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The Gospel of St John

(Part Four)


The 16th Chapter
     These things have I said unto you, because you should not be offended. They shall excommunicate you: you the time shall come that whosoever kills you, will think that he does God service. And such things will they do unto you, because they have not known the father neither yet me. But these things have I told you, that when that hour is come, you might remember then, that I told you so. These things said I not unto you at the beginning because I was present with you.
     But now I go my way to him that sent me, and none of you asks me: *whither go you? But because I have said such things unto you, your hearts are full of sorrow. Nevertheless I tell you the truth, it is expedient for you that I go away. For if I go not away, that comforter will not come unto you. But if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will rebuke the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement. Of sin, because they believe not on me: of righteousness, because I go to my father, and you shall see me no more: and of judgement, because the chief ruler of this world, is judged all ready.*whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
     I have yet many things to say unto you: but you cannot bear them away now. How be it when he is come (I mean the spirit of truth) he will lead you into all truth. He shall not speak of himself: but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak, and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me, for he shall receive of mine and shall show unto you. All things that the father has are mine. Therefore said I unto you, that he shall take of mine and show unto you.
     After a while you shall not see me, and again after a while you shall see me: For I go to the father. Then said some of his disciples between themselves: what is this that he says unto us, after a while you shall not see me, and again after a while you shall see me: and that I go to the father. They said therefore: what is this that he says after a while? we cannot tell what he says. Jesus perceived that they would ask him, and said unto them: This is it that you enquire of between yourselves, that I said after a while you shall not see me, and again after a while you shall see me. Verily, verily I say unto you: you shall weep and lament and the world shall rejoice. you shall sorrow: but your sorrow shall be turned to joy.
     A woman when she travails has sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And you now are in sorrow: but I will see you again, and your hearts shall rejoice, and your joy shall no man take from you. And in that day shall you ask me no question. Verily, verily I say unto you, whatsoever you shall ask the father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have you asked nothing in my name. Ask and you shall receive it: that your joy may be full.
     These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs. The time will come when I shall no more speak to you in proverbs: but I shall show you plainly from my father. At that day shall you ask in mine name. And I say not unto you that I will speak unto my father for you. For the father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I went out from the father, and came into the world: and I leave the world again, and go to the father.
     His disciples said unto him: lo now speak you plainly, and you use no proverb. Now know we that you understand all things, and need not that any man should ask you any question. Therefore believe we that you came from God. Jesus answered them: Now you do believe. Behold the hour draws nigh, and is already come that you shall be scattered every man his ways, and shall leave me alone. And yet am I not alone. For the father is with me.
     These words have I spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. For in the world shall you have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

The 17th Chapter
     These words spoke Jesus and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said: father the hour is come: glorify your son, that your son may glorify you: as you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given him. This is life eternal, that they might know you that only very God, and whom you have sent Jesus Christ.
     I have glorified you on the earth. I have finished the work which you gave me to do. And now glorify me you father with your own self, with the glory which I had with you yer (before) the world was. I have declared your name unto the men which you gave me out of the world. your they were and you gave them me, and they have kept your sayings. Now they know that all things whatsoever you have given me, are of you. For I have given unto them the words which you gave me, and they have received them, and know surely that I came out from you: and do believe that you did send me.
     I pray for them, and pray not for the world: but for them which you have given me, for they are yours. And all mine are yours, and your are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now am I no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I come to you. Holy father keep in your own name, them which you have given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name. Those that you gave me, have I kept, and none of them is lost, but that lost child, that the scripture might be fulfilled.
     Now come I to you, and these words speak I in the world, that they might have my joy full in them. I have given them your words, and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I desire not that you should take them out of the world: but that you keep them from evil. They are not of the world, as I am not of the world. Sanctify them with your truth. your saying is truth. As you did sent me in to the world, even so have I sent them into the world, and for their sakes sanctify I myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
     I pray not for them alone: but for them also which shall believe on me through their preaching, that they all may be one, as you father are in me, and I in you, that they may be also one in us, that the world may believe that you have sent me. And that glory that you gave me, I have given them, that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me.
     Father, I will that they which you have given me, be with me where I am, that they may see my glory which you have given me. For you loved me before the making of the world. O' righteous father, the very world has not known you: but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. And I have declared unto them your name, and will declare it, that the love wherewith you have loved me, be in them, and that I be in them.

The 18th Chapter
     When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden into the which he entered with his disciples. Judas also which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus often times resorted over there with his disciples. Judas then after he had received a bond of men, and ministers of the high Priests and Pharisees, came over there with lanterns and firebrands and weapons. Then Jesus knowing all things that should come on him, went forth and said unto them: whom seek ye? They answered him: Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said unto them: I am he. Judas also which betrayed him, stood with them. But as soon as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backwards and fell to the ground. And he asked them again: whom seek ye? They said: Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered: I said unto you, I am he. If you seek me, let these go their way. That the saying might be fulfilled which he spoke: of them which you gave me, have I not lost one.
     Simon Peter had a sword, and drew it, and smote the high priests servant, and cut off his right ear. The servants name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter: put up your sword into the sheath: shall I not drink of the cup which my father has given me. Then the company and the Captain, and the ministers of the Jewes took Jesus and bound him, and led him away to Anna first: For he was father in law unto Caiphas which was the high Priest that same year. Caiphas was he that gave counsel to the Jewes, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
     And Simon Peter followed Jesus and another disciple: that disciple was known of the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high Priest. But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple which was known unto the high priest, and spoke to the damsel that kept the door, and brought in Peter. Then said the damsel that kept the door, unto Peter: are not you one of this mans disciples? He said: I am not. The servants and the ministers stood there, and had made a fire of coals: for it was cold and they warmed themselves. Peter also stood among them and warmed himself.
     The high priest asked Jesus of his disciples and of his doctrine. Jesus answered him: I spoke openly in the world. I ever taught in the Synagogue and in the temple
*whither all the Jewes resorted, and in secret have I said nothing: Why ask you me? Ask them which heard me, what I said unto them. Behold they can tell what I said. When he had thus spoken, one of the ministers which stood by, smote Jesus on the face saying: answer you the high priest so? Jesus answered him. If I have evil spoken, bear witness of the evil: if I have well spoken, why smite you me? And Annas sent him bound unto Caiphas the high priest. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
     Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. And they said unto him: are not you also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said: I am not. One of the servants of the high priest (his cousin whose ear Peter smote off) said unto him: did not I see you in the garden with him? Peter denied again: and immediately the cock crew. Then led they Jesus from Caiphas into the hall of judgement. It was in the morning, and they themselves went not into the judgement hall least they should be defiled, but that they might eat the paschal lamb. Pilate then went out unto them and said: what accusation bring you against this man? They answered and said unto him. If he were not an evil doer we would not have delivered him unto you. Then said Pilate unto them: take you him and judge him after your own law. Then the Jewes said unto him. It is not lawful for us to put any man to death. That the words of Jesus might be fulfilled which he spoke, signifying what death he should die.
     Then Pilate entered into the judgement hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him: are you the king of the Jewes? Jesus answered: say you that of yourself, or did other tell it you of me? Pilate answered: Am I a Jew? your own nation and high priests have delivered you unto me. What have you done? Jesus answered: my kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world then would my ministers surely fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jewes, but now is my kingdom not from here, now. Pilate said unto him: are you a king then? Jesus answered: You say that I am a king. For this cause was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. And all that are of the truth hear my voice. Pilate said unto him: what thing is truth? And when he had said that, he went out again unto the Jewes, and said unto them: I find in him no cause at all. you have a custom, that I should deliver you one loose at *ester. Will you that I loose unto you the king of the Jewes? Then cried they all again saying: Not him but Barabas: that Barabas was a robber. *ester: exact spelling, feast of sweet bread

The 19th Chapter
     Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. And the soldiers wound a crown of thorns and put it on his head. And they did on him a purple garment, and said: hail king of the Jewes: and they smote him on the face. Pilate went forth again and said unto them: behold I bring him forth to you, that you may know, that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth wearing a crown of thorns and a robe of purple. And Pilate said unto them: behold the man. When the high Priests and ministers saw him, they cried saying: crucify him, crucify him. Pilate said unto them. Take you him and crucify him: for I find no cause in him. The Jewes answered him. We have a law, and by our law he ought to die: because he made himself the son of God. When Pilate heard that saying he was the more afraid, and went again into the judgement hall, and said unto Jesus: from where are you? But Jesus gave him none answer. Then said Pilate unto him: Speak you not unto me? Know you not that I have power to crucify you, and have power to loose you? Jesus answered: You could have no power at all against me, except it were given you from above. Therefore he that delivered me unto you, is more in sin. And from that place forth sought Pilate means to loose him: but the Jewes cried saying: if you let him go you are not Casars friend. For whosoever makes himself a king is against Caesar.
     When Pilate heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down to give sentence, in a place called the pavement: but in the Hebrew tongue, Gabbatha. It was the Saboth even which falls in the *ester feast, and about the sixth hour. And he said unto the Jewes: behold your king. They cried, away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate said unto them shall I crucify your king? The high priests answered: we have no king but Casar. Then delivered he him unto them, to be crucified.*ester: exact spelling, feast of sweet bread
     And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bare his cross, and went forth into a place called the place of dead men s skulls, which is named in Hebrew, Golgotha. Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote his title, and put it on the cross. The writing was: Jesus of Nazareth king of the Jewes. This title read many of the Jewes. For the place where Jesus was crucified, was near to the city. And it was written in Hebrew, Creek and Latin. Then said the high priests of the Jewes to Pilate: write not king of the Jewes, but that he said I am king of the Jewes. Pilate answered: what I have written, that have I written.
     Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments and made four parts, to every soldier a part, and also his coat. The coat was without seam, wrought upon throughout. And they said one to another. Let us not divide it, but cast lots who shall have it. That the scripture might be fulfilled which says. They parted my raiment among them, and on my coat did cast lots. And the soldiers did such things indeed.
There stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mothers sister Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple standing whom he loved, he said unto his mother: woman behold your son. Then said he to the disciple: behold your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her for his own.
     After that when Jesus perceived that all things were performed: that the scripture might be fulfilled: he said: I thirst. There stood a vessel full of vinegar by. And they filled a sponge with vinegar, and wound it about with hyssop, and put it to his mouth. As soon as Jesus had received of the vinegar, he said: It is finished, and bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. The Jewes then because it was the Saboth evening, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Saboth day (for that Saboth day was an high day) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken down. Then came the soldiers and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already they brake not his legs: but one of the soldiers with a spear, thrust him into the side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
     And he that saw it, bare record, and his record is true. And he knows that he says true, that you might believe also. These things were done that the scripture should be fulfilled. you shall not break a bone of him. And again another scripture says: They shall look on him, whom they pierced. After that, Joseph of Arimathia (which was a disciple of Jesus: but secretly for fear of the Jewes) besought Pilate that he might take down the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave him license. And there came also Nicodemus which at the beginning came to Jesus by night, and brought of myrrh and aloes mingled together about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus and wound it in linen clothes with the odors, as the manner of the Jewes is to bury. And in the place where Jesus was crucified, was a garden, and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man laid. There laid they Jesus because of the Jewes Saboth even, for the sepulchre was near at hand.

The 20th Chapter
     The morrow after the Sabothday, came Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and saw the stone taken away from the tomb. Then she ran, and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said unto them. They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we cannot tell where they have laid him. Peter went forth and that other disciple, and came unto the sepulchre. They ran both together, and that other disciple did out run Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooped down and saw the linen clothes lying, yet went he not in. Then came Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and saw the linen clothes lie, and the napkin that was about his head, not lying with the linen cloth, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw and believed. For as yet they knew not the scriptures that he should rise again from death. And the disciples went away again unto their own home.
     Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping. And as she wept, she bowed herself into the sepulchre and saw two angels in white sitting, the one at the head and the other at the feet, where they had laid the body of Jesus. And they said unto her: woman why weep you? She said unto them: For they have taken away my Lord, and I wot (know) not where they have laid him. When she had thus said, she turned herself back and saw Jesus standing and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus said unto her: woman why weep you? Whom seek you? She supposing that he had been the gardener, said unto him. Sir if you have *borne (to bear, carried) him from here, now tell me where you have laid him, that I may fetch him. Jesus said unto her: Mary. She turned herself, and said unto him: Rabboni, which is to say master. Jesus said unto her, touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my father. But go to my brethren and say unto them, I ascend unto my father and your father: to my God and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken such things unto her.
     The same day at night, which was the morrow after the Saboth day, when the doors were shut, where the disciples were assembled together for fear of the Jewes, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and said to them: peace be with you. And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands, and his side. Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again: peace be with you. As my father sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said that, he breathed on them and said unto them: Receive the holy ghost. Whosoevers sins you remit they are remitted unto them. And whosoevers sins you retain, they are retained.
     But Thomas one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples said unto him: we have seen the Lord. And he said unto them: except I see in his hands the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were with in, and Thomas with them. Then came Jesus when the doors were shut, and stood in the midst and said: peace be with you.
     After that said he to Thomas: bring your finger hither and see my hands, and bring your hand and thrust it into my side, and be not faithless, but believing. Thomas answered and said unto him: my Lord, and my God. Jesus said unto him: Thomas, because you have seen me, therefore you believe: Happy are they that have not seen, and yet believe.
     And many other signs did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. These are written that you might believe, that Jesus is Christ the son of God, and that in believing you might have life through his name.

The 21st Chapter
     After that Jesus showed himself again, at the sea of Tiberias. And on this wise showed he himself. There were together Simon Peter and Thomas, which is called Didymus: and Nathanael of Cana a city of Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of the disciples. Simon Peter said unto them: I go a fishing. They said unto him: we also will go with you. They went their way and entered into a ship straight way, and that night caught they nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: nevertheless the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus said unto them: sirs, have you any meat? They answered him, no. And he said unto them: cast out the net on the right side of the ship, and you shall find. They cast out, and anon (after a while) they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
     Then said the disciple whom Jesus loved unto Peter: It is the Lord. When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girded his mantle to him (for he was naked) and sprang into the sea. The other disciples came by ship for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits, and they drew the net with fishes. As soon as they were come to land, they saw hot coals and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus said unto them: bring of the fish which you have now caught. Simon Peter stepped forth and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty three. And for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. Jesus said unto them: come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him: what are you? For they knew that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took bread, and gave them, and fish likewise. Ans (And) this is now the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples, after that he was risen again from death.
     When they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter: Simon Joanna, love you me more than these? He said unto him: you Lord you know, that I love you. He said unto him: feed my lambs. He said to him again the second time: Simon Joanna, love you me? He said unto him: you Lord you know that I love you. He said unto him: feed my sheep. He said unto him the third time: Simon Joanna, love you me? And Peter sorrowed because he said to him the third time, love you me, and said unto him: Lord you know all things, you know that I love you. Jesus said unto him: feed my sheep.
     Verily, verily I say unto you, when you was young, you girded yourself, and walked *whither you would: but when you are old, you shall stretch forth your hands, and another shall gird you, and lead you whither you would not. That spoke he signifying by what death he should glorify God. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
     And when he had said thus, he said to him follow me. Peter turned about, and saw that disciple whom Jesus loved following: which also leaned on his breast at supper and said: Lord which is he that shall betray you? When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus: Lord what shall he here do? Jesus said unto him: If I will have him to tarry till I come, what is that to you? follow you me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die. Yet Jesus said not to him, he shall not die: but if I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to you? The same disciple is he, which testifies of these things, and wrote these things. And we know, that his testimony is true. There are also many other things which Jesus did the which if they should be written every one I suppose the world could not contain the books that should be written.

Here ends the Gospel of Saint John


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