John 8:1-27 Bible in Basic English

8 1  But Jesus went to the Mountain of Olives. 2  And early in the morning he came again into the Temple and all the people came to him and he was seated teaching them. 3  Now the scribes and Pharisees came, with a woman who had been taken in the act of sinning against the married relation; 4  And putting her forward, they said to him, Master, this woman has been taken in the very act of sinning against the married relation. 5  Now in the law Moses gave directions that such women were to be stoned; what do you say about it? 6  They said this, testing him, so that they might have something against him. But Jesus, with his head bent down, made letters on the floor with his finger. 7  But when they went on with their questions, he got up and said to them, Let him among you who is without sin be the first to send a stone at her. 8  And again, with bent head, he made letters on the floor. 9  And when his words came to their ears, they went out one by one, starting with the oldest even to the last, because they were conscious of what was in their hearts: and Jesus was there by himself with the woman before him. 10  Then Jesus got up, and seeing nobody but the woman, he said to her, Where are the men who said things against you? did no one give a decision against you? 11  And she said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said, And I do not give a decision against you: go, and never do wrong again.]

Jesus the Light of the World

12  Then again Jesus said to them, I am the light of the world; he who comes with me will not be walking in the dark but will have the light of life. 13  So the Pharisees said to him, The witness you give is about yourself: your witness is not true. 14  Jesus said in answer, Even if I give witness about myself, my witness is true, because I have knowledge of where I came from and where I am going; but you have no knowledge of where I come from or of where I am going. 15  You are judging from what you see; I am judging no man. 16  Even if I am judging, my decision is right, because I am not by myself—with me is the Father who sent me. 17  Even in your law it is said that the witness of two men is true. 18  I give witness about myself and the Father who sent me gives witness about me. 19  Then they said to him, Where is your Father? Jesus said in answer, You have no knowledge of me or of my Father: if you had knowledge of me you would have knowledge of my Father. 20  Jesus said these words in the place where the offerings were stored, while he was teaching in the Temple: but no man took him because his time was still to come.

Whither I Go Ye Cannot Come

21  Then he said to them again, I am going away and you will be looking for me, but death will overtake you in your sins. It is not possible for you to come where I am going. 22  So the Jews said, Will he take his life? Is that why he says, Where I go it is not possible for you to come? 23  And he said to them, You are of the earth; I am from heaven: you are of this world; I am not of this world. 24  For this reason I said to you that death will overtake you in your sins: for if you have not faith that I am he, death will come to you while you are in your sins. 25  Then they said to him, Who are you? Jesus said, What I said to you from the first. 26  I have much to say about you and against you: but he who sent me is true and what he has said to me I say to the world. 27  They did not see that his words were about the Father.


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