John 8:12-59

I Am the Light of the World

12 aAgain Jesus spoke to them, saying, bI am the light of the world. Whoever cfollows me will not dwalk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13So the Pharisees said to him eYou are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14Jesus answered, Even if I do bear witness about myself fmy testimony is true, for I know gwhere I came from and hwhere I am going, but iyou do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 jYou judge according to the flesh; kI judge no one. 16Yet even if I do judge lmy judgment is true, for mit is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father
Some manuscripts he
who sent me.
17 oIn your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18I am the one who bears witness about myself, and pthe Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, q“You know neither me nor my Father. rIf you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20These words he spoke in sthe treasury, as he taught in the temple; but tno one arrested him, because uhis hour had not yet come.

21So he said to them again, vI am going away, and wyou will seek me, and xyou will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22So the Jews said yWill he kill himself, since he says, Where I am going, you cannot come?” 23He said to them, zYou are from below; I am from above. aaYou are of this world; abI am not of this world. 24I told you that you acwould die in your sins, for adunless you believe that aeI am he you will die in your sins.” 25So they said to him afWho are you?” Jesus said to them, Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. 26I have much to say about you and much to judge, but aghe who sent me is true, and I declare ahto the world aiwhat I have heard from him.” 27They did not understand that ajhe had been speaking to them about the Father. 28So Jesus said to them, When you have aklifted up the Son of Man althen you will know that amI am he, and that anI do nothing on my own authority, but aospeak just as the Father taught me. 29And aphe who sent me is with me. aqHe has not left me alone, for arI always do the things that are pleasing to him.” 30As he was saying these things, asmany believed in him.

The Truth Will Set You Free

31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, atIf you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will auknow the truth, and the truth avwill set you free.” 33They answered him, aw“We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

34Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you axeveryone who practices sin is a slave
Greek bondservant; also verse 35
35 azThe slave does not remain in the house forever; bathe son remains forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet bbyou seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 bcI speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard bdfrom your father.”

You Are of Your Father the Devil

39They answered him, beAbraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, bfIf you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40but now bgyou seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth bhthat I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him biWe were not born of sexual immorality. We have bjone Father—even God.” 42Jesus said to them, bkIf God were your Father, you would love me, for blI came from God and bmI am here. bnI came not of my own accord, but bohe sent me. 43 bpWhy do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bqbear to hear my word. 44 brYou are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. bsHe was a murderer from the beginning, and btdoes not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. buWhen he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 bvWhoever is of God hears the words of God. bwThe reason why you do not hear them is that bxyou are not of God.”

Before Abraham Was, I Am

48The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and byhave a demon?” 49Jesus answered, I do not have a demon, but bzI honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50Yet caI do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51Truly, truly cbI say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never ccsee death.” 52The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! cdAbraham died, as did the prophets, yet ceyou say, If anyone keeps my word, he will never cftaste death.’ 53 cgAre you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54Jesus answered, chIf I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. ciIt is my Father who glorifies me cjof whom you say, ‘He is our God.’
Some manuscripts your God
55But clyou have not known him. cmI know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be cna liar colike you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 cpYour father Abraham cqrejoiced crthat he would see my day. csHe saw it and was glad.” 57So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”
Some manuscripts has Abraham seen you?
58Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was cuI am.” 59So cvthey picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

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