1But Yeshua went to the Mount of Olives. 2At daybreak, he appeared again in the Temple Court, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The Torah-teachers and the P’rushim brought in a woman who had been caught committing adultery and made her stand in the center of the group. 4Then they said to him, “Rabbi, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5Now in our Torah, Moshe commanded that such a woman be stoned to death. What do you say about it?” 6They said this to trap him, so that they might have ground for bringing charges against him; but Yeshua bent down and began writing in the dust with his finger. 7When they kept questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “The one of you who is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Then he bent down and wrote in the dust again. 9On hearing this, they began to leave, one by one, the older ones first, until he was left alone, with the woman still there. 10Standing up, Yeshua said to her, “Where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, sir.” Yeshua said, “Neither do I condemn you. Now go, and don’t sin any more.”
12Yeshua spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life.” 13So the P’rushim said to him, “Now you’re testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.” 14Yeshua answered them, “Even if I do testify on my own behalf, my testimony is indeed valid; because I know where I came from and where I’m going; but you do not know where I came from or where I’m going. 15You judge by merely human standards. As for me, I pass judgment on no one; 16but if I were indeed to pass judgment, my judgment would be valid; because it is not I alone who judge, but I and the One who sent me. 17And even in your Torah it is written that the testimony of two people is valid. 18I myself testify on my own behalf, and so does the Father who sent me.”
19They said to him, “Where is this ‘father’ of yours?” Yeshua answered, “You know neither me nor my Father; if you knew me, you would know my Father too.” 20He said these things when he was teaching in the Temple treasury room; yet no one arrested him, because his time had not yet come.
21Again he told them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin — where I am going, you cannot come.” 22The Judeans said, “Is he going to commit suicide? Is that what he means when he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23Yeshua said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24This is why I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not trust that I AM [who I say I am], you will die in your sins.”
25At this, they said to him, “You? Who are you?” Yeshua answered, “Just what I’ve been telling you from the start. 26There are many things I could say about you, and many judgments I could make. However, the One who sent me is true; so I say in the world only what I have heard from him.” 27They did not understand that he was talking to them about the Father. 28So Yeshua said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM [who I say I am], and that of myself I do nothing, but say only what the Father has taught me. 29Also, the One who sent me is still with me; he did not leave me to myself, because I always do what pleases him.”
30Many people who heard him say these things trusted in him. 31So Yeshua said to the Judeans who had trusted him, “If you obey what I say, then you are really my talmidim, 32you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33They answered, “We are the seed of Avraham and have never been slaves to anyone; so what do you mean by saying, ‘You will be set free’?” 34Yeshua answered them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin. 35Now a slave does not remain with a family forever, but a son does remain with it forever. 36So if the Son frees you, you will really be free! 37I know you are the seed of Avraham. Yet you are out to kill me, because what I am saying makes no headway in you. 38I say what my Father has shown me; you do what your father has told you!”
39They answered him, “Our father is Avraham.” Yeshua replied, “If you are children of Avraham, then do the things Avraham did! 40As it is, you are out to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Avraham did nothing like that! 41You are doing the things your father does.” “We’re not illegitimate children!” they said to him. “We have only one Father — God!” 42Yeshua replied to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me; because I came out from God; and now I have arrived here. I did not come on my own; he sent me. 43Why don’t you understand what I’m saying? Because you can’t bear to listen to my message. 44You belong to your father, Satan, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. From the start he was a murderer, and he has never stood by the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is speaking in character; because he is a liar — indeed, the inventor of the lie! 45But as for me, because I tell the truth you don’t believe me. 46Which one of you can show me where I’m wrong? If I’m telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47Whoever belongs to God listens to what God says; the reason you don’t listen is that you don’t belong to God.”
48The Judeans answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying you are from Shomron and have a demon?” 49Yeshua replied, “Me? I have no demon. I am honoring my Father. But you dishonor me. 50I am not seeking praise for myself. There is One who is seeking it, and he is the judge. 51Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever obeys my teaching will never see death.”
52The Judeans said to him, “Now we know for sure that you have a demon! Avraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, ‘Whoever obeys my teaching will never taste death.’ 53Avraham avinu died; you aren’t greater than he, are you? And the prophets also died. Who do you think you are?” 54Yeshua answered, “If I praise myself, my praise counts for nothing. The One who is praising me is my Father, the very one about whom you keep saying, ‘He is our God.’ 55Now you have not known him, but I do know him; indeed, if I were to say that I don’t know him, I would be a liar like you! But I do know him, and I obey his word. 56Avraham, your father, was glad that he would see my day; then he saw it and was overjoyed.”
57“Why, you’re not yet fifty years old,” the Judeans replied, “and you have seen Avraham?” 58Yeshua said to them, “Yes, indeed! Before Avraham came into being, I AM!” 59At this, they picked up stones to throw at him; but Yeshua was hidden and left the Temple grounds.