Gospel of John, chapter 8
An Adulteress Faces the Light of the World - Jesus Defends His Self-Witness - Jesus Predicts His Departure - The Truth Shall Make You Free - Abraham’s Seed and Satan’s - Before Abraham Was, I AM
The Gospel of John, chapter 8 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him; and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes brought in and the Pharisees a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the midst, they said to him, Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act in adultery; and in our law Moses commanded us that such women should be stoned. But what do you say? This they said, testing him, that they might have accusation against him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote with his finger on the ground. So when they continued asking him, he raised up and said to them; he who is without sin among you (let him) first throw a stone at her. And again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it went out one by one, beginning with the oldest, and Jesus was left alone and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised himself up he said to her; woman, where are those? Has no one condemned you? She said; no one, Sir. And Jesus said to her; neither do I condemn you; go and from now on sin no more. Then again to them Jesus spoke saying; I am the light of the world; he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. They said to him therefore the Pharisees; you of yourself you bear witness; your witness is not true. Jesus answered and said to them; even if I bear witness of myself, true is my witness, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. And yet if I do judge, the judgment of mine true is, for I am not alone, but I am with the father who sent me. It is also in the law of yours written that of two men the testimony true is. I am One who bears witness of myself, and bears witness of me the father who sent me. Then they said to him; where is your father? Jesus answered; You know neither me nor my father; If you had known me, you would have also known my father. These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple, and no one laid hands on him, for it had not yet come his hour. Then he said to them again Jesus; I am going away and you will seek me, and in your sin you shall die; where I go, you cannot come. So the Jews said; will he kill himself, because he says, Where I go, you cannot come? And he said to them; you are from beneath, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am he, you will die in your sins. Then they said to him; Who are you? And Jesus said to them; Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. I have many things to say concerning you and to judge you; but he who sent me is true, and those things which I heard from him, these things I speak to the world. They did not understand that of the father he spoke to them. Then Jesus said to them; when you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that of myself I do nothing, but as my father taught me, I speak these things. And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone The father, for I those things that please him I always do. As he spoke these words many believed in him. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed him; If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him; we are Abraham’s descendants and we have not been in bondage to anyone ever; how can you say that free you shall be made? Jesus answered them; most assuredly I say to you that whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever; but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; but you seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you. What I have seen with my father I speak; and you what you have seen with your father you do. They answered and said to him; our father is Abraham. he said to them Jesus; If Abraham’s children you were, the works of Abraham you would do. But now you seek to kill me, a Man who the truth I have told you, which I heard from God; this thing Abraham did not do. You do the deeds of your father. Then they said to him; we of fornication were not born; we have one father, God. Jesus said to them; If God were your father, you would love me; for I from God I proceeded forth and came; nor have I come of myself, but he sent me. Why my speech do you not understand? Because you are not able to listen to my word. You of your father the devil you are, and the desires of your father you want to do. he was a murderer from the beginning and in the truth he does not stand, because there is no truth in him; when he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which of you convicts me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? he who is of God the God’s words hears; therefore you do not hear, because of God you are not. Then the Jews answered and said to him; do we not say rightly that you are a Samaritan and have a demon? Jesus answered; I do not have a demon, but I honor my father, and you dishonor me. And I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks and judges. Most assuredly I say to you, if anyone the word of mine keeps, death he shall not see ever. Then they said to him the Jews; now we know that you have a demon. Abraham is dead and the prophets, and you say, If anyone my word keeps he shall not taste death ever? Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead; who do you make yourself out to be? Jesus answered; if I honor myself, my honor is nothing; It is my father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is your God, yet you have not known him; but I know him. And if I say I do not know him, I shall be like you a liar; but I do know him and his word I keep. Abraham your father rejoiced to see the day of mine, and he saw it and was glad. Then they said the Jews to him; fifty years you don't have and you have seen Abraham? Jesus said to them; Most assuredly I say to you, before Abraham was I AM. Then they took up stones to throw at him. But Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple going through the midst of them, and so passed by.