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1[[but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
  2And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.
  3And the experts in the law and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the midst,
  4they say to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.
  5Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”
  6But they were saying this to tempt him, in order to have grounds to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger.
  7But when they continued asking him, he stood up and said to them, “Let the one who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
  8And again he stooped down and with his finger continued writing on the ground.
  9Now when they heard this, they began going out, one by one, beginning with the oldest. And he was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the midst.
  10And Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
  11And she said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore!”]]

I Am the Light of the World

12Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The one who continues to follow me will not ever walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”
  13Therefore the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf, your testimony is not true.”
  14Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I came from or where I am going.
  15You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.
  16Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone in my judgment, but I and the Father that sent me.
  17Now even in your law it is written that the testimony of two men is true.
  18I am one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”
  19Therefore they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me, nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
  20(He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury in the temple, and yet no one arrested him because his hour had not yet come).

Jesus Warns Against Unbelief

21Then he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you are not able to come.”
  22Therefore, the Jews were saying, “He will not kill himself, will he, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you are not able to come?’”
  23And he said to them, “You are from beneath, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world.
  24That is why I said to you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am the one, you will die in your sins.”
  25Therefore they said to him, “You—who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Altogether, I am what I am telling you.
  26I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but he who sent me is true, and what I have heard from him—these things I speak to the world.”

27They did not perceive that he was speaking to them of the Father.
  28So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one. And I do nothing of myself, but as the Father taught me, I speak these things.
  29And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”
  30As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

The Truth Will Set You Free

31Then Jesus said to those Jews who had believed him, “If you continue in my word, then you are truly my disciples,
  32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33They answered him, “We are Abraham’s seed, and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will be set free?’”
  34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who continues to commit sin is a slave to sin.
  35And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.
  36Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Children of the Devil

37“I know that you are Abraham’s seed. Yet you seek to kill me because my word has no place in you.
  38I speak the things that I have seen from my Father, and you also do the things that you heard from your father.”
  39They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.
  40But now you are seeking to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God; Abraham did not do this!
  41You keep doing the works of your father.” They said to him, “We were not born from sexual immorality. We have one Father—God.”
  42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; for I have not come on my own, but he sent me.
  43Why do you not understand what I am saying? Because you are not able to hear my word.
  44You are of your father the Devil,a and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar, and the father of them.
  45But because I speak the truth, you do not believe me.
  46Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe me?
  47The one who is of God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

Jesus and Abraham

48The Jews answered and said to him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
  49Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.
  50I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks and judges.
  51Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will absolutely not see death.”
  52The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets, and you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will absolutely not taste of death.’
  53Surely you are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died. Whom do you make yourself?”
  54Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’
  55And you have not known him, but I know him. And if I were to say, ‘I do not know him,’ then I would be like you: a liar. But I know him, and keep his word.
  56Your father Abraham was overjoyed that he would see my day, and he saw it, and rejoiced.”
  57Therefore, the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”
  58Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am the one.”
  59Therefore they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

“Devil” is a transliteration of the Greek word, diabolos, which literally means “Slanderer.”

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