John 8:6
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New International Version
They were using this question as a trap,in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.

New Living Translation
They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.

English Standard Version
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.

Berean Study Bible
They said this to test Him, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger.

Berean Literal Bible
Now they were saying this testing Him, so that they might have grounds to accuse Him. But Jesus, having stooped down, began writing with His finger on the ground.

New American Standard Bible
They 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.

King James Bible
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They asked this to trap Him, in order that they might have evidence to accuse Him. Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with His finger.

International Standard Version
They 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.

NET Bible
(Now they were asking this in an attempt to trap him, so that they could bring charges against him.) Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger.

New Heart English Bible
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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“What therefore do you say?” This they said, as they were tempting him, so that they might have something for which to accuse him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They asked this to test him. They wanted to find a reason to bring charges against him. Jesus bent down and used his finger to write on the ground.

New American Standard 1977
And they were saying this, testing Him, in order that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground.

Jubilee Bible 2000
This they said, tempting him, that they might be able to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down and with his finger wrote on the ground.

King James 2000 Bible
This they said, testing him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

American King James Version
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

American Standard Version
And this they said, trying him, that they might have whereof to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground.

Darby Bible Translation
But this they said proving him, that they might have [something] to accuse him [of]. But Jesus, having stooped down, wrote with his finger on the ground.

English Revised Version
And this they said, tempting him, that they might have whereof to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.

Webster's Bible Translation
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

Weymouth New Testament
They asked this in order to put Him to the test, so that they might have some charge to bring against Him. But Jesus leant forward and began to write with His finger on the ground.

World English Bible
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.

Young's Literal Translation
and this they said, trying him, that they might have to accuse him. And Jesus, having stooped down, with the finger he was writing on the ground,
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
The Woman Caught in Adultery
5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such a woman. So what do You say?” 6They said this to test Him, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger. 7When they continued to question Him, He straightened up and said to them, “Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her.”…
Cross References
Matthew 16:1
Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came and tested Jesus by asking Him to show them a sign from heaven.

Matthew 19:3
Then some Pharisees came and tested Him by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?"

Matthew 22:18
But Jesus was aware of their evil motives. "You hypocrites!" He said. "Why are you testing Me?

Matthew 22:35
One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with a question:

Mark 3:2
In order to accuse Him, they were watching to see if He would heal on the Sabbath.

Mark 8:11
Then the Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus. They tested Him by demanding from Him a sign from heaven.

Mark 10:2
Some Pharisees came to test Him. "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" they inquired.

Mark 12:15
But Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, "Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to inspect."

Luke 10:25
One day an expert in the law stood up to test Him. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Luke 11:16
And others tested Him by demanding a sign from heaven.
Treasury of Scripture

This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

tempting.

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Matthew 19:3 The Pharisees also came to him, tempting him, and saying to him, …

Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, …

Luke 11:53,54 And as he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees …

Luke 20:20-23 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves …

1 Corinthians 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were …

But.

John 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the …

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Jeremiah 17:13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake you shall be ashamed, …

Daniel 5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand…

as though.

Psalm 38:12-14 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that …

Psalm 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: …

Proverbs 26:17 He that passes by, and meddles with strife belonging not to him, …

Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

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Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

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Matthew 26:63 But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said to …

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