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1 Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 Early the next morning he returned to the temple courtyard. All the people went to him, so 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 scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front 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 asked Jesus, "Teacher, we caught this woman in the act of adultery. 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
5 In his teachings, Moses ordered us to stone women like this to death. What do you say?" 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?"
6 They asked this to test him. They wanted to find a reason to bring charges against him. Jesus bent down and used his finger to write on the ground. 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 When they persisted in asking him questions, he straightened up and said, "The person who is sinless should be the first to throw a 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 down again and continued writing on the ground. 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 One by one, beginning with the older men, the scribes and Pharisees left. Jesus was left alone 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 straightened up and asked her, "Where did they go? Has anyone condemned you?" 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11 The woman answered, "No one, sir." Jesus said, "I don't condemn you either. Go! From now on don't sin." 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. He said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have a life filled with light and will never live in the dark." 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, "You testify on your own behalf, so your testimony isn't true." 13 The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid."
14 Jesus replied to them, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is true because I know where I came from and where I'm going. However, you don't know where I came from or where I'm 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 judge the way humans do. I don't judge anyone. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.
16 Even if I do judge, my judgment is valid because I don't make it on my own. I make my judgment with 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 teachings say that the testimony of two people 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 so does the Father who sent me." 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."
19 The Pharisees asked him, "Where is your father?" Jesus replied, "You don't know me or my Father. If you knew me, you would also know my 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 Jesus spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury area of the temple courtyard. No one arrested him, 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 Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. He said, "I'm going away, and you'll look for me. But you will die because of your sin. You can't go where I'm 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 Then the Jews asked, "Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means when he says, 'You can't go where I'm going'?" 22 This made the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself ? Is that why he says, 'Where I go, you cannot come'?"
23 Jesus said to them, "You're from below. I'm from above. You're from this world. I'm 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 For this reason I told you that you'll die because of your sins. If you don't believe that I am the one, you'll die because of 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 The Jews asked him, "Who did you say you are?" Jesus told them, "I am who I said I was from the beginning. 25 "Who are you?" they asked. "Just what I have been claiming all along," Jesus replied.
26 I have a lot I could say about you and a lot I could condemn you for. But the one who sent me is true. So I tell the world exactly what he has told 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 (The Jews didn't know that he was talking to them about the Father.) 27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.
28 So Jesus told them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you'll know that I am the one and that I can't do anything on my own. Instead, I speak as 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 Besides, the one who sent me is with me. He hasn't left me by myself. 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 As Jesus was saying this, many people believed in him. 30 Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him.
31 So Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you live by what I say, you are truly 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 They replied to Jesus, "We are Abraham's descendants, and we've never been anyone's slaves. So how can you say that we will be 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 answered them, "I can guarantee this truth: Whoever lives a sinful life is a slave to sin. 34 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
35 A slave doesn't live in the home forever, but a son does. 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 be absolutely free. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
37 I know that you're Abraham's descendants. However, you want to kill me because you don't like what I'm saying. 37 I know you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word.
38 What I'm saying is what I have seen in my Father's presence. But you do what you've 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 The Jews replied to Jesus, "Abraham is our father." Jesus told them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do what Abraham 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 I am a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. But now you want to kill me. Abraham wouldn't have done 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 You're doing what your father does." The Jews said to Jesus, "We're not illegitimate children. God is our only Father." 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. After all, I'm here, and I came from God. I didn't come on my own. Instead, God 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 don't you understand the language I use? Is it because you can't understand the words I use? 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.
44 You come from your father, the devil, and you desire to do what your father wants you to do. The devil was a murderer from the beginning. He has never been truthful. He doesn't know what the truth is. Whenever he tells a lie, he's doing what comes naturally to him. He's 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 you don't believe me because I tell the truth. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
46 Can any of you convict me of committing a sin? 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 The person who belongs to God understands what God says. You don't understand because you don't belong to God." 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 replied to Jesus, "Aren't we right when we say that you're a Samaritan and that you're possessed by a demon?" 48 The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?"
49 Jesus answered, "I'm not possessed. 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 don't want my own glory. But there is someone who wants it, and he is the judge. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.
51 I can guarantee this truth: Whoever obeys what I say will never see death." 51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."
52 The Jews told Jesus, "Now we know that you're possessed by a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets, but you say, 'Whoever does what I say will never taste death.' 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? The prophets have 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 said, "If I bring glory to myself, my glory is nothing. My Father is the one who gives me glory, and you say that he 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 Yet, you haven't known him. However, I know him. If I would say that I didn't know him, I would be a liar like all of you. But I do know him, and I do 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 Your father Abraham was pleased to see that my day was coming. He saw it and was happy." 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."
57 The Jews said to Jesus, "You're not even fifty years old. How could you have seen Abraham?" 57 "You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"
58 Jesus told them, "I can guarantee this truth: Before Abraham was ever born, I am." 58 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
59 Then some of the Jews picked up stones to throw at Jesus. However, Jesus was concealed, and he left the temple courtyard. 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.