Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

When the Israelites came out of Egypt, they were all miraculously healed of their infirmities, diseases, and slavery-related injuries. All walked out under their own power, and not a one faltered. Imagine the scope of such a miracle! Just by eating the Passover lamb, a nation of beaten, bruised, malnourished slaves received total, perfect health.

This miracle was a type of the healing purchased at Calvary by the Passover Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. In His ministry, He healed all who desired to be well. Jesus asked the man at the pool of Bethesda, "Would you like to get well?" (John 5:6). The Lord's healing power was flowing to whoever would reach out and receive it.

Can you see that healing is available to you if you will only receive it? God is no respecter of persons. What He did for Israel, He will do for you. Remember how Hannah's womb was supernaturally opened to conceive a son because she "asked the Lord for him" (1 Samuel 1:20). Thank Him today, and ask for the healing you need. It belongs to you!

1 Samuel 1:1-2:21

The Birth of Samuel

There was a certain man from Ramathaim,S Jos 18:25 a ZuphiteSee Septuagint and 1 Chron. 6:26-27,33-35; or from Ramathaim Zuphim.1Sa 9:5 from the hill countryJos 17:17-18 of Ephraim,Jos 21:20-22 whose name was Elkanah1Ch 6:27, 34 son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.He had two wives;S Ge 4:19 one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.

Year after yearver 21; Ex 23:14; 1Sa 2:19; 20:6, 29; Lk 2:41 this man went up from his town to worshipDt 12:5-7 and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh,S Jos 18:1 where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli,1Sa 2:31; 14:3 were priests of the Lord.Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice,Lev 7:15-18; Dt 12:17-18 he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.S Ge 29:34But to Hannah he gave a double portionS Ge 37:3 because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb.S Ge 11:30; S 29:31Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.S Ge 16:4This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.2Sa 12:17; Ps 102:4Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?S Ru 4:15

Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house.1Sa 3:310 In her deep anguishJob 3:20; 7:11; 10:1; 21:25; 23:2; 27:2; Isa 38:15; Jer 20:18 Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.11 And she made a vow,S Jdg 11:30 saying, “Lord AlmightyS Ge 17:1; Ps 24:10; 46:7; Isa 1:9, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and rememberS Ge 8:1 me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life,S Jdg 13:7 and no razorNu 6:1-21; Jdg 13:5; Lk 1:15 will ever be used on his head.”

12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth.13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”

15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled.2Ki 4:27 I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouringPs 42:4; 62:8; La 2:19 out my soul to the Lord.16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”Ps 55:2

17 Eli answered, “Go in peace,Nu 6:26; 1Sa 20:42; 2Ki 5:19; S Ac 15:33 and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.S Ge 25:21; Ps 20:3-5

18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.S Ge 18:3; Ru 2:13” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.Ro 15:13

19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah.S Jos 18:25 Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord rememberedS Ge 8:1; S 29:31 her.20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son.S Ge 17:19; S 29:32; S 30:6 She namedEx 2:10; Mt 1:21 him Samuel,Samuel sounds like the Hebrew for heard by God.1Sa 7:5; 12:23; 1Ch 6:27; Jer 15:1; Heb 11:32 saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”

Hannah Dedicates Samuel

21 When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annualS ver 3 sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfill his vow,S Ge 28:20; Nu 30:2; Dt 12:1122 Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and presentEx 13:2; Lk 2:22 him before the Lord, and he will live there always.”Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls always. I have dedicated him as a Nazirite—all the days of his life.”

23 “Do what seems best to you,” her husband Elkanah told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make goodS Ge 25:21 hisMasoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac your word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weanedGe 21:8 him.

24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull,Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac; Masoretic Text with three bullsNu 15:8-10 an ephahThat is, probably about 36 pounds or about 16 kilograms of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh.25 When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli,26 and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord.27 I prayed1Sa 2:20; Ps 66:19-20 for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.28 So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole lifeS Jdg 13:7 he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.

Hannah’s Prayer

Then Hannah prayed and said:Lk 1:46-55

“My heart rejoicesPs 13:5; 33:21; Zec 10:7 in the Lord;

in the Lord my hornHorn here symbolizes strength; also in verse 10.Ps 18:2; 89:17, 24; 148:14 is lifted high.

My mouth boastsPs 6:8 over my enemies,S Nu 10:35; Ps 6:10

for I delight in your deliverance.

“There is no one holyS Ex 15:11; S Lev 11:44 likeS Ex 8:10; Isa 40:25; 46:5 the Lord;

there is no one besides you;

there is no RockS Ge 49:24; S Ex 33:22; Dt 32:37; 2Sa 22:2, 32; 23:3; Ps 31:3; 71:3 like our God.

“Do not keep talking so proudly

or let your mouth speak such arrogance,Ps 17:10; 31:18; 73:8; 75:4; 94:4

for the Lord is a God who knows,S Jos 22:22

and by him deeds1Sa 16:7; 1Ki 8:39; 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 6:30; Pr 15:11; Jer 11:20; 17:10 are weighed.Pr 16:2; 24:11-12

“The bows of the warriors are broken,2Sa 1:27; Ps 37:15; 46:9; 76:3

but those who stumbled are armed with strength.Job 17:9; Isa 40:31; 41:1; 52:1; 57:10

Those who were full hire themselves out for food,

but those who were hungryLk 1:53 are hungry no more.

She who was barrenPs 113:9; Isa 54:1; Jer 15:9 has borne seven children,

but she who has had many sons pines away.

“The Lord brings death and makes alive;Dt 32:39

he brings down to the grave and raises up.Isa 26:19; Eze 37:3, 12

The Lord sends poverty and wealth;S Dt 8:18

he humbles and he exalts.Job 5:11; 40:12; Ps 75:7; Isa 2:12; 13:11; 22:19; Da 4:37

He raisesPs 113:7-8 the poorJas 2:5 from the dust1Ki 16:2

and lifts the needyPs 72:12; 107:41; 145:14; 146:8; S Mt 23:12 from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes

and has them inherit a throne of honor.2Sa 7:8; Job 36:7; Isa 22:23; Eze 21:26

“For the foundationsJob 15:7; 38:4; Ps 104:5; Pr 8:29; Isa 40:12; Jer 10:12 of the earth are the Lord’s;

on them he has set the world.

He will guard the feetPs 91:12; 121:3; Pr 3:26 of his faithful servants,Pr 2:8

but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.Job 10:22; Isa 5:30; 8:22; 59:9; 60:2; Jer 13:16; Am 5:18, 20; Zep 1:14-15; Mt 8:12

“It is not by strength1Sa 17:47; Ps 33:16-17; Zec 4:6 that one prevails;

10 those who oppose the Lord will be broken.S Ex 15:6

The Most High will thunderS Ex 19:16; 1Sa 7:10; 12:17; 2Sa 22:14; Job 37:4, 5; 38:1; Ps 18:13; 29:3; Isa 66:6 from heaven;

the Lord will judgePs 96:13; 98:9; Mt 25:31-32 the ends of the earth.

“He will give strengthPs 18:1; 21:1; 59:16 to his king

and exalt the hornS Dt 33:17; Ps 89:24; S Lk 1:69 of his anointed.”

11 Then Elkanah went home to Ramah,S Jos 18:25 but the boy ministeredver 18; S Nu 16:9; 1Sa 3:1 before the Lord under Eli the priest.

Eli’s Wicked Sons

12 Eli’s sons were scoundrels; they had no regardJer 2:8; 9:6 for the Lord.13 Now it was the practiceDt 18:3 of the priests that, whenever any of the people offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand while the meatLev 7:35-36 was being boiled14 and would plunge the fork into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot. Whatever the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh.15 But even before the fat was burned, the priest’s servant would come and say to the person who was sacrificing, “Give the priest some meat to roast; he won’t accept boiled meat from you, but only raw.”

16 If the person said to him, “Let the fatLev 3:3, 14-16; 7:29-34 be burned first, and then take whatever you want,” the servant would answer, “No, hand it over now; if you don’t, I’ll take it by force.”

17 This sin of the young men was very great in the Lord’s sight, for theyDead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint; Masoretic Text people were treating the Lord’s offering with contempt.ver 22, 29; S Nu 14:11; Jer 7:21; Eze 22:26; Mal 2:7-9

18 But Samuel was ministeringS ver 11 before the Lord—a boy wearing a linen ephod.ver 28; 1Sa 22:18; 23:9; 2Sa 6:14; 1Ch 15:2719 Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annualS 1Sa 1:3 sacrifice.20 Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the Lord give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayedS 1Sa 1:27 for and gave toDead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text and asked from the Lord.” Then they would go home.21 And the Lord was gracious to Hannah;Ge 21:1 she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grewS Jdg 13:24; Lk 1:80; 2:40 up in the presence of the Lord.

Elkanah and His Family

There was a man named Elkanah who lived in Ramah in the region of ZuphAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads in Ramathaim-zophim; compare 1:19. in the hill country of Ephraim. He was the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, of Ephraim.Elkanah had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah did not.

Each year Elkanah would travel to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies at the Tabernacle. The priests of the Lord at that time were the two sons of Eli—Hophni and Phinehas.On the days Elkanah presented his sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to Peninnah and each of her children.And though he loved Hannah, he would give her only one choice portionOr And because he loved Hannah, he would give her a choice portion. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. because the Lord had given her no children.So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children.Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle.Hebrew the house of the Lord; also in 1:24. Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat.

“Why are you crying, Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?”

Hannah’s Prayer for a Son

Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle.Hebrew the Temple of the Lord.10 Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord.11 And she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.Some manuscripts add He will drink neither wine nor intoxicants.

12 As she was praying to the Lord, Eli watched her.13 Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking.14 “Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your wine!”

15 “Oh no, sir!” she replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord.16 Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.”

17 “In that case,” Eli said, “go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.”

18 “Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.

Samuel’s Birth and Dedication

19 The entire family got up early the next morning and went to worship the Lord once more. Then they returned home to Ramah. When Elkanah slept with Hannah, the Lord remembered her plea,20 and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,Samuel sounds like the Hebrew term for “asked of God” or “heard by God.” for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.”

21 The next year Elkanah and his family went on their annual trip to offer a sacrifice to the Lord and to keep his vow.22 But Hannah did not go. She told her husband, “Wait until the boy is weaned. Then I will take him to the Tabernacle and leave him there with the Lord permanently.Some manuscripts add I will offer him as a Nazirite for all time.

23 “Whatever you think is best,” Elkanah agreed. “Stay here for now, and may the Lord help you keep your promise.As in Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version; Masoretic Text reads may the Lord keep his promise.” So she stayed home and nursed the boy until he was weaned.

24 When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh. They brought along a three-year-old bullAs in Dead Sea Scrolls, Greek and Syriac versions; Masoretic Text reads three bulls. for the sacrifice and a basketHebrew and an ephah [20 quarts or 22 liters]. of flour and some wine.25 After sacrificing the bull, they brought the boy to Eli.26 “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord.27 I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request.28 Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And theyHebrew he. worshiped the Lord there.

Hannah’s Prayer of Praise

Then Hannah prayed:

“My heart rejoices in the Lord!

The Lord has made me strong.Hebrew has exalted my horn.

Now I have an answer for my enemies;

I rejoice because you rescued me.

No one is holy like the Lord!

There is no one besides you;

there is no Rock like our God.

“Stop acting so proud and haughty!

Don’t speak with such arrogance!

For the Lord is a God who knows what you have done;

he will judge your actions.

The bow of the mighty is now broken,

and those who stumbled are now strong.

Those who were well fed are now starving,

and those who were starving are now full.

The childless woman now has seven children,

and the woman with many children wastes away.

The Lord gives both death and life;

he brings some down to the graveHebrew to Sheol. but raises others up.

The Lord makes some poor and others rich;

he brings some down and lifts others up.

He lifts the poor from the dust

and the needy from the garbage dump.

He sets them among princes,

placing them in seats of honor.

For all the earth is the Lord’s,

and he has set the world in order.

“He will protect his faithful ones,

but the wicked will disappear in darkness.

No one will succeed by strength alone.

10 Those who fight against the Lord will be shattered.

He thunders against them from heaven;

the Lord judges throughout the earth.

He gives power to his king;

he increases the strengthHebrew he exalts the horn. of his anointed one.”

11 Then Elkanah returned home to Ramah without Samuel. And the boy served the Lord by assisting Eli the priest.

Eli’s Wicked Sons

12 Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord13 or for their duties as priests. Whenever anyone offered a sacrifice, Eli’s sons would send over a servant with a three-pronged fork. While the meat of the sacrificed animal was still boiling,14 the servant would stick the fork into the pot and demand that whatever it brought up be given to Eli’s sons. All the Israelites who came to worship at Shiloh were treated this way.15 Sometimes the servant would come even before the animal’s fat had been burned on the altar. He would demand raw meat before it had been boiled so that it could be used for roasting.

16 The man offering the sacrifice might reply, “Take as much as you want, but the fat must be burned first.” Then the servant would demand, “No, give it to me now, or I’ll take it by force.”17 So the sin of these young men was very serious in the Lord’s sight, for they treated the Lord’s offerings with contempt.

18 But Samuel, though he was only a boy, served the Lord. He wore a linen garment like that of a priest.Hebrew He wore a linen ephod.19 Each year his mother made a small coat for him and brought it to him when she came with her husband for the sacrifice.20 Before they returned home, Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife and say, “May the Lord give you other children to take the place of this one she gave to the Lord.As in Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version; Masoretic Text reads this one he requested of the Lord.21 And the Lord blessed Hannah, and she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:

And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there.

And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:

But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the Lord had shut up her womb.

And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.

And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?

So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord.

10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.

11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.

13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.

14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.

15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.

16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her.

20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.

21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.

22 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord, and there abide for ever.

23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the Lord establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.

24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the Lord in Shiloh: and the child was young.

25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.

26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord.

27 For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him:

28 Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.

And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.

There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.

They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.

The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.

The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.

He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and he hath set the world upon them.

He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.

11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the Lord before Eli the priest.

12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord.

13 And the priest's custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;

14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.

15 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.

16 And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.

17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord: for men abhorred the offering of the Lord.

18 But Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

19 Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.

20 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The Lord give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went unto their own home.

21 And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord.

John 5:1-23

The Healing at the Pool

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals.Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep GateNe 3:1; 12:39 a pool, which in AramaicJn 19:13, 17, 20; 20:16; Ac 21:40; 22:2; 26:14 is called BethesdaSome manuscripts Bethzatha; other manuscripts Bethsaida and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.[4] Some manuscripts include here, wholly or in part, paralyzed—and they waited for the moving of the waters. From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters. The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease they had.One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”Mt 9:5, 6At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,Mt 12:1-14; Jn 9:1410 and so the Jewish leadersver 16 said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”Ne 13:15-22; Jer 17:21; S Mt 12:2

11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’

12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinningMk 2:5; Jn 8:11 or something worse may happen to you.”15 The man went away and told the Jewish leadersS Jn 1:19 that it was Jesus who had made him well.

The Authority of the Son

16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him.17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My FatherLk 2:49 is always at his workJn 9:4; 14:10 to this very day, and I too am working.”18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him;S Mt 12:14 not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.Jn 10:30, 33; 19:7

19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself;ver 30; S Jn 14:24 he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.20 For the Father loves the SonJn 3:35 and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these,Jn 14:12 so that you will be amazed.21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life,Ro 4:17; 8:11; 2Co 1:9; Heb 11:19 even so the Son gives lifeJn 11:25 to whom he is pleased to give it.22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,ver 27; Ge 18:25; Jdg 11:27; Jn 9:39; S Ac 10:4223 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.Lk 10:16; S 1Jn 2:23

Jesus Heals a Lame Man

Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days.Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda,Other manuscripts read Beth-zatha; still others read Bethsaida. with five covered porches.Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.Some manuscripts add an expanded conclusion to verse 3 and all of verse 4: waiting for a certain movement of the water, for an angel of the Lord came from time to time and stirred up the water. And the first person to step in after the water was stirred was healed of whatever disease he had.One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years.When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”

“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath,10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”

11 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”

12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.

13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd.14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”15 Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.

Jesus Claims to Be the Son of God

16 So the Jewish leaders began harassingOr persecuting. Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules.17 But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”18 So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.

19 So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished.21 For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants.22 In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge,23 so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him.

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

Psalm 105:37-45

37 He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold,S Ex 3:21, 22

and from among their tribes no one faltered.

38 Egypt was glad when they left,

because dread of IsraelEx 15:16 had fallen on them.

39 He spread out a cloudS Ex 13:21; 1Co 10:1 as a covering,

and a fire to give light at night.S Ps 78:14

40 They asked,Ps 78:18, 24 and he brought them quail;S Ex 16:13

he fed them well with the bread of heaven.S Ex 16:4; Jn 6:31

41 He opened the rock,S Nu 20:11; 1Co 10:4 and water gushed out;

it flowed like a river in the desert.

42 For he remembered his holy promiseGe 12:1-3; 13:14-17; 15:13-16

given to his servant Abraham.

43 He brought out his people with rejoicing,Ex 15:1-18; Ps 106:12

his chosen ones with shouts of joy;

44 he gave them the lands of the nations,Ex 32:13; Jos 11:16-23; 12:8; 13:6-7; Ps 111:6

and they fell heir to what others had toiledDt 6:10-11; Ps 78:55 for—

45 that they might keep his precepts

and observe his laws.S Dt 4:40; 6:21-24; Ps 78:5-7

Praise the Lord.Hebrew Hallelu YahS Ps 104:35

37 The Lord brought his people out of Egypt, loaded with silver and gold;

and not one among the tribes of Israel even stumbled.

38 Egypt was glad when they were gone,

for they feared them greatly.

39 The Lord spread a cloud above them as a covering

and gave them a great fire to light the darkness.

40 They asked for meat, and he sent them quail;

he satisfied their hunger with manna—bread from heaven.

41 He split open a rock, and water gushed out

to form a river through the dry wasteland.

42 For he remembered his sacred promise

to his servant Abraham.

43 So he brought his people out of Egypt with joy,

his chosen ones with rejoicing.

44 He gave his people the lands of pagan nations,

and they harvested crops that others had planted.

45 All this happened so they would follow his decrees

and obey his instructions.

Praise the Lord!

37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.

38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.

39 He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.

40 The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.

42 For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.

43 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:

44 And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people;

45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the Lord.

Proverbs 14:28-29

28 A large population is a king’s glory,

but without subjects a prince is ruined.S 2Sa 19:7

29 Whoever is patient has great understanding,S 2Ki 5:12; Pr 17:27

but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.S ver 17; Ecc 7:8-9

28 A growing population is a king’s glory;

a prince without subjects has nothing.

29 People with understanding control their anger;

a hot temper shows great foolishness.

28 In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

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