85. Teaching at Solomon’s Porch
22It was the feast of the dedicationa at Jerusalem;
23it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.
24So the Jews gathered round him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness to me. 26But you do not believe, because you do not belong to my flock. 27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28And I give eternal life; and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30The Father and I are one.”
31The Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?”
33The Jews answered him, “For no good work would we stone you but for blasphemy,b because you, being a man, make yourself God.”
34Jesus answered them, 36“You say of him whom the Father sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God.' 37If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not, 38but if I do the works of God, even though you do not believe me, believe the works. The Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
39Again they tried to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
40He went away again beyond the Jordan [Perea] to the place where John had first baptized, and there he remained.
(Jn. 10:22–34, 36–40)
a “It was the feast of the dedication”—The feast of the dedication occurred during December and January. This visit of Jesus would have occurred around January AD 30, and Jesus would have been about 35 years old.
b “blasphemy”—blas•phe•my n. [from the Greek blasphemein, to speak evil of] 1: irreverence toward God: (1) indignity offered to God in speaking, writing, or signs (2) the act of claiming the attributes or prerogatives of deity. (Webster's Unabridged)
Jn. 10:24 the Messiah, tell (Ch. 13, fn. c) / the Christ, tell (RSV)
Jn. 10:25 name bear / name, they bear (RSV)
Jn. 10:26 my flock. (TCNT) / my sheep. (RSV)
Jn. 10:30 The Father and I are one.” / I and the Father are one." (RSV)
Jn. 10:33 For no good work would we (TCNT) / It is not for a good work that we (RSV)
Jn. 10:34 them, / them, “Is it not written in your law, 'I said, you are Gods'? (RSV)
Jn. 10:36 You / Do you (RSV) • Father sent / Father consecrated and sent (RSV)
Jn. 10:37 KJV
Jn. 10:38 do the works of God, even (Jn. 10:37) / do them, even (KJV) • works. The / works, that you may know and understand that the (RSV)
Jn. 10:40 again beyond the (KJV) / again across the (RSV) • Jordan [Perea] to / Jordan to (RSV) (164:5/1815–6)