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John 13

Washing the Disciples Feet

1 Now before the festival of the passover, Jesus knowing that his hour came in order that he depart out of this world to the father, having agape-loved his own in the world, he agape-loved them to the end1. 2 And dinner coming to pass, the devil2 having already cast into the heart [of] Judas Simon Iscariot in order that he deliver him up, 3 having known that the father gave to him everything into his hands, and that from God he had come and to God he returns, 4 he arises from dinner and puts [aside] his garments, and having taken [a] cloth he tied [it] around himself. 5 Then he pours water into the basin and began to be washing the disciples' feet and wiping [them] with the cloth that he had tied around himself.

6 He comes to Simon Peter; he says to him: Lord, do you wash my feet? 7 Jesus answered and said to him: What I do you now you do not know, but you will know after these [things]. 8 Peter says to him: You will not wash my feet to eternity. Jesus answered him: If I do not wash you, you have no part with me. 9 Simon Peter says to him, Lord, not only my feet but also my hands and head! 10 Jesus says to him, The [one] having bathed does not have need except [for] his feet to be washed, but is wholly clean. And you [all]3 are clean, but not all [of you]. 11 For he had known the [one] delivering him up; because of this he said that not all [of you] are clean.

12 When therefore he washed their feet and took his garments and reclined again, he said to them: Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me the Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for I am. 14 If therefore I the Teacher and the Lord washed your feet, you also ought to be washing each other's feet. 15 For I have given [the] example to you in order that just as I did to you, you do also. 16 Truly truly I say to you, the slave is not greater than his lord, nor [the] sent [one] greater than the [one] having sent him. 17 If you know these [things], blessed are you if you do them.

The Announcement of Jesus' Betrayal

18 Not concerning all [of you] do I speak. I know whom I have chosen; but in order that the scripture be fulfilled4:
The [one] gnawing5 my bread
Lifted up his heel against me .

19 From now [on] I tell you before [it] comes to pass, in order that when it comes to pass you believe that I am [He]. 20 Truly truly I say to you, the [one] receiving whom I send receives me, and the [one] receiving me receives the [one] having sent me.

21 Having said these [things] Jesus was troubled in [his] spirit and witnessed and said: Truly truly I say to you that one [of you] will give me over. 22 The disciples therefore were looking to one another being-at-[a]-loss concerning what he says. 23 One of his disciples was reclining on Jesus' lap6, whom Jesus agape-loved. 24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to this [one] to inquire of whom he speaks about. 25 That [one] thus reclining upon Jesus chest says to him: Lord, who is it? 26 Jesus therefore answered: That is he to whom I will dip the morsel and give to him. Having therefore dipped the morsel he takes and gives to Judas Simon Iscariot. 27 And after the morsel then Satan entered into that [one]. Jesus therefore says to him: What you do, do quickly. 28 But no one of those reclining knew what reason he spoke this to him. 29 For some were supposing, since Judas had the money box, that Jesus says to him: Buy what we need for the festival, or in order to give something to the poor. 30 That [one] therefore taking the morsel, he immediately went out. Now it was night.

The Prediction of Peter's Denial

31 When therefore he went out, Jesus says: Now is the son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 [If God is glorified in him]7 God will also glorify him in himself, and immediately will he glorify him. 33 Children, yet [a] little [while] am I with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews that where I go you are not able to come, I also say to you now.

34 [A] new commandment I give to you, that you be agape-loving one another; just as I agape-loved you, be agape-loving one another. 35 By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have agape-love for one another.

36 Simon Peter says to him: Lord, where do you go? Jesus answered: Where I go you are not now able to follow, but you follow later. 37 Peter says to him: Lord, why am I not able to follow you now? I will give my psyche-life8 in your behalf. 38 Jesus answered: You will give your psyche-life8 in my behalf? Truly truly I say to you, the rooster will not crow until you deny me thrice.

1the Greek idiom εις τελoς here translated "to the end" can also mean "completely", though see the verb form of this word used in John.19:30: τετελεσται —"It is ended." or "It is finished."

2DIABOLOS (διαβoλoς ) `slanderer'—someone who disseminates falsehoods about someone.

3"you" is plural


5TROGO "TROH-GO" (τρωγω), `to gnaw', not the usual verb `to eat' (ESTHO εσθω)

6or 'bosom'

7omit: text: p66ℵBDW; include: K vg

8from PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. Animals have PSYCHEs as well as humans. Contrast ZOE (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected.