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Chapter 8

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      And Jesus went unto mount olivet, and early in the morning came again into the temple and all the people came unto him, and he sat down and taught them. And the Scribes and the Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in *advoutry, and set her in the midst and said unto him: Master, this woman was taken in *advoutry, even as the deed was a doing. Moses in the law commanded us that such should be stoned. What sayest thou therefore? And this they said to tempt him: that they might have, whereof to accuse him. Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground. And while they continued asking him, he lifted himself up, and said unto them: let him that is among you without sin, cast the first stone at her. And again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. And as soon as they heard that, they went out one by one, the eldest first. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
      When Jesus had lifted up himself again, and saw no man, but the woman, he said unto her: Woman where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said: No man Lord. And Jesus said: Neither do I condemn thee.
      Go, and sin no more.
      Then spake Jesus again unto them saying: I am the light of the world. He that followeth me, shall not walk in darkness: but shall have the light of life. The Pharisees said unto him: Thou bearest record of thy self, thy record is not true. Jesus answered and said unto them: Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came and whither I go. But ye cannot tell whence I come and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh, I judge no man. And if I judge, my judgement is true. For I am not alone: but I and the father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the father that sent me, beareth witness of me. Then said they unto him: where is thy father? Jesus answered: ye neither know me, nor yet my father. If ye had known me, ye should have known my father also. These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple, and no man laid hands on him, for his time was not yet come.
      Then said Jesus again unto them: I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins. Whither I go, thither can ye not come. Then said the Jewes: will he kill himself, because he saith: whither I go, thither can ye not come? And he said unto them: ye are from beneath, I am from above. Ye are of this world, I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins. For except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
      Then said they unto him, who art thou? And Jesus said unto them: Even the very same thing that I say unto you. I have many things to say, and to judge of you. Ye and he that sent me is true. And I speak in the world, those things which I have heard of him. How be it they understood not that he spake of his father. Then said Jesus unto them: when ye have lift up on high the son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself: but as my father hath taught me, even so I speak: and he that sent me, is with me. The father hath not left me alone, for I do always those things that please him.
      As he spake these words, many believed on him.
      Then said Jesus to those Jewes which believed on him. If ye continue in my words, then are ye my very disciples, and shall know the truth: and the truth shall make you free. They answered him: We be Abrahams seed, and were never bond to any man: why sayest thou then, ye shall be made free?
      Jesus answered them: Verily, verily I say unto you, that whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: But the son abideth ever. If the son therefore shall make you free, then are ye free indeed. I know that ye are Abrahams seed: but ye seek means to kill me, because my sayings have no place in you. I speak that I have seen with my father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him: Abraham is our father. Jesus said unto them. If ye were Abrahams children ye would do the deeds of Abraham. But now ye go about to kill me, a man that have told you the truth which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they unto him: we were not born of fornication. We have one father, which is God. Jesus said unto them: if God were your father, then would ye love me. For I proceeded forth and come from God. Neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not know my speech? Even because ye cannot abide the hearing of my words.
      Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, then speaketh he of his own. For he is a liar, and the father thereof. And because I tell you the truth, therefore ye believe me not.
      Which of you can rebuke me of sin? If I say the truth, why do not ye believe me? He that is of God, heareth Gods words. Ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Then answered the Jewes and said unto him: Say we not well that thou art a Samaritane and hast the devil? Jesus answered: I have not the devil: but I honour my father, and ye have dishonored me. I seek not mine own praise: but there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
      Verily, verily I say unto you, if a man keep my sayings, he shall never see death. Then said the Jewes to him. Now know we that thou hast the devil. Abraham is dead, and also the Prophets: and yet thou sayest, if a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater then our father Abraham, which is dead? and the Prophets are dead. Whom makest thou thyself?
      Jesus answered: If I honour my self, mine honour is nothing worth. It is my father that honoureth me, which ye say, is your God, and ye have not known him: but I know him. And if I should say, I know him not, I should be a liar like unto you. But I know him, and keep his saying.
      Your father Abraham was glad to see my day, and he saw it and rejoiced. Then said the Jewes unto him: thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them: Verily, verily I say unto you: *yer Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones, to cast at him. But Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.


*advoutry: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to God, being devoted to something or some one else .in this case devoted to the flesh. see James 2 for adultery. *yer (before)

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