1 while JesusI wentII to the MountIII of Olives.IV
2 Early in the morningV he cameVI again to the temple.VII
AllVIII the peopleIX cameX to him, and he sat downXI and began to teachXII them.
3 The scribesXIII and the PhariseesXIV broughtXV a womanXVI
who had been caughtXVII in adultery,XVIII and, making her standXIX beforeXX all of them,
4 they saidXXI to him, “Teacher,XXII this woman was caught in the very actXXIII of committing adultery.XXIV
5 Now in the lawXXV MosesXXVI commandedXXVII us to stoneXXVIII such women. Now what do you say?”
6 They said this to testXXIX him, so that they might haveXXX some charge to bring againstXXXI him.
Jesus bentXXXII downXXXIII and wroteXXXIV with his fingerXXXV on the ground.XXXVI
7 When they kept onXXXVII questioningXXXVIII him, he straightened upXXXIX
and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sinXL be the firstXLI to throwXLII a stoneXLIII at her.”
8 And once again he bent down and wroteXLIV on the ground. 9 When they heardXLV it,XLVI they went away,XLVII
oneXLVIII by one, beginningXLIX with the elders,L, LI
and Jesus was leftLII aloneLIII with the woman standingLIV before him.
10 Jesus straightened up andLV said to her, “Woman, where areLVI they?LVII Has no one condemnedLVIII you?”
11 She said, “No one, sir.”LIX
And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sinLX again.”
12 Again Jesus spokeLXI to them, saying, “I am the lightLXII of the world.LXIII
Whoever followsLXIV me will never walkLXV in darknessLXVI but will have the light of life.”LXVII
13 Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifyingLXVIII on your own behalf; your testimonyLXIX is not valid.”LXX
14 Jesus answered,LXXI “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I knowLXXII where I have comeLXXIII from and where I am going,LXXIV but you do not know where I comeLXXV from or where I am going.LXXVI
15 You judgeLXXVII by human standards;LXXVIII I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgmentLXXIX
is valid,LXXX for it is not I alone who judge but I and the FatherLXXXI who sentLXXXII me.
17 In your law it is writtenLXXXIII that the testimony of twoLXXXIV witnessesLXXXV is valid.LXXXVI 18 I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.”
19 Then 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 He spoke these wordsLXXXVII while he was teaching in the treasuryLXXXVIII of the temple, but no one arrestedLXXXIX him, because his hourXC had not yet come.XCI
21 Again he said to them, “I am going away,XCII and you will searchXCIII for me, but you will dieXCIV in your sin.XCV
Where I am going,XCVI you cannotXCVII come.”XCVIII
22 Then the JewsXCIX said, “CIs he going to killCI himself? Is that what he means by saying,CII ‘Where I am going,CIII you cannot come’?”CIV
23 He said to them, “You are from below,CV I am from above;CVI you are from this world, I am not from this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believeCVII that I am he.”
25 They said to him, “Who are you?”
Jesus said to them, “CVIIIWhy do I speak to you at all? 26 I have muchCIX to say about you and much to condemn,CX but the one who sent me is true,CXI and I declareCXII to the world what I have heard from him.”
27 They did not understandCXIII that he was speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted upCXIV the SonCXV of Man,CXVI then you will realizeCXVII that I am he and that I doCXVIII nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructedCXIX me.
29 And the one who sent me is with me; he has not leftCXX me alone, for I alwaysCXXI do what is pleasingCXXII to him.” 30 As he was saying these things, manyCXXIII believed in him.
31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continueCXXIV in my word,CXXV you are trulyCXXVI my disciples,CXXVII
32 and you will knowCXXVIII the truth,CXXIX and the truth will make you free.”CXXX
33 They answered him, “We are descendantsCXXXI of AbrahamCXXXII and have never been slavesCXXXIII to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be madeCXXXIV free’?”CXXXV
34 Jesus answered them, “Very truly,CXXXVI I tellCXXXVII you, everyoneCXXXVIII who commitsCXXXIX sin is a slaveCXL to sin.
35 The slave does not have a permanent placeCXLI in the household;CXLII the son has a placeCXLIII there forever.CXLIV 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.CXLV
37 I knowCXLVI that you are descendants of Abraham, yet you look forCXLVII an opportunity to kill me because there is no placeCXLVIII in you for my word.CXLIX 38 I declare what I have seenCL in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.”
39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.”
Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children,CLI you would do what Abraham did,CLII 40 but now you are tryingCLIII to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.CLIV This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are indeed doing what your father does.”CLV
They said to him, “We are not illegitimate children;CLVI we have one Father, God himself.”
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would loveCLVII me, for I cameCLVIII from God, and now I am here.CLIX I did not comeCLX on my own, but he sentCLXI me.
43 Why do you not understand what I say?CLXII It is because you cannot acceptCLXIII my word.CLXIV 44 You are from your father the devil,CLXV and you chooseCLXVI
to do your father’s desires.CLXVII He was a murdererCLXVIII from the beginningCLXIX and does not standCLXX in the truth because there is no truth in him.
When he lies,CLXXI he speaks according to his own nature,CLXXII for he is a liarCLXXIII and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which of you convictsCLXXIV me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 Whoever is from God hears the wordsCLXXV of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.”
48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not rightCLXXVI in saying that you are a SamaritanCLXXVII and have a demon?”CLXXVIII
49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honorCLXXIX my Father, and you dishonorCLXXX me. 50 Yet I do not seekCLXXXI my own glory;CLXXXII there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.CLXXXIII
51 Very truly, I tell you, whoever keepsCLXXXIV my wordCLXXXV will neverCLXXXVI seeCLXXXVII death.”CLXXXVIII
52 The Jews said to him, “Now we knowCLXXXIX that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets,CXC yet you say, ‘Whoever keepsCXCI my wordCXCII will neverCXCIII tasteCXCIV death.’
53 Are you greaterCXCV than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?”CXCVI
54 Jesus answered, “If I glorifyCXCVII myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, ‘He is our God,’ 55 though you do not knowCXCVIII him. But I knowCXCIX him;
if I would say that I do not knowCC him, I would be a liar likeCCI you. But I do knowCCII him, and I keepCCIII his word.CCIV
56 Your ancestorCCV Abraham rejoicedCCVI that he would seeCCVII my day;CCVIII he sawCCIX it and was glad.”CCX
57 Then the Jews said to him, “You areCCXI not yet fiftyCCXII years old, and have you seenCCXIII Abraham?”
58 Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was,CCXIV I am.”CCXV
59 So they picked upCCXVI stones to throw at him, but Jesus hidCCXVII himself and wentCCXVIII out of the temple.CCXIX
Image credit: “Jesus Threatened with being Stoned” by LUMO Project.