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BibleGateway: John 20:19-23

ESV Text: John 20:19-23

John 20:19–23 (Listen)

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews,1 Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”


[1] 20:19 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time


KJV Text: John 20:19-23

The section starts at about 2:22 and ends at about 3:15

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     19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 271 : Word Supreme, Before Creation

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1. Word Supreme, before creation
Born of God eternally,
Who didst will for our salvation
To be born on earth and die,
Well Thy saints have kept their station,
Watching till Thine hour drew nigh.

2. Now ’tis come. and faith espies Thee;
Like an eaglet in the morn
One in steadfast worship eyes Thee,
Thy beloved, Thy latest born.
In Thy glory he descries Thee
Reigning from the Tree of scorn.

3. Much he asked in loving wonder,
On Thy bosom leaning, Lord.
In the secret place of thunder
Answer kind didst Thou accord,
Wisdom for Thy Church to ponder
Till the day of dread award.

4. Lo, heaven’s doors lift up, revealing
How thy judgments earthward move;
Scrolls unfolded, trumpets pealing,
Wine-cups from the wrath above;
Yet o’er all a soft voice stealing,
“Little children, trust and love.”

5. Thee, the almighty King eternal,
Father of the eternal Word,
Thee, the Father’s Word supernal,
Thee, of both the Breath adored,
Heaven and earth and realms infernal
Own one glorious God and Lord. Amen.