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John 8 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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A Woman Caught in Adultery
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:1 - Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:2 - but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:3 - As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:4 - “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:5 - The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:6 - They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:7 - They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:8 - Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:9 - When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:10 - Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:11 - “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Jesus, the Light of the World
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:12 - Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:13 - The Pharisees replied, “You are making those claims about yourself! Such testimony is not valid.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:14 - Jesus told them, “These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:15 - You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:16 - And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father[fn] who sent me is with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:17 - Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:18 - I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:19 - “Where is your father?” they asked.
Jesus answered, “Since you don’t know who I am, you don’t know who my Father is. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:20 - Jesus made these statements while he was teaching in the section of the Temple known as the Treasury. But he was not arrested, because his time[fn] had not yet come.
The Unbelieving People Warned
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:21 - Later Jesus said to them again, “I am going away. You will search for me but will die in your sin. You cannot come where I am going.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:22 - The people[fn] asked, “Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, ‘You cannot come where I am going’?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:23 - Jesus continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:24 - That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I AM who I claim to be,[fn] you will die in your sins.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:25 - “Who are you?” they demanded.
Jesus replied, “The one I have always claimed to be.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:26 - I have much to say about you and much to condemn, but I won’t. For I say only what I have heard from the one who sent me, and he is completely truthful.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:27 - But they still didn’t understand that he was talking about his Father.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:28 - So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I AM he.[fn] I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:29 - And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:30 - Then many who heard him say these things believed in him.
Jesus and Abraham
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:31 - Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:32 - And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:33 - “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:34 - Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:35 - A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:36 - So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:37 - Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because there’s no room in your hearts for my message.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:38 - I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:39 - “Our father is Abraham!” they declared. “No,” Jesus replied, “for if you were really the children of Abraham, you would follow his example.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:40 - Instead, you are trying to kill me because I told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:41 - No, you are imitating your real father.”
They replied, “We aren’t illegitimate children! God himself is our true Father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:42 - Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:43 - Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me!
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:44 - For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:45 - So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me!
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:46 - Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:47 - Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:48 - The people retorted, “You Samaritan devil! Didn’t we say all along that you were possessed by a demon?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:49 - “No,” Jesus said, “I have no demon in me. For I honor my Father—and you dishonor me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:50 - And though I have no wish to glorify myself, God is going to glorify me. He is the true judge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:51 - I tell you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:52 - The people said, “Now we know you are possessed by a demon. Even Abraham and the prophets died, but you say, ‘Anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:53 - Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:54 - Jesus answered, “If I want glory for myself, it doesn’t count. But it is my Father who will glorify me. You say, ‘He is our God,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:55 - but you don’t even know him. I know him. If I said otherwise, I would be as great a liar as you! But I do know him and obey him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:56 - Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:57 - The people said, “You aren’t even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:58 - Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM![fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:59 - At that point they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden from them and left the Temple.
NLT Footnotes
Some manuscripts read The One.
See Deut 19:15.
Greek his hour.
Greek Jewish people; also in 8:31, 48, 52, 57.
Greek unless you believe that I am. See Exod 3:14.
Or Why do I speak to you at all?
Greek When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am. “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
Some manuscripts read if you are really the children of Abraham, follow his example.
Some manuscripts read your God.
Some manuscripts read How can you say Abraham has seen you?
Or before Abraham was even born, I have always been alive; Greek reads before Abraham was, I am. See Exod 3:14.
BLB Footnotes
The most ancient Greek manuscripts do not include John 7:53–8:11.  

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