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John 8

MSG 1 Jesus went across to Mount Olives, NIV 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. MSG 2 but he was soon back in the Temple again. Swarms of people came to him. He sat down and taught them. NIV 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. MSG 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 NIV 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group MSG 4 and said, "Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. NIV 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. MSG 5 Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?" NIV 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" MSG 6 They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him. NIV 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. MSG 7 They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, "The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone." NIV 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." MSG 8 Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt. NIV 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. MSG 9 Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. NIV 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. MSG 10 Jesus stood up and spoke to her. "Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?" NIV 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" MSG 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 NIV 11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 13 The Pharisees objected, "All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on." NIV 13 The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid." MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 15 You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don't make judgments like that. NIV 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. MSG 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. NIV 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. MSG 17 That fulfills the conditions set down in God's Law: that you can count on the testimony of two witnesses. NIV 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. MSG 18 And that is what you have: You have my word and you have the word of the Father who sent me." NIV 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me." MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 20 He gave this speech in the Treasury while teaching in the Temple. No one arrested him because his time wasn't yet up. NIV 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. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 22 The Jews said, "So, is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by 'You can't come with me'?" NIV 22 This made the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself ? Is that why he says, 'Where I go, you cannot come'?" MSG 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. NIV 23 But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 25 They said to him, "Just who are you anyway?" NIV 25 "Who are you?" they asked. "Just what I have been claiming all along," Jesus replied. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 27 They still didn't get it, didn't realize that he was referring to the Father. NIV 27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 29 The One who sent me stays with me. He doesn't abandon me. He sees how much joy I take in pleasing him." NIV 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him." MSG 30 When he put it in these terms, many people decided to believe. NIV 30 Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him. MSG 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. NIV 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. MSG 32 Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you." NIV 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." MSG 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'?" NIV 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?" MSG 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. NIV 34 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. MSG 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. NIV 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. MSG 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through. NIV 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. MSG 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. NIV 37 I know you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word. MSG 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." NIV 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence, and you do what you have heard from your father. " MSG 39 They were indignant. "Our father is Abraham!" NIV 39 "Abraham is our father," they answered. "If you were Abraham's children," said Jesus, "then you would do the things Abraham did. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 43 Why can't you understand one word I say? Here's why: You can't handle it. NIV 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 45 I arrive on the scene, tell you the plain truth, and you refuse to have a thing to do with me. NIV 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! MSG 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? NIV 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? MSG 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." NIV 47 He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God." MSG 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!" NIV 48 The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?" MSG 49 Jesus said, "I'm not crazy. I simply honor my Father, while you dishonor me. NIV 49 "I am not possessed by a demon," said Jesus, "but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. MSG 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. NIV 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. MSG 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." NIV 51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death." MSG 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.' NIV 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. MSG 53 Are you greater than Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you think you are!" NIV 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?" MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 56 Abraham - your 'father' - with jubilant faith looked down the corridors of history and saw my day coming. He saw it and cheered." NIV 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad." MSG 57 The Jews said, "You're not even fifty years old - and Abraham saw you?" NIV 57 "You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!" MSG 58 "Believe me," said Jesus, "I am who I am long before Abraham was anything." NIV 58 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" MSG 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. NIV 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.