John 8:28-59 Darby’s Translation

28  Jesus therefore said to them, When ye shall have lifted up the Son of man, then ye shall know that I am [he], and [that] I do nothing of myself, but as the Father has taught me I speak these things. 29  And he that has sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, because I do always the things that are pleasing to him. 30  As he spoke these things many believed on him.

The Truth Shall Make You Free

31  Jesus therefore said to the Jews who believed him, If ye abide in my word, ye are truly my disciples; 32  and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. 33  They answered him, We are Abraham's seed, and have never been under bondage to any one; how sayest thou, Ye shall become free? 34  Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say to you, Every one that practises sin is the bondman of sin. 35  Now the bondman abides not in the house for ever: the son abides for ever. 36  If therefore the Son shall set you free, ye shall be really free. 37  I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word has no entrance in you.

38  I speak what I have seen with my Father, and ye then do what ye have seen with your father.

Your Father the Devil

39  They answered and said to him, Abraham is our father. Jesus says to them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham; 40  but now ye seek to kill me, a man who has spoken the truth to you, which I have heard from God: this did not Abraham. 41  Ye do the works of your father. They said [therefore] to him, We are not born of fornication; we have one father, God. 42  Jesus said to them, If God were your father ye would have loved me, for I came forth from God and am come [from him]; for neither am I come of myself, but he has sent me. 43  Why do ye not know my speech? Because ye cannot hear my word. 44  Ye are of the devil, as [your] father, and ye desire to do the lusts of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks falsehood, he speaks of what is his own; for he is a liar and its father: 45  and because I speak the truth, ye do not believe me.

46  Which of you convinces me of sin? If I speak truth, why do ye not believe me? 47  He that is of God hears the words of God: therefore ye hear [them] not, because ye are not of God.

Before Abraham Was, I Am

48  The Jews answered and said to him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan and hast a demon? 49  Jesus answered, I have not a demon; but I honour my Father, and ye dishonour me. 50  But I do not seek my own glory: there is he that seeks and judges.

51  Verily, verily, I say unto you, If any one shall keep my word, he shall never see death. 52  The Jews therefore said to him, Now we know that thou hast a demon. Abraham has died, and the prophets, and thou sayest, If any one keep my word, he shall never taste death. 53  Art thou greater than our father Abraham, who has died? and the prophets have died: whom makest thou thyself? 54  Jesus answered, If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing: it is my Father who glorifies me, [of] whom ye say, He is our God. 55  And ye know him not; but I know him; and if I said, I know him not, I should be like you, a liar. But I know him, and I keep his word. 56  Your father Abraham exulted in that he should see my day, and he saw and rejoiced. 57  The Jews therefore said to him, Thou hast not yet fifty years, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58  Jesus said to them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59  They took up therefore stones that they might cast [them] at him; but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple, [going through the midst of them, and thus passed on.]


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