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John 8 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 [Then everyone went home, but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 Early the next morning he went back to the Temple. All the people gathered around him, and he sat down and began to teach them. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.
3 The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught committing adultery, and they made her stand before them all. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group
4 "Teacher," they said to Jesus, "this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
5 In our Law Moses commanded that such a woman must be stoned to death. Now, what do you say?" 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?"
6 They said this to trap Jesus, so that they could accuse him. But he bent over and wrote on the ground with his finger. 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.
7 As they stood there asking him questions, he straightened up and said to them, "Whichever one of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone at her." 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."
8 Then he bent over again and wrote on the ground. 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 When they heard this, they all left, one by one, the older ones first. Jesus was left alone, with the woman still standing there. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.
10 He straightened up and said to her, "Where are they? Is there no one left to condemn you?" 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11 "No one, sir," she answered. "Well, then," Jesus said, "I do not condemn you either. Go, but do not sin again."] 11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."
12 Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. "I am the light of the world," he said. "Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness." 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
13 The Pharisees said to him, "Now you are testifying on your own behalf; what you say proves nothing." 13 The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid."
14 "No," Jesus answered, "even though I do testify on my own behalf, what I say is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going. You do not know where I came from or where I am going. 14 Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going.
15 You make judgments in a purely human way; I pass judgment on no one. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.
16 But if I were to do so, my judgment would be true, because I am not alone in this; the Father who sent me is with me. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.
17 It is written in your Law that when two witnesses agree, what they say is true. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid.
18 I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me also testifies on my behalf." 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."
19 "Where is your father?" they asked him. "You know neither me nor my Father," Jesus answered. "If you knew me, you would know my Father also." 19 Then they asked him, "Where is your father?" "You do not know me or my Father," Jesus replied. "If you knew me, you would know my Father also."
20 Jesus said all this as he taught in the Temple, in the room where the offering boxes were placed. And no one arrested him, because his hour had not come. 20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple area near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his time had not yet come.
21 Again Jesus said to them, "I will go away; you will look for me, but you will die in your sins. You cannot go where I am going." 21 Once more Jesus said to them, "I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come."
22 So the Jewish authorities said, "He says that we cannot go where he is going. Does this mean that he will kill himself?" 22 This made the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself ? Is that why he says, 'Where I go, you cannot come'?"
23 Jesus answered, "You belong to this world here below, but I come from above. You are from this world, but I am not from this world. 23 But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
24 That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. And you will die in your sins if you do not believe that "I Am Who I Am'." 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins."
25 "Who are you?" they asked him. Jesus answered, "What I have told you from the very beginning. 25 "Who are you?" they asked. "Just what I have been claiming all along," Jesus replied.
26 I have much to say about you, much to condemn you for. The one who sent me, however, is truthful, and I tell the world only what I have heard from him." 26 "I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is reliable, and what I have heard from him I tell the world."
27 They did not understand that Jesus was talking to them about the Father. 27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.
28 So he said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, you will know that "I Am Who I Am'; then you will know that I do nothing on my own authority, but I say only what the Father has instructed me to say. 28 So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [the one I claim to be] and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
29 And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him." 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."
30 Many who heard Jesus say these things believed in him. 30 Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him.
31 So Jesus said to those who believed in him, "If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples; 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
32 you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
33 "We are the descendants of Abraham," they answered, "and we have never been anybody's slaves. What do you mean, then, by saying, "You will be free'?" 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?"
34 Jesus said to them, "I am telling you the truth: everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 34 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
35 A slave does not belong to a family permanently, but a son belongs there forever. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
36 If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
37 I know you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are trying to kill me, because you will not accept my teaching. 37 I know you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word.
38 I talk about what my Father has shown me, but you do what your father has told you." 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence, and you do what you have heard from your father. "
39 They answered him, "Our father is Abraham." "If you really were Abraham's children," Jesus replied, "you would do the same things that he did. 39 "Abraham is our father," they answered. "If you were Abraham's children," said Jesus, "then you would do the things Abraham did.
40 All I have ever done is to tell you the truth I heard from God, yet you are trying to kill me. Abraham did nothing like this! 40 As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things.
41 You are doing what your father did." "God himself is the only Father we have," they answered, "and we are his true children." 41 You are doing the things your own father does." "We are not illegitimate children," they protested. "The only Father we have is God himself."
42 Jesus said to them, "If God really were your Father, you would love me, because I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own authority, but he sent me. 42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me.
43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my message. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.
44 You are the children of your father, the Devil, and you want to follow your father's desires. From the very beginning he was a murderer and has never been on the side of truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is only doing what is natural to him, because he is a liar and the father of all lies. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. 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.
45 But I tell the truth, and that is why you do not believe me. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
46 Which one of you can prove that I am guilty of sin? If I tell the truth, then why do you not believe me? 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?
47 He who comes from God listens to God's words. You, however, are not from God, and that is why you will not listen." 47 He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."
48 They asked Jesus, "Were we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon in you?" 48 The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?"
49 "I have no demon," Jesus answered. "I honor my Father, but you dishonor me. 49 "I am not possessed by a demon," said Jesus, "but I honor my Father and you dishonor me.
50 I am not seeking honor for myself. But there is one who is seeking it and who judges in my favor. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.
51 I am telling you the truth: whoever obeys my teaching will never die." 51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."
52 They said to him, "Now we know for sure that you have a demon! Abraham died, and the prophets died, yet you say that whoever obeys your teaching will never die. 52 At this the Jews exclaimed, "Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death.
53 Our father Abraham died; you do not claim to be greater than Abraham, do you? And the prophets also died. Who do you think you are?" 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?"
54 Jesus answered, "If I were to honor myself, that honor would be worth nothing. The one who honors me is my Father - the very one you say is your God. 54 Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.
55 You have never known him, but I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I obey his word. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word.
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see the time of my coming; he saw it and was glad." 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."
57 They said to him, "You are not even fifty years old - and you have seen Abraham?" 57 "You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"
58 "I am telling you the truth," Jesus replied. "Before Abraham was born, "I Am'." 58 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
59 Then they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and left the Temple. 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.