The Gospel According to John

Chapter 8

The Woman Taken in Adultery
1 Jesus had gone over to the Mount of Olives. 2 But at daybreak He again went back to the temple. All the people gathered around Him and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees came to Him, bringing along a woman who had been taken in the act of adultery. And they placed her in their midst. 4 Then they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 5 In the Law, Moses had told us to stone such women. Now, what do you have to say about it?"

6 They were trying to trap Him, so that they might find something against Him. But Jesus stooped down and began to write on the ground with His finger. 7 Since they kept questioning Him, He got up and said to them, "Let him among you who has no sin be the first to cast a stone at her." 8 Again He leaned forward to write on the ground. 9 But they had heard Him and, accused by their own conscience, they went away one by one, beginning with the oldest, till they all were gone. And Jesus was left alone with the woman, who was still standing before Him.

10 Then Jesus raised Himself up and, seeing no one there except the woman, He said to her, "Your accusers - where are they? Did no one condemn you?" 11 "No one, Lord," she replied. "Then, neither will I condemn you," said Jesus. "Go, and sin no more."

Jesus' Discourse on the Light of the World
12 Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the World. He who follows Me will in no wise walk in the dark, but will have the Light of Life."

13 "You are testifying about yourself," objected the Pharisees. "Your testimony is therefore not sound."

14 "Even if I do testify about Myself," answered Jesus, "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 condemn Me on the basis of what you see; I condemn no one. 16 And even if I should condemn, My judgment would be true, for I am not alone - the Father, who sent Me, is with Me. 17 Moreover, in your own law it is written that the witness of two men is valid. 18 I bear witness about Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness about Me." 19 "Do tell, where is your father?" they asked Him. Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father. If you knew Me, you would know My Father also."

20 These words were spoken by Jesus in the treasury, while teaching in the temple. No one arrested Him, for His time had not yet come.

Jesus Announces His Departure
21 Once more He spoke to them, "I am going away and you will look for Me, but you will die in your sins. Where I am going you cannot come." 22 "So?" said the Jews. "Is he going to kill himself, since he says,'Where I am going you cannot come?'"

23 He answered them, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 That is why I said that you will die in your sins, for if you do not believe that I am the Christ, death will overtake you in your sins."

25 "You!" they said to Him, "Who do you think you are?" Jesus answered, "I am what I told you from the beginning. 26 I have much to say and judge about you. But He who sent Me is faithful, and the things that I have heard from Him I will tell the world."

27 They did not understand that He was speaking to them of the Father. 28 Therefore Jesus added, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself, but speak these things as My Father has directed Me. 29 He who sent Me is with Me still. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to Him." 30 When He had spoken these words, many came to believe on Him. 31 Jesus then said to the Jews who believed on Him, "If you hold fast to My Word, then you will be truly My disciples. 32 And you will get to know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

Freedom vs. Slavery
33 "We are the children of Abraham," the hecklers replied, "and have never been in slavery to anyone. What do you mean by saying,'You will be free'?"

34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, I assure you, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son does. 36 Therefore, if the Son should set you free, then you will be free indeed.

Whose Child Are You?
37 "I know that you are the children of Abraham, and yet you want to kill Me because there is no room for My Word in your hearts. 38 I speak of what I have seen My Father do, and you do what you have seen your father do."

39 "Our father is Abraham," they answered him. Jesus said to them, "If you were the children of Abraham, you would do the works of Abraham. 40 Instead, you are trying to kill Me - a Man who has told you the truth as I heard it from God. Abraham never did that. 41 Yes, you are doing the works of your father. They answered Him again, "We were not born illegitimately. God alone is our father."

42 "If God were your Father," Jesus said to them, "then you would love Me, for I came forth from God, and am come here from Him. I did not come of My own accord, but He sent Me. 43 And why don't you understand what I say? Because you cannot stand to hear My Word. 44 The Devil is your father, and you want to do your father's lustful desires. He was a murderer from the beginning. He did not stand by the truth, for there was no truth in him. Whenever he tells lies, he makes them up himself, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Because I tell you the truth, you don't believe Me. 46 Who among you can convict Me of sin? Why, then, don't you believe Me when I tell you the truth?

47 Every child of God gives ear to His Word. You don't give ear to His Word because you are not His children."

Jesus Accused of Having an Evil Spirit
48 The Jews therefore said to Him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan, and that you have an evil spirit?" 49 "No," Said Jesus, "I do not have an evil spirit. I honor My Father, but you dishonor Me. 50 I am not seeking My own glory. There is One who is seeking it. He will judge. 51 Truly I say to you, if anyone keeps My Word he will never die."

52 Then the Jews said to Him, "Now we know that you have a devil. Abraham died, and the prophets died, but you say,'If any one keeps My Word, he will never die.' 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and the prophets died. Who do you think you are?"

54 Jesus answered, "Were I to glorify Myself, My glory would count nothing. The One who glorifies Me is My Father, who, you say, is your God. 55 You have never come to know Him, but I know Him, and if I said that I did not know Him, I should be a liar like you. On the contrary, I do know Him and I obey His Word. 56 Abraham,'your father', rejoiced at the thought that he would see My day. He saw it, and was glad."

57 Then the Jews said to Him, "Why, you are not even fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?" 58 Jesus said to them, "Yes, indeed, I tell you that before Abraham was, I AM!"

59 At this, the Jews took up stones to throw at Him. Jesus, however, hid Himself, and escaped from the temple.

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