John 8:5

5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”

John 8:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
ESV
5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?"
NLT
5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
MSG
5 Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?"
CSB
5 In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do You say?"

John 8:5 Meaning and Commentary

John 8:5

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should, be
stoned
Not in ( Leviticus 20:10 ) ; for though according to the law there, an adulteress, one that was a married woman, and so an adulterer, that was a married man, were to be put to death; yet the death was not stoning, but strangling; for it is a rule with the Jews F7, that where death is simply mentioned (without restraining it to any particular kind) strangling is intended, and which rule they apply to this law: and accordingly in their Misna, or oral law, one that lies with another man's wife, is reckoned among those that are to be strangled F8: Kimchi indeed says F9, that adulteresses, according to the law, are to be stoned with stones; but then this must be understood of such as are betrothed, but not married; and such a person, Moses has commanded in the law, to be stoned, ( Deuteronomy 22:23 Deuteronomy 22:24 ) . And with this agree the traditions of the Jews F11;

``a daughter of Israel must be stoned, who is (hawvn alw) (howra) , "betrothed, but not married".''

And such an one we must believe this woman was; she was betrothed to a man, but not married to him, and therefore to be stoned: the Jews
FOOTNOTES:

F12 have also a saying, that

``if all adulterers were punished with stoning, according to the law, the stones would be consumed; but they would not be consumed;''

adultery was so common with that people:

but what sayest thou?
dost thou agree with Moses, or not?


F7 Maimon. Hilchot Issure Bia, c. 1. sect. 6.
F8 Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 10. sect. 1.
F9 In Ezek. xvi. 40.
F11 T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 51. 2.
F12 Apud Castell. Lex. Polyglott, col. 2180.

John 8:5 In-Context

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 to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”
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 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 at her.”

Cross References 1

  • 1. Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22; Job 31:11