John 8:5
Parallel Verses
New International Version
In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.Now what do you say?"

New Living Translation
The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?"

English Standard Version
Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”

New American Standard Bible
"Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?"

King James Bible
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do You say?"

International Standard Version
Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women to death. What do you say?"

NET Bible
In the law Moses commanded us to stone to death such women. What then do you say?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But in The Written Law of Moses, he commanded that we shall stone such as these.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In his teachings, Moses ordered us to stone women like this to death. What do you say?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now Moses in the law commanded us that such should be stoned, but what sayest thou?

King James 2000 Bible
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what say you?

American King James Version
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what say you?

American Standard Version
Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such: what then sayest thou of her?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou?

Darby Bible Translation
Now in the law Moses has commanded us to stone such; thou therefore, what sayest thou?

English Revised Version
Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such: what then sayest thou of her?

Webster's Bible Translation
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned; but what sayest thou?

Weymouth New Testament
Now, in the Law, Moses has ordered us to stone such women to death. But what do you say?"

World English Bible
Now in our law, Moses commanded us to stone such. What then do you say about her?"

Young's Literal Translation
and in the law, Moses did command us that such be stoned; thou, therefore, what dost thou say?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:1-11 Christ neither found fault with the law, nor excused the prisoner's guilt; nor did he countenance the pretended zeal of the Pharisees. Those are self-condemned who judge others, and yet do the same thing. All who are any way called to blame the faults of others, are especially concerned to look to themselves, and keep themselves pure. In this matter Christ attended to the great work about which he came into the world, that was, to bring sinners to repentance; not to destroy, but to save. He aimed to bring, not only the accused to repentance, by showing her his mercy, but the prosecutors also, by showing them their sins; they thought to insnare him, he sought to convince and convert them. He declined to meddle with the magistrate's office. Many crimes merit far more severe punishment than they meet with; but we should not leave our own work, to take that upon ourselves to which we are not called. When Christ sent her away, it was with this caution, Go, and sin no more. Those who help to save the life of a criminal, should help to save the soul with the same caution. Those are truly happy, whom Christ does not condemn. Christ's favour to us in the forgiveness of past sins should prevail with us, Go then, and sin no more.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Now Moses in the Law commanded us, that such should be stoned (or, to stone such); but what sayest thou? The Law (Deuteronomy 22:23, etc.) prescribed stoning for both parties when the woman is the betrothed bride of another man, and if she make no sufficient attempt to foil the purpose of her seducer. For ordinary adultery the death penalty is left indefinite (Leviticus 20:10). It is no proof that strangulation was the method of punishment in the days of our Lord because the Talmud and Maimonides thus express it. Meyer concludes that the woman was a betrothed bride. This offence is, broadly speaking. "adultery" of an aggravated kind. The reference to the method of the punishment is not demonstrable proof of this, because it would be easily feasible to transfer the method of the death from the extreme case to the ordinary ease of nuptial infidelity (cf. Exodus 31:14 for the punishment of unspecified death for sabbath violation (repeated Exodus 35:2), interpreted of "stoning" in the special illustrative case, Numbers 15:32-36). This is Moses' Law - "what sayest thou?" This query involves an ascription to Jesus of the right of authoritatively interpreting the Law. thus attributing to him the functions of a new legislator. Some have objected to the bare possibility of such an appeal being made to Jesus by any species of Jewish authority. The whole context shows that the process was malicious, ironical, crafty. The entire audience knew that this law had never been accepted or applied literally; that the Sanhedrin had not enforced it; and that, if they had endeavoured to do so, the Roman power had taken from the nation the jus gladii. The question, therefore, became one of casuistry inflamed by a concrete case, and having as its ally a secret sympathy with the offenders. It was not uncommon for the rabbis to discuss the incidence of obsolete laws. Many of the glosses upon the ancient law, and laborious trifling with specific regulations of the so called oral law, turn upon customs that were absolutely impracticable under the new conditions of the Jewish life. This, however, was no mere quibble of words about possible duties. The query was put with dramatic force and in concrete form. The shame and life of a fellow creature were the materials which this eager and bloodthirsty group were utilizing for their vile purpose.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should, be stoned,.... Not in Leviticus 20:10; for though according to the law there, an adulteress, one that was a married woman, and so an adulterer, that was a married man, were to be put to death; yet the death was not stoning, but strangling; for it is a rule with the Jews (g), that where death is simply mentioned (without restraining it to any particular kind) strangling is intended, and which rule they apply to this law: and accordingly in their Misna, or oral law, one that lies with another man's wife, is reckoned among those that are to be strangled (h): Kimchi indeed says (i), that adulteresses, according to the law, are to be stoned with stones; but then this must be understood of such as are betrothed, but not married; and such a person, Moses has commanded in the law, to be stoned, Deuteronomy 22:23. And with this agree the traditions of the Jews (k);

"a daughter of Israel must be stoned, who is , "betrothed, but not married".''

And such an one we must believe this woman was; she was betrothed to a man, but not married to him, and therefore to be stoned: the Jews (l) have also a saying, that

"if all adulterers were punished with stoning, according to the law, the stones would be consumed; but they would not be consumed;''

adultery was so common with that people:

but what sayest thou? dost thou agree with Moses, or not?

(g) Maimon. Hilchot Issure Bia, c. 1. sect. 6. (h) Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 10. sect. 1.((i) In Ezekiel 16.40. (k) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 51. 2.((l) Apud Castell. Lex. Polyglott, col. 2180.



John 8:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Delivers the Adulterous Woman
4they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5"Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?" 6They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.…
Cross References
Leviticus 20:10
"'If a man commits adultery with another man's wife--with the wife of his neighbor--both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.

Deuteronomy 22:22
If a man is found sleeping with another man's wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.

Matthew 1:19
Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

John 8:4
and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
Treasury of Scripture

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what say you?

Moses.

Leviticus 20:10 And the man that commits adultery with another man's wife, even he …

Deuteronomy 22:21-24 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's …

Ezekiel 16:38-40 And I will judge you, as women that break wedlock and shed blood …

Ezekiel 23:47 And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with …

but.

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am …

Matthew 19:6-8 Why they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined …

Matthew 22:16-18 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, …

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