To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching,1 you are really my disciples.32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."233
They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendantsa3 and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?"
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.435Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.536So if the Son sets you free,6 you will be free indeed.37I know you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me,7 because you have no room for my word.38I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence,8 and you do what you have heard from your father.b "939
"Abraham is our father," they answered. "If you were Abraham's children,"10 said Jesus, "then you wouldc do the things Abraham did.40As it is, you are determined to kill me,11 a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.12 Abraham did not do such things.41You are doing the things your own father does."13 "We are not illegitimate children," they protested. "The only Father we have is God himself."14
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me,15 for I came from God16 and now am here. I have not come on my own;17 but he sent me.1843Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.44You belong to your father, the devil,19 and you want to carry out your father's desire.20 He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.2145Yet because I tell the truth,22 you do not believe me!46Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?47He who belongs to God hears what God says.23 The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."
The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan24 and demon-possessed?"2549"I am not possessed by a demon," said Jesus, "but I honor my Father and you dishonor me.50I am not seeking glory for myself;26 but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.51I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."2752
At this the Jews exclaimed, "Now we know that you are demon-possessed!28 Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death.
Are you greater than our father Abraham?29 He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?"
Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself,30 my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.3155Though you do not know him,32 I know him.33 If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word.3456Your father Abraham35 rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it36 and was glad."57
"You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"
58"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born,37 I am!"3859
At this, they picked up stones to stone him,39 but Jesus hid himself,40 slipping away from the temple grounds.