51I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."152
At this the Jews exclaimed, "Now we know that you are demon-possessed!2 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?3 He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?"
Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself,4 my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.555Though you do not know him,6 I know him.7 If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word.856Your father Abraham9 rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it10 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,11 I am!"1259
At this, they picked up stones to stone him,13 but Jesus hid himself,14 slipping away from the temple grounds.