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John 8:1-59

8  And Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2*  And at daybreak he arrived in the temple-precinct again; and all the people were coming to him, and he had sat down and was teaching them. 3  And the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and set her in the middle 4  and said to him “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5*  And in the law Moses commanded us to stone such; so what do you say?” 6*  But Jesus bent over and wrote something down on the ground with his finger. 7*  But when they kept pressing the question on him he straightened up and said to them “For the first let the sinless one of you throw a stone at her” 8  and bent down again and wrote on the ground. 9*  And they, hearing that, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest, and he was left alone, and the woman, who was in the middle. 10  And Jesus straightened up and said to her “Woman, where are they? did nobody condemn you?” 11  And she said “No, sir.” And Jesus said “Neither do I; go; no more sinning from now on.” 12  So Jesus spoke to them again, saying “I am the light of the world; he who follows me shall not walk in the dark, but have the light of life.” 13  So the Pharisees said to him “You are giving testimony about yourself—your testimony is not true.” 14  Jesus replied to them “Even if I am giving testimony about myself, my testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15  You judge from the standpoint of the flesh. I do not judge anybody; 16  and if I do judge my judgment is true, because I am not alone but I and the one who sent me; 17  and it is written in your law too that two men’s testimony is true. 18  It is I that testify about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me.” 19  So they said to him “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered “You do not know either me or my Father; if you knew me you would know my Father too.” 20  These words he spoke in the treasury, teaching in the temple-precinct, and nobody arrested him because his hour had not come yet. 21  So he said to them again “I am going, and you will look for me and will die in your sins; where I am going you cannot come.” 22  So the Jews said “Will he kill himself, that he says ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?” 23  And he said to them “You belong to those below, I belong to those above; you are out of this world, I am not out of this world; 24  so I told you you would die in your sins, for if you do not believe I am the one, die in your sins you will.” 25*  So they said to him “Who are you?” Jesus said to them “. . . in the first place that I am even speaking to you. 26  I have much speaking and judging about you to do; but the one who sent me is truthful, and I speak into the world what I heard from him.” 27  They did not see that he meant the Father. 28  So Jesus said “When you raise the Son of Man aloft, then you will find out that I am the one and am doing nothing of myself, but as the Father instructed me, so I speak. 29  And the one who sent me is with me; he does not leave me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.” 30  As he spoke these words many believed in him. 31  So Jesus said to the Jews that had believed him “If you remain in my words you are really disciples of mine 32  and shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33  They answered back “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been slaves to anybody; how is it you say ‘you will be set free’?” 34  Jesus answered “Verily, verily I tell you that everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. 35  And the slave does not stay in the house forever; the son does. 36  So if the Son sets you free you will be really free. 37*  I know you are Abraham’s descendants; but you are trying to kill me because my words do not find room in you. 38*  I speak what I have seen in Father’s home; so do on your part what you heard from Father.” 39  They replied “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them “If you are Abraham’s children, do Abraham’s deeds. 40  But now you are trying to kill me, a man that have spoken the truth to you, which I heard from God; Abraham did not do that. 41  You are doing your father’s deeds.” They said to him “We were not born illegitimately; we have one father, God.” 42  Jesus said to them “If God were your father you would love me, for I went out from God and come from him; for I have not come of myself either, but he sent me. 43  Why do you not get the meaning of my talk? because you cannot hear my words. 44  You come of your father the Devil, and it is your father’s desires that you want to act out. He was a man-killer from the first, and did not keep his stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks falsehood he speaks a thing of his own, because he is a liar and father of it. 45  And because I tell the truth you do not believe me. 46  Which of you convicts me of a sin? If I tell truth, why do you not believe me? 47  He who is from God hears God’s words; consequently it is because you are not from God that you do not hear.” 48  The Jews replied “Are we not right in saying you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49  Jesus answered “I do not have a demon; but I am honoring my Father and you are dishonoring me. 50  But I am not looking out for my glory; there is one who looks out and judges. 51  Verily, verily I tell you, if one keeps my words he shall not behold death forevermore.” 52  The Jews said to him “Now we know you have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets, and you say ‘if one keeps my words he shall not taste death forevermore.’ 53  Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? and the prophets died; whom are you claiming to be?” 54  Jesus answered “If I glorify myself there is nothing to my glory. It is my Father that glorifies me, who you say is your God, 55  and you do not know him. But I do know him; and if I say I do not know him I shall be a liar like you; but I know him and keep his words. 56  Your father Abraham exulted that he should see my day, and he saw it and was glad.” 57*  So the Jews said to him “You are not yet fifty years old, and has Abraham seen you?” 58  Jesus said to them “Verily, verily I tell you, before there was an Abraham I am.” 59  So they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden, and went out of the temple-precinct.

Footnotes

8:2 Var. omits the last nine or last seventeen words of the verse
8:5 Var. commanded to stone
8:6 Var. inserts at beginning of verse 6 And this they said to test him, that they might have a way to accuse him.
8:7 Var. said “For
8:9 Lit. hearing, went out
8:25 The first part of Jesus’s answer (part of a sentence, or more) seems to be missing
8:37 Or move on in you
8:38 Or from father
8:57 Var. have you seen Abraham