Everlasting Kingdom: Unraveling the Bible’s Secrets

The Testimony of Yeshua

John 1-7 (The Gabriel Bible)

The Word Was With Aloha


John 1: In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with Aloha, and Aloha was the Word Himself* [Aramaic]. 2 He was with Aloha in the beginning. 3 Everything was created by Him, and absolutely nothing came into existence without Him. 4 In Him was Life, and that Life was the Light of humanity [anthropos]. 5 This light shines in the darkness, but the darkness can’t comprehend it.

John Prepares the Way

6 There was a man sent from Yehovah whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify about the Light so that everyone would believe ‘because of him’. 8 He was not the Light himself, but he came to testify about the Light. 9 The true Light enlightens everyone who comes into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world came into existence thru Him, but the world didnt recognize Him. 11 He came to His own people and His own people didn’t accept Him. 12 But to those who accept Him, He has given the privilege of becoming Yehovah’s children—to those who believe in His name. 13 They aren’t born due to blood, physical desires or by human decisions, but from Yehovah.

The WORD Became Flesh

14 The Word became physical and lived among us. We saw His splendor, the splendor of the Father’s only Son. He was full of compassion and truth.

15 John testified about Him and shouted, “He is the One I was referring to when I said, ‘He who is coming after me preceded Me, because He existed before me.’ 16 From His abundance we have all received kindness after kindness. 17 The Torah was given to us thru Moses. Truth and compassion were given to us by Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ). 18 No one has seen Yehovah at any time. The only begotten [or unique] Yehovah [1], the One who is close to His Father’s side has declared Him to us.

A Voice in the Wilderness

19 This was John’s testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He openly admitted without hesitation, “I’m not the Messiah”. 21 They asked him again, “Who then? Are you Elijah?” He replied, “I’m not” [2]. “Are you the Prophet”? [mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:15] And he replied, “No”.

22 So they asked him, “Who are you? Tell us so that we can answer those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I’m the voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make the highway for the Master smooth’, as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24 Those who were sent were Pharisees. 25 Again they asked him, “Then why do you immerse if you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet?” 26 John told them, “I immerse with water, but there is Someone standing among you who you don’t recognize. 27 He is coming after me and existed before me. I’m not even worthy to unfasten His sandal straps.”

28 These things happened in Bethany, on the other side of the Jordan, where John was immersing.

The Lamb of Aloha

29 The next day John saw Yeshua coming towards him and said, “Look, the Lamb of Aloha who takes away the sins of the world! 30 This is the One I was referring to when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who preceded me, because He existed before me.’ 31 I didn’t recognize Him, but in order for Him to be revealed to Israel, I have come immersing with water.”

32 John testified, “I saw the spirit descend from the sky like a dove, and it remained on Him. 33 I didn’t recognize Him, but the One who sent me to immerse with water told me, ‘The One who you see the spirit descend to and remaining on is the One who immerses with the 'special' spirit.’ 34 I have seen this and am a witness that this is the Son of Yehovah.”

The First Disciples

35 The next day John was standing with two of his disciples. 36 He saw Yeshua as He walked by and said, “Look, the Lamb of Yehovah!” 37 Two of His disciples heard him when he said it, so they followed Yeshua. 38 Yeshua turned around and saw them coming after Him and He asked them, “What do you want?” They answered, “Rabbi, where are You staying?” 39 He said, “Come and see”. So they went and saw where He was staying, and they spent the day with Him, ‘from’ about the tenth hour [4:00].

40 One of those who heard John and followed Yeshua was Andrew, Simon’s brother. 41 The first person Andrew found was his brother Simon, and he told him, “We have found the Messiah.” 42 He brought him to Yeshua. Yeshua looked at him and said, “You’re Simon the son of Jona. You will be called Cephas.”

Philip & Nathaniel

43 The next day Yeshua wanted to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come follow Me”. 44 Philip was from Bethsaida, the ‘hometown’ of Andrew and Simon. 45 Philip found Nathaniel and told him, “We have found the Man who Moses wrote about in the Torah and the Prophets—Yeshua, the Son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” 46 Nathaniel asked, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said, “Come and see”. 47 Yeshua saw Nathaniel coming toward Him and said, “Look a genuine Israelite, one who isn’t deceitful.” 48 Nathaniel asked Him, “How do you know me?” Yeshua replied, “Before Philip called you, I saw you while you were under the fig tree.” 49 Nathaniel declared, “Rabbi, You are the Son of Yehovah. You are the King of Israel.” 50 Yeshua told him, “You believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You’ll see greater things than that.” 51 He added, “I tell you with absolute certainty that in the future, you’ll see the sky open and spirit messengers of Yehovah ascending and descending [3] to [4] the Human Son”.

[1] Most modern Wescott and Hort English translations agree with the Aramaic in this unusual instance. The oldest three versions of Greek versions are corrupted, but they don’t contain some of the later corruptions. It is “Yehovah”, rather than the “Son” (Exodus 3320-21), referenced here.) [2] Some thought that John was the expected Messiah, others thought that he was Elijah as far as the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5-6. Others that he was the prophet predicted by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15. He insisted that he wasn’t fulfilling any of those rolls, but he was Elijah in a different role: Matthew 11:14. [3] This is a reference to Jacob’s ladder. Keyword “ladder”. (Genesis 28:12-13) [4] The Weymouth and the ISV correctly translate the Greek “epi” to “to” here, in agreement with the Aramaic, tho it is almost always translated as “on” in other translations, which makes no sense. So Yeshua will be spending some time above, in nearby New Jerusalem, and some time below, on earth (Revelation 21:3).

Water Into Wine

John 2: On the third day there was a wedding banquet in Cana, a town in Galilee, and Yeshua’s mother was there. 2 Yeshua and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 They ran out of wine and His mother told Yeshua, “They’re out of wine”.

4 Yeshua asked her, “What does that have to do with Me and you, woman? My time hasn’t arrived yet.” 5 His mother said to the ‘deacons[diakonos], “Do whatever He tells you to do.”

6 There were six stone water jars set aside for ritual washing by the Jews, each containing two or three quadrantalia [18-27 gallons]. 7 Yeshua told them, “Fill these water jars with water.” So they filled them to the top.

8 Then He told them, “Now pour some and take it to the host of the banquet.” So they took it. 9 Then the host of the banquet tasted the water that had become wine without knowing where it came from (altho the ‘deacons’ knew, because they had filled the jars with water), and the host of the banquet called the bridegroom, 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the best wine first, and when people are satisfied, then they bring out the cheaper wine, but you have kept the best wine until now!”

11 This is the first miraculous sign that Yeshua did. He revealed His splendor in Cana of Galilee, and His disciples believed in Him.

12 Later He went down to Capernaum with His mother and His brothers and His disciples and they stayed there a few days.

Yeshua Cleanses the Temple

13 The Jewish Passover [1] was near, so Yeshua went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple He found the merchants who sold oxen and sheep and doves, as well as bankers [2] sitting there. 15 He made Himself a whip from a cord and drove them all out of the temple—the sheep, the oxen and the bankers. He scattered their money by overturning their tables. 16 He told the people selling doves, “Get rid of these things and don’t turn My Father’s house into an emporium [emporion].”

17 His disciples remembered that it is written, “Zeal for Your house has consumed Me.”

18 But the Jews replied, “What supernatural sign will You show us to justify Your doing these things?” 19 Yeshua replied, “Destroy this Temple and in three days I’ll raise it up.”

20 The Jews said, “It took forty-six years to build this Temple and You’re going to raise it in three days?” 21 But He was speaking of the Temple of His body. 22 After He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered what He had said, and they believed the Scriptures and the word[s] that Yeshua had explained.

23 While Yeshua was in Jerusalem at the Feast of the Passover, many believed in Him because they saw the miracles He was doing. 24 But Yeshua didn’t confide in any of them because He knew everyone. 25 He didn’t need anyone to tell Him about humanity, because He understood humanity.

[1] The Samaritan Passover was on a different date. [2] The “Kollubistes”, or “money exchangers” were actually functioning as bankers, as was the norm in pagan temples!

Born Again, Free as the Wind

John 3: There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews, 2 who came to Yeshua one night and told Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher sent from Yehovah, because no one can do the miraculous signs that You do unless Yehovah is with Him.”

3 Yeshua replied, “I tell you with absolute certainty that unless a person is born again [1], they can’t see the Kingdom of Yehovah.”

4 Nicodemus asked Him, “How can an old man be born? Can he go into into his mother’s womb a second time and be born?” 5 Yeshua replied, “I tell you with absolute certainty that unless someone is born of water and the spirit, they can’t enter the Kingdom of Yehovah. 6 Those born of flesh ARE composed of flesh, and those born of the spirit ARE composed of spirit. 7 Don’t be surprised when I tell you that it is imperative that you be born again. 8 The wind blows wherever she [2] wants and you hear her sing [3], but you don’t know where she came from or where she is going. That is how it is with everyone who is born of the spirit.”

9 Nicodemus asked Him, “How can these things be?” 10 Yeshua asked, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you don’t understanding these things? 11 I tell you with absolute certainty that We speak what We know, and We testify to what We have seen, but you don’t accept Our testimony. 12 If I have spoken to you about earthly things and you don’t believe them, how could you believe if I tell you about things in the Heavenly realm? 13 NO ONE HAS GONE UP TO HEAVEN EXCEPT THE ONE WHO CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, the Human Son who is in Heaven [4]. 14 Just as Moses lifted the serpent in the wilderness, so the Human Son must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who continues to trust in Him will have eternal Life, rather than be destroyed. 16 Yehovah loved the world so much that He gave His unique Son, so that whoever continues believing [present, active] [5a] in Him would not be destroyed, but have eternal Life. 17 Yehovah didn’t send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world, because of Him could receive eternal Life.

18 No one who believes in Him faces an adverse judgment, but those who refuse to be persuaded will be summoned to trial, because they refused to believe in the name of the unique Son of Yehovah. 19 This is the grounds for condemnation—the Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness more than the Light because their deeds [works] have been wicked. 20 Anyone who does abominable things hates the Light and doesn’t come to the Light, fearing that their actions will be exposed. 21 But anyone who does what is right eventually comes to the Light, so that it becomes apparent that their works were performed in compliance with Yehovah.”

John Praises Yeshua

22 After these things, Yeshua and His disciples went to the land of Judea and He conversed with them there and immersed people. 23 John also was immersing in Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there, and people were coming and being immersed. 24 (This was before John was thrown into prison.) 25 Some of John’s disciples, and one particular Jew had a dispute about ritual washing. 26 They went to John and told him, “Rabbi, the Man who was with you on the other side of Jordan, who you testified about, is also immersing and many are following Him.”

27 John replied, “No one can claim anything by their own choosing, unless it has been given to them from Heaven. 28 You can all attest that I said, ‘I’m not the Messiah’, and ‘I’ve been sent as His forerunner.’ 29 The man holding the bride’s hand is the Bridegroom. The Bridegroom’s best man stands by His side and listens to Him and celebrates when he hears the Bridegroom’s voice. So my anticipated joy has been realized! 30 He must become more important, while I become less important.

31 He who comes from above is higher than everyone, while he who is from the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from Heaven is higher than everyone. 32 He bears witness to what He has seen and heard, but no one accepts what He says. 33 But anyone who accepts what He said [6] ‘acknowledges’ [7] that Yehovah is true. 34 The Man Yehovah sent speaks Yehovah’s words, because Yehovah hasn’t given Him the spirit in a limited measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has put everything into His hands. 36 Anyone who continues believing [present, active] [5 b] in the Son has eternal Life, but anyone who refuses to believe and obey the Son won’t see Life, because Yehovah’s punishment remains with them.”

[1] The Aramaic means “again” in verse 3. The Greek is better translated “from above” in both verse 3 and 31. When this happens we are made of spirit—not flesh, verse 6! [2] ‘Wind’ and ‘spirit’ are interchangeable in Aramaic, Greek and Hebrew, but in Aramaic and Hebrew it literally refers to the spirit as ‘she’, while in Greek it is ‘it’. [3] ‘Sing’ and ‘voice’ are the same word in both Aramaic and Greek. [4] See link [5 a,b] See link [6] In Revelation, John called what He said “the Testimony of Yeshua Messiah.” [7] Literally “seal”. This is like a seal of approval, or like a signature on a contract.

The Samaritan Woman

John 4: Yeshua knew that the Pharisees had heard that He was making many disciples and was immersing more than John, 2 (tho Yeshua Himself wasn’t immersing, His disciples were). 3 He left Judea and returned to Galilee. 4 On the way He had a chance to go thru Samaria. 5 He came to a town in Samaria called Sychar near the edge of the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, so Yeshua, weary from traveling, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour [noon].

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water. Yeshua asked, “Please give Me some water to drink.” 8 (His disciples had gone into town to buy some food.) 9 The Samaritan woman asked Him, “How is it that You, a Jew, ask me for a drink, since I’m a Samaritan woman?” (Because the Jews have nothing to do with Samaritans). 10 Yeshua replied, “If you had only known the gift of Yehovah, and who was asking you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” 11 The woman replied, “Master, You have no water jug to draw with, and the well is deep. Where do You get this living water? 12 Are You greater than our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his children and his flocks?” 13 Yeshua replied, “Whoever drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water that I give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I give them will become in them an artesian well, springing up to eternal Life.”

15 The woman said, “Master give me this water, so that I won’t get thirsty again and have to come and draw water.” 16 Yeshua told her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” 17 She said, “I have no husband”. Yeshua replied, “You’re right in saying, ‘I have no husband’, 18 because you have had five husbands, and the man you now have isn’t your husband. You’ve certainly told the truth!”

19 The woman said, “Master, I see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that it is necessary for people to worship in Jerusalem.” 21 Yeshua replied, “Woman, believe Me, the time is coming when you won’t worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem [1]. 22 You Samaritans don’t know what you worship, but we worship what we understand, because Life comes from the Jews. 23 But a time is coming, (and as of this writing, now is), when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. Father is looking for worshipers like that. 24 Yehovah is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” 25 The woman replied, “I know that the Messiah is coming, and when He comes He’ll teach us everything.” 26 Yeshua said, “I am [2], the One who is speaking to you.”

27 While He was speaking, His disciples returned. They were surprised to find Him talking with a woman, yet no one asked, “What are You asking about?” or, “Why are you talking to her?” 28 The woman left her water jar and went back to town and told the people, 29 “Come and see a Man who told me everything I ever did. Wouldn’t this be the Messiah?” 30 The people left the town to go to Him.

The Harvest is Ripe

31 Meanwhile, His disciples urged Him, “Rabbi, eat something”. 32 But He said, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”

33 The disciples began asking each other, “Has someone brought Him something to eat?” 34 Yeshua said, “My food is doing the will of the One who sent Me and to finish His work.” 35 “Don’t you say that the harvest is four months away? But look! I ask you to look around at the fields, they are already grain white and ready for harvest. 36 The harvesters are earning wages and gathering the fruit of eternal Life. The sower and the harvester are celebrating together. 37 The old saying is true, ‘One person sows and another harvests.’ 38 I sent you to harvest where you hadn’t labored, because others have already labored, and you are joining in their labor.”

Many Samaritans Believe

39 Many Samaritans in that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything that I ever did.’ 40 When the Samaritans came to Him they asked Him to stay with them, so He stayed with them for two days. 41 Many more people believed because of His own words. 42 They told the woman, “From now on we will believe in Him, not just because of what you said, but because we have heard Him ourselves and we know that He is truly the Messiah, the Life Giver of the world.”

Yeshua Welcomed in Galilee

43 Two days later, Yeshua left for Galilee. 44 Yeshua Himself stated that a prophet isn’t honored in His own town. [3] 45 When He arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him, having seen all the signs that He did in Jerusalem at the Feast, because they had also gone to the Feast.

The Nobleman’s Son Healed

46 Yeshua returned to Cana in Galilee, where He had turned the water into wine. In Capernaum there was a king’s nobleman whose son was sick. 47 He heard that Yeshua had returned from Judea to Galilee, so he went to Him and plead with Him to come down and heal his son, because he was close to death.

48 Yeshua told him, “Unless you see signs and miracles you will never believe.” 49 The king’s servant asked him, “Master, come down, before my child dies.” 50 Yeshua replied, “Go, your son will live.” The man believed what Yeshua told him and he left.” 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that, “Your son is alive”. 52 He asked them the exact time when he got better, and they replied, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.”

53 His father knew that that was the very hour when Yeshua had told him, “Your son will live”. So he and everyone in his household believed. 54 This was the second miraculous sign that Yeshua did after traveling from Judea to Galilee.

[1] This is a reference to the Diaspora from Judea in 70 AD. [2] There is no ‘He’ here in Aramaic or Greek. [3] The Greek says “country”.

The Nobleman’s Son Healed in Bethesda

John 5: Later on the Jews were celebrating another Feast, and Yeshua went up to Jerusalem. 2 There was a place in Jerusalem for immersing [1], called “Bethesda” in Hebrew, it has five covered porches. 3 A large number of sick, blind, lame and ‘debilitated’ people were lying under them, waiting for the water to move. 4 From time to time an “angel” [2] would go down into the pool and stir the water. The first one in after the water was stirred was healed of whatever disease he had. 5 One man there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 Yeshua saw him lying there, and knew that he had been afflicted for a long time. So He asked him, “Would you like to be healed?”

7 The invalid said, “Yes Master, but I don’t have anyone to put me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I’m trying to get there someone else steps in ahead of me.” 8 Yeshua told him, “Get up, pick up your cot and walk.”

Healing on the Sabbath

9 The man was instantly restored to perfect health, he got up and took his cot and walked away. This happened on the Sabbath. 10 The Jews told the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, it’s unlawful for you to carry your cot.” 11 But he told them, “The Man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your cot and walk.’” 12 They asked, “Who is the Man who told you, ‘Pick up your cot and walk?’”

13 But the man who was healed didn’t know who He was, because Yeshua had slipped away secretly in the large crowd that had gathered. 14 A while later, Yeshua found him in the Temple and told him, “Look, you are now healed, but don’t sin again because something worse than before will happen to you.” 15 The man left and told the Jews that it was Yeshua who had healed him.

16 This is why the Jews began to persecute Yeshua, trying their best to kill Him, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Yeshua told them, “My Father is working right now, and so am I.” 18 This was why the Jews wanted to kill Him all the more. Not only because He had ‘broken’ [3] the Sabbath, but because He said that Yehovah was His Father, making Himself Yehovah’s equal.

19 Yeshua told them, “I tell you with absolute certainty that the Son can do nothing by His own will. He can only do what He sees the Father doing. Whatever He sees the Father doing, the Son can do as well. 20 The Father loves His Son, and shows Him everything that He does. And He’ll show Him greater works than these, so that you’ll be amazed. 21 The Father raises the dead, and gives them Life again, so the Son also gives Life to whoever He wants to. 22 Father doesn’t judge anyone because He has delegated all judgment to the Son, 23 so everyone should honor the Son, as He honors the Father. Anyone who doesn’t honor the Son, doesn’t honor the Father who sent Him.

Eternal Life

24 I tell you with absolute certainty that anyone who hears My Word, and believes in the One who sent Me has eternal Life. They won’t come into condemnation, but have passed from death to Life. 25 I tell you with absolute certainty that the time is coming, and now is [at the time of this writing], when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Yehovah, and those who hear it will live. 26 The Father has Life in Himself, so He has also enabled the Son to have Life in Himself, in the same way. 27 More importantly, He has also given Him the authority to judge everyone, because He is the Human Son.

Two Resurrections

28 Don’t be amazed at this, because the time is coming when everyone in their graves will hear His voice 29 and come out—those who have done good things to the Resurrection resulting in Life, and those who have committed evil to the Resurrection resulting in Condemnation [4]. 30 I can do nothing by My own will. I consider what is said, and I judge accordingly. My judgment is fair, because I don’t seek My own will, but the will of the One who sent Me.

31 If I were to give a testimony about Myself, My testimony would be regarded as invalid. 32 There is Another who testifies about Me, and I know His testimony about Me is true. 33 You were sent John the Immerser, and he verified the truth. 34 I don’t need to have human verification, but I’m saying these things so that you can be Rescued. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were willing to delight in his light. 36 But I have a testimony that is greater than John’s, because the works that My Father has allowed Me to accomplish—these very works that I’m doing are the evidence that the Father has sent Me! 37 The Father who sent Me has testified about Me [in the Scriptures], but none of you have ever heard His voice or seen what He looks like. 38 His word doesn’t live in you because you refuse to believe in the One He sent. 39 You search the Scriptures because you are of the opinion that there is eternal Life in them for you, yet those same Scriptures testify about Me! 40 You refuse to come to Me so that you can have eternal Life.

41 “I don’t accept praise from people, 42 but I know you, and none of you have a loving relationship with Yehovah. 43 I came in the name of [representing] My Father, and you rejected Me, if someone else comes in their own name, you’ll welcome them! 44 How is it possible for you to believe when you accept praises from each other, without pursuing the praise that only comes from Yehovah? 45 Do you think that I’ll accuse you before the Father? There is one who will accuse you, Moses himself, who you rely on, 46 yet if you really believed Moses, you would also believe Me, because Moses wrote about Me. 47 But if you don’t believe his Writings, how could you believe what I say?

[1] The Greek adds “near the Sheep Gate”. [2] This narrative is apparently a deliberate refutation of the Asclepius cult, brought on by the fact that Asclepius was worshiped as a savior, because of his healing powers. The invalid didn’t even know who Yeshua was (v.13), expressed no faith, and was healed without “warning”. The warning of his sinfulness came later (v.14). The “angel” mentioned appears to be one of the deceptive kind. The Aramaic does not say that this angel is “of the Lord”. [3] Literally “loosened”. The Jews had concocted many Sabbath “laws” that they equated to Father’s Laws. Yeshua went out of His way to discredit those. [4] This statement alludes to Daniel’s Judgment Day statement (12:1-3). Judgment Day will occur during the most horrific time in world history. Yet “at that time your people [Israel] will be delivered.”

Feeding the 5,000

John 6: After this, Yeshua went to the other side of the sea of Galilee (aka the Sea of Tiberias). 2 A huge crowd followed Him because they were witnessing the miraculous signs that He was doing for the sick. 3 Yeshua climbed a mountain and He sat there with His disciples.

4 The Passover Feast of the Jewish people was near. 5 Yeshua looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward Him, and He asked Philip, “Where will we buy bread for all these people to eat?” 6 He asked this to test him, because He knew what He was going to do.

7 Philip replied, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn’t be enough for everyone to even have a little.”

8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Cephas’ brother said, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley cakes and two fish with him, but what good are those among so many people?”

10 Yeshua told them, “Have all the people recline.” Now there was a large pasture there, and the adult men alone reclining there numbered about five thousand. 11 Yeshua took the bread, and blessed it, and distributed it to those who were reclining. He did the same with the fish—as much as they wanted.

12 When they were satisfied, He told His disciples, “Pick up the fragments that remain so that nothing is wasted.” 13 They picked them up and filled twelve baskets with leftover fragments after they had eaten the five barley cakes. 14 But when the people saw the miracle that Yeshua had done, they said, “Certainly this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Yeshua knew that they intended to come and take Him by force and make Him King, so He returned to the mountain by Himself.

Yeshua Walks on Water

16 That evening, His disciples went down to the sea 17 and got into a boat and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was already dark and Yeshua still hadn’t joined them. 18 The sea was getting quite rough because a violent wind was blowing. 19 They had rowed about twenty-five or thirty furlongs when they saw Yeshua walking on the sea and approaching the boat, and they were terrified. 20 But Yeshua told them, “It’s Me. Don’t be afraid!” 21 They were delighted to take Him on board, and soon the boat landed where they were heading.

22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite seashore noticed that only one small boat had been there, and that the disciples had already left, and that Yeshua hadn’t boarded the boat with His disciples. 23 Yet a number of smaller boats from Tiberias landed near the place where they had eaten the bread that Yeshua had blessed. 24 When the people became aware that neither Yeshua or His disciples were there, they got into the smaller boats and went to Capernaum looking for Yeshua. 25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they asked Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?”

26 Yeshua replied, “I tell you with absolute certainty that you aren’t looking for Me because you saw the miraculous signs, but because you ate all the bread you wanted. 27 Don’t work for food that spoils, but for food that leads to eternal Life. The Human Son will give it to you, because Yehovah the Father has set His seal of approval on Him.” 28 They asked Him, “What should we do in order to be doing the works of Yehovah?” 29 Yeshua replied, “This is the work of Yehovah—to believe in the One He has sent.”

30 They asked Him, “What miraculous sign will You perform so that we can see and believe in You? What are You going to do? 31 Our ancestors ate manna in the wilderness as it is written in the Scriptures, ‘He gave them bread from the sky to eat.’”

32 Yeshua told them, “I tell you with absolute certainty that it wasn’t Moses who gave you bread from Heaven, but My Father gives you the real bread from Heaven, 33 because the bread of Yehovah is the One who came down from Heaven, giving Life to the world.”

34 They replied, “Master, give us this bread from now on.”

35 Yeshua told them, “I am the bread of Life. Anyone who comes to Me will never be hungry, and anyone who believes in Me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I said, you’ve seen Me and you still don’t believe. 37 Everyone who My Father has given Me will come to Me, and no one who comes to Me will ever be forced out, 38 because I came down from Heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of the One who sent Me. 39 And the will of the One who sent Me is that I won’t lose any of those He has given Me, but should raise them up during the Last Day. 40 Because My Father wants everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him to have eternal Life, and I’ll raise them up on the Last Day.”

The Bread From Heaven

41 Then the Jews began muttering about Him, because He said, “I’m the bread that came down from Heaven.” 42 They asked, “Isn’t this Yeshua, Joseph’s son? We know His father and mother, don’t we? So how can He say, ‘I came down from Heaven?’”

43 Yeshua replied, “Stop muttering among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws them. Then I’ll raise them from the dead on the Last Day. 45 It was written in the Prophets, ‘They’ll all be taught by Yehovah.’ So everyone who has heard from Father and learned from Him comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the One who is from Yehovah. He has seen the Father. 47 I tell you with absolute certainty that there is eternal Life for anyone who believes in Me. 48 I am the bread of Life. 49 Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 But this is the bread that comes down from Heaven, so that a person can eat it and ‘never’ die. 51 I’m the bread of Life who has come down from Heaven, if anyone eats this bread they’ll live forever. The bread that I will give is My body, that I will give for the Life of the world.”

52 Then the Jews began arguing with each other, and asked, “How can He give us His body to eat?”

53 Yeshua told them, “I tell you with absolute certainty that unless you eat the body of the Human Son and drink His blood, you have no Life within you, 54 but anyone who eats My body and drinks My blood has eternal Life, and I’ll raise them from the dead on the Last Day. 55 My body is real food and My blood is real drink. 56 Anyone who eats My body and drinks My blood remains in union with Me, and I in him. 57 The living Father has sent Me, and I live because of the Father. Similarly, anyone who feeds on Me will also live because of Me. 58 This is the bread that came down from Heaven, unlike the manna your ancestors ate, and still died. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.” 59 He said these things in the synagogue when He taught in Capernaum.

Many Abandon Yeshua

60 Many of His disciples who heard Him said, “This is a baffling statement. Who can accept it?”

61 Yeshua intuitively knew that His disciples were dissatisfied about this, so He asked them, “Does this offend you? 62 What if you were to see the Human Son ascending to where He was from the beginning! 63 It is the spirit that gives Life. This body provides nothing permanent. The words that I have spoken with you are spirit and they are Life, 64 but some of you don’t believe.” Yeshua knew from the beginning the ones who didn’t believe, and who it was who would betray Him. 65 Then He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me without My Father’s permission.”

66 As a result of these statements, many of His disciples turned back and no longer ‘associated’ with Him. 67 Yeshua asked the twelve, “Do you want to leave as well?” 68 Simon Cephas replied, “Master, who would we go to? You have the words of eternal Life. 69 We have believed and known for certain that you are the Messiah, the Son of the living Aloha.” 70 Yeshua asked them, “Haven’t I chosen you twelve? Yet one of you sides with the devil.” 71 He said this about Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, because he would later betray Him, tho he was one of the twelve.

Yeshua’s Brothers Reject Him

John 7: After this Yeshua went to Galilee. He wouldn’t go to Judea because the Jews were trying to kill Him. 2 The Jewish Feast of Tabernacles [1] was near. 3 Yeshua’s brothers told Him, “Leave here and go to Judea so that Your disciples can witness the miraculous works You do. 4 No one does anything in secret when they really want to be known publicly. If you’re going to do these things, show Yourself to the world.” 5 But even His brothers didn’t believe in Him.

6 Yeshua told them, “The right time for Me has not arrived yet, but for you, anytime is the right time. 7 The world can’t hate you, but it hates Me because I say that what they are doing is evil. 8 So go to the Feast. I won’t go up to the Feast just yet because My allotted time isn’t yet completed.” 9 After saying this, He stayed in Galilee.

Yeshua Goes to the Feast Covertly

10 But when His brothers left for the Feast, then He also went up, not openly, but covertly. 11 The Jews were looking for Him at the Feast and asking, “Where is He?”

12 There was a great deal of discussion about Him among the people because some said, “He is a good man”, while others said, “No, He deceives the people.” 13 Yet no one spoke about Him openly because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders.

14 About midway thru the Feast, Yeshua went up to the Temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews were astonished and asked, “How does this man understand literature [gramma] having never been educated?”

16 Yeshua said, “My doctrine isn’t from Me, but from the One who sent Me. 17 Anyone who wants to do His will, understands whether My doctrine is from Yehovah or whether I’m speaking for Myself. 18 A person speaking their own thoughts is looking for personal praise, but someone pursuing praise from the One who sent him is genuine and doesn’t have dishonest motives. 19 Didn’t Moses give you the Torah? Yet not one of you obeys the Torah. Why are you trying to kill Me?”

20 The people responded, “You have a demon. Who’s trying to kill You?”

21 Yeshua replied, “I did one miraculous deed, and you are all amazed. 22 Moses gave you circumcision, (not that it began with Moses, but with the patriarchs), and you circumcise a child on the Sabbath. 23 If a boy is circumcised on the Sabbath day so that the Torah of Moses isn’t violated, why are you complaining about Me because I made a man perfectly well on the Sabbath day? 24 Don’t make ‘superficial judgments’, but make your judgments righteous judgments.”

Is He the Messiah?

25 Some of the people from Jerusalem asked, “Isn’t this the Man they want to kill? 26 And look, He’s conversing publicly, and they aren’t saying anything to Him! Do the elders actually believe that He is the Messiah? 27 Yet we know where this Man is from. When the Messiah comes, no one will know where He comes from.”

28 While Yeshua was teaching in the Temple, He raised His voice and said, “You know Me and you know where I’m from. I didn’t come of My own will. The One who sent Me is true. You don’t know Him, 29 but I know Him because I came from Him and He sent Me.”

30 They tried to arrest Him, but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour [2] hadn’t yet come. 31 Still many in the crowd believed in Him and said, “When the Messiah comes, will He perform more miraculous signs than this Man does?”

You Can’t Go Where I’m Going

32 When the Pharisees heard the crowd saying these things about Him, they and the high priests sent officers to arrest Him. 33 Yeshua said, “I’ll be with you a little while longer, and then I’ll go to the One who sent Me. 34 You’ll look for Me, but you won’t find Me, because you can’t go where I’m going.”

35 The Jews asked each other, “Where does this Man intend to go where we can’t find Him? Will He go to some region of the other ethnicities [ethnos] and teach the heathens?” 36 What does He mean by, “You’ll look for Me but you won’t find Me”, and “You can’t go where I’m going?”

The Great Day of the Feast

37 On the Last Day of the Feast—the Great Day—Yeshua stood and spoke out, “If anyone is thirsty they should come to Me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in Me, as the Scriptures says, ‘Out of their innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 But He said this about the spirit, that those who believe in Him were to receive, since the spirit had not yet been given, because Yeshua had not yet become radiant.

40 Many in the crowd who heard what He said were saying, “He is certainly the Prophet!” 41 Others said, “He is the Messiah”. But others said, “How could the Messiah come from Galilee? 42 Don’t the Scriptures say that the Messiah is a descendant of David, and from Bethlehem, the town of David?” 43 There was disagreement among the people about Him. 44 Some of them wanted to arrest Him. But no one laid a hand on Him.

Rejected By the Religious Leaders

45 When the Temple guards returned to the high priests and Pharisees, the priests asked them, “Why didn’t you bring Him?” 46 The Temple guards said, “No one has ever spoken the way this Man speaks.” 47 The Pharisees replied, “Are you deceived as well? 48 Have any of the leaders, or the Pharisees believed in Him? 49 But if these people who don’t know the Torah believe in Him they are cursed.” 50 Nicodemus, the one who came to Yeshua one night asked them, 51 “Does our Torah condemn people without first hearing what they have to say and finding out what they’ve done?” 52 They asked him, “Are you from Galilee too? Check and see that no prophet comes from Galilee.” 53 Then everyone went to their own homes [3].

[1] The dates differ from the Samaritan Feast days. [2] The hour of the Passover ze’bak [sacrifice] is referenced here. [3] The 53rd verse was accidentally omitted in the Peshitta.

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