1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus
went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep [Gate] a
pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five
3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind,
lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the
pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped
in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of
whatever disease he had.
5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity
thirty-eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he
already had been [in] [that] [condition] a long time,
He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to
put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but
while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and
9 And immediately the man was made well, took up
his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.
10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It
is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry [your]
11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to
me, `Take up your bed and walk.’ “
12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to
you, `Take up your bed and walk’?”
13 But the one who was healed did not know who
it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in
[that] place.
14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said
to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more,
lest a worse thing come upon you.”
15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was
Jesus who had made him well.
16 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and
sought to kill Him, because He had done these things
on the Sabbath.
17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been
working until now, and I have been working.”
18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him,
because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said
that God was His Father, making Himself equal with
God.      John 5:1-18