Textual Commentary on John 5:3

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

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The Scripture quotations below are from

John 5

[1]...there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. [2]Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. [3]In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. [4]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. [5]And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. [6]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? [7]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. [8]Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. [9]And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.


An analysis of all available manuscripts show that part of verse 3 and all of verse 4 were not part of the original text of the Gospel of John. According to Bruce Metzger's definitive Textual Commentary of the Greek New Testament, Second Edition (New York: United Bible Societies, 1993, page 179),}

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