John 8:12-59 (English Standard Version)

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I Am the Light of the World

12 1Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 2"I am the light of the world. Whoever 3follows me will not 4walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." 13 So the Pharisees said to him, 5"You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true." 14 Jesus answered, "Even if I do bear witness about myself, 6my testimony is true, for I know 7where I came from and 8where I am going, but 9you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 10You judge according to the flesh; 11I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, 12my judgment is true, for 13it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Fathera who sent me. 17 14In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and 15the Father who sent me bears witness about me." 19 They said to him therefore, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, 16"You know neither me nor my Father. 17If you knew me, you would know my Father also." 20 These words he spoke in 18the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but 19no one arrested him, because 20his hour had not yet come. 21 So he said to them again, 21"I am going away, and 22you will seek me, and 23you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come." 22 So the Jews said, 24"Will he kill himself, since he says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'?" 23 He said to them, 25"You are from below; I am from above. 26You are of this world; 27I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you 28would die in your sins, for 29unless you believe that 30I am he you will die in your sins." 25 So they said to him, 31"Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. 26 I have much to say about you and much to judge, but 32he who sent me is true, and I declare 33to the world 34what I have heard from him." 27 They did not understand that 35he had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said to them, "When you have 36lifted up the Son of Man, 37then you will know that 38I am he, and that 39I do nothing on my own authority, but 40speak just as the Father taught me. 29 And 41he who sent me is with me. 42He has not left me alone, for 43I always do the things that are pleasing to him." 30 As he was saying these things, 44many believed in him.

The Truth Will Set You Free

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, 45"If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will 46know the truth, and the truth 47will set you free." 33 They answered him, 48"We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, 'You will become free'?" 34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, 49everyone who commits sin is a slaveb to sin. 35 50The slave does not remain in the house forever; 51the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet 52you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 53I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard 54from your father."

You Are of Your Father the Devil

39 They answered him, 55"Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, 56"If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now 57you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth 58that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did." They said to him, 59"We were not born of sexual immorality. We have 60one Father--even God." 42 Jesus said to them, 61"If God were your Father, you would love me, for 62I came from God and 63I am here. 64I came not of my own accord, but 65he sent me. 43 66Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot 67bear to hear my word. 44 68You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. 69He was a murderer from the beginning, and 70has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. 71When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 72Whoever is of God hears the words of God. 73The reason why you do not hear them is that 74you are not of God."

Before Abraham Was, I Am

48 The Jews answered him, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and 75have a demon?" 49 Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon, but 76I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet 77I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Truly, truly, 78I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never 79see death." 52 The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon! 80Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet 81you say, 'If anyone keeps my word, he will never 82taste death.' 53 83Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?" 54 Jesus answered, 84"If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. 85It is my Father who glorifies me, 86of whom you say, 'He is our God.'c 55 But 87you have not known him. 88I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be 89a liar 90like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 91Your father Abraham 92rejoiced 93that he would see my day. 94He saw it and was glad." 57 So the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"d 58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, 95I am." 59 So 96they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
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