John 5:4
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New American Standard Bible
for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.

King James Bible
For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because an angel would go down into the pool from time to time and stir up the water. Then the first one who got in after the water was stirred up recovered from whatever ailment he had.

International Standard Version
At certain times an angel of the Lord would go down into the pool and stir up the water, and whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For an Angel descended to the baptismal pool from time to time and moved the water for them; whoever first descended after the moving of the water was cured of all sickness whatever he had.

New American Standard 1977
for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.]

Jubilee Bible 2000
For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and troubled the water; whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatever disease he had.

King James 2000 Bible
For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

American King James Version
For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatever disease he had.

American Standard Version
for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the waters stepped in was made whole, with whatsoever disease he was holden.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond; and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water, was made whole, of whatsoever infirmity he lay under.

Darby Bible Translation
For an angel descended at a certain season in the pool and troubled the water. Whoever therefore first went in after the troubling of the water became well, whatever disease he laboured under.]

English Revised Version


Webster's Bible Translation
For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and agitated the water: whoever then first after the stirring of the water stepped in, was cured of whatever disease he had.

Weymouth New Testament


World English Bible
for an angel went down at certain times into the pool, and stirred up the water. Whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was made whole of whatever disease he had.

Young's Literal Translation
for a messenger at a set time was going down in the pool, and was troubling the water, the first then having gone in after the troubling of the water, became whole of whatever sickness he was held.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:1-9 We are all by nature impotent folk in spiritual things, blind, halt, and withered; but full provision is made for our cure, if we attend to it. An angel went down, and troubled the water; and what disease soever it was, this water cured it, but only he that first stepped in had benefit. This teaches us to be careful, that we let not a season slip which may never return. The man had lost the use of his limbs thirty-eight years. Shall we, who perhaps for many years have scarcely known what it has been to be a day sick, complain of one wearisome night, when many others, better than we, have scarcely known what it has been to be a day well? Christ singled this one out from the rest. Those long in affliction, may comfort themselves that God keeps account how long. Observe, this man speaks of the unkindness of those about him, without any peevish reflections. As we should be thankful, so we should be patient. Our Lord Jesus cures him, though he neither asked nor thought of it. Arise, and walk. God's command, Turn and live; Make ye a new heart; no more supposes power in us without the grace of God, his distinguishing grace, than this command supposed such power in the impotent man: it was by the power of Christ, and he must have all the glory. What a joyful surprise to the poor cripple, to find himself of a sudden so easy, so strong, so able to help himself! The proof of spiritual cure, is our rising and walking. Has Christ healed our spiritual diseases, let us go wherever he sends us, and take up whatever he lays upon us; and walk before him.
Study Bible
The Pool of Bethesda
For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
Cross References
John 5:3
On these walkways lay a great number of the sick, the blind, the lame, and the paralyzed.

John 5:5
One man there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.

John 5:7
"Sir," replied the sick man, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am on my way, someone else goes in before me."
Treasury of Scripture

For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatever disease he had.

whosoever. The sanative property of this pool has been supposed by some to have been communicated by the blood of the sacrifices, and others have referred it to the mineral properties of the waters. But,

first.

Psalm 119:60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep your commandments.

Proverbs 6:4 Give not sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there …

Hosea 13:13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come on him: he is an unwise son…

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and …

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven …

Luke 13:24-28 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom …

was made.

2 Kings 5:10-14 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan …

Ezekiel 47:8 Then said he to me, These waters issue out toward the east country, …

Zechariah 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David …

Zechariah 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from …

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, …

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship …

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