John 8:7
New International Version
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

New Living Translation
They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, "All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!"

English Standard Version
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Berean Study Bible
When they continued to question Him, He straightened up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her.”

Berean Literal Bible
But as they continued asking Him, having lifted Himself up, also He said to them, "The one sinless among you, let him cast the first stone at her."

New American Standard Bible
But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."

King James Bible
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Christian Standard Bible
When they persisted in questioning him, he stood up and said to them, "The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her."

Contemporary English Version
They kept on asking Jesus about the woman. Finally, he stood up and said, "If any of you have never sinned, then go ahead and throw the first stone at her!"

Good News Translation
As they stood there asking him questions, he straightened up and said to them, "Whichever one of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone at her."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, "The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her."

International Standard Version
When 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."

NET Bible
When they persisted in asking him, he stood up straight and replied, "Whoever among you is guiltless may be the first to throw a stone at her."

New Heart English Bible
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."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But as they persisted asking him, he stood up and he said to them, “He among you who is without sin, let him first cast a stone upon her.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When they persisted in asking him questions, he straightened up and said, "The person who is sinless should be the first to throw a stone at her."

New American Standard 1977
But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
So when they continued asking him, he lifted himself up and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her.

King James 2000 Bible
So when they continued asking him, he lifted himself up, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

American King James Version
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

American Standard Version
But when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Darby Bible Translation
But when they continued asking him, he lifted himself up and said to them, Let him that is without sin among you first cast the stone at her.

English Revised Version
But when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Webster's Bible Translation
So when they continued asking him, he raised himself, and said to them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Weymouth New Testament
When however they persisted with their question, He raised His head and said to them, "Let the sinless man among you be the first to throw a stone at her."

World English Bible
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."

Young's Literal Translation
and when they continued asking him, having bent himself back, he said unto them, 'The sinless of you -- let him first cast the stone at her;'
Study Bible
The Woman Caught in Adultery
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, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her.” 8And again He bent down and wrote on the ground.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 17:7
The hands of the witnesses shall be the first in putting him to death, and after that, the hands of all the people. You must purge the evil from among you.

Matthew 7:1
Do not judge, or you will be judged.

John 8:8
And again He bent down and wrote on the ground.

John 8:10
Then Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?"

Romans 2:1
You therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgment on another. For on whatever grounds you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

Treasury of Scripture

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

and said.

John 7:46
The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.

Proverbs 12:18
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 26:4,5
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him…

He that.

Deuteronomy 17:6
At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

Psalm 50:16-20
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? …

Matthew 7:1-5
Judge not, that ye be not judged…







Lexicon
When
Ὡς (Hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

they continued
ἐπέμενον (epemenon)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1961: (a) I remain, tarry, (b) I remain in, persist in. From epi and meno; to stay over, i.e. Remain.

to question
ἐρωτῶντες (erōtōntes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2065: Apparently from ereo; to interrogate; by implication, to request.

Him,
αὐτόν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

He straightened up
ἀνέκυψεν (anekypsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 352: To raise myself, look up, be elated. From ana and kupto; to unbend, i.e. Rise; figuratively, be elated.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

said
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

to them,
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

“[Let] him who is
(Ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

without sin
ἀναμάρτητος (anamartētos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 361: Without blame, faultless, unerring. Sinless.

among you
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

[be] the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

first
πρῶτος (prōtos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4413: First, before, principal, most important. Contracted superlative of pro; foremost.

to cast
βαλέτω (baletō)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 906: (a) I cast, throw, rush, (b) often, in the weaker sense: I place, put, drop. A primary verb; to throw.

a stone
λίθον (lithon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3037: A stone; met: of Jesus as the chief stone in a building. Apparently a primary word; a stone.

at
ἐπ’ (ep’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

her.”
αὐτῇ (autē)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Feminine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
(7) So when they continued asking him.--He would have avoided their question, and continued, as is here implied, for some time in the action of writing; but they will now interrupt that action. It seems to them that He cannot avoid the snare in which they have placed Him, and that He is seeking the only escape in silence. But there is an answer of which they think not, and this He stands up to give.

He that is without sin among you.--The word rendered "without sin" is frequent in the classical writers, but is found in this place only in the New Testament. It takes here a special meaning from the context, and is to be understood of the class of sins of which her sin was an instance. (Comp. the word "sinner" as used in Luke 7:37.) Of the immorality among the Jewish rulers, which gives force to these words, evidence is not wanting. Still the wider meaning is probably not excluded. They who ask this question about the Seventh Commandment were themselves breaking the Sixth and the Ninth. It is to be noted, in the application of this answer, that our Lord does not lay down sinlessness as the necessary condition of fitness for taking part in the punishment of guilt. This would be to nullify law, for there could be then no human executive power. He is not speaking in a case brought before the appointed tribunal, but in a case where men assume to themselves the position of judges of another's guilt. In the judge, while he wears the robe of justice, the individual man ceases to exist, and he becomes the representative of God; but these can now speak only as men, and condemn her only by the contrast of a higher purity. (Comp. Notes on John 10:34 et seq.)

Let him first cast a stone at her.--The Received text and some MSS. (not including the Cambridge MS.) read "the stone," the stone referred to in John 8:5. "Let him first" means "let him first of you"; not "let him cast the first stone." This was the duty of the witnesses. (See marginal reference.) We must not take the words to express permission only; it is an imperative, expressing command.

Verses 7, 8. - But when they continued asking him; he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and with his finger was writing on the ground. The imperfect tense of ἔγραφεν, twice repeated, seems more in harmony with the symbolic meaning of the act than with the record on his part of any special sentence of his supreme wisdom. Christ refused to act the part of the civil magistrate, or to countenance stormy outbreak of murderous passion against this flagrant sinner, to save himself from their bitter malice. He rose, when the appearance of indifference could not be maintained, and at once arrested the outbreak of their unscrupulous fury without presuming to repudiate the letter of the Law. He lifted the discussion from the judicial to the moral sphere. He does not mean that none but the sinless can condemn, or pronounce verdict upon the guilty; but he calls for special freedom from similar offence on the part of any man who should wish or dare to display his own purity by taking part in the execution. The narrative would not suggest that every one of these accusers had been in his time guilty of like offence, but ἀναμάρτητος must at least mean that he was free from the desires which might lead to the commission of such sin, and Christ calls for inward saintliness and freedom from all irregular propension. He calls for personal chastity as the only possible moral condition for precipitately executing this ancient and severe law. The question before the crowd (asked so craftily) was, not whether Moses' Law was to stand or not, but whether these particular men, with their foul hearts and spurious zeal, were or were not at that particular moment to encounter the displeasure of Roman power by dashing the stones at the head of this poor trembling creature of sin and shame; whether they were morally competent to condemn to immediate death, and carry the verdict into execution. Before this tremendous summons from the Holy One, conscience could sleep no longer. The hypocrisy of the entire manoeuvre stared them in the face. 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.
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