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1 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and 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 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. 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 adultery. 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
5 The law of Moses says to stone her. 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 they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust 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 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, "All right, stone her. But let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!" 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 stooped down again and wrote in the dust. 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 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 Then Jesus stood up again and said to her, "Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?" 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11 "No, Lord," she said. And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more." 11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."
12 Jesus said to the people, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life." 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 replied, "You are making false claims about yourself!" 13 The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid."
14 Jesus told them, "These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don't know this about me. 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 judge me with all your human limitations, but I am not judging anyone. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.
16 And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone -- I have with me the Father who sent 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 Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid.
18 I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other." 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."
19 "Where is your father?" they asked. Jesus answered, "Since you don't know who I am, you don't know who my Father is. If you knew me, then you would know my Father, too." 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 made these statements while he was teaching in the section of the Temple known as the Treasury. But he was not arrested, because his time had not yet 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 Later Jesus said to them again, "I am going away. You will search for me and die in your sin. You cannot come 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 The Jewish leaders asked, "Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, 'You cannot come where I am going'?" 22 This made the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself ? Is that why he says, 'Where I go, you cannot come'?"
23 Then he said to them, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not. 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 said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I say I am, you will die in your sins." 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 "Tell us who you are," they demanded. Jesus replied, "I am the one I have always claimed to be. 25 "Who are you?" they asked. "Just what I have been claiming all along," Jesus replied.
26 I have much to say about you and much to condemn, but I won't. For I say only what I have heard from the one who sent me, and he is true." 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 But they still didn't understand that he was talking to them about his Father. 27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.
28 So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will realize that I am he and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak 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 And the one who sent me is with me -- he has not deserted me. For I always do those things that are pleasing to him." 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."
30 Then many who heard him say these things believed in him. 30 Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him.
31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
32 And 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 "But we are descendants of Abraham," they said. "We have never been slaves to anyone on earth. What do you mean, 'set 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 replied, "I assure you that 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 is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 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 will indeed be free. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
37 Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because my message does not find a place in your hearts. 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 am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of 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 "Our father is Abraham," they declared. "No," Jesus replied, "for if you were children of Abraham, you would follow his good example. 39 "Abraham is our father," they answered. "If you were Abraham's children," said Jesus, "then you would do the things Abraham did.
40 I told you the truth I heard from God, but you are trying to kill me. Abraham wouldn't do a thing like that. 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 No, you are obeying your real father when you act that way." They replied, "We were not born out of wedlock! Our true Father is God himself." 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 told them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, 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 can't you understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to do so! 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.
44 For you are the children of your father the Devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and has always hated the truth. There is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of 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 So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don't believe me! 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
46 Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you 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 whose Father is God listens gladly to the words of God. Since you don't, it proves you aren't God's children." 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 people retorted, "You Samaritan devil! Didn't we say all along that you were possessed by a demon?" 48 The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?"
49 "No," Jesus said, "I have no demon in me. For I honor my Father -- and you dishonor me. 49 "I am not possessed by a demon," said Jesus, "but I honor my Father and you dishonor me.
50 And though I have no wish to glorify myself, God wants to glorify me. Let him be the judge. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.
51 I assure you, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!" 51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."
52 The people said, "Now we know you are possessed by a demon. Even Abraham and the prophets died, but you say that those who obey 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 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Are you greater than the prophets, who 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 am merely boasting about myself, it doesn't count. But it is my Father who says these glorious things about me. You say, 'He is our 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 but you do not even know him. I know him. If I said otherwise, I would be as great a liar as you! But it is true -- I know him and obey him. 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 ancestor Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to 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 The people said, "You aren't even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham? " 57 "You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"
58 Jesus answered, "The truth is, I existed before Abraham was even born!" 58 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
59 At that point they picked up stones to kill him. But Jesus hid himself from them and left the Temple. 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.