The Gospel According to John

Chapter 13

Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet
1 It was now nearing the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to go from this world to the Father. He had loved His own who were in the world, and He loved them to the end. 2 So, at supper, the Devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him. 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had put everything into His hands and that He had come from God and was going back to God, 4 got up from supper, laid aside His gown, took a cloth, and fastened it around Him. 5 Next, He poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the feet of His disciples, wiping them with the cloth He had tied around Him.

Peter's Protest
6 Finally He came to Simon Peter, who said to Him, "Lord, are You going to wash my feet?" 7 Jesus said to him, "You don't understand now what I am doing, but later on you will know." 8 "I Will never let You wash my feet," said Peter to Him, "No, never!" Jesus answered him, "Unless I wash you, you will have no fellowship with Me." 9 "Lord," said Simon Peter to Him, "not only my feet, but my hands and head also." 10 Jesus said to him, "He that is washed needs only to have his feet washed to be completely clean. And now you are clean - but not every one of you." 11 For He knew who was to betray Him. That is why He said, "Not all of you are clean."

Jesus Explains the Meaning of the Act
12 When He had washed their feet and put on His gown, He sat down again. "Do you understand," He asked them, "what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord. You are right, for I am all of that. 14 Well, if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, then you, too, should wash one another's feet. 15 For I have set you an example, and you should do as I do to you. 16 I tell you truly, a servant is not greater than his Master, nor is a messenger greater than He who sent him. 17 If you know this you will be blessed, if you do it.

18 "I am not speaking about all of you. I know the men I have chosen, but that the Scripture might be fulfilled, 'He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me'(Psalm 41:9). 19 I tell you this now before it comes to pass, so that, after it has taken place, you may believe that I am He. 20 Most truly I say to you, whoever receives those whom I send receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me."

Jesus Foretells His Betrayal
21 When Jesus had said this, He was disturbed in spirit, and He testified, saying, "Truly, I say to you that one of you is going to betray Me."

22 The disciples then began to look at one another, in doubt as to whom He had meant. 23 One of His disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining close to Jesus. 24 Simon Peter beckoned to him to ask Him to tell of whom it was He had spoken. 25 So, leaning back close to Jesus, he whispered, "Who is it, Lord?" 26 Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread, after having dipped it." Then, dipping the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, Simon's son. 27 And after Judas had eaten the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, "Do quickly what you are about to do."

28 But no one at the supper understood what He had said to him. 29 Some supposed that, since Judas had charge of the money box, Jesus had said to him, "Buy what we need for the festival," or that he should give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had received the piece of bread, he went out into the night.

The Law of Love
31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, "The Son of Man has now been glorified, and God has been glorified in Him. 32 If God has been glorified in Him, God shall also glorify Him in Himself, and He shall glorify Him at once. 33 Little children, I shall be with you only a little while. You will look for Me but, as I said to the Jews, so now I say the same to you, Where I am going, you cannot come! 34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another; that you should love one another as I have loved you. 35 By this token will all men know that you are My disciples - that you love one another."

Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial
36 Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, where are You going?" Jesus answered him, "Where I am going you cannot now follow Me, but later you will follow Me." 37 "Lord," said Peter to Him, "why can't I follow You now? I will lay down my life for You." 38 Jesus answered him, "You will lay down your life for Me? Listen, I tell you solemnly, the rooster will not crow until you have disowned Me three times!"

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