OUTSIDE the northern wall of the temple area at Jerusalem may be found the remains of a basin supposed to have been the pool of Bethesda, beside whose waters Jesus healed a man who, it was said, had suffered from an infirmity for thirty-eight years. The circumstances connected with this healing are related in the fifth chapter of the Gospel of John, where it is stated that a great multitude of people, having divers diseases, were waiting at the pool for a periodical agitation of the waters, when, according to a generally accepted belief, an angel "troubled" the water, after which, whosoever first stepped into the pool was healed of whatsoever disease he might seem to manifest.
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