They say unto him, Master
They applied to him in a handsome and respectful manner, the better to cover their ill design:
this woman was taken in adultery;
by two persons at least, who could be witnesses of it; otherwise the accusation was not legal; see ( Deuteronomy 19:15 ) ; though in the case of a wife suspected of adultery, they admitted a single witness as valid F6:
in the very act;
or "in the theft itself", for adultery is a theft; it is an unlawful use of another's property; see this word used in the same sense, in Heliodor, l. 1. sect. 11.
F6 Maimon. Hilchot Eduth, c. 5. sect. 2.