John 8
New Heart English Bible
1but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Now very early in the morning, he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman taken in adultery, and having set her in the midst, 4they said to him, "Teacher, we found this woman in adultery, in the very act. 5Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such. So what do you say?" 6Now they said this to test him, that they might have something to accuse him of. But Jesus stooped down, and wrote on the ground with his finger. 7But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her." 8Again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground. 9But when they heard it, they went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last, and he was left alone with the woman where she was, in the middle. 10Then Jesus, standing up, said to her, "Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?" 11And she said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more."

12Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life." 13The Pharisees therefore said to him, "You testify about yourself. Your testimony is not valid." 14Jesus answered them, "Even if I testify 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 came from, or where I am going. 15You judge according to the flesh. I judge no one. 16Even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent me. 17It's also written in your Law that the testimony of two people is valid. 18I am one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me." 19They said therefore 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." 20Jesus spoke these words in the treasury, as he taught in the temple. Yet no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

21Jesus said therefore again to them, "I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sins. Where I go, you cannot come." 22The Jewish leaders therefore said, "Will he kill himself, that he says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come?'" 23He said to them, "You are from beneath. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world. 24I said therefore to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins." 25They said therefore to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. 26I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you. However he who sent me is true; and the things which I heard from him, these I say to the world." 27They did not understand that he spoke to them about the Father. 28Jesus therefore said to them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing of myself, but as the Father taught me, I say these things. 29He who sent me is with me. The Father hasn't left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him." 30As he spoke these things, many believed in him.

31Jesus therefore said to those Judeans who had believed him, "If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples. 32You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." 33They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free?'"

34Jesus answered them, "Truly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35A slave does not live in the house forever. A son remains forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know that you are Abraham's descendants, yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you. 38I say the things which I have seen with my Father; and you also do the things which you have heard from your father."

39They answered him, "Our father is Abraham." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham. 40But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. 41You do the works of your father." They said to him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father, God." 42Therefore Jesus said to them, "If God were your father, you would love me, for I came out and have come from God. For I have not come of myself, but he sent me. 43Why do you not understand my speech? Because you cannot hear my word. 44You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and its father. 45But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47He who is of God hears the words of God. For this cause you do not hear, because you are not of God."

48Then the Judeans answered him, "Do not we say well that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?" 49Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50But I do not seek my own glory. There is one who seeks and judges. 51Truly, truly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death." 52Then the Judeans said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets; and you say, 'If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste of death.' 53Are you greater than our father, Abraham, who died? The prophets died. Who do you make yourself out to be?" 54Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say 'He is our God.' 55You have not known him, but I know him. If I said, 'I do not know him,' I would be like you, a liar. But I know him, and keep his word. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day. He saw it, and was glad." 57The Judeans therefore said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?" 58Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM." 59Therefore they took up stones to throw at him, but Jesus was concealed, and went out of the temple.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2023

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