John 8

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he returned to the temple, and all the people having come to him, he sat down and taught them. Then the Scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman, taken in adultery; and having placed her in the middle, said to him, Rabbi, this woman was surprised in the act of adultery. Now Moses has commanded in the law, that such should be stoned; and what do you say? They said this to try him, that they might have matter for accusing him. But Jesus, having stooped down, was writing with his finger, upon the ground. As they continued asking him, he raised himself, and said to them, Let him who is sinless, amongst you, throw the first stone at her. Again, having stooped down, he wrote upon the ground. They, hearing that, withdrew, one after another, the eldest first, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing in the middle. 10 Jesus, raising himself, and seeing none but the woman, said to her, Woman, where are those, your accusers? Has no person passed sentence on you? 11 She answered, No person, Sir. Jesus said to her, Neither do I pass sentence on you. Go, and sin no more.

12 Again Jesus addressed the people, saying, I am the light of the world. He who follows me, shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 13 The Pharisees therefore retorted, You testify concerning yourself; your testimony is not to be regarded. 14 Jesus answered, Though I testify concerning myself, my testimony ought to be regarded; because I know whence I came, and whither I go. As for you, you know not whence I came, and whither I go. 15 You judge from passion; I judge no person: 16 and if I do, my judgment ought to be regarded, for I am not alone, but concur with the Father, who sent me. 17 It is a maxim in your law, that the concurrent testimony of two is credible. 18 Now I am one who testify concerning myself; the Father that sent me is another that testifies of me. 19 Then they asked him, Where is your Father? Jesus answered, You know neither me nor my Father: if you knew me, you would know my Father also. 20 These things he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple, and no person seized him, his hour not being yet come.

21 Again, Jesus said to them, I am going away; you will seek me, and shall die in your sins; whither I go, you can not come. 22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself, that he says, Whither I go, you can not come? 23 He said to them, You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world; 24 therefore I said, You shall die in your sins; for if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sins. 25 They, therefore, asked him, Who are you? Jesus answered, The same that I told you formerly. 26 I have many things to say of you, and to reprove in you: but he who sent me is worthy of belief; and I do but publish to the world what I have learned from him. 27 They did not perceive, that he meant the Father. 28 Jesus, therefore, said to them, When you shall have raised the Son of Man on high, then you shall know what I am; and that I do nothing of myself, and say nothing which the Father has not taught me. 29 And he who sent me is with me. The Father has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him. 30 While he spoke thus, many believed on him.

31 Jesus, therefore, said to those Jews who believed on him, If you persevere in my doctrine, you are my disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth: and the truth shall make you free. 33 Some made answer, We are Abraham's offspring, and were never enslaved to any man. How do you say, You shall be made free? 34 Jesus replied, Most assuredly, I say to you, whosoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 Now the slave abides not in the family perpetually, the Son abides perpetually. 36 If, therefore, the Son make you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham's offspring, yet you seek to kill me, because my doctrine has no place in you.

38 I speak what I have seen with my Father: and you do what you have learned from your father. 39 They answered, Abraham is our Father. Jesus replied, If you were Abraham's children, you would act as Abraham acted. 40 But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I received from God. Abraham acted not thus. 41 You do the deeds of your father. They answered, We were not born of fornication, We have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus replied, If God were your Father, you would love me; for I proceeded, and am come from God. I came not of myself. He sent me. 43 Why do you not understand my language? It is because you can not bear my doctrine. 44 The devil is your father, and the desires of your father you will gratify: he was a manslayer from the beginning; he swerved from the truth, because there was no veracity in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks suitably to his character; for he is a liar, and the father of lying. 45 As for me, because I speak the truth, you do not believe me.

46 Who of you convicts me of falsehood? And if I speak truth, why do you not believe me? 47 He who is of God, regards God's words. You regard them not, because you are not of God. 48 The Jews then answered, Have we not reason to say, You are a Samaritan, and have a demon? 49 Jesus replied, I have not a demon: but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 As for me, I seek not to promote my own glory; another seeks it, who judges.

51 Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever keeps my word, shall never see death. 52 The Jews then said to him, Now we are certain that you have a demon: Abraham is dead, and the prophets; yet you say, Whoever keeps my word, shall never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our Father Abraham, who is dead. The prophets also are dead: whom do you make yourself? 54 Jesus answered, If I commend myself, my commendation is nothing: it is my Father, whom you call your God, who commends me. 55 Nevertheless, you know him not; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I should speak falsely like you: but I know him, and keep his word. 56 Abraham, your father, rejoiced that he should see my day; and he did see it, and was glad. 57 The Jews replied, You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham? 58 Jesus answered, Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am. 59 Then they took up stones to cast at him; but Jesus concealed himself, and went out of the temple.

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