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The Woman Caught in Adultery
8 1Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.* 2Early in the morning Jesus went back to
the temple* area. All the people came to Jesus. Jesus sat and taught the people.
3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees* brought a woman there. The woman had
been caught doing the sin of adultery.* These Jews forced the woman to stand before
the people. 4They said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught having sex with
a man that is not her husband. 5The law of Moses commands that we kill with rocks
every woman that does this. What do you say we should do?" 6The Jews were using
this question to trick Jesus. They wanted to catch Jesus saying something wrong.
Then they could have a charge against him. But Jesus kneeled down and started writing
on the ground with his finger. 7The Jewish leaders continued to ask Jesus their
question. So Jesus stood up and said, "Is there any person here that has never sinned?
That person without sin can throw the first rock at this woman." 8Then Jesus knelt
down again and wrote on the ground. 9The people that heard Jesus began to leave
one by one. The older men left first, and then the others. Jesus was left there
alone with the woman. She was standing before him. 10Jesus looked up again and asked
her, "Woman, all of those people are gone. None of them judged you guilty?" 11The
woman answered, "None of them judged me, sir." Then Jesus said, "So I also don't
judge you. You can go now, but don't sin again."
Jesus Is the Light of the World
12Later, Jesus talked to the people again. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world.
The person that follows me will never live in darkness. That person will have the
light that gives life." 13But the Pharisees* said to Jesus, "When you talk about
yourself, you are the only one to say that these things are true. So we cannot
accept these things you say." 14Jesus answered, "Yes, I am saying these things about
myself. But people can believe these things I say. Why? Because I know where I came
from. And I know where I am going. [I am not like you people]. You don't know where
I came from or where I am going. 15You judge me the way you would judge any man.
I don't judge any person. 16But if I judge, my judging is true. Why? Because when
I judge I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me. 17Your own law says that
when two witnesses say the same thing, then you must accept what they say. 18I am
one of the witnesses that speaks about myself. And the Father who sent me is my
other witness." 19The people asked, "Where is your father?" Jesus answered, "You
don't know me or my Father. But if you knew me, then you would know my Father too."
20Jesus said these things while he was teaching in the temple* area. He was near
the place where all the people came to give money. But no person arrested him.
The right time for Jesus had not yet come.
Footnotes: Mount of Olives A hill east of the city of Jerusalem where a person could
look down into the temple area. temple The special building in Jerusalem for Jewish
worship. Pharisees The Pharisees were a Jewish religious group that claimed to follow
carefully all Jewish laws and customs. adultery Breaking a marriage promise by sexual
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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