Gospel of John Chapter Eight

8:1 Then Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
8:2 At daybreak, he appeared again in the temple, where many people gathered around him, and he sat down and began to teach them.
8:3 The scribes and pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery, and after sitting her in the center of the courtyard,
8:4 said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
8:5 Now in the Scriptures, Moses commanded us to stone such women. What then do you say?"
8:6 They were saying this to test him, so they might have grounds to accuse him. But Jesus bent down and with his finger wrote on the ground.
8:7 But when they persisted in asking him, he stood up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you - let him be the first to cast a stone at her."
8:8 Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
8:9 When they heard this, they began to leave one by one, beginning with the elders. And he was left alone with the woman who remained in the center of the courtyard.
8:10 Standing up, Jesus asked her, "Madam, where are they? Did no one condemn you?"
8:11 She said, "No one, sir," she said. He said to her, "I do not condemn you either. Go. From now on, sin no more."
8:12 Then Jesus spoke again to the people, saying, "I am the light of the world. One who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
8:13 Then the pharisees said to him, "You are testifying about yourself; your testimony is not valid."
8:14 Jesus replied, "Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is valid, for I know where I come from and where I am going. But you do not know where I come from or where I am going.
8:15 You judge according to the physical body; while I am not judging anyone.
8:16 But even if I were to judge, my judgment would be valid, for I am not alone. I stand with the Creator, who sent me.
8:17 Even in your law it was written that the testimony of two men creates validity.
8:18 I am one who testifies about myself; and the Creator who sent me testifies about me."
8:19 Then they asked him, "Where is your Creator?" Jesus replied, "You do not know me or my LORD. If you knew me, you would know my LORD as well."
8:20 These words he spoke in the temple, in the place where the temple offerings were kept; and no one arrested him, because his time had yet to come.
8:21 Then he said to them again, "I will be departing from here and you will look for me and die in your sin. Where I depart to, you cannot come."
8:22 Therefore the Jewish officials said, "Certainly he will not kill himself since he says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'"
8:23 And he said to them, "You are from below, I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
8:24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you trust me, you will die in your sins."
8:25 Thus they asked him, "Who are you?" Jesus replied, "What have I been telling you from the beginning?
8:26 I have many opinions I could say about you, but He who sent me is real; and the things I have heard from Him are the things I speak to the world."
8:27 They did not realize he was speaking to them about the Creator.
8:28 Then Jesus said, "When you honor the Servant of Humanity you will know who I am and I do nothing for myself, but I speak only what the Creator taught me.
8:29 And He who sent me is with me; He has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases Him."
8:30 As he spoke these things, many came to trust in him.
8:31 Thus Jesus said to those Jewish officials who trusted him, "If you follow my teachings then you are certainly my followers,
8:32 and you will know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free."
8:33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?"
8:34 Jesus replied, "Very truly I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.
8:35 The slave cannot remain in the house, but a child always stays there.
8:36 So if the child sets you free, you will certainly be free.
8:37 I know that you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you seek to kill me because you have no place for my teachings.
8:38 I speak the things I know from my LORD and you are doing the things you know from your lord."
8:39 They replied to him, saying, "Abraham is our lord." And he replied, "If you are Abraham's followers,1 then you should serve Abraham.
8:40 But as it is, you are seeking to kill me - a man who has spoken the Truth to you, which I have heard from God. Abraham would not do such things.
8:41 You are serving your own lord."
They said to him, "We do not subject to idols; we have one lord, God."
8:42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Lord, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me.
8:43 Why is it you do not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear my teachings.
8:44 You follow your lord, the opposer of God, and you want to do what pleases your lord. He was a slayer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks falsely, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the master of lies.
8:45 Yet because I speak the truth, you do not believe me.
8:46 Which of you can convict me of sin? If I speak Truth, why do you not believe me?
8:47 One who is dedicated to God hears the words of God. For this reason you do not hear them, because you are not dedicated to God."
8:48 The Jewish officials answered and said to him, "Do we not say rightly that you are a Samaritan who is possessed?"
8:49 Jesus replied, "I am not possessed, but I honor the Creator and you dishonor me.
8:50 But I do not seek my glory; there is One who seeks it, and He passes judgment.
8:51 Very truly I say to you, one who follows my teachings will never taste death."
8:52 The Jewish officials said to him, "Now we know you are possessed. Abraham died, and the Prophets also; and you say, 'One who follows my teachings will never taste death.'
8:53 Certainly you are not greater than our ancestor Abraham, who died. The Prophets died too - who do you think you are?"
8:54 Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself, I have no glory. My LORD glorifies me - this the One of whom you say, 'He is our God.'
8:55 And you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I said I didn't know Him I would be a liar like you. But I do know Him and I follow His teachings.
8:56 Your ancestor Abraham exulted about my time, and when he saw it he was pleased."
8:57 The Jewish officials thus said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?"
8:58 Jesus replied, "Very truly I say to you, I existed before Abraham was born."
8:59 Thus they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and slipped away from the temple.

1. Verse 8 39. According to the lexicon, the Greek word τέκνον (teknon) may be translated to "children" – "subjects," "pupils" or "followers" – those who voluntarily follow in a submissive manner.