Passage: John 7, 8 (RSV)

John 7

1After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.
2Now the Jews' feast of Tabernacles was at hand.
3So his brothers said to him, "Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples may see the works you are doing.
4For no man works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world."
5For even his brothers did not believe in him.
6Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.
7The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil.
8Go to the feast yourselves; I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come."
9So saying, he remained in Galilee.
10But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.
11The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, "Where is he?"
12And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, "He is a good man," others said, "No, he is leading the people astray."
13Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.
14About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught.
15The Jews marveled at it, saying, "How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?"
16So Jesus answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me;
17if any man's will is to do his will, he shall know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.
18He who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.
19Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?"
20The people answered, "You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?"
21Jesus answered them, "I did one deed, and you all marvel at it.
22Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man upon the sabbath.
23If on the sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the sabbath I made a man's whole body well?
24Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment."
25Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, "Is not this the man whom they seek to kill?
26And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ?
27Yet we know where this man comes from; and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from."
28So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, "You know me, and you know where I come from? But I have not come of my own accord; he who sent me is true, and him you do not know.
29I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me."
30So they sought to arrest him; but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.
31Yet many of the people believed in him; they said, "When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?"
32The Pharisees heard the crowd thus muttering about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.
33Jesus then said, "I shall be with you a little longer, and then I go to him who sent me;
34you will seek me and you will not find me; where I am you cannot come."
35The Jews said to one another, "Where does this man intend to go that we shall not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks?
36What does he mean by saying, `You will seek me and you will not find me,' and, `Where I am you cannot come'?"
37On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, "If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink.
38He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, `Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'"
39Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
40When they heard these words, some of the people said, "This is really the prophet."
41Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Is the Christ to come from Galilee?
42Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"
43So there was a division among the people over him.
44Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
45The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why did you not bring him?"
46The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!"
47The Pharisees answered them, "Are you led astray, you also?
48Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him?
49But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed."
50Nicode'mus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them,
51"Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?"
52They replied, "Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee."
53They went each to his own house,

John 8

1but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.
3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst
4they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.
5Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?"
6This 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.
7And 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."
8And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.
9But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
10Jesus looked up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again."
12Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
13The Pharisees then said to him, "You are bearing witness to yourself; your testimony is not true."
14Jesus answered, "Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony is true, for I know whence I have come and whither I am going, but you do not know whence I come or whither I am going.
15You judge according to the flesh, I judge no one.
16Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone that judge, but I and he who sent me.
17In your law it is written that the testimony of two men is true;
18I bear witness to myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness to me."
19They said to him therefore, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me nor my Father; if you knew me, you would know my Father also."
20These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
21Again he said to them, "I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come."
22Then said the Jews, "Will he kill himself, since he says, `Where I am going, you cannot come'?"
23He said to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.
24I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he."
25They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Even what I have told you from the beginning.
26I have much to say about you and much to judge; but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him."
27They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father.
28So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me.
29And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him."
30As he spoke thus, many believed in him.
31Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples,
32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
33They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage to any one. How is it that you say, `You will be made free'?"
34Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin.
35The slave does not continue in the house for ever; the son continues for ever.
36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
37I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you.
38I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father."
39They answered him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do what Abraham did,
40but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God; this is not what Abraham did.
41You do what your father did." They said to him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God."
42Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God; I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.
43Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.
44You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
45But, because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.
46Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?
47He who is of God hears the words of God; the reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God."
48The Jews answered him, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?"
49Jesus answered, "I have not a demon; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.
50Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it and he will be the judge.
51Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death."
52The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and you say, `If any one keeps my word, he will never taste death.'
53Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you claim to be?"
54Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is your God.
55But you have not known him; I know him. If I said, I do not know him, I should be a liar like you; but I do know him and I keep his word.
56Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad."
57The Jews then 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, I am."
59So they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.

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