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John 8 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:1 - but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:2 - Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:3 - The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:4 - they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:5 - Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:6 - This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:7 - And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:8 - And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:9 - But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:10 - Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:11 - She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]

I Am the Light of the World

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:12 - Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:13 - So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:14 - Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness 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 come from or where I am going.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:15 - You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:16 - Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father[fn] who sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:17 - In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:18 - I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:19 - They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:20 - These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:21 - So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:22 - So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:23 - He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:24 - I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:25 - So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:26 - I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:27 - They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:28 - So Jesus said to them, “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 authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:29 - And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:30 - As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

The Truth Will Set You Free

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:31 - So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:32 - and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:33 - They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:34 - Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave[fn] to sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:35 - The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:36 - So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:37 - I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:38 - I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

You Are of Your Father the Devil

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:39 - They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:40 - but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:41 - You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:42 - Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:43 - Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:44 - You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:45 - But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:46 - Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:47 - Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

Before Abraham Was, I Am

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:48 - The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:49 - Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:50 - Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:51 - Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:52 - The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:53 - Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:54 - Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:55 - But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:56 - Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:57 - So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:58 - Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:59 - So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
ESV Footnotes
Some manuscripts he
For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; also verse 35
Some manuscripts your God
Some manuscripts has Abraham seen you?

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