Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus’ Opponents Are

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.

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32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

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      34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

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      35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.

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      36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

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          37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word.

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            • 43 8:37 - ver 39,40
              38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.a

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                • ‡ 8:38 - Or "presence. Therefore do what you have heard from the Father."
                  39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would b o what Abraham did.

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                    • ˆ 8:39 - Some early manuscripts "“If you are Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then"
                      40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things.

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                          41 You are doing the works of your own father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”

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