VIN(i) 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At daybreak he appeared again in the temple, and all the people came to him. So he sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and Pharisees, however, brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before them 4 and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In our law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now, what do you say?" 6 They said this to test Him, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger. 7 When they persisted in questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." 8 And again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard this, they began to go away one by one, beginning with the older ones, until only Jesus was left, with the woman standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11 “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Now go and sin no more.” 12 Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 The Pharisees said to him, "You are testifying about yourself. Your testimony is not valid." 14 Jesus answered them, "Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from, and where I am going; but you do not know where I came from, or where I am going. 15 You judge by the outside. I judge no one; 16 Even if I am judging, my decision is right, because I am not by myself--with me is the Father who sent me. 17 Even in your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. 18 I am one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me." 19 Then they asked 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 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts, near the treasury. Yet no one seized Him, because His hour had not yet come. 21 Again He said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for Me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, "Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, 'Where I go, you cannot come'?" 23 Then He told them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am he, you will 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 about you and much to judge. But the One who sent Me is truthful, and what I have heard from Him, I tell the world.” 27 They did not understand that He was telling them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own, but speak exactly what the Father has taught Me. 29 Moreover, he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone; for I always do what pleases him." 30 While he spoke thus, many believed on him. 31 So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free?'" 34 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know you are Abraham’s descendants, but you are trying to kill Me because My word has no place within you. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in my Father's presence, and you are practicing what you have learned from your father." 39 "Abraham is our father," they answered. "If you are indeed Abraham's children," said Jesus "do the deeds of Abraham. 40 But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing. 41 You are doing the works of your father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they declared. “Our only Father is God Himself.” 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 say? Because you are unable to hear My word. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not 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 Whoever belongs to God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” 48 The Jews answered, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and are possessed?" 49 "I am not possessed by a demon," replied Jesus. "On the contrary I honour my Father, and you dishonour me. 50 I do not seek my own glory: but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word he will never see death." 52 Then the Jews said to him, "Now we really know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets, but you say, 'If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.' 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you claim to be?" 54 Jesus answered: "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. My Father glorifies me. He is the one whom you say is your God. 55 But you have not known him; I know him. If I said, I do not know him, I would be a liar like you; but I do know him and keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he could see my day, and he saw it, and was glad. 57 "You are not yet fifty years old," said the Jews to him, "and you have seen Abraham?" 58 “Truly, truly, I tell you,” Jesus declared, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to throw at Him. But Jesus hid Himself and slipped away from the temple area.