John 8

Riverside(i) 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 EARLY in the morning he came again to the Temple courts and all the people came to him and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees led in a woman taken in adultery and making her stand in the midst, 4 they said to him, "Teacher, this woman was taken in the very act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded to stone such. What do you say?" 6 This they said, testing him, to have something to accuse him of. But Jesus stooped over and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 As they kept on questioning him, he lifted himself up and said to them, "Let the sinless one among you be the first to throw a stone at her," 8 and again he stooped over and went on writing on the ground. 9 After hearing that, they passed out one by one, beginning with the older men, and he was left alone and the woman there in the center. 10 Jesus raised himself up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one sentenced you?" 11 She said, "No one, Sir." Jesus said, "Neither do I sentence you. Go. From now on sin no more."] 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." 13 The Pharisees said to him, "You are bearing witness to yourself; your witness is not true." 14 Jesus answered them, "Even if I witness to myself, my witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going. You do not know where I came from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh, I judge no one. 16 Even if I judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone, but when I judge he who sent me is with me. 17 In our law it is written that the evidence of two persons is true. 18 I am giving witness to myself and the Father who sent me witnesses to me." 19 They said to him, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also." 20 These words he spoke in the Treasury, while teaching in the Temple courts, and no one arrested him because his hour had not yet come. 21 He said again to them, "I am going away and you will search for me and will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come." 22 The Jews said, "Will he kill himself, and so says, 'Where I am going you cannot come'?" 23 He said to them, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins. Unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins." 25 They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Exactly what I have been telling you. 26 I have many things to say about you and to judge. But he who sent me is true, and what I have heard from him I speak in the world." 27 They did not perceive that he was speaking to them of the Father. 28 Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that of myself I do nothing, but as the Father taught me, so I speak. 29 He who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him." 30 While he was speaking these things, many believed in him. 31 Jesus said to the Jews that had believed him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free." 33 They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham and have never been in slavery to any man. How do you say, 'You will become free'?" 34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I tell you, every one who practices sin is the slave of sin. 35 The slave does not stay in the house forever; the Son stays forever. 36 So if the Son frees you, you will be really free. 37 I know that you are descendants of Abraham; but you are trying to kill me, because my word has no place within you. 38 I am speaking what I have seen with my Father and you are doing what you have heard with your father." 39 They answered him, "Abraham is our father." He said to them, "If you were children of Abraham you would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has spoken to you the truth which I have heard from God. Abraham did not do this. 41 You do the works of your father." They said to him, "We were not born of unchastity. We have one father — God." 42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your father you would love me; for I came forth from God and am now here. For I have not come of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my message. 44 You are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father it is your will to practice. He was a murderer from the beginning, and did not stand in the truth; for truth is not in him. When he speaks falsehood, he speaks out of his own; for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But me — because I tell you the truth — me you do not believe. 46 Who of you convinces me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe me? 47 He who is of God listens to God's words. For this reason you do not listen — because you are not of God." 48 The Jews answered him, "Do we not say correctly that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?" 49 Jesus answered, "I have not a demon, but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50 I am not seeking my own glory. There is one who seeks it and judges. 51 Truly, truly, I tell you, if any one keeps my word he will not look on death." 52 The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died and the prophets died, and you say, 'If any one keeps my word he will never taste of death.' 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? And yet he died and the prophets died. Whom do you make yourself out to be?" 54 Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is your God. 55 Yet you do not know him, but I know him, and if I should say that I did not know him I should be a liar like you. But I know him and I keep his word. 56 Abraham your father rejoiced that he was to see my day, and he saw it and was glad." 57 The Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I tell you, before Abraham came into being I am." 59 They took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus concealed himself and left the Temple courts.