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Joshua 14

1 These are the inheritances which the children of Israel took in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers` [houses] of the tribes of the children of Israel, distributed to them,

2 by the lot of their inheritance, as Yahweh commanded by Moses, for the nine tribes, and for the half-tribe.

3 For Moses had given the inheritance of the two tribes and the half-tribe beyond the Jordan: but to the Levites he gave no inheritance among them.

4 For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim: and they gave no portion to the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell in, with the suburbs of it for their cattle and for their substance.

5 As Yahweh commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did; and they divided the land.

6 Then the children of Judah drew near to Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, You know the thing that Yahweh spoke to Moses the man of God concerning me and concerning you in Kadesh-barnea.

7 Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of Yahweh sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in my heart.

8 Nevertheless my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; but I wholly followed Yahweh my God.

9 Moses swore on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, because you have wholly followed Yahweh my God.

10 Now, behold, Yahweh has kept me alive, as he spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that Yahweh spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness: and now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old.

11 As yet I am as strong this day as I as in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, and to go out and to come in.

12 Now therefore give me this hill-country, whereof Yahweh spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and cities great and fortified: it may be that Yahweh will be with me, and I shall drive them out, as Yahweh spoke.

13 Joshua blessed him; and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance.

14 Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day; because that he wholly followed Yahweh, the God of Israel.

15 Now the name of Hebron before was Kiriath-arba; [which Arba was] the greatest man among the Anakim. The land had rest from war.

Joshua 15

1 The lot for the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families was to the border of Edom, even to the wilderness of Zin southward, at the uttermost part of the south.

2 Their south border was from the uttermost part of the Salt Sea, from the bay that looks southward;

3 and it went out southward of the ascent of Akrabbim, and passed along to Zin, and went up by the south of Kadesh-barnea, and passed along by Hezron, and went up to Addar, and turned about to Karka;

4 and it passed along to Azmon, and went out at the brook of Egypt; and the goings out of the border were at the sea: this shall be your south border.

5 The east border was the Salt Sea, even to the end of the Jordan. The border of the north quarter was from the bay of the sea at the end of the Jordan;

6 and the border went up to Beth-hoglah, and passed along by the north of Beth-arabah; and the border went up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben;

7 and the border went up to Debir from the valley of Achor, and so northward, looking toward Gilgal, that is over against the ascent of Adummim, which is on the south side of the river; and the border passed along to the waters of En-shemesh, and the goings out of it were at En-rogel;

8 and the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom to the side of the Jebusite southward (the same is Jerusalem); and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lies before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the uttermost part of the vale of Rephaim northward;

9 and the border extended from the top of the mountain to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of Mount Ephron; and the border extended to Baalah (the same is Kiriath-jearim);

10 and the border turned about from Baalah westward to Mount Seir, and passed along to the side of Mount Jearim on the north (the same is Chesalon), and went down to Beth-shemesh, and passed along by Timnah;

11 and the border went out to the side of Ekron northward; and the border extended to Shikkeron, and passed along to Mount Baalah, and went out at Jabneel; and the goings out of the border were at the sea.

12 The west border was to the great sea, and the border [of it]. This is the border of the children of Judah round about according to their families.

13 To Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a portion among the children of Judah, according to the commandment of Yahweh to Joshua, even Kiriath-arba, [which Arba was] the father of Anak (the same is Hebron).

14 Caleb drove out there the three sons of Anak: Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak.

15 He went up there against the inhabitants of Debir: now the name of Debir before was Kiriath-sepher.

16 Caleb said, He who strikes Kiriath-sepher, and takes it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter as wife.

17 Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.

18 It happened, when she came [to him], that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she alighted from off her donkey; and Caleb said, What would you?

19 She said, Give me a blessing; for that you have set me in the land of the South, give me also springs of water. He gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.

20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families.

21 The uttermost cities of the tribe of the children of Judah toward the border of Edom in the South were Kabzeel, and Eder, and Jagur,

22 and Kinah, and Dimonah, and Adadah,

23 and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Ithnan,

24 Ziph, and Telem, and Bealoth,

25 and Hazor-hadattah, and Kerioth-hezron (the same is Hazor),

26 Amam, and Shema, and Moladah,

27 and Hazar-gaddah, and Heshmon, and Beth-pelet,

28 and Hazar-shual, and Beersheba, and Biziothiah,

29 Baalah, and Iim, and Ezem,

30 and Eltolad, and Chesil, and Hormah,

31 and Ziklag, and Madmannah, and Sansannah,

32 and Lebaoth, and Shilhim, and Ain, and Rimmon: all the cities are twenty-nine, with their villages.

33 In the lowland, Eshtaol, and Zorah, and Ashnah,

34 and Zanoah, and En-gannim, Tappuah, and Enam,

35 Jarmuth, and Adullam, Socoh, and Azekah,

36 and Shaaraim, and Adithaim, and Gederah, and Gederothaim; fourteen cities with their villages.

37 Zenan, and Hadashah, and Migdal-gad,

38 and Dilean, and Mizpeh, and Joktheel,

39 Lachish, and Bozkath, and Eglon,

40 and Cabbon, and Lahmam, and Chitlish,

41 and Gederoth, Beth-dagon, and Naamah, and Makkedah; sixteen cities with their villages.

42 Libnah, and Ether, and Ashan,

43 and Iphtah, and Ashnah, and Nezib,

44 and Keilah, and Achzib, and Mareshah; nine cities with their villages.

45 Ekron, with its towns and its villages;

46 from Ekron even to the sea, all that were by the side of Ashdod, with their villages.

47 Ashdod, its towns and its villages; Gaza, its towns and its villages; to the brook of Egypt, and the great sea, and the border [of it].

48 In the hill-country, Shamir, and Jattir, and Socoh,

49 and Dannah, and Kiriath-sannah (the same is Debir),

50 and Anab, and Eshtemoh, and Anim,

51 and Goshen, and Holon, and Giloh; eleven cities with their villages.

52 Arab, and Dumah, and Eshan,

53 and Janim, and Beth-tappuah, and Aphekah,

54 and Humtah, and Kiriath-arba (the same is Hebron), and Zior; nine cities with their villages.

55 Maon, Carmel, and Ziph, and Jutah,

56 and Jezreel, and Jokdeam, and Zanoah,

57 Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah; ten cities with their villages.

58 Halhul, Beth-zur, and Gedor,

59 and Maarath, and Beth-anoth, and Eltekon; six cities with their villages.

60 Kiriath-baal (the same is Kiriath-jearim), and Rabbah; two cities with their villages.

61 In the wilderness, Beth-arabah, Middin, and Secacah,

62 and Nibshan, and the City of Salt, and En-gedi; six cities with their villages.

63 As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah couldn`t drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.

Joshua 16

1 The lot came out for the children of Joseph from the Jordan at Jericho, at the waters of Jericho on the east, even the wilderness, going up from Jericho through the hill-country to Bethel;

2 and it went out from Bethel to Luz, and passed along to the border of the Archites to Ataroth;

3 and it went down westward to the border of the Japhletites, to the border of Beth-horon the nether, even to Gezer; and the goings out of it were at the sea.

4 The children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance.

5 The border of the children of Ephraim according to their families was [thus]: the border of their inheritance eastward was Ataroth-addar, to Beth-horon the upper;

6 and the border went out westward at Michmethath on the north; and the border turned about eastward to Taanath-shiloh, and passed along it on the east of Janoah;

7 and it went down from Janoah to Ataroth, and to Naarah, and reached to Jericho, and went out at the Jordan.

8 From Tappuah the border went along westward to the brook of Kanah; and the goings out of it were at the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim according to their families;

9 together with the cities which were set apart for the children of Ephraim in the midst of the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages.

10 They didn`t drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell in the midst of Ephraim to this day, and are become servants to do forced labor.

Joshua 17

1 [This] was the lot for the tribe of Manasseh; for he was the firstborn of Joseph. As for Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, because he was a man of war, therefore he had Gilead and Bashan.

2 So [the lot] was for the rest of the children of Manasseh according to their families: for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida: these were the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph according to their families.

3 But Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but daughters: and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.

4 They came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, Yahweh commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers: therefore according to the commandment of Yahweh he gave them an inheritance among the brothers of their father.

5 There fell ten parts to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is beyond the Jordan;

6 because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons. The land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the sons of Manasseh.

7 The border of Manasseh was from Asher to Michmethath, which is before Shechem; and the border went along to the right hand, to the inhabitants of En-tappuah.

8 The land of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh; but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim.

9 The border went down to the brook of Kanah, southward of the brook: these cities belonged to Ephraim among the cities of Manasseh: and the border of Manasseh was on the north side of the brook, and the goings out of it were at the sea:

10 southward it was Ephraim`s, and northward it was Manasseh`s, and the sea was his border; and they reached to Asher on the north, and to Issachar on the east.

11 Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Beth-shean and its towns, and Ibleam and its towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of En-dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and its towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns, even the three heights.

12 Yet the children of Manasseh couldn`t drive out [the inhabitants of] those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.

13 It happened, when the children of Israel had grown strong, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, and didn`t utterly drive them out.

14 The children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, Why have you given me but one lot and one part for an inheritance, seeing I am a great people, because hitherto Yahweh has blessed me?

15 Joshua said to them, If you be a great people, get you up to the forest, and cut down for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the Rephaim; since the hill-country of Ephraim is too narrow for you.

16 The children of Joseph said, The hill-country is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites who dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are in Beth-shean and its towns, and they who are in the valley of Jezreel.

17 Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, You are a great people, and have great power; you shall not have one lot only:

18 but the hill-country shall be yours; for though it is a forest, you shall cut it down, and the goings out of it shall be your; for you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have chariots of iron, and though they are strong.

Psalms 91

1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of Yahweh, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in whom I trust."

3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, From the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his pinions, Under his wings you will take refuge. His truth is a shield and a buckler.

5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day;

6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it will not come near you.

8 You will only look with your eyes, And see the reward of the wicked.

9 For you, Yahweh, are my refuge! You have made the Most High your habitation.

10 No evil will happen to you, Neither shall any plague come near your tent.

11 For he will give his angels charge over you, To guard you in all your ways.

12 They will bear you up in their hands, So that you won`t dash your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and cobra. You will trample the young lion and the serpent underfoot.

14 Because he has set his love on me, therefore I will deliver him. I will set him on high, because he has known my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him, and honor him.

16 I will satisfy him with long life, And show him my salvation. Psalm 92 A Psalm. A song for the Sabbath day.

Psalms 92

1 It is a good thing to give thanks to Yahweh, To sing praises to your name, Most High;

2 To proclaim your lovingkindness in the morning, And your faithfulness every night,

3 With the ten-stringed lute, with the harp, And with the melody of the lyre.

4 For you, Yahweh, have made me glad through your work. I will triumph in the works of your hands.

5 How great are your works, Yahweh! Your thoughts are very deep.

6 A senseless man doesn`t know, Neither does a fool understand this:

7 Though the wicked spring up as the grass, And all the evil-doers flourish, They will be destroyed forever.

8 But you, Yahweh, are on high forevermore.

9 For, behold, your enemies, Yahweh, For, behold, your enemies shall perish. All the evil-doers will be scattered.

10 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox. I am anointed with fresh oil.

11 My eye has also seen my enemies, My ears have heard of the evil-doers who rise up against me.

12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13 They are planted in Yahweh`s house. They will flourish in our God`s courts.

14 They will still bring forth fruit in old age. They will be full of sap and green,

15 To show that Yahweh is upright. He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. Psalm 93

Psalms 93

1 Yahweh reigns! He is clothed with majesty! Yahweh is armed with strength. The world also is established. It can`t be moved.

2 Your throne is established from long ago. You are from everlasting.

3 The floods have lifted up, Yahweh, The floods have lifted up their voice. The floods lift up their waves.

4 Above the voices of many waters, The mighty breakers of the sea, Yahweh on high is mighty.

5 Your statutes stand firm. Holiness adorns your house, Yahweh, forevermore. Psalm 94

Psalms 94

1 Yahweh, you God to whom vengeance belongs, You God to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth.

2 Rise up, you judge of the earth. Pay back the proud what they deserve.

3 Yahweh, how long will the wicked, How long will the wicked triumph?

4 They pour out arrogant words. All the evil-doers boast.

5 They break your people in pieces, Yahweh, And afflict your heritage.

6 They kill the widow and the alien, And murder the fatherless.

7 They say, "Yah will not see, Neither will Jacob`s God consider."

8 Consider, you senseless among the people; You fools, when will you be wise?

9 He who implanted the ear, won`t he hear? He who formed the eye, won`t he see?

10 He who disciplines the nations, won`t he punish? He who teaches man knows.

11 Yahweh knows the thoughts of man, That they are futile.

12 Blessed is the man whom you discipline, Yah, And teach out of your law;

13 That you may give him rest from the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked.

14 For Yahweh won`t reject his people, Neither will he forsake his inheritance.

15 For judgment will return to righteousness. All the upright in heart shall follow it.

16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will stand up for me against the evil-doers?

17 Unless Yahweh had been my help, My soul would have soon lived in silence.

18 When I said, "My foot is slipping!" Your lovingkindness, Yahweh, held me up.

19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me, Your comforts delight my soul.

20 Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with you, Which brings about mischief by statute?

21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, And condemn the innocent blood.

22 But Yahweh has been my high tower, My God, the rock of my refuge.

23 He has brought on them their own iniquity, And will cut them off in their own wickedness. Yahweh, our God, will cut them off. Psalm 95

Psalms 95

1 Oh come, let us sing to Yahweh. Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving. Let us make a joyful noise to him with psalms!

3 For Yahweh is a great God, A great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth. The heights of the mountains are also his.

5 The sea is his, and he made it. His hands formed the dry land.

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before Yahweh, our Maker,

7 For he is our God. We are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, oh that you would hear his voice!

8 Don`t harden your heart, as at Meribah, As in the day of Massah in the wilderness,

9 When your fathers tempted me, Tested me, and saw my work.

10 Forty long years I was grieved with that generation, And said, "It is a people that errs in their heart. They have not known my ways."

11 Therefore I swore in my wrath, "They won`t enter into my rest." Psalm 96

Proverbs 19

1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.

2 It isn`t good to have zeal without knowledge; Nor being hasty with one`s feet and missing the way.

3 The foolishness of man subverts his way; His heart rages against Yahweh.

4 Wealth adds many friends, But the poor is separated from his friend.

5 A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who pours out lies shall not go free.

6 Many will entreat the favor of a ruler, And everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.

7 All the relatives of the poor shun him: How much more do his friends avoid him! He pursues them with pleas, but they are gone.

8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul. He who keeps understanding shall find good.

9 A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who utters lies shall perish.

10 Delicate living is not appropriate for a fool, Much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger. It is his glory to overlook an offense.

12 The king`s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.

13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father. A wife`s quarrels are a continual dripping.

14 House and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from Yahweh.

15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep. The idle soul shall suffer hunger.

16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is contemptuous in his ways shall die.

17 He who has pity on the poor lends to Yahweh; He will reward him.

18 Discipline your son, for there is hope; Don`t be a willing party to his death.

19 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty, For if you rescue him, you must do it again.

20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter end.

21 There are many plans in a man`s heart, But Yahweh`s counsel will prevail.

22 That which makes a man to be desired is his kindness. A poor man is better than a liar.

23 The fear of Yahweh leads to life, then contentment; He rests and will not be touched by trouble.

24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; He will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

25 Flog a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will gain knowledge.

26 He who robs his father and drives away his mother, Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.

27 Stop, my son, listening to instruction, And you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A corrupt witness mocks justice, And the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity.

29 Penalties are prepared for scoffers, And beatings for the backs of fools.

John 13

1 Now before the feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that his time had come that he would depart out of this world to his Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

2 After supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon`s son, to betray him,

3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he came forth from God, and was going to God,

4 arose from supper, and laid aside his outer garments. He took a towel, and wrapped a towel around his waist.

5 Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples` feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

6 Then he came to Simon Peter. He said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?"

7 Jesus answered him, "You don`t know what I am doing now, but you will understand later."

8 Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I don`t wash you, you have no part with me."

9 Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!"

10 Jesus said to him, "Someone who has bathed only needs to have their feet washed, but is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you."

11 For he knew him who would betray him, therefore he said, "You are not all clean."

12 So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back on, and sat down again, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?

13 You call me, `Teacher` and `Lord.` You say so correctly, for so I am.

14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another`s feet.

15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

16 Most assuredly I tell you, a servant is not greater than his lord, neither one who is sent greater than he who sent him.

17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

18 I speak not of you all. I know whom I have chosen. But that the scripture may be fulfilled, `He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.`

19 From now on, I tell you before it happens, that when it happens, you may believe that I AM.

20 Most assuredly I tell you, he who receives whoever I send, receives me; and he who receives me, receives him who sent me."

21 When Jesus had said this, he was troubled in the spirit, and testified, "Most assuredly I tell you that one of you will betray me."

22 The disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom he spoke.

23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was at the table, leaning against Jesus` breast.

24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, and said to him, "Tell us who it is of whom he speaks."

25 He, leaning back, as he was, on Jesus` breast, asked him, "Lord, who is it?"

26 Jesus therefore answered, "It is he who I will give this morsel to when I have dipped it." So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.

27 After the morsel, then Satan entered into him. Jesus therefore said to him, "What you do, do quickly."

28 Now no man at the table knew why he said this to him.

29 For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus said to him, "Buy what things we need for the feast," or that he should give something to the poor.

30 Therefore, having received that morsel, he went out immediately. It was night.

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him.

32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him immediately.

33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and as I said to the Jews, `Where I am going, you can`t come,` so now I tell you.

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another.

35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

36 Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "Where I am going, you can`t follow now, but you will follow afterwards."

37 Peter said to him, "Lord, why can`t I follow you even now? I will lay down my life for you."

38 Jesus answered him, "Will you lay down your life for me? Most assuredly I tell you, the rooster won`t crow until you have denied me three times.

John 14

1 "Don`t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.

2 In my Father`s house are many mansions. If it weren`t so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.

3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also.

4 Where I go, you know, and you know the way."

5 Thomas says to him, "Lord, we don`t know where you are going. How can we know the way?"

6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, but by me.

7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on, you know him, and have seen him."

8 Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us."

9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, `Show us the Father?`

10 Don`t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father living in me does his works.

11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works` sake.

12 Most assuredly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these will he do; because I am going to my Father.

13 Whatever you will ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If you will ask anything in my name, that will I do.

15 If you love me, keep my commandments.

16 I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, that he may be with you forever,

17 -- the Spirit of truth, whom the world can`t receive; for it doesn`t see him, neither knows him. You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you.

18 I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.

19 Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more; but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also.

20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

21 Someone who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him."

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, what will happen that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?"

23 Jesus answered him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him.

24 He who doesn`t love me doesn`t keep my words. The word which you hear isn`t mine, but the Father`s who sent me.

25 I have said these things to you, while still living with you.

26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your memory all that I said to you.

27 Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don`t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.

28 You heard how I told you, `I go away, and I come to you.` If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I said `I am going to my Father;` for the Father is greater than I.

29 Now I have told you before it happens so that, when it happens, you may believe.

30 I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world comes, and he has nothing in me.

31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father commanded me, even so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

John 15

1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer.

2 Every branch in me that doesn`t bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

3 You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can`t bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me.

5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

6 If a man doesn`t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

7 If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done to you.

8 In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples.

9 Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love.

10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father`s commandments, and remain in his love.

11 I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

12 This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you.

13 Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.

15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn`t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.

16 You didn`t choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

17 I command these things to you, that you may love one another.

18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you.

19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

20 Remember the word that I said to you: `A servant is not greater than his lord.` If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will keep yours also.

21 But all these things will they do to you for my name`s sake, because they don`t know him who sent me.

22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.

23 He who hates me, hates my Father also.

24 If I hadn`t done among them the works which none other did, they wouldn`t have had sin. But now have they seen and also hated both me and my Father.

25 But that the word may be fulfilled that is written in their law, `They hated me without a cause.`

26 When the Counselor has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me.

27 You will also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

John 16

1 "These things have I spoken to you, so that you wouldn`t be caused to stumble.

2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time comes that whoever kills you will think that he offers service to God.

3 They will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.

4 But I have told you these things, so that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you about them. I didn`t tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you.

5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, `Where are you going?`

6 But because I have told you these things, sorrow has filled your heart.

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don`t go away, the Counselor won`t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

8 When he has come, he will convict the world in respect to sin, and righteousness, and judgment;

9 of sin, because they don`t believe in me;

10 of righteousness, because I am going to my Father, and you see me no more;

11 of judgment, because the prince of this world has been judged.

12 I have yet many things to tell you, but you can`t bear them now.

13 However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever things he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you the things that are to come.

14 He will glorify me, for he will take from what is mine, and will declare it to you.

15 All things whatever the Father has are mine; therefore I said that he takes of mine, and will declare it to you.

16 A little while, and you will not see me. Again a little while, and you will see me."

17 Some of his disciples therefore said to one another, "What is this that he says to us, `A little while, and you won`t see me, and again a little while, and you will see me;` and, `Because I go to the Father?`"

18 They said therefore, "What is this that he says, `A little while?` We don`t know what he is saying."

19 Therefore Jesus perceived that they wanted to ask him, and he said to them, "Do you inquire among yourselves concerning this, that I said, `A little while, and you won`t see me, and again a little while, and you will see me?`

20 Most assuredly I tell you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.

21 A woman, when she is in travail, has sorrow, because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she doesn`t remember the anguish any more, for the joy that a child is born into the world.

22 You therefore now have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

23 In that day you will ask me no question. Most assuredly I tell you, whatever you may ask of the Father, he will give it to you in my name.

24 Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.

25 I have spoken these things to you in figures of speech. But the time comes when I will no more speak to you in figures of speech, but will tell you plainly about the Father.

26 In that day you will ask in my name; and I don`t say to you, that I will pray to the Father for you,

27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came forth from God.

28 I came out from the Father, and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world, and go to the Father."

29 His disciples said to him, "Behold, now you speak plainly, and speak no figures of speech.

30 Now we know that you know all things, and don`t need for anyone to question you. By this we believe that you came forth from God."

31 Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe?

32 Behold, the time comes, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, everyone to his own place, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

33 I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world."