John 8:1-27 Revised Standard Version

8 1  but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2  Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3  The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4  they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5  Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?" 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. 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." 8  And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 9  But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10  Jesus looked up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11  She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again."

Jesus the Light of the World

12  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." 13  The Pharisees then said to him, "You are bearing witness to yourself; your testimony is not true." 14  Jesus answered, "Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony is true, for I know whence I have come and whither I am going, but you do not know whence I come or whither I am going. 15  You judge according to the flesh, I judge no one. 16  Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone that judge, but I and he who sent me. 17  In your law it is written that the testimony of two men is true; 18  I bear witness to myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness to me." 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." 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.

Whither I Go Ye Cannot Come

21  Again he said to them, "I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come." 22  Then said the Jews, "Will he kill himself, since he says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'?" 23  He said to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24  I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he." 25  They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Even what I have told you from the beginning. 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." 27  They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father.

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