International Standard Version
The Woman Caught in Adultery
1Jesus, however, went to the Mount of Olives. 2At daybreak he appeared again in the Temple, and all the people came to him. So he sat down and began to teach them. 3But the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery.a After setting her before them,b 4they told him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the very act of adultery. 5Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women to death. What do you say?” 6They said this to test him, so that they might have a charge against him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
7When they persisted in questioning him, he straightened up and told them, “Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Then he bent down again and continued writing on the ground.c 9When they heard this, they went away one by one,d beginning with the oldest,e and he was left alone with the woman standing there.f 10Then Jesus stood up and asked her, “Dear lady,g where are your accusers?h Hasn’t anyone condemned you?”
Then Jesus said, “I don’t condemn you, either. Go home, and from now on don’t sin anymore.”j
Jesus the Light of the World
12Later on, Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
14Jesus answered them, “Even though I’m testifying about myself, my testimony is validl because I know where I’ve come from and where I’m going. But you don’t know where I come from or where I’m going. 15You’re judging by human standards,m but I’m not judging anyone. 16Yet even if I should judge, my judgment would be valid,n because it is not I alone who judges, but I and the one who sent me. 17In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two people is valid.o 18I’m testifying about myself, and the Father who sent me is testifying about me.”
19Then they asked him, “Where is this Father of yours?”
Jesus replied, “You don’t know me or my Father. If you had known me, you would’ve known my Father, too.” 20He spoke these words in the treasury, while he was teaching in the Temple. Yet no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
The One from Above
23He told them, “You are from below, I’m from above. You are of this world, but I’m not of this world. 24That is why I told you that you will die in your sins, for unless you believe that I AM, you’ll die in your sins.”
25Then they asked him, “Who are you?”
Jesus told them, “What have I been telling you all along?s 26I have much to say about you and to condemn you for.t But the one who sent me is truthful,u and what I’ve heard from him I declare to the world.”
27They didn’t realize that he was talking to them about the Father. 28So Jesus told them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own authority. Instead, I speak only what the Father has taught me. 29Moreover, the one who sent me is with me. He has never left me alone, because I always do what pleases him.” 30While he was saying these things, many believed in him.
Freedom and Slavery
33They replied to him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves to anybody. So how can you say, ‘You will be set free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Truly, I tell all of youv emphatically, that everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.w 35The slave does not remain in the household forever, but the son does remain forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!”
The Real Children of Abraham
37“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are trying to kill me because you’ve not received what I’ve told you. 38I declare what I’ve seen in myx Father’s presence, and you’re doing what you’ve heard from your father.”
39They replied to him, “Our father is Abraham!”
Jesus told them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing what Abraham did.y 40But now you’re trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham would’nt have done that. 41You are doing your father’s actions.”
They told him, “We’re not illegitimate children. We have one Father, God himself.”
42Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would’ve loved me, because I came from God and am here. I haven’t come on my own accord, but he sent me. 43Why don’t you understand what I’ve said? It’s because you can’t listen to my words. 44You belong to your father the devil, and you want to carry out the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and has never stood for truth, since there is no truth in him. Whenever he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies. 45But it is because I speak the truth that you don’t believe me. 46Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I’m telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47The one who belongs to God listens to the words of God. The reason you don’t listen is because you don’t belong to God.”
Jesus is Superior to Abraham
49Jesus answered, “I don’t have a demon. On the contrary, I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50I don’t seek my own glory. There is one who seeks it, and he is the Judge. 51Truly, I tell all of youaa emphatically, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”
52Then the Jewish leadersbb told him, “Now we really know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets, but you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53You aren’t greater than our father Abraham, who died, are you? The prophets also died. Who are you making yourself out to be?”
54Jesus answered, “If I were trying to glorify myself, my glory would mean nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ 55You don’t know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I don’t know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and keep his word. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day, and he saw it and was glad.”
a 8:3 Other mss. read in sin
b 8:3 Lit. in the middle
c 8:8 Other mss read ground the sins of each one of them
d 8:9 Other mss. read one by one, being convicted by their conscience
e 8:9 Other mss. read from the oldest to the youngest
f 8:9 Lit. in the middle
g 8:10 Or Woman
h 8:10 Other mss. read where are they?
i 8:11 Or Lord
j 8:11 Some mss. lack 7:53-8:11; one ms. locates the text after Luke 21:38; some mss. locate it after John 7:36, some after John 7:52, and some after John 21:25.
k 8:13 Or true
l 8:14 Or true
m 8:15 Lit. according to the flesh
n 8:16 Or true
o 8:17 Or true
p 8:21 i.e. their sinful nature
q 8:22 i.e. Judean leaders; lit. the Jews
r 8:22 Lit. Because he said
s 8:25 Or from the beginning
t 8:26 The Gk. lacks you for
u 8:26 Or true
v 8:34 The Gk. pronoun you is pl.
w 8:34 Other mss. lack of sin
x 8:38 Other mss. read the
y 8:39 Lit. the works of Abraham
z 8:48 i.e. Judean leaders; lit. the Jews
aa 8:51 The Gk. pronoun you is pl.
bb 8:52 i.e. Judean leaders; lit. The Jews
cc 8:57 i.e. Judean leaders; lit. the Jews
dd 8:57 Other mss. read Abraham has seen you?
ee 8:58 The Gk. pronoun you is pl.