John 5:5
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New International Version
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.

New Living Translation
One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years.

English Standard Version
One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.

New American Standard Bible
A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.

King James Bible
And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One man was there who had been sick for 38 years.

International Standard Version
One particular man was there who had been ill for 38 years.

NET Bible
Now a man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But a certain man was there who had been diseased for thirty eight years.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One man, who had been sick for 38 years, was lying there.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.

King James 2000 Bible
And a certain man was there, who had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

American King James Version
And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

American Standard Version
And a certain man was there, who had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there was a certain man there, that had been eight and thirty years under his infirmity.

Darby Bible Translation
But there was a certain man there who had been suffering under his infirmity thirty and eight years.

English Revised Version
And a certain man was there, which had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity.

Webster's Bible Translation
And a certain man was there, who had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

Weymouth New Testament
And there was one man there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.

World English Bible
A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years.

Young's Literal Translation
and there was a certain man there being in ailment thirty and eight years,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - And a certain man was there, who had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity. He had not lost all his powers - he crawled probably from some near home to the healing well; but for thirty-eight years be had been dragging out his impotent existence. The length implies the inveteracy of the disease. Hengstenberg, Wordsworth, Westcott (in part), imply a marked correspondence between these thirty-eight years and the similar period of time during which Israel was compelled to wander in the wilderness. It is not said how long the man had lain in the five porches waiting listlessly for healing, but that the malady was of old standing, and to all human appearance incurable. Thoma finds allegorical meaning in "Bethesda" - a synonym of the metropolls, and keeps up a series of comparisons with Acts 3.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And a certain man was there,.... At Bethesda's pool, in one of the five porches, or cloisters, that belonged to it:

which had an infirmity thirty and eight years; what his infirmity was, is not said; he was one of the weak, or impotent folk, for so he is called, John 5:7. Some think his distemper was the palsy, and though he had had this infirmity so many years, it is not certain that he had waited so long in this place for a cure; though it may be, for that he had attended some time, is clear from John 5:7. Nor indeed can it be known how long there had been such a preternatural motion in this pool, and such a miraculous virtue in the water; some have thought, that it began at the repairing of the sheep gate by Eliashib, in Nehemiah's time; so Tremellius and Junius, on Nehemiah 3:1; and others have thought, that it had been some few years before the birth of Christ, and about the time that this man was first taken with his disorder. Tertullian says (u), that there was in Judea a medicinal lake, before Christ's time; and that the pool of Bethsaida (it should be Bethesda) was useful in curing the diseases of the Israelites; but ceased from yielding any benefit, when the name of the Lord was blasphemed by them, through their rage and fury, and continuance in it (w); but in what year it began, and the precise time it ceased, he says not. The Persic version here adds, "and was reduced to such a state that he could not move".

(u) De Anima, c. 50. (w) Adv. Judaeos, c. 13.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5-9. thirty and eight years—but not all that time at the pool. This was probably the most pitiable of all the cases, and therefore selected.

John 5:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Heals at the Pool of Bethesda
4for 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. 5A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, "Do you wish to get well?"…
Cross References
John 5:4
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.

John 5:6
When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?"
Treasury of Scripture

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