Luke 18:18-27
    18And a certain ruler asked Him, Good Teacher [You who are essentially and perfectly morally good], what shall I do to inherit eternal life [to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah's kingdom]?
    19Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me [essentially and perfectly morally] good? No one is [essentially and perfectly morally] good--except God only.
    20You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not witness falsely, honor your father and your mother.
    21And he replied, All these I have kept from my youth.
    22And when Jesus heard it, He said to him, One thing you still lack. Sell everything that you have and divide [the money] among the poor, and you will have [rich] treasure in heaven; and come back [and] follow Me [become My disciple, join My party, and accompany Me].
    23But when he heard this, he became distressed and very sorrowful, for he was rich--exceedingly so.
    24Jesus, observing him, said, How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!
    25For it is easier for a camel to enter through a needle's eye than [for] a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
    26And those who heard it said, Then who can be saved?
    27But He said, What is impossible with men is possible with God.


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John 2:14-17
    14There He found in the temple [enclosure] those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting there [also at their stands].
    15And having made a lash (a whip) of cords, He drove them all out of the temple [enclosure]--both the sheep and the oxen--spilling and scattering the brokers' money and upsetting and tossing around their trays (their stands).
    16Then to those who sold the doves He said, Take these things away (out of here)! Make not My Father's house a house of merchandise (a marketplace, a sales shop)!
    17And His disciples remembered that it is written [in the Holy Scriptures], Zeal (the fervor of love) for Your house will eat Me up. [I will be consumed with jealousy for the honor of Your house.]
 
John 3:14-17
    14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross],
    15In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!
    16For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
    17For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
 
John 3:18-21
    18He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation--he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the Name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ's Name.]
    19The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.
    20For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved.
    21But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are--wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God's help, in dependence upon Him].
 
John 3:35
    35The Father loves the Son and has given (entrusted, committed) everything into His hand.
 
John 5:18-47
    18This made the Jews more determined than ever to kill Him [to do away with Him]; because He not only was breaking (weakening, violating) the Sabbath, but He actually was speaking of God as being [in a special sense] His own Father, making Himself equal [putting Himself on a level] with God.
    19So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].
    20The Father dearly loves the Son and discloses to (shows) Him everything that He Himself does. And He will disclose to Him (let Him see) greater things yet than these, so that you may marvel and be full of wonder and astonishment.
    21Just as the Father raises up the dead and gives them life [makes them live on], even so the Son also gives life to whomever He wills and is pleased to give it.
    22Even the Father judges no one, for He has given all judgment (the last judgment and the whole business of judging) entirely into the hands of the Son,
    23So that all men may give honor (reverence, homage) to the Son just as they give honor to the Father. [In fact] whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, Who has sent Him.
    24I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life.
    25Believe Me when I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the time is coming and is here now when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear it shall live.
    26For even as the Father has life in Himself and is self-existent, so He has given to the Son to have life in Himself and be self-existent.
    27And He has given Him authority and granted Him power to execute (exercise, practice) judgment because He is a Son of man [very man].
    28Do not be surprised and wonder at this, for the time is coming when all those who are in the tombs shall hear His voice,
    29And they shall come out--those who have practiced doing good [will come out] to the resurrection of [new] life, and those who have done evil will be raised for judgment [raised to meet their sentence].
    30 I AM able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord--but only as I AM taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I AM bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.
    31If I alone testify in My behalf, My testimony is not valid and cannot be worth anything.
    32There is Another Who testifies concerning Me, and I know and am certain that His evidence on My behalf is true and valid.
    33You yourselves have sent [an inquiry] to John and he has been a witness to the truth.
    34But I do not receive [a mere] human witness [the evidence which I accept on My behalf is not from man]; but I simply mention all these things in order that you may be saved (made and kept safe and sound).
    35John was the lamp that kept on burning and shining [to show you the way], and you were willing for a while to delight (sun) yourselves in his light.
    36But I have as My witness something greater (weightier, higher, better) than that of John; for the works that the Father has appointed Me to accomplish and finish, the very same works that I AM now doing, are a witness and proof that the Father has sent Me.
    37And the Father Who sent Me has Himself testified concerning Me. Not one of you has ever given ear to His voice or seen His form (His face--what He is like). [You have always been deaf to His voice and blind to the vision of Him.]
    38And you have not His word (His thought) living in your hearts, because you do not believe and adhere to and trust in and rely on Him Whom He has sent. [That is why you do not keep His message living in you, because you do not believe in the Messenger Whom He has sent.]
    39You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me!
    40And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life.
    41I receive not glory from men [I crave no human honor, I look for no mortal fame],
    42But I know you and recognize and understand that you have not the love of God in you.
    43I have come in My Father's Name and with His power, and you do not receive Me [your hearts are not open to Me, you give Me no welcome]; but if another comes in his own name and his own power and with no other authority but himself, you will receive him and give him your approval.
    44How is it possible for you to believe [how can you learn to believe], you who [are content to seek and] receive praise and honor and glory from one another, and yet do not seek the praise and honor and glory which come from Him Who alone is God?
    45Put out of your minds the thought and do not suppose [as some of you are supposing] that I will accuse you before the Father. There is one who accuses you--it is Moses, the very one on whom you have built your hopes [in whom you trust].
    46For if you believed and relied on Moses, you would believe and rely on Me, for he wrote about Me [personally].
    47But if you do not believe and trust his writings, how then will you believe and trust My teachings? [How shall you cleave to and rely on My words?]
 
John 7:17-18
    17If any man desires to do His will (God's pleasure), he will know (have the needed illumination to recognize, and can tell for himself) whether the teaching is from God or whether I AM speaking from Myself and of My own accord and on My own authority.
    18He who speaks on his own authority seeks to win honor for himself. [He whose teaching originates with himself seeks his own glory.] But He Who seeks the glory and is eager for the honor of Him Who sent Him, He is true; and there is no unrighteousness or falsehood or deception in Him.
 
John 7:37-39
    37Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink!
    38He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.
    39But He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed (trusted, had faith) in Him were afterward to receive. For the [Holy] Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honor).
 
John 8:16
    16Yet even if I do judge, My judgment is true [My decision is right]; for I AM not alone [in making it], but [there are two of Us] I and the Father, Who sent Me.
 
John 10:1-18
     1I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who does not enter by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way (elsewhere, from some other quarter) is a thief and a robber.
     2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
     3The watchman opens the door for this man, and the sheep listen to his voice and heed it; and he calls his own sheep by name and brings (leads) them out.
     4When he has brought his own sheep outside, he walks on before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
     5They will never [on any account] follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not know the voice of strangers or recognize their call.
     6Jesus used this parable (illustration) with them, but they did not understand what He was talking about.
     7So Jesus said again, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that I Myself am the Door for the sheep.
     8All others who came [as such] before Me are thieves and robbers, but the [true] sheep did not listen to and obey them.
     9I AM the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture.
    10The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
    11I AM the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep.
    12But the hired servant (he who merely serves for wages) who is neither the shepherd nor the owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming, deserts the flock and runs away. And the wolf chases and snatches them and scatters [the flock].
    13Now the hireling flees because he merely serves for wages and is not himself concerned about the sheep [cares nothing for them].
    14I AM the Good Shepherd; and I know and recognize My own, and My own know and recognize Me--
    15Even as [truly as] the Father knows Me and I also know the Father--and I AM giving My [very own] life and laying it down on behalf of the sheep.
    16And I have other sheep [beside these] that are not of this fold. I must bring and impel those also; and they will listen to My voice and heed My call, and so there will be [they will become] one flock under one Shepherd.
    17For this [reason] the Father loves Me, because I lay down My [own] life--to take it back again.
    18No one takes it away from Me. On the contrary, I lay it down voluntarily. [I put it from Myself.] I AM authorized and have power to lay it down (to resign it) and I AM authorized and have power to take it back again. These are the instructions (orders) which I have received [as My charge] from My Father.
 
John 11:1-44
    1Now a certain man named Lazarus was ill. He was of Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived.
    2This Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was [now] sick.
    3So the sisters sent to Him, saying, Lord, he whom You love [so well] is sick.
    4When Jesus received the message, He said, This sickness is not to end in death; but [on the contrary] it is to honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it.
    5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. [They were His dear friends, and He held them in loving esteem.]
    6Therefore [even] when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He still stayed two days longer in the same place where He was.
    7Then after that interval He said to His disciples, Let us go back again to Judea.
    8The disciples said to Him, Rabbi, the Jews only recently were intending and trying to stone You, and are You [thinking of] going back there again?
    9Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? Anyone who walks about in the daytime does not stumble, because he sees [by] the light of this world.
    10But if anyone walks about in the night, he does stumble, because there is no light in him [the light is lacking to him].
    11He said these things, and then added, Our friend Lazarus is at rest and sleeping; but I AM going there that I may awaken him out of his sleep.
    12The disciples answered, Lord, if he is sleeping, he will recover.
    13However, Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He referred to falling into a refreshing and natural sleep.
    14So then Jesus told them plainly, Lazarus is dead,
    15And for your sake I AM glad that I was not there; it will help you to believe (to trust and rely on Me). However, let us go to him.
    16Then Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, Let us go too, that we may die [be killed] along with Him.
    17So when Jesus arrived, He found that he [Lazarus] had already been in the tomb four days.
    18Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away,
    19And a considerable number of the Jews had gone out to see Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.
    20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him, while Mary remained sitting in the house.
    21Martha then said to Jesus, Master, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
    22And even now I know that whatever You ask from God, He will grant it to You.
    23Jesus said to her, Your brother shall rise again.
    24Martha replied, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
    25Jesus said to her, I AM [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live;
    26And whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this?
    27She said to Him, Yes, Lord, I have believed [I do believe] that You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), the Son of God, [even He] Who was to come into the world. [It is for Your coming that the world has waited.]
    28After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, privately whispering to her, The Teacher is close at hand and is asking for you.
    29When she heard this, she sprang up quickly and went to Him.
    30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the same spot where Martha had met Him.
    31When the Jews who were sitting with her in the house and consoling her saw how hastily Mary had arisen and gone out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to pour out her grief there.
    32When Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she dropped down at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
    33When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who came with her [also] sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. [He chafed in spirit and sighed and was disturbed.]
    34And He said, Where have you laid him? They said to Him, Lord, come and see.
    35Jesus wept.
    36The Jews said, See how [tenderly] He loved him!
    37But some of them said, Could not He Who opened a blind man's eyes have prevented this man from dying?
    38Now Jesus, again sighing repeatedly and deeply disquieted, approached the tomb. It was a cave (a hole in the rock), and a boulder lay against [the entrance to close] it.
    39Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of the dead man, exclaimed, But Lord, by this time he [is decaying and] throws off an offensive odor, for he has been dead four days!
    40Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?
    41So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
    42Yes, I know You always hear and listen to Me, but I have said this on account of and for the benefit of the people standing around, so that they may believe that You did send Me [that You have made Me Your Messenger].
    43When He had said this, He shouted with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out!
    44And out walked the man who had been dead, his hands and feet wrapped in burial cloths (linen strips), and with a [burial] napkin bound around his face. Jesus said to them, Free him of the burial wrappings and let him go.


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Read the first verse in the passage following. Jesus knew He was about to die. His spoken Words in John 13 through 17 show His last Words to His disciples.
 
If you knew you were going to die, would you choose your words carefully so that you could impart the most wisdom ― demonstrate the most love? That’s what Jesus did.
 
Pay careful attention to all His Words in these chapters, but most carefully pay attention to John 17. His prayer to God for you is recorded there.
 
John 13:1-17
    1[Now] Before the Passover Feast began, Jesus knew (was fully aware) that the time had come for Him to leave this world and return to the Father. And as He had loved those who were His own in the world, He loved them to the last and to the highest degree.
    2So [it was] during supper, Satan having already put the thought of betraying Jesus in the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son,
    3[That] Jesus, knowing (fully aware) that the Father had put everything into His hands, and that He had come from God and was [now] returning to God,
    4Got up from supper, took off His garments, and taking a [servant's] towel, He fastened it around His waist.
    5Then He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the [servant's] towel with which He was girded.
    6When He came to Simon Peter, [Peter] said to Him, Lord, are my feet to be washed by You? [Is it for You to wash my feet?]
    7Jesus said to him, You do not understand now what I AM doing, but you will understand later on.
    8Peter said to Him, You shall never wash my feet! Jesus answered him, Unless I wash you, you have no part with (in) Me [you have no share in companionship with Me].
    9Simon Peter said to Him, Lord, [wash] not only my feet, but my hands and my head too!
    10Jesus said to him, Anyone who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is clean all over. And you [My disciples] are clean, but not all of you.
    11For He knew who was going to betray Him; that was the reason He said, Not all of you are clean.
    12So when He had finished washing their feet and had put on His garments and had sat down again, He said to them, Do you understand what I have done to you?
    13You call Me the Teacher (Master) and the Lord, and you are right in doing so, for that is what I AM.
    14If I then, your Lord and Teacher (Master), have washed your feet, you ought [it is your duty, you are under obligation, you owe it] to wash one another's feet.
    15For I have given you this as an example, so that you should do [in your turn] what I have done to you.
    16I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, A servant is not greater than his master, and no one who is sent is superior to the one who sent him.
    17If you know these things, blessed and happy and to be envied are you if you practice them [if you act accordingly and really do them].
 
John 13:34-35
    34I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.
    35By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].
 
John 14:All
    1Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.
    2In My Father's house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I AM going away to prepare a place for you.
    3And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I AM you may be also.
    4And [to the place] where I AM going, you know the way.
    5Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?
    6Jesus said to him, I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
    7If you had known Me [had learned to recognize Me], you would also have known My Father. From now on, you know Him and have seen Him.
    8Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father [cause us to see the Father--that is all we ask]; then we shall be satisfied.
    9Jesus replied, Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognize and know Me yet, Philip? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say then, Show us the Father?
    10Do you not believe that I AM in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? What I AM telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the (His) works (His own miracles, deeds of power).
    11Believe Me that I AM in the Father and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the [very] works themselves. [If you cannot trust Me, at least let these works that I do in My Father's Name convince you.]
    12I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.
    13And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son.
    14[Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM].
    15If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.
    16And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever--
    17The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.
    18I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.
    19Just a little while now, and the world will not see Me any more, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.
    20At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I AM in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you.
    21The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]
    22Judas, not Iscariot, asked Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal Yourself [make Yourself real] to us and not to the world?
    23Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.
    24Anyone who does not [really] love Me does not observe and obey My teaching. And the teaching which you hear and heed is not Mine, but [comes] from the Father Who sent Me.
    25I have told you these things while I AM still with you.
    26But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.
    27Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
    28You heard Me tell you, I AM going away and I AM coming [back] to you. If you [really] loved Me, you would have been glad, because I AM going to the Father; for the Father is greater and mightier than I AM.
    29And now I have told you [this] before it occurs, so that when it does take place you may believe and have faith in and rely on Me.
    30I will not talk with you much more, for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.]
    31But [Satan is coming and] I do as the Father has commanded Me, so that the world may know (be convinced) that I love the Father and that I do only what the Father has instructed Me to do. [I act in full agreement with His orders.] Rise, let us go away from here.


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John 15:All
    1I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.
    2Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.
    3You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].
    4Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.
    5I AM the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
    6If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.
    7If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
    8When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.
    9I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me].
    10If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father's commandments and live on in His love.
    11I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.
    12This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.
    13No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.
    14You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do.
    15I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.]
    16You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you.
    17This is what I command you: that you love one another.
    18If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you.
    19If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you.
    20Remember that I told you, A servant is not greater than his master [is not superior to him]. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word and obeyed My teachings, they will also keep and obey yours.
    21But they will do all this to you [inflict all this suffering on you] because of [your bearing] My Name and on My account, for they do not know or understand the One Who sent Me.
    22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin [would be blameless]; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
    23Whoever hates Me also hates My Father.
    24If I had not done (accomplished) among them the works which no one else ever did, they would not be guilty of sin. But [the fact is] now they have both seen [these works] and have hated both Me and My Father.
    25But [this is so] that the word written in their Law might be fulfilled, They hated Me without a cause.
    26But when the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who comes (proceeds) from the Father, He [Himself] will testify regarding Me.
    27But you also will testify and be My witnesses, because you have been with Me from the beginning.


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John 16:All
    1I have told you all these things, so that you should not be offended (taken unawares and falter, or be caused to stumble and fall away). [I told you to keep you from being scandalized and repelled.]
    2They will put you out of (expel you from) the synagogues; but an hour is coming when whoever kills you will think and claim that he has offered service to God.
    3And they will do this because they have not known the Father or Me.
    4But I have told you these things now, so that when they occur you will remember that I told you of them. I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
    5But now I AM going to Him Who sent Me, yet none of you asks Me, Where are You going?
    6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts [taken complete possession of them].
    7However, I AM telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].
    8And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment:
    9About sin, because they do not believe in Me [trust in, rely on, and adhere to Me];
    10About righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God), because I go to My Father, and you will see Me no longer;
    11About judgment, because the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world [Satan] is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him.
    12I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them or to take them upon you or to grasp them now.
    13But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].
    14He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
    15Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
    16In a little while you will no longer see Me, and again after a short while you will see Me.
    17So some of His disciples questioned among themselves, What does He mean when He tells us, In a little while you will no longer see Me, and again after a short while you will see Me, and, Because I go to My Father?
    18What does He mean by a little while? We do not know or understand what He is talking about.
    19Jesus knew that they wanted to ask Him, so He said to them, Are you wondering and inquiring among yourselves what I meant when I said, In a little while you will no longer see Me, and again after a short while you will see Me?
    20I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that you shall weep and grieve, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
    21A woman, when she gives birth to a child, has grief (anguish, agony) because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she no longer remembers her pain (trouble, anguish) because she is so glad that a man (a child, a human being) has been born into the world.
    22So for the present you are also in sorrow (in distress and depressed); but I will see you again and [then] your hearts will rejoice, and no one can take from you your joy (gladness, delight).
    23And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM].
    24Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.
    25I have told you these things in parables (veiled language, allegories, dark sayings); the hour is now coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I shall tell you about the Father in plain words and openly (without reserve).
    26At that time you will ask (pray) in My Name; and I AM not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf [for it will be unnecessary].
    27For the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from the Father.
    28I came out from the Father and have come into the world; again, I AM leaving the world and going to the Father.
    29His disciples said, Ah, now You are speaking plainly to us and not in parables (veiled language and figures of speech)!
    30Now we know that You are acquainted with everything and have no need to be asked questions. Because of this we believe that you [really] came from God.
    31Jesus answered them, Do you now believe? [Do you believe it at last?]
    32But take notice, the hour is coming, and it has arrived, when you will all be dispersed and scattered, every man to his own home, leaving Me alone. Yet I AM not alone, because the Father is with Me.
    33I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]