
taken up from us, one of these must be made a witness with us of his
1:23. And they appointed two, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was surnamed
Justus, and Matthias.
1:24. And praying, they said: Thou, Lord, who knowest the heart of all
men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
1:25. To take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which
Judas hath by transgression fallen, that he might go to his own place.
1:26. And they gave them lot, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he
was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Acts Chapter 2
The disciples receive the Holy Ghost. Peter's sermon to the people. The
piety of the first converts.
2:1. And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were
all together in one place:
2:2. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind
coming: and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
2:3. And there appeared to them parted tongues, as it were of fire: and
it sat upon every one of them.
2:4. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost: and they began to
speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to
2:5. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of
every nation under heaven.
2:6. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and
were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his
2:7. And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not
all these that speak Galilean?
2:8. And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were
2:9. Parthians and Medes and Elamites and inhabitants of Mesopotamia,
Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
2:10. Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene,
and strangers of Rome,
2:11. Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard
them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.
2:12. And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to
another: What meaneth this?
2:13. But others mocking, said: These men are full of new wine.
2:14. But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and
spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be
this known to you and with your ears receive my words.
2:15. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the
third hour of the day:
2:16. But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel:
2:17. And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord), I
will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy: and your young men shall see visions, and
your old men shall dream dreams.
2:18. And upon my servants indeed and upon my handmaids will I pour out
in those days of my spirit: and they shall prophesy.
2:19. And I will shew wonders in the heaven above, and signs on the
earth beneath: blood and fire, and vapour of smoke.
2:20. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood,
before the great and manifest day of the Lord to come.
2:21. And it shalt come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the
name of the Lord shall be saved.
2:22. Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man
approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God
did by him, in the midst of you, as you also know:
2:23. This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and
foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and
By the determinate, etc. . .God delivered up his Son; and his Son
delivered up himself, for the love of us, and for the sake of our
salvation; and so Christ's being delivered up was holy, and was God's
own determination. But they who betrayed and crucified him, did
wickedly, following therein their own malice and the instigation of the
devil; not the will and determination of God, who was by no means the
author of their wickedness; though he permitted it; because he could,
and did draw out of it so great a good, viz., the salvation of man.
2:24. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it
was impossible that he should be holden by it.
Having loosed the sorrow, etc. . .Having overcome the grievous pains of
death and all the power of hell.
2:25. For David saith concerning him: I foresaw the Lord before my
face: because he is at my right hand, that I may not be moved.
2:26. For this my heart hath been glad, and my tongue hath rejoiced:
moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope.
2:27. Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell: nor suffer thy Holy
One to see corruption.
2:28. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: thou shalt make me
full of joy with thy countenance.
2:29. Ye men, brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch
David: that he died and was buried; and his sepulchre is with us to
this present say.
2:30. Whereas therefore he was a prophet and knew that God hath sworn
to him with an oath, that of the fruit of his loins one should sit upon
2:31. Foreseeing this, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ. For
neither was he left in hell: neither did his flesh see corruption.
2:32. This Jesus hath God raised again, whereof all we are witnesses.
2:33. Being exalted therefore by the right hand of God and having
received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath poured
forth this which you see and hear.
2:34. For David ascended not into heaven; but he himself said: The Lord
said to my Lord: Sit thou on my right hand,
2:35. Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.
2:36. Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly that
God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have
2:37. Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in
their heart and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles: What
shall we do, men and brethren?
2:38. But Peter said to them: Do penance: and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins. And
you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
2:39. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that
are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call.
2:40. And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them,
saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation.
2:41. They therefore that received his word were baptized: and there
were added in that day about three thousand souls.
2:42. And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles and in
the communication of the breaking of bread and in prayers.
2:43. And fear came upon every soul. Many wonders also and signs were
done by the apostles in Jerusalem: and there was great fervor in all.
2:44. And all they that believed were together and had all things
2:45. Their possessions and goods they sold and divided them to all,
according as every one had need.
2:46. And continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking
bread from house to house, they took their meat with gladness and
simplicity of heart:
2:47. Praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord
increased daily together such as should be saved.
Acts Chapter 3
The miracle upon the lame man, followed by the conversion of many.
3:1. Now Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour of
3:2. And a certain man who was lame from his mother's womb was carried:
whom they laid every day at the gate of the temple, which is called
Beautiful, that he might ask alms of them that went into the temple.
3:3. He, when he had seen Peter and John, about to go into the temple,
asked to receive an alms.
3:4. But Peter with John, fastening his eyes upon him, said: Look upon
3:5. But he looked earnestly upon them, hoping that he should receive
something of them.
3:6. But Peter said: Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, I
give thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, arise and walk.
3:7. And taking him by the right hand, he lifted him up: and forthwith
his feet and soles received strength.
3:8. And he leaping up, stood and walked and went in with them into the
temple, walking and leaping and praising God.
3:9. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.
3:10. And they knew him, that it was he who sat begging alms at the
Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and
amazement at that which had happened to him.
3:11. And as he held Peter and John, all the people ran to them, to the
porch which is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.
3:12. But Peter seeing, made answer to the people: Ye men of Israel,
why wonder you at this? Or why look you upon us, as if by our strength
or power we had made this man to walk?
3:13. The God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, the
God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus, whom you indeed
delivered up and denied before the face of Pilate, when he judged he
should be released.
3:14. But you denied the Holy One and the Just: and desired a murderer
to be granted unto you.
3:15. But the author of life you killed, whom God hath raised from the
dead: of which we are witnesses.
3:16. And in the faith of his name, this man, whom you have seen and
known, hath his name strengthened. And the faith which is by him hath
given this perfect soundness in the sight of you all.
3:17. And now, brethren, I know that you did it through ignorance: as
did also your rulers.
3:18. But those things which God before had shewed by the mouth of all
the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
3:19. Be penitent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be
3:20. That when the times of refreshment shall come from the presence
of the Lord, and he shall send him who hath been preached unto you,
3:21. Whom heaven indeed must receive, until the times of the
restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of his
holy prophets, from the beginning of the world.
3:22. For Moses said: A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto
you of your brethren, like unto me: him you shall hear according to all
things whatsoever he shall speak to you.
3:23. And it shall be, that every soul which will not hear that prophet
shall be destroyed from among the people.
3:24. And all the prophets, from Samuel and afterwards, who have
spoken, have told of these days.
3:25. You are the children of the prophets and of the testament which
God made to our fathers, saying to Abraham: And in thy seed shall all
the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
3:26. To you first, God, raising up his Son, hath sent him to bless
you: that every one may convert himself from his wickedness.
Acts Chapter 4
Peter and John are apprehended. Their constancy. The church is
4:1. And as they were speaking to the people the priests and the
officer of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them,
4:2. Being grieved that they taught the people and preached in Jesus
the resurrection from the dead: