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John 13 New Testament for Everyone (NTE)

Washing the Disciples’ Feet

13 It was before the festival of Passover. Jesus knew that his time had come, the time for him to leave this world and go to the father. He had always loved his own people in the world; now he loved them right through to the end.

It was supper-time. The devil had already put the idea of betraying him into the heart of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. Jesus knew that the father had given everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God. So he got up from the supper-table, took off his clothes, and wrapped a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a bowl, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel he was wrapped in.

He came to Simon Peter.

‘Master,’ said Peter, ‘what’s this? You, washing my feet?’

‘You don’t understand yet what I’m doing,’ replied Jesus, ‘but you’ll know afterwards.’

‘I’m not going to have you washing my feet!’ said Peter. ‘Never!’

‘If I don’t wash you,’ replied Jesus, ‘you don’t belong to me.’

‘All right then, Master,’ said Simon Peter, ‘but not only my feet – wash my hands and my head as well!’

10 ‘Someone who has washed’, said Jesus to him, ‘doesn’t need to wash again, except for their feet. They are clean all over. And you are clean – but not all of you.’

11 Jesus knew, you see, who was going to betray him. That’s why he said, ‘You are not all clean.’

Like Master, Like Servant

12 So when he had washed their feet, he put on his clothes and sat down again.

‘Do you know what I’ve done to you?’ he asked. 13 ‘You call me “teacher”, and “master”, and you’re right. That’s what I am. 14 Well, then: if I, as your master and teacher, washed your feet just now, you should wash each other’s feet. 15 I’ve given you a pattern, so that you can do things in the same way that I did to you.

16 ‘I’m telling you the solemn truth,’ he continued. ‘The slave isn’t greater than the master. People who are sent are not greater than the person who sends them. 17 If you know these things, God’s blessing on you if you do them.

18 ‘I’m not talking about all of you,’ he went on. ‘I know the ones I have chosen. What the Bible says has to come true: “The person who ate my bread lifted up his heel against me.” 19 I’m telling you this now, before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe that I am who I am. 20 I’m telling you the solemn truth: anyone who welcomes someone I send, welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me.’

Judas Goes Out

21 After saying this, Jesus was troubled in spirit. He told them why.

‘I’m telling you the solemn truth,’ he said. ‘One of you will betray me.’

22 The disciples looked at each other in shock, wondering who he could be talking about. 23 One of the disciples, the one Jesus specially loved, was reclining at table close beside him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to him to ask who it was he was talking about. 25 So, leaning back against Jesus’ chest, he asked him, ‘Who is it, Master?’

26 ‘It’s the one I’m going to give this piece of bread to’, said Jesus, ‘when I’ve dipped it in the dish.’

So he dipped the piece of bread, and gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. 27 After the bread, the satan entered into him.

‘Do it quickly, won’t you?’ said Jesus to him.

28 None of the others at the table knew what he meant. 29 Because Judas kept the common purse, some were thinking that he meant, ‘Buy what we need for the festival’, or that he was to give something to the poor.

30 So when Judas had taken the bread, he went out at once. It was night.

Love One Another

31 When Judas had gone out, Jesus began to speak.

‘Now the son of man is glorified!’ he said. ‘Now God is glorified in him! 32 And if God is glorified in him, God will glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Children, I’m only with you a little longer. You will look for me, and, as I said to the Judaeans that where I was going they couldn’t come, so I’m saying the same to you now.

34 ‘I’m giving you a new commandment, and it’s this: love one another! Just as I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 This is how everybody will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for each other.’

36 Simon Peter spoke up.

‘Master,’ he said, ‘where are you going?’

‘Where I’m going’, replied Jesus, ‘you can’t follow me just now. You will follow later, though.’

37 ‘Master,’ Peter replied, ‘why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you!’

38 ‘Will you really lay down your life for me?’ smiled Jesus. ‘I’m telling you the solemn truth: by the time the cock crows you will have disowned me three times.’

New Testament for Everyone (NTE)

Scripture quotations from The New Testament for Everyone are copyright © Nicholas Thomas Wright 2011.

John 13 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

18 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned[a] against me.’[b]

19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”

21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him,[c] God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”

Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”

37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”

38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

Footnotes:

  1. John 13:18 Greek has lifted up his heel
  2. John 13:18 Psalm 41:9
  3. John 13:32 Many early manuscripts do not have If God is glorified in him.
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