Now very early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him. He sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman taken in adultery. Having set her in the middle, they told him, “Teacher, we found this woman in adultery… in the very act. Now in our law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. What then do you say about her?” They said this testing him, that they might have something to accuse him of.
But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger. But 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.” Again, he stooped down and with his finger wrote on the ground. They (when they heard it) being convicted by their conscience… went out one by one… beginning from the oldest… even to the last. Jesus was left alone with the woman, where she was in the middle. Jesus, standing up, saw her and said, “Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more.” Again, 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.”
The Pharisees therefore said to him, “You testify about yourself. Your testimony is not valid.”
Jesus 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 don’t know where I came from, or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh. I judge no one. Even if I do judge, my judgment is true. For I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent me. It’s also written in your law that the testimony of two people is valid. I am one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”
They 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.”
Jesus spoke these words in the treasury, as he taught in the temple. Yet no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come. Jesus 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 can’t come.” The Jews therefore said, “Will he kill himself, that he says, ‘Where I am going, you can’t come’?” He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I 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.”
They said therefore to him, “Who are you?”
Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. I 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.” They didn’t understand that he spoke to them about the Father, Jesus 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 my Father taught me, I say these things. He who sent me is with me. The Father hasn’t left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” As he spoke these things, many believed in him. Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
They answered him, “We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How do you say, ‘You will be made free?’”
Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the bondservant of sin. A bondservant doesn’t live in the house forever. A son remains forever. If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are Abraham’s offspring, yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. I say the things which I have seen with my Father, and you also do the things which you have seen with your father.”
They answered him, “Our father is Abraham.”
Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill me (a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God). Abraham didn’t do this. You do the works of your father.”
They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father, God.”
Therefore, Jesus said to them, “If God were your father, you would love me, for I came out and have come from God. For I haven’t come of myself, but he sent me. Why don’t you understand my speech? Because you can’t hear my word! You are of your father, the devil… and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and doesn’t 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). But because I tell the truth, you don’t believe me. Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? He who is of God hears the words of God. For this cause, you don’t hear… because you are not of God.”
Then the Jews answered him, “Don’t we say well that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?”
Jesus answered, “I don’t have a demon, but I honor my Father… and you dishonor me… but I don’t seek my own glory. There is one who seeks and judges. Most certainly I tell you, if a person keeps my word – he will never see death.”
Then the Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets! And you say, ‘If a man keeps my word, he will never taste of death.’ Are you greater than our father, Abraham (who died)? The prophets died… who do you make yourself out to be?”
Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is our God. You have not known him, but I know him. If I said, ‘I don’t know him,’ I would be like you… a liar. But I know him and keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day… he saw it… and was glad.”
The Jews therefore said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, “Most certainly I tell you, before Abraham came into existence,
Therefore, they took up stones to throw at him, but Jesus was hidden and went out of the temple (having gone through the middle of them) – and so passed by.
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents (that he was born blind)?”
Jesus answered, “Neither did this man sin, nor his parents, but that the works of God might be revealed in him. I must work the works of him who sent me while it is day. The night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva… anointed the blind man’s eyes with the mud, and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So, he went away, washed, and came back seeing.
The neighbors, therefore, and those who saw that he was blind before, said, “Isn’t this he who sat and begged?” Others were saying, “It is he.” Still others were saying, “He looks like him.” He said, “I am he.” They therefore were asking him, “How were your eyes opened?” He answered, “A man called Jesus made mud, anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash.’ So, I went away and washed, and I received sight.” Then they asked him, “Where is he?” He said, “I don’t know.”
They brought him who had been blind to the Pharisees. It was a Sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Again, therefore, the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and I see.” Some therefore of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because he doesn’t keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” There was division among them. Therefore, they asked the blind man again, “What do you say about him, because he opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”
The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him (that he had been blind, and had received his sight)… until they called the parents of him who had received his sight, and asked them, “Is this your son, whom you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered them, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind… but how he now sees… we don’t know (or who opened his eyes… we don’t know). He is of age! ask him!! He will speak for himself.” His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if any man would confess him as Christ – he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore, his parents said, “He is of age! Ask him!!”
So, they called the man who was blind a second time, and said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” He therefore answered, “I don’t know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him again, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I told you already, and you didn’t listen?!? Why do you want to hear it again? You don’t also want to become his disciples, do you?”
They insulted him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses! We know that God has spoken to Moses. But as for this man, we don’t know where he comes from!”
The man answered them, “How amazing! You don’t know where he comes from… yet he opened my eyes. We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God… and does his will… he listens to him. Since the world began, it has never been heard of that anyone opened the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?” They threw him out.
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out (and finding him), he said, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered, “Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have both seen him, and it is he who speaks with you.” He said, “Lord, I believe!” …and he worshiped him.
Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment. That those who don’t see, may see… and that those who see, may become blind.” Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?”
Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin… but now you say, ‘We see!’ Therefore, your sin remains. “Most certainly I tell you, one who doesn’t enter by the door (into the sheep fold) but climbs up some other way – the same is a thief and a robber. But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him (for they know his voice). They will by no means follow a stranger… but will flee from him… for they don’t know the voice of strangers.”
Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they didn’t understand what he was telling them. Jesus therefore said to them again, “Most certainly I tell you, I am the sheep’s door. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved… and will go in and go out… and will find pasture.
The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life (and may have it abundantly). I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand… and not a shepherd… who doesn’t own the sheep – sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and flees. The wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. The hired hand flees… because he is a hired hand… and doesn’t care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I’m known by my own… even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father.
I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, which are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd. Therefore, the Father loves me, because I lay down my life (that I may take it again). No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father.”
Therefore, a division arose again among the Jews because of these words. Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane! Why do you listen to him?” Others said, “These are not the sayings of one possessed by a demon. It isn’t possible for a demon to open the eyes of the blind, is it?”
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- John 8:2 – 10:21