John 8

1Then Jesus went to the hill called the Mount of Olives. 2Early the next morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him. He sat down and taught them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus. They had caught her having sex with a man who was not her husband. They made the woman stand in front of them. 4They said, ‘Teacher, this woman has committed adultery. She was caught doing it. 5The law of Moses tells us that the people who do that should be killed with stones. What do you say?’ 6They said this to see what Jesus would do, because they wanted to find something wrong with him. Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger. 7They kept on asking him. He stood up and said to them, ‘The one among you who has never done any wrong thing may throw the first stone at her.’ 8And Jesus bent down again and wrote on the ground. 9When the people heard what he said, they went out, one by one. The oldest one went out first. Jesus was left alone with the woman in front of him. 10Jesus looked up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are the people? Has no one judged you?’ 11She said, ‘No one, Sir.’ Jesus said, ‘I also do not judge you. Go, and do no wrong thing again.’

12Then Jesus talked to the people in the temple. He said, ‘I am the Light of the world. The one who comes with me will never walk in the dark, but he will have light that gives life.’ 13The Pharisees said, ‘You are talking about yourself. What you say is not true.’ 14Jesus said to them, ‘Even if I do talk about myself, what I say is true. I know where I come from and I know where I am going. But you do not know where I came from, or where I am going. 15You judge in the way people judge matters. I do not judge any person. 16But even if I do judge, I judge right. I am not alone. My Father who sent me is with me. 17Even in your law it says that when two people say the same thing, it is true. 18I talk about myself, and my Father who sent me talks about me.’ 19They asked him, ‘Where is your Father?’ He said, ‘You do not know me and you do not know my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.’ 20When Jesus said these words he was teaching in the temple. He was in the place where the money is kept. No one caught him because it was not yet his time.

21Jesus talked to them again. He said, ‘I am going away. You will try to find me and will die doing wrong things. You cannot come where I am going.’ 22Then the Jews said, ‘Will he kill himself? He says, "You cannot come where I am going." ‘ 23Jesus said to them, ‘You are from below. I am from above. You belong to this world. I do not belong to this world. 24That is why I said, "You will die doing wrong things." If you do not believe that I am who I said I am, then you will die doing wrong things.’ 25They said to him, ‘Who are you?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am what I told you from the beginning. 26I have many things to say to you and to judge you in many things. But he who sent me is true. I tell the world what he has told me.’ 27The people did not understand that Jesus was talking to them about his Father. 28So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he. You will know that I do nothing by my own power, but I talk the way my Father taught me. 29He who sent me is with me always. I always do what he wants me to do.’ 30Many people believed in Jesus while he was talking this way.

31Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, ‘If you obey my word, you are truly my disciples. 32And you will understand the truth and the truth will make you free.’ 33They said to him, ‘We are Abraham’s children. We have always been free. Why do you say to us, "You will be free"?’ 34Jesus answered them, ‘I tell you the truth. People who do wrong things are not free. They become a slave of the wrong things they do. 35A slave does not belong to the family for ever. But a son belongs for ever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be truly free. 37I know that you come from Abraham. But you want to kill me because you do not like what I tell you.

38I tell you about the things that I have seen where my Father is, and you do what you have seen your father do.’ 39They answered him, ‘Abraham is our father.’ Jesus said, ‘If you were Abraham’s children, you would do what Abraham did. 40But you want to kill me because I told you the truth which I learned from God. Abraham did not do that. 41You are doing your father’s work.’ Then they said to him, ‘We were not born of an unmarried woman. God is the Father of us all.’ 42Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father you would love me, because I have come from God. I did not come by my own power. God sent me. 43Why do you not understand what I say? I will tell you why. It is because you do not want to understand it. 44‘The bad spirit, the devil, is your real father. You gladly do the wrong things he wants you to do. From the beginning he killed people. He has nothing to do with what is true. His way is to tell lies. He himself is a liar and all lying comes from him. 45You do not believe me because I tell you what is true.

46Which one of you can prove that what I have done is bad? I tell you what is true. Why then do you not believe me? 47The person who comes from God listens to what God says. You do not come from God. That is why you do not listen to me.’ 48The leaders of the Jews answered him, ‘We say what is true. We say that you come from Samaria. And we say that a bad spirit is in you.’ 49Jesus said, ‘I have no bad spirit in me. I respect my Father but you do not respect me. 50I do not want to make myself great. There is one who makes me great. He judges the matter.

51I tell you the truth. If anyone obeys my word, he will never die.’ 52The leaders of the Jews said to him, ‘Now we know it is true that a bad spirit is in you. Abraham died. So did the prophets. And yet you say, "If anyone obeys my word, he will never die." 53Are you greater than our father Abraham and the prophets of God who died long ago? Who do you make yourself out to be?’ 54Jesus answered, ‘If I make myself great, then I am not great. But my Father makes me great. You say he is your God. 55But you do not know God. I know him. If I say, "I do not know him," I am a liar, just as you people are. But I know him and I obey his word. 56Your father Abraham was glad that he would see my coming. He did see it and he was very glad.’ 57The Jewish leaders said to him, ‘You are not fifty years old yet. How could Abraham see you?’ 58Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth. I already was before Abraham was born.’ 59Then they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus got out of their way. He left the temple and they did not know where he went.

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