John 8

1but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 a  Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and b  he sat down and taught them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5Now c  in the Law Moses commanded us d  to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6This they said e  to test him f  that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, g  “Let him who is without sin among you h  be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10Jesus stood up and said to her, Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, i  Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on j  sin no more.”]]

I Am the Light of the World

12 k  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, l  I am the light of the world. Whoever m  follows me will not n  walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13So the Pharisees said to him o  You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14Jesus answered, Even if I do bear witness about myself p  my testimony is true, for I know q  where I came from and r  where I am going, but s  you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 t  You judge according to the flesh; u  I judge no one. 16Yet even if I do judge v  my judgment is true, for w  it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father
Some manuscripts he
who sent me.
17 y  In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18I am the one who bears witness about myself, and z  the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, aa  “You know neither me nor my Father. ab  If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20These words he spoke in ac  the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but ad  no one arrested him, because ae  his hour had not yet come.

21So he said to them again, af  I am going away, and ag  you will seek me, and ah  you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22So the Jews said ai  Will he kill himself, since he says, Where I am going, you cannot come?” 23He said to them, aj  You are from below; I am from above. ak  You are of this world; al  I am not of this world. 24I told you that you am  would die in your sins, for an  unless you believe that ao  I am he you will die in your sins.” 25So they said to him ap  Who 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 aq  he who sent me is true, and I declare ar  to the world as  what I have heard from him.” 27They did not understand that at  he had been speaking to them about the Father. 28So Jesus said to them, When you have au  lifted up the Son of Man av  then you will know that aw  I am he, and that ax  I do nothing on my own authority, but ay  speak just as the Father taught me. 29And az  he who sent me is with me. ba  He has not left me alone, for bb  I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” 30As he was saying these things, bc  many believed in him.

The Truth Will Set You Free

31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, bd  If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will be  know the truth, and the truth bf  will set you free.” 33They answered him, bg  “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 bh  everyone who practices sin is a slave
Greek bondservant; also verse 35
35 bj  The slave does not remain in the house forever; bk  the son remains forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet bl  you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 bm  I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard bn  from your father.”

You Are of Your Father the Devil

39They answered him, bo  Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, bp  If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40but now bq  you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth br  that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him bs  We were not born of sexual immorality. We have bt  one Father—even God.” 42Jesus said to them, bu  If God were your Father, you would love me, for bv  I came from God and bw  I am here. bx  I came not of my own accord, but by  he sent me. 43 bz  Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot ca  bear to hear my word. 44 cb  You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. cc  He was a murderer from the beginning, and cd  does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. ce  When 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 cf  Whoever is of God hears the words of God. cg  The reason why you do not hear them is that ch  you 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 ci  have a demon?” 49Jesus answered, I do not have a demon, but cj  I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50Yet ck  I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51Truly, truly cl  I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never cm  see death.” 52The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! cn  Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet co  you say, If anyone keeps my word, he will never cp  taste death.’ 53 cq  Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54Jesus answered, cr  If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. cs  It is my Father who glorifies me ct  of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’
Some manuscripts your God
55But cv  you have not known him. cw  I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be cx  a liar cy  like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 cz  Your father Abraham da  rejoiced db  that he would see my day. dc  He 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 de  I am.” 59So df  they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

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