31SoJesus was saying to thoseJews who had believed Him, "1If you continue in My word, then you are truly2disciples of Mine;32and 3you will know the truth, and 4the truth will make you free."33
They answered Him, "5We are Abraham'sdescendants and have neveryet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will becomefree '?"34Jesusanswered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, 6everyone who commitssin is the slave of sin.35"7The slave does not remain in the houseforever; 8the son does remainforever.36"Soif the Son9makes you free, you will be freeindeed.37"I know that you are 10Abraham'sdescendants; yet11you seek to kill Me, because My wordahasnoplace in you.38"I speak the things which I have seenbwith My Father; therefore you alsodo the things which you heard from 12your father."39
They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is 13our father." Jesussaid to them, "14If you are Abraham'schildren, do the deeds of Abraham.40"But as it is, 15you are seeking to kill Me, a manwho has 16told you the truth, which I heard from God; thisAbraham did not do.41"You are doing the deeds of 17your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; 18we haveoneFather: God."
42Jesussaid to them, "IfGod were your Father, 19you would love Me, 20for I proceededforth and havecome from God, for I have 21not evencome on My owninitiative, but c22He sent Me.43"Why do you not understandd23what I am saying? It is because you cannot24hear My word.44"25You are of 26your father the devil, and 27you want to do the desires of your father. 28He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truthbecause29there is notruth in him. Whenever he speaksea lie, he 30speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of flies.45"But because31I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.46"Whichone of you convicts Me of sin? If32I speaktruth, why do you not believe Me?47"33He who is of Godhears the words of God; for thisreason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."