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OET-RV YHN Chapter 13


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13:1 Yeshua washes the feet of his apprentices

13Even before the actual feast part of the Passover celebrations, Yeshua knew that his time had come—the time when he would leave this world and return to the father. He loved his followers who were in the world right through to the end.

2And now it was getting near time for the dinner and the devil had already put into Yudas Iscariot’s mind the idea of handing Yeshua over to the authorities. 3Yeshua knew that the father had given everything to him, putting it under his control, and he knew that he had come from God and would return to God. 4So he got up from the dinner table, changed out of his clothes, and wrapped a linen towel around himself. 5Then he put water into the wash bowl and started washing the feet of his apprentices, wiping them dry with the linen towel that was he was wearing wrapped around him. 6After he’d washed a few, he got to Simon Peter who asked him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?”

7What I’m doing now,Yeshua answered, “you won’t really understand, but in the future you will.

8Peter responded, “Well I’m never ever going to let you wash my feet!”

If I don’t wash them,Yeshua answered, “then you won’t be included in my group.

9“Well, if that’s so,” Peter said, “don’t just wash my feet but my hands and my head as well.”

10Yeshua responded, “Any person who’s already washed themselves only needs to wash their feet now to be clean. And so you’re clean, but not every one of you.11He said this last bit because he already knew who was going to hand him over.

12[ref]So when he’d finished washing their feet, he got dressed again and sat down and asked, “Do you know what I just did to you all? 13You call me teacher and master, and so you should, because I am. 14So if the master and teacher of you all washed your feet, then you also ought to wash each other’s feet. 15I have given this to you all as an example that you can also do to others. 16[ref]I can assure you that a slave isn’t greater than his master, and an missionary isn’t greater than the king who sends him. 17If you can figure all this out and then do it, you will be blessed by God.

18[ref]But I’m not talking about all of you. I know each one that I chose, but this that was written in the scriptures must be fulfilled,

‘The one sharing food with me, lifted up his boot against me.’

19So I’m telling you now before it happens so that when it does happen, then you’ll all believe that I am the messiah. 20[ref]I can assure you all that anyone who accepts any person that I might send, they’re accepting me, and anyone who accepts me, is accepting the one who sent me.

13:21 Yeshua indicates who will hand him over

(Mat. 26:20-25, Mark 14:17-21, Luke 22:21-23)

21After saying these things, Yeshua thoughts were troubled and he said, “I can assure you that one of you will be turning me in.

22This made his apprentices glance around at each other, puzzled about which one he was talking about. 23One of them that Yeshua especially liked,[fn] was leaning against him at the table. 24So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out who Yeshua had been talking about, 25and he leaned back on Yeshua and asked quietly, “Master, who is it?”

26It’s the one I hand this piece of bread to after I’ve dipped it in the sauce,Yeshua answered. Then after dipping his piece of bread in, he gave it to Yudas Iscariot. 27After accepting the piece of bread, Satan entered into Yudas, and then Yeshua told him, “What you’re about to do, do it soon.” 28But none of the others sitting around the table knew what Yeshua meant. 29Some of them thought that since Yudas held their purse, perhaps Yeshua was getting him to buy something they needed for the feast or to give something to the poor.

30Anyway, having eaten the piece of bread, Yudas went straight outside where it was already dark.

13:31 The new command to love each other

31After Yudas had gone, Yeshua told the others, “Now humanity’s child will be honoured and God will be honoured through him. 32Also God himself will be honouring him and will do that immediately. 33My friends, I’ll only be with you a little bit longer. Then you’ll all look for me and as I told[ref] the religious leaders, you won’t be able to go where I’m going. So now I’ve also told all of you. 34[ref]I’m giving you a new commandment—you need to love each other. The way that I loved all of you is how you should love each other. 35This is actually how you’ll know if you are my followers: if you are loving each other.

13:36 Yeshua predicts that Peter will disown him

(Mat. 26:31-35, Mark 14:27-31, Luke 22:31-34)

36Now Peter followed-up, “Master, where are you going?”

Where I’m going,Yeshua answered, “you won’t be able to follow me at this stage, but you will follow me eventually.

37Peter asked again, “Why can’t I follow after you now? I’m prepared to give my life for you.”

38You think you’ll be giving your life for me?Yeshua responded. “I can assure you that the rooster won’t crow until you’ve already disowned knowing me three times.

13:23 This apprentice, unnamed here, is assumed to be the author of this account (being shy or modest).

13:12-15: Luk 22:27.

13:16: Mat 10:24; Luk 6:40; Jn 15:20.

13:18: Psa 41:9.

13:20: Mat 10:40; Mrk 9:37; Luk 9:48; 10:16.

13:33: Jn 7:34.

13:34: Jn 15:12,17; 1Jn 3:23; 2Jn 5.