The Adulterous Woman

1 But Jesus went to 1the Mount of Olives.

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2 Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and 2He sat down and began to teach them.

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3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court,
4 they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.
5 "Now in the Law 3Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?"

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6 They were saying this, 4testing Him, 5so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.
7 But when they persisted in asking Him, 6He straightened up, and said to them, "7He who is without sin among you, let him be the 8first to throw a stone at her."

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8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.
10 9Straightening up, Jesus said to her, "Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?"

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11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "10I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on 11sin no more."]

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Jesus Is the Light of the World

12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "12I am the Light of the world; 13he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."

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13 So the Pharisees said to Him, "14You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true."

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14 Jesus answered and said to them, "15Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know 16where I came from and where I am going; but 17you do not know where I come from or where I am going.

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15 "18You judge according to the flesh; 19I am not judging anyone.

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    • d 8:15 - I.e. by a carnal standard
      16 "But even 20if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me.

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      17 "Even in 21your law it has been written that the testimony of 22two men is true.

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      18 "I am He who testifies about Myself, and 23the Father who sent Me testifies about Me."

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      19 So they were saying to Him, "Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father; 24if you knew Me, you would know My Father also."

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      20 These words He spoke in 25the treasury, as 26He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because 27His hour had not yet come.

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      21 Then He said again to them, "I go away, and 28you will seek Me, and 29will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot * come."

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      22 So 30the Jews were saying, "Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, '31Where I am going, you cannot * come '?"

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      23 And He was saying to them, "32You are from below, I am from above; 33you are of this world, 34I am not of this world.

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      24 "Therefore I said to you that you 35will die in your sins; for unless * you believe that 36I am He, 37you will die in your sins."

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        • f 8:24 - Most authorities associate this with Ex 3:14, "I AM WHO I AM"
          25 So they were saying to Him, "Who are You?" Jesus said to them, "What * have I been saying to you from the beginning?

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            • g 8:25 - Or "That which I have been saying to you from the beginning"
              26 "I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but 38He who sent Me is true; and 39the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world."

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              27 They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father.
              28 So Jesus said, "When you 40lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that 41I am He, and 42I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.

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              29 "And He who sent Me is with Me; 43He has not left Me alone, for 44I always do the things that are pleasing to Him."

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                • i 8:29 - Or "did not leave"
                  30 As He spoke these things, 45many came to believe in Him.

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                  The Truth Will Make You Free

                  31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "46If you continue in My word, then you are truly 47disciples of Mine;

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                  32 and 48you will know the truth, and 49the truth will make you free."
                  33 They answered Him, "50We are Abraham's descendants and have never * yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will become free '?"

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                  34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, 51everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

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                  35 "52The slave does not remain in the house forever; 53the son does remain forever.

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                  36 "So if the Son 54makes you free, you will be free indeed.

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                  37 "I know that you are 55Abraham's descendants; yet 56you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.

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                    • j 8:37 - Or "makes no progress"
                      38 "I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from 57your father."

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                        • k 8:38 - Or "in the presence of"
                          39 They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is 58our father." Jesus said to them, "59If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham.

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                          40 "But as it is, 60you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has 61told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.

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                          41 "You are doing the deeds of 62your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; 63we have one Father: God."

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                          42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, 64you would love Me, 65for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have 66not even come on My own initiative, but 67He sent Me.

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                          43 "Why * do you not understand 68what I am saying? It is because you cannot * 69hear My word.

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                            • m 8:43 - Or "My way of speaking"
                              44 "70You are of 71your father the devil, and 72you want to do the desires of your father. 73He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because 74there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he 75speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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                              45 "But because 76I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.

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                              46 "Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If 77I speak truth, why * do you not believe Me?

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                              47 "78He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

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                              48 79The Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a 80Samaritan and 81have a demon?"

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                              49 Jesus answered, "I do not 82have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.

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                              50 "But 83I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges.

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                              52 86The Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You 87have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, 'If anyone 88keeps My word, he will never * 89taste of death.'

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                              53 "Surely You 90are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?"

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                              54 Jesus answered, "91If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; 92it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, 'He is our God ';

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                              55 and 93you have not come to know Him, 94but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be 95a liar like you, 96but I do know Him and 97keep His word.

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                              56 "98Your father Abraham 99rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad."

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                                • p 8:56 - Lit "in order that he might see"
                                  57 100So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"

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                                  58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, 101I am."

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                                    • q 8:58 - Lit "came into being"
                                      59 Therefore they 102picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus 103hid Himself and went out of the temple.

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