The Adulterous Woman1 But Jesus went to a the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and b He sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 “Now in the Law c Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” 6 They were saying this d testing Him, e so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7 But when they persisted in asking Him, f He straightened up, and said to them, g “He who is without sin among you, let him be the h first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. 10 i Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one ▼
▼ Or SirLord.” And Jesus said, k “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on l sin no more.”]
Jesus Is the Light of the World12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, m “I am the Light of the world; n he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to Him, o “You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not ▼
▼ Or validtrue.” 14 Jesus answered and said to them, q “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is ▼
▼ Or validtrue, for I know s where I came from and where I am going; but t you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 u “You judge ▼
▼ I.e. by a carnal standardaccording to the flesh; w I am not judging anyone. 16 “But even x if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me. 17 “Even in y your law it has been written that the testimony of z two men is ▼
▼ I.e. valid or admissibletrue. 18 “I am He who testifies about Myself, and ab the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.” 19 So they were saying to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father; ac if you knew Me, you would know My Father also.” 20 These words He spoke in ad the treasury, as ae He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because af His hour had not yet come. 21 Then He said again to them, “I go away, and ag you will seek Me, and ah will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So ai the Jews were saying, “Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘ aj Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 And He was saying to them, ak “You are from below, I am from above; al you are of this world am I am not of this world. 24 “Therefore I said to you that you an will die in your sins; for unless you believe that ▼
▼ Most authorities associate this with Ex 3:14, I AM WHO I AM, ap I am He, aq you will die in your sins.” 25 So they were saying to Him, “Who are You?” Jesus said to them, ▼
▼ Or That which I have been saying to you from the beginning“What have I been saying to you from the beginning? 26 “I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but as He who sent Me is true; and at the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world.” 27 They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you au lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that ▼
▼ Lit I AM (v 24 note), aw I am He, and ax I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. 29 “And He who sent Me is with Me; ay He ▼
▼ Or did not leavehas not left Me alone, for ba I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” 30 As He spoke these things bb many came to believe in Him.
The Truth Will Make You Free31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, bc “If you continue in My word, then you are truly bd disciples of Mine; 32 and be you will know the truth, and bf the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered Him, bg “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet 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 commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 bi “The slave does not remain in the house forever; bj the son does remain forever. 36 “So if the Son bk makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37 “I know that you are bl Abraham’s descendants; yet bm you seek to kill Me, because My word ▼
▼ Or makes no progresshas no place in you. 38 “I speak the things which I have seen ▼
▼ Or in the presence ofwith My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from bp your father.” 39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is bq our father.” Jesus said to them, br “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40 “But as it is, bs you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has bt told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 41 “You are doing the deeds of bu your father.” They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; bv we have one Father: God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, bw you would love Me, bx for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have by not even come on My own initiative, but ▼
▼ Lit that One, ca He sent Me. 43 “Why do you not understand ▼
▼ Or My way of speaking, cc what I am saying? It is because you cannot cd hear My word. 44 ce “You are of cf your father the devil, and cg you want to do the desires of your father. ch He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because ci there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks ▼
▼ Lit the liea lie, he ck speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of ▼
▼ Lit itlies. 45 “But because cm I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 “Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If cn I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 co “He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” 48 cp The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a cq Samaritan and cr have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not cs have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 “But ct I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51 “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone cu keeps My word he will never cv see death.” 52 cw The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You cx have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, ‘If anyone cy keeps My word, he will never cz taste of death.’ 53 “Surely You da are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, db “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; dc it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’; 55 and dd you have not come to know Him, de but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be df a liar like you, dg but I do know Him and dh keep His word. 56 di “Your father Abraham dj rejoiced ▼
▼ Lit in order that he might seeto see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” 57 dl So the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham ▼
▼ Lit came into beingwas born, dn I am.” 59 Therefore they do picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus ▼
▼ Lit was hidden, dq hid Himself and went out of the temple.
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