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1 Jesus went across to Mount Olives, 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 but he was soon back in the Temple again. Swarms of people came to him. He sat down and taught 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 religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group
4 and said, "Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
5 Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?" 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?"
6 They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him. 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 They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, "The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone." 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 Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt. 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. 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 Jesus stood up and spoke to her. "Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?" 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11 "No one, Master." "Neither do I," said Jesus. "Go on your way. From now on, don't sin." You're Missing God in All This 11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."
12 Jesus once again addressed them: "I am the world's Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in." 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 objected, "All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on." 13 The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid."
14 Jesus replied, "You're right that you only have my word. But you can depend on it being true. I know where I've come from and where I go next. You don't know where I'm from or where I'm headed. 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 decide according to what you can see and touch. I don't make judgments like that. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.
16 But even if I did, my judgment would be true because I wouldn't make it out of the narrowness of my experience but in the largeness of the One who sent me, the Father. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.
17 That fulfills the conditions set down in God's Law: that you can count on the testimony of two witnesses. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid.
18 And that is what you have: You have my word and you have the word of the Father who sent me." 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."
19 They said, "Where is this so-called Father of yours?" Jesus said, "You're looking right at me and you don't see me. How do you expect to see the Father? If you knew me, you would at the same time know the Father." 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 He gave this speech in the Treasury while teaching in the Temple. No one arrested him because his time wasn't yet up. 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 Then he went over the same ground again. "I'm leaving and you are going to look for me, but you're missing God in this and are headed for a dead end. There is no way you can come with me." 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 The Jews said, "So, is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by 'You can't come with me'?" 22 This made the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself ? Is that why he says, 'Where I go, you cannot come'?"
23 Jesus said, "You're tied down to the mundane; I'm in touch with what is beyond your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch. I'm living on other terms. 23 But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
24 I told you that you were missing God in all this. You're at a dead end. If you won't believe I am who I say I am, you're at the dead end of sins. You're missing God in your lives." 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 They said to him, "Just who are you anyway?" 25 "Who are you?" they asked. "Just what I have been claiming all along," Jesus replied.
26 I have so many things to say that concern you, judgments to make that affect you, but if you don't accept the trustworthiness of the One who commanded my words and acts, none of it matters. That is who you are questioning - not me but the One who sent me." 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 still didn't get it, didn't realize that he was referring to the Father. 27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.
28 So Jesus tried again. "When you raise up the Son of Man, then you will know who I am - that I'm not making this up, but speaking only what the Father taught me. 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 The One who sent me stays with me. He doesn't abandon me. He sees how much joy I take in pleasing him." 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."
30 When he put it in these terms, many people decided to believe. 30 Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him.
31 Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. "If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
32 Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you." 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
33 Surprised, they said, "But we're descendants of Abraham. We've never been slaves to anyone. How can you say, 'The truth will free you'?" 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, "I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. 34 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
35 A slave is a transient, who can't come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
36 So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
37 I know you are Abraham's descendants. But I also know that you are trying to kill me because my message hasn't yet penetrated your thick skulls. 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'm talking about things I have seen while keeping company with the Father, and you just go on doing what you have heard from your father." 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 were indignant. "Our father is Abraham!" 39 "Abraham is our father," they answered. "If you were Abraham's children," said Jesus, "then you would do the things Abraham did.
40 And yet here you are trying to kill me, a man who has spoken to you the truth he got straight from God! Abraham never did that sort of thing. 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 persist in repeating the works of your father." They said, "We're not bastards. We have a legitimate father: the one and only God." 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 "If God was your father," said Jesus, "you would love me, for I came from God and arrived here. I didn't come on my own. 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 can't you understand one word I say? Here's why: You can't handle it. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.
44 You're from your father, the Devil, and all you want to do is please him. He was a killer from the very start. He couldn't stand the truth because there wasn't a shred of truth in him. When the Liar speaks, he makes it up out of his lying nature and fills the world with 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 I arrive on the scene, tell you the plain truth, and you refuse to have a thing to do with me. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
46 Can any one of you convict me of a single misleading word, a single sinful act? But if I'm telling the truth, why don't you 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 Anyone on God's side listens to God's words. This is why you're not listening - because you're not on God's side." 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 The Jews then said, "That clinches it. We were right all along when we called you a Samaritan and said you were crazy - demon-possessed!" 48 The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?"
49 Jesus said, "I'm not crazy. I simply honor my Father, while 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 trying to get anything for myself. God intends something gloriously grand here and is making the decisions that will bring it about. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.
51 I say this with absolute confidence. If you practice what I'm telling you, you'll never have to look death in the face." 51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."
52 At this point the Jews said, "Now we know you're crazy. Abraham died. The prophets died. And you show up saying, 'If you practice what I'm telling you, you'll never have to face death, not even a taste.' 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 Are you greater than Abraham, who died? And the prophets 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 said, "If I turned the spotlight on myself, it wouldn't amount to anything. But my Father, the same One you say is your Father, put me here at this time and place of splendor. 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 haven't recognized him in this. But I have. If I, in false modesty, said I didn't know what was going on, I would be as much of a liar as you are. But I do know, and I am doing what he says. 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 Abraham - your 'father' - with jubilant faith looked down the corridors of history and saw my day coming. He saw it and cheered." 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."
57 The Jews said, "You're not even fifty years old - and Abraham saw you?" 57 "You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"
58 "Believe me," said Jesus, "I am who I am long before Abraham was anything." 58 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
59 That did it - pushed them over the edge. They picked up rocks to throw at him. But Jesus slipped away, getting out of the Temple. 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.