John 5:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 5:7, NIV: "Sir,' the invalid replied, 'I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.'"

John 5:7, ESV: "The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”"

John 5:7, KJV: "The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me."

John 5:7, NASB: "The sick man answered Him, 'Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.'"

John 5:7, NLT: "'I can't, sir,' the sick man said, 'for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.'"

John 5:7, CSB: ""Sir," the disabled man answered, "I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I'm coming, someone goes down ahead of me.""

What does John 5:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus has approached this crippled man, among "a multitude" of invalids laying by the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:3). Perhaps Jesus chose him because of the length of time he'd been suffering. A man crippled for nearly forty years would have made quite a dramatic example of healing. There would have been no doubt that the cure was supernatural. And, there is a better chance that the man was well-known in the area, and so even more a magnet for attention.

In the prior verse, Jesus asked a question: "Do you want to be healed?" This may have been a fairly simple request, or it might have been a challenge: "Do you want to be healed" (emphasis added)? One reason the second option seems likely is the answer given by the man here in verse 7.

Rather than saying, "Yes, I want to be healed," the man offers a complaint that there is nobody to help him into the water. The disputed text of John 5:4 indicated an angel agitated the water, healing only the first person who entered the pool. The man might have been trying to get into the pool for healing, or he might have been content to simply sit and take in the charity of others.