John 5:10
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New International Version
and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat."

New Living Translation
so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, "You can't work on the Sabbath! The law doesn't allow you to carry that sleeping mat!"

English Standard Version
So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.”

New American Standard Bible
So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, "It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet."

King James Bible
The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, "This is the Sabbath! It's illegal for you to pick up your mat."

International Standard Version
So the Jewish leaders told the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.

NET Bible
So the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath, and you are not permitted to carry your mat."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Jews were saying to him who was healed: “It is the Sabbath. You are not permitted to carry your bed.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the Jews told the man who had been healed, "This is a day of worship. You're not allowed to carry your cot today."

Jubilee Bible 2000
The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day; it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

King James 2000 Bible
The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.

American King James Version
The Jews therefore said to him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.

American Standard Version
So the Jews said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for thee to take up thy bed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Jews therefore said to him that was healed: It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for thee to take up thy bed.

Darby Bible Translation
The Jews therefore said to the healed [man], It is sabbath, it is not permitted thee to take up thy couch.

English Revised Version
So the Jews said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for thee to take up thy bed.

Webster's Bible Translation
The Jews therefore said to him that was cured, it is the sabbath; it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

Weymouth New Testament
That day was a Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, "It is the Sabbath: you must not carry your mat."

World English Bible
So the Jews said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to carry the mat."

Young's Literal Translation
the Jews then said to him that hath been healed, 'It is a sabbath; it is not lawful to thee to take up the couch.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:10-16 Those eased of the punishment of sin, are in danger of returning to sin, when the terror and restraint are over, unless Divine grace dries up the fountain. The misery believers are made whole from, warns us to sin no more, having felt the smart of sin. This is the voice of every providence, Go, and sin no more. Christ saw it necessary to give this caution; for it is common for people, when sick, to promise much; when newly recovered, to perform only something; but after awhile to forget all. Christ spoke of the wrath to come, which is beyond compare worse than the many hours, nay, weeks and years of pain, some wicked men have to suffer in consequence of their unlawful indulgences. And if such afflictions are severe, how dreadful will be the everlasting punishment of the wicked!

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 9b-16. -

(2) The outbreak of hostility due to the breach of the sabbatic law. Verse 9b. - Now it was the sabbath on that day. The form of the expression implies that it was one of the festival sabbaths rather than the weekly sabbath. These days, however, received the same reverence, and were observed with nearly the same rites and restrictions, as the ordinary sabbaths. This statement is the keynote of the great discourse which fellows, and it is made to prepare the way for the subsequent incidents. The Jews; i.e. the authorities, either the rabbis or Sanhedrists who were present in the crowd which gathered round the pool of Bethesda, or filled the neighbouring courts, are to be distinguished from "the multitude," or from the people generally. The designation evidently means the leading folk, the social censors, the hierarchy, who very soon displayed in marked fashion their jealousy and hatred of Jesus. The Jews therefore said to the man who had been healed, It is sabbath, and it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. Judging by the letter of the Law (Exodus 20:10 and Exodus 35:3), and by the precedents of Scripture (Numbers 15:32-35), and by the special injunctions of the prophets (Jeremiah 17:21-23; Nehemiah 13:15, etc.), the man was infringing a positive command. Rabbinism had indeed declared that, in cases affecting life and health, the law of the sabbath was legitimately held in abeyance; but this relaxation was so hedged about with restrictions that the poor man and the layman were unable to apply the rules. The rabbinic interpretations of the sabbatic law concerning burden bearing were so intricate and sophistical that the entire majesty of the law, and the merciful intent of the prohibition, were concealed and vitiated. Apart from these complications, the man was prima facie disobeying the letter of the law. 'Shabbath,' fol. 6, a, declares that if unwittingly a burden was carried on the sabbath, the transgressor was bound to bring a sin offering; if with knowledge, he must be stoned.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured,.... When they saw him, either at the place, or as he walked through the streets, with his bed on his back:

it is the sabbath day: do not you know it? surely you forget yourself, or you would never be guilty of such an action as this;

it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. It was forbid by the law, to carry any burden on the sabbath day; see Nehemiah 13:15; for

"carrying out and bringing in anything, from one place to another, is said (x) to be work, and one of the principal works;''

and therefore forbid by the law, which says, "thou shall not do any work"; and one of the traditions of the elders is this (y),

"whoever carries anything out (i.e. on the sabbath day), whether in his right hand, or in his left, in his bosom, or , "on his shoulder", is guilty; for so carried the Kohathites.''

And particularly it is said (z), that

"he that rolls up a bed of the brasiers or tinkers (i.e. on the sabbath day) is bound to a sin offering.''

Which was a fold up bed, such as tinkers, and those that went from city to city to work, had; and who carried their beds with them, as the gloss observes; and were so far from being lawful to be carried by them, on the sabbath, that they might not fold them up.

(x) Maimon. Hilchot Sabbat, c. 12. sect. 6. (y) Misn. Sabbat, c. 10. sect. 3.((z) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 47. 1. & 138. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10-16. The Jews—that is, those in authority. (See on [1781]Joh 1:19.)

it is not lawful to carry thy bed—a glorious testimony to the cure, as instantaneous and complete, from the lips of the most prejudiced! (And what a contrast does it, as all our Lord's miracles, present to the bungling miracles of the Church of Rome!) In ordinary circumstances, the rulers had the law on their side (Ne 13:15; Jer 17:21). But when the man referred them to "Him that had made him whole" (Joh 5:11) as his authority, the argument was resistless. Yet they ingeniously parried the thrust, asking him, not who had "made him whole"—that would have condemned themselves and defeated their purpose—but who had bidden him "take up his bed and walk," in other words, who had dared to order a breach of the sabbath? It is time we were looking after Him—thus hoping to shake the man's faith in his Healer.

John 5:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Heals at the Pool of Bethesda
9Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk. Now it was the Sabbath on that day. 10So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, "It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet." 11But he answered them, "He who made me well was the one who said to me, 'Pick up your pallet and walk.'"…
Cross References
Nehemiah 13:19
When evening shadows fell on the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I ordered the doors to be shut and not opened until the Sabbath was over. I stationed some of my own men at the gates so that no load could be brought in on the Sabbath day.

Jeremiah 17:21
This is what the LORD says: Be careful not to carry a load on the Sabbath day or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem.

Matthew 12:2
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, "Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath."

Matthew 12:10
and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"

Luke 6:2
Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"

John 1:19
Now this was John's testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.

John 5:11
But he replied, "The man who made me well said to me, 'Pick up your mat and walk.' "

John 5:15
The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.

John 5:16
So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him.

John 7:23
Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man's whole body on the Sabbath?

John 9:16
Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath." But others asked, "How can a sinner perform such signs?" So they were divided.
Treasury of Scripture

The Jews therefore said to him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.

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