19 Again the Jews were divided because of these words. 20Many of them were saying, He has a demon and is out of his mind. Why listen to him? 21Others were saying, These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?
22 At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah,* tell us plainly. 25Jesus answered, I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Fathers name testify to me; 26but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Fathers hand.* 30The Father and I are one.
31 The Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus replied, I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me? 33The Jews answered, It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God. 34Jesus answered, Is it not written in your law,* I said, you are gods? 35If those to whom the word of God came were called godsand the scripture cannot be annulled 36can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, I am Gods Son? 37If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. 38But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand* that the Father is in me and I am in the Father. 39Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands.
40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. 41Many came to him, and they were saying, John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true. 42And many believed in him there.
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