Bible: John 8

8:1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 1  8:2 Early in the morning he came to the temple courts again. All the people came to him, and he sat down and began to teach 2  them. 8:3 The experts in the law 3  and the Pharisees 4  brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front of them 8:4 and said to Jesus, 5 Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 8:5 In the law Moses commanded us to stone to death 6  such women. 7  What then do you say? 8:6 (Now they were asking this in an attempt to trap him, so that they could bring charges against 8  him.) 9  Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger. 10  8:7 When they persisted in asking him, he stood up straight 11  and replied, 12 Whoever among you is guiltless 13  may be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8:8 Then 14  he bent over again and wrote on the ground.

8:9 Now when they heard this, they began to drift away one at a time, starting with the older ones, 15  until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 8:10 Jesus stood up straight 16  and said to her, “Woman, 17  where are they? Did no one condemn you? 8:11 She replied, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”]] 18 

Jesus as the Light of the World

8:12 Then Jesus spoke out again, 19 I am the light of the world. 20  The one who follows me will never 21  walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 8:13 So the Pharisees 22  objected, 23 You testify about yourself; your testimony is not true! 24  8:14 Jesus answered, 25 Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you people 26  do not know where I came from or where I am going. 27  8:15 You people 28  judge by outward appearances; 29  I do not judge anyone. 30  8:16 But if I judge, my evaluation is accurate, 31  because I am not alone when I judge, 32  but I and the Father who sent me do so together. 33  8:17 It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 34  8:18 I testify about myself 35  and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”

8:19 Then they began asking 36  him, “Who is your father?” Jesus answered, “You do not know either me or my Father. If you knew me you would know my Father too.” 37  8:20 (Jesus 38  spoke these words near the offering box 39  while he was teaching in the temple courts. 40  No one seized him because his time 41  had not yet come.) 42 

Where Jesus Came From and Where He is Going

8:21 Then Jesus 43  said to them again, 44 I am going away, and you will look for me 45  but will die in your sin. 46  Where I am going you cannot come.” 8:22 So the Jewish leaders 47  began to say, 48 Perhaps he is going to kill himself, because he says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 8:23 Jesus replied, 49 You people 50  are from below; I am from above. You people are from this world; I am not from this world. 8:24 Thus I told you 51  that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, 52  you will die in your sins.”

8:25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus replied, 53 What I have told you from the beginning. 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge 54  about you, but the Father 55  who sent me is truthful, 56  and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world.” 57  8:27 (They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.) 58 

8:28 Then Jesus said, 59 When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, 60  and I do nothing on my own initiative, 61  but I speak just what the Father taught me. 62  8:29 And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, 63  because I always do those things that please him.” 8:30 While he was saying these things, many people 64  believed in him.

Abraham’s Children and the Devil’s Children

8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans 65  who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, 66  you are really 67  my disciples 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 68  8:33 We are descendants 69  of Abraham,” they replied, 70 and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, 71 You will become free? 8:34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 72  everyone who practices 73  sin is a slave 74  of sin. 8:35 The slave does not remain in the family 75  forever, but the son remains forever. 76  8:36 So if the son 77  sets you free, you will be really free. 8:37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. 78  But you want 79  to kill me, because my teaching 80  makes no progress among you. 81  8:38 I am telling you the things I have seen while with the 82  Father; 83  as for you, 84  practice the things you have heard from the 85  Father!

8:39 They answered him, 86 Abraham is our father!” 87  Jesus replied, 88 If you are 89  Abraham’s children, you would be doing 90  the deeds of Abraham. 8:40 But now you are trying 91  to kill me, a man who has told you 92  the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! 93  8:41 You people 94  are doing the deeds of your father.”

Then 95  they said to Jesus, 96 We were not born as a result of immorality! 97  We have only one Father, God himself.” 8:42 Jesus replied, 98 If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come from God and am now here. 99  I 100  have not come on my own initiative, 101  but he 102  sent me. 8:43 Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept 103  my teaching. 104  8:44 You people 105  are from 106  your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. 107  He 108  was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, 109  because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, 110  he speaks according to his own nature, 111  because he is a liar and the father of lies. 112  8:45 But because I am telling you 113  the truth, you do not believe me. 8:46 Who among you can prove me guilty 114  of any sin? 115  If I am telling you 116  the truth, why don’t you believe me? 8:47 The one who belongs to 117  God listens and responds 118  to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, 119  because you don’t belong to God.” 120 

8:48 The Judeans 121  replied, 122 Aren’t we correct in saying 123  that you are a Samaritan and are possessed by a demon? 124  8:49 Jesus answered, “I am not possessed by a demon, 125  but I honor my Father – and yet 126  you dishonor me. 8:50 I am not trying to get 127  praise for myself. 128  There is one who demands 129  it, and he also judges. 130  8:51 I tell you the solemn truth, 131  if anyone obeys 132  my teaching, 133  he will never see death.” 134 

8:52 Then 135  the Judeans 136  responded, 137 Now we know you’re possessed by a demon! 138  Both Abraham and the prophets died, and yet 139  you say, ‘If anyone obeys 140  my teaching, 141  he will never experience 142  death.’ 143  8:53 You aren’t greater than our father Abraham who died, are you? 144  And the prophets died too! Who do you claim to be? 8:54 Jesus replied, 145 If I glorify myself, my glory is worthless. 146  The one who glorifies me is my Father, about whom you people 147  say, ‘He is our God.’ 8:55 Yet 148  you do not know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, 149  I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I obey 150  his teaching. 151  8:56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed 152  to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.” 153 

8:57 Then the Judeans 154  replied, 155 You are not yet fifty years old! 156  Have 157  you seen Abraham? 8:58 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 158  before Abraham came into existence, 159  I am! 160  8:59 Then they picked up 161  stones to throw at him, 162  but Jesus hid himself and went out from the temple area. 163 

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