but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives."12
At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them."23
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group"
and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery."
In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women."3 "Now what do you say?""
They were using this question as a trap,"4 "in order to have a basis for accusing him."57
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone"6 "at her.""78
Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground."
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."
Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman,"a "where are they? Has no one condemned you?""
"No one, sir," she said."
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am8 the light of the world.9 Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."1013
The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid."1114
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.12 But you have no idea where I come from13 or where I am going.15You judge by human standards;14 I pass judgment on no one.1516But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.1617In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.1718I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."1819
Then they asked him, "Where is your father?" "You do not know me or my Father,"19 Jesus replied. "If you knew me, you would know my Father also."2020
He spoke these words while teaching21 in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put.22 Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.23
Once more Jesus said to them, "I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die24 in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come."2522
This made the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself ? Is that why he says, 'Where I go, you cannot come'?"
But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.2624I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he,27 you will indeed die in your sins."25
"Who are you?" they asked. "Just what I have been telling you from the beginning," Jesus replied.
26"I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy,28 and what I have heard from him I tell the world."2927
They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.
So Jesus said, "When you have lifted upb the Son of Man,30 then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.3129The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone,32 for I always do what pleases him."3330
Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him.34
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching,35 you are really my disciples.32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."3633
They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants37 and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?"
Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.3835Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.3936So if the Son sets you free,40 you will be free indeed.37I know that you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me,41 because you have no room for my word.38I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence,42 and you are doing what you have heard from your father.c "4339
"Abraham is our father," they answered. "If you were Abraham's children,"44 said Jesus, "then you wouldd do what Abraham did.40As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me,45 a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.46 Abraham did not do such things.41You are doing the works of your own father."47 "We are not illegitimate children," they protested. "The only Father we have is God himself."4842
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me,49 for I came from God50 and now am here. I have not come on my own;51 but he sent me.5243Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.44You belong to your father, the devil,53 and you want to carry out your father's desires.54 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.5545Yet because I tell the truth,56 you do not believe me!46Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?47Whoever belongs to God hears what God says.57 The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."
The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan58 and demon-possessed?"5949"I am not possessed by a demon," said Jesus, "but I honor my Father and you dishonor me.50I am not seeking glory for myself;60 but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.51Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death."6152
At this they exclaimed, "Now we know that you are demon-possessed!62 Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death.
Are you greater than our father Abraham?63 He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?"
Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself,64 my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.6555Though you do not know him,66 I know him.67 If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word.6856Your father Abraham69 rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it70 and was glad."57
"You are not yet fifty years old," they said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"
58"Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born,71 I am!"7259
At this, they picked up stones to stone him,73 but Jesus hid himself,74 slipping away from the temple grounds.