bfver. 36; Rom. 6:18, 22; 8:2; 1 Cor. 7:22; 2 Cor. 3:17; Gal. 5:1, 13; James 1:25; 2:12; 1 Pet. 2:16
John 81 but 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. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now c in the Law Moses commanded us d to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This 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. 7 And 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.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But 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. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She 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 World12 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.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him o “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus 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. 16 Yet 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 hewho sent me. 17 y In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and z the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They 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.” 20 These 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. 21 So 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.” 22 So the Jews said ai “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He 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. 24 I 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.” 25 So they said to him ap “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. 26 I 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.” 27 They did not understand that at he had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So 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. 29 And 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.” 30 As he was saying these things, bc many believed in him.
The Truth Will Set You Free31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, bd “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will be know the truth, and the truth bf will set you free.” 33 They 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’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you bh everyone who practices sin is a slave ▼
▼ Greek bondservant; also verse 35to sin. 35 bj The slave does not remain in the house forever; bk the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I 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 Devil39 They 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, 40 but 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. 41 You 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.” 42 Jesus 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. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which 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 Am48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and ci have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but cj I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet ck I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Truly, truly cl I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never cm see death.” 52 The 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?” 54 Jesus 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 God55 But 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.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” ▼
▼ Some manuscripts has Abraham seen you?58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was de I am.” 59 So df they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
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