• William Temple


1–11. Now before the feast of the Passover Jesus, knowing that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own, those in the world, to the utmost showed his love to them. And during supper, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come forth from God and went to God, he riseth from the supper and layeth aside his garments, and taking a towel girded himself; then he poureth water into the ewer, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded. So he cometh to Simon Peter. He saith to him, ‘Lord, dost thou wash my feet?’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt understand hereafter’. Peter saith to him, ‘Thou shalt by no means wash my feet to eternity’. Jesus answered him, ‘If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me’. Simon Peter saith to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head’. Jesus saith to him, ‘He that is bathed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean in his whole person; and ye are clean, but not all’. For he knew the man that was betraying him, wherefore he said, ‘Ye are not all clean’.


Open Speech Eternal Life Chapter XIII Divine Love Great Love 
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