(Although we hadn't known it at the time of writing apparently the Pool of Bethesda was very, very deep - as much as 13m so it could very easily have been deep enough to be a diving pool!)
Interpreter: [acts eating & drinking] Chomp chomp gulp gulp
Reader: Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate,
Interpreter: Baaaaa [ideally also wave a toy sheep around]
Reader: ... was the pool of Bethesda
Interpreter: What a marvelous dive from Tom Daly there he’s really looking good for gold in 2012
Reader: [To Interpreter] It’s a quiet serene pool not a diving pool
Reader: Around the pool were five covered porches.
Interpreter: [Basically an excuse to over-act driving a sports car around the congregation] Brrrm naow etc
Reader: [Getting exasperated] No PORCHES not Porsches
Interpreter: Oh right!
Reader: There were crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—laying by pool.
Interpreter: [tiny cough]
Reader: Is that it? One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years!!
Interpreter: 38 years that’s ages, that’s nearly as long as Blackers has been running Camp!!! [Obvious local gag - use something relevant to your situation instead]
Reader: Quite! When Jesus saw the man he knew he had been ill for a long time, Jesus asked him,
Interpreter: [Pause] Sorry was that my cue?
Reader: [Firmly] Jesus asked him……
Interpreter: [Normally] Would you like to get well?
Reader: ... and the man replied
Interpreter: [In an East End accent] “I can’t, sir for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
Reader: East End you had to go with East End.
Interpreter: It’s Jerusalem we’re dan sarf innit tho?
Reader: Jesus told him,
Interpreter: [Commandingly] Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!
Reader: Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, so the Jewish leaders objected.
Interpreter: I object!!
Reader: They said to the man who was cured,
Interpreter: You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat! It’s against Health & Safety don’t you know!
Reader: The man was a little surprised ...
Interpreter: [small Ooh!]
Reader: ... as H&S legislation didn’t come in until the early 1900’s. But he replied,
Interpreter: It weren’t guv the bloke what healed me told me to, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’
Reader: The Jewish Leaders said
Interpreter: [Posh accent] I say who said such a thing as that?
Reader: The man explained,
Interpreter: Uh I dunno - it was that tall bloke with a beard, y'know northern accent - he's over there ... oh ... he’s gone!?
Reader: The man didn’t know Jesus name and he had disappeared into the crowd.
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