1but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony
12When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
13The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”
14Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”
19Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”
“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.
Dispute Over Who Jesus Is
21Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”
22This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”
23But he continued, “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; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”
25“Who are you?” they asked.
“Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied. 26“I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”
27They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. 28So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up8:28 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted. the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” 30Even as he spoke, many believed in him.
Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus’ Opponents Are
31To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.8:38 Or presence. Therefore do what you have heard from the Father.”
39“Abraham is our father,” they answered.
“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would8:39 Some early manuscripts “If you are Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then do what Abraham did. 40As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41You are doing the works of your own father.”
“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”
42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
Jesus’ Claims About Himself
48The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”
49“I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
52At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. 53Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
54Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57“You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
58“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.
1Yesu sane kɔɔ Ngo Bepɔ no so.
Ɔbaa Dwamanfoɔ No
2Adeɛ kyee anɔpa no, ɔsane baa asɔrefie. Nnipa bebree baa ne nkyɛn ma ɔhyɛɛ aseɛ kyerɛkyerɛɛ wɔn. 3Ɔgu so rekasa no, Yudafoɔ mpanin ne Farisifoɔ de ɔbaa bi a wɔkyeree no sɛ ɔrebɔ adwaman baa nʼanim. 4Wɔka kyerɛɛ Yesu sɛ, “Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfoɔ, yɛkyeree ɔbaa yi sɛ ɔrebɔ adwaman, 5nanso Mose mmara hyɛ yɛn sɛ, ɔbaa biara a wɔbɛkyere no saa ɛkwan no so no, ɛsɛ sɛ wɔsi no aboɔ. Ɛdeɛn na woka wɔ ho?” 6Wɔbisaa no yei de sum no afidie sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a wɔbɛnya asɛm bi agyina so atoto nʼano.
Nanso, Yesu bɔɔ ne mu ase de ne nsateaa twerɛtwerɛɛ fam. 7Wɔgu so rebisabisa no nsɛm no, ɔmaa ne mu so ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Mo mu biara a ɔnyɛɛ bɔne da no, nni ɛkan nto boɔ mmɔ no.” 8Ɔsane bɔɔ ne mu ase twerɛtwerɛɛ fam.
9Nnipa no tee asɛm a Yesu kaeɛ no, wɔhyɛɛ aseɛ firii hɔ mmaako mmaako firi mpanin no so. Ɛkaa Yesu ne ɔbaa no nko ara. 10Yesu maa ne mu so no, ɔbisaa ɔbaa no sɛ, “Nnipa a wɔde wo baeɛ no wɔ he? Wɔn mu baako mpo nni ha a ɔbɛka asɛm bi atia wo?”
11Ɔbaa no buaa Yesu sɛ, “Dabi, Owura.”
Yesu ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Sɛ saa na ɛte deɛ a, ɛnneɛ me nso menni asɛm biara a mɛka de atia wo. Kɔ, na nkɔyɛ bɔne bio.”
Yesu, Ewiase Hann
12Yesu sane toaa ne kasa no so ka kyerɛɛ nnipa no sɛ, “Mene ewiase hann no. Obiara a ɔdi mʼakyi no rennante sum mu da, na ɔbɛnya hann a ɛkyerɛ nnipa ɛkwan ma wɔkɔ nkwa mu.”
13Farisifoɔ no tee asɛm a Yesu kaeɛ no, wɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Asɛm a woreka yi, yɛrennye nto mu, ɛfiri sɛ, wo ara na woredi wo ho adanseɛ.”
14Yesu nso buaa wɔn sɛ, “Sɛ me ara meredi me ho adanseɛ mpo a, asɛm a meka no yɛ nokorɛ, ɛfiri sɛ, menim faako a mefiri baeɛ ne faako a merekɔ. Na mo deɛ, monnim faako a mefiri baeɛ ne faako nso a merekɔ. 15Mo ankasa mode mo adwene na ɛbu atɛn na me deɛ, memmu obiara atɛn. 16Nanso, sɛ ɛba sɛ ɛsɛ sɛ mebu atɛn a, mʼatemmuo bɛyɛ atɛntenenee, ɛfiri sɛ, ɛnyɛ me nko na mɛbu atɛn; Agya a ɔsomaa me no ka me ho. 17Wɔatwerɛ wɔ mo mmara mu sɛ, sɛ adansefoɔ baanu adanseɛ hyia a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ wɔn adanseɛ no yɛ nokorɛ. 18Medi me ho adanseɛ na mʼAgya a ɔsomaa me no nso di me ho adanseɛ.”
19Nnipa no bisaa no sɛ, “Ɛhe na wʼAgya no wɔ?”
Yesu buaa wɔn sɛ, “Monnim me, na monnim mʼAgya no nso. Sɛ monim me a, anka mobɛhunu mʼAgya no nso.” 20Yesu kaa yeinom nyinaa ɛberɛ a na ɔrekyerɛkyerɛ wɔ asɔredan no mu sikakorabea hɔ no. Obiara antumi amfa ne nsa anka no, ɛfiri sɛ, na ne berɛ a ɛsɛ sɛ wɔkyere no no nnuruiɛ.
21Yesu sane ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Mɛfiri mo nkyɛn makɔ; mobɛhwehwɛ me, na morenhunu me. Na mo deɛ, mobɛwu wɔ mo mu. Faako a merekɔ no morentumi mma hɔ bi.”
22Yudafoɔ no bisabisaa wɔn ho wɔn ho sɛ, “Ɛhe na ɔrekɔ a ɔse ‘obi rentumi nkɔ hɔ bi no?’ Gyama ɔrekɔkum ne ho?”
23Yesu buaa wɔn sɛ, “Mo deɛ, mofiri asase so ha, nanso me deɛ, mefiri ɔsoro na mebaeɛ. Mo deɛ, mofiri ewiase, nanso me deɛ, memfiri ewiase, 24Ɛno enti na meka kyerɛ mo sɛ mobɛwu wɔ mo bɔne mu no. Na sɛ moannye anni sɛ, mene deɛ mene a, mobɛwu wɔ mo bɔne mu.”
25Wɔbisaa no sɛ, “Wo koraa, wone hwan?”
Yesu buaa wɔn sɛ, “Mene deɛ daa meka kyerɛ mo sɛ meyɛ. 26Mewɔ mo ho nsɛm pii a anka mɛka atia mo. Nanso, deɛ ɔsomaa me no yɛ ɔnokwafoɔ na asɛm a meka no yɛ deɛ mate afiri ne nkyɛn.”
27Nnipa no ante no aseɛ sɛ nʼagya ho asɛm na ɔreka akyerɛ wɔn no. 28Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Sɛ monya ma Onipa Ba no so wɔ asɛnnua no so a, na mobɛhunu sɛ, mene deɛ mene no, na afei mobɛhunu bio sɛ memfiri me ara me pɛ mu nyɛ biribiara, na mmom, deɛ Agya no somaa me sɛ menka no nko ara na meka. 29Deɛ ɔsomaa me no ka me ho daa. Ɔnnyaa me da, ɛfiri sɛ, meyɛ deɛ ɛsɔ nʼani.” 30Nnipa a wɔtee deɛ Yesu kaeɛ no mu dodoɔ no ara gyee no diiɛ.
31Yesu ka kyerɛɛ Yudafoɔ a wɔgyee no diiɛ no sɛ, “Sɛ modi me nsɛm so a, moyɛ mʼasuafoɔ. 32Ɛno ansa na mobɛhunu nokorɛ no na nokorɛ no bɛma mo ade mo ho.”
33Nnipa no buaa no sɛ, “Yɛn deɛ yɛyɛ Abraham asefoɔ. Yɛnkɔɔ nkoasom mu da, na ɛyɛ dɛn na woka sɛ wobɛma yɛade yɛn ho?”
34Yesu buaa wɔn sɛ, “Mereka nokorɛ akyerɛ mo sɛ obiara a ɔyɛ bɔne no yɛ bɔne akoa. 35Akoa biara nni kyɛfa wɔ abusua mu nanso ɔba deɛ, daa ɔwɔ kyɛfa wɔ abusua mu. 36Ɛno enti, sɛ ɔba no ma mode mo ho a, mobɛde mo ho ampa. 37Megye tom sɛ moyɛ Abraham asefoɔ nanso morehwehwɛ me akum me, ɛfiri sɛ, monni ne nkyerɛkyerɛ so. 38Deɛ mʼAgya ayi akyerɛ me no na meka ho asɛm, na mo deɛ, deɛ mo agya aka akyerɛ mo no na modi so.”
39Nnipa no kaa sɛ, “Yɛn agya ne Abraham.”
Yesu nso ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Moyɛ Abraham asefoɔ ampa a, anka ne nnwuma a ɔyɛeɛ no bi pɛpɛɛpɛ na mobɛyɛ. 40Deɛ mayɛ ne sɛ maka nokorɛ a mote firii Agya no nkyɛn akyerɛ mo, nanso mohwehwɛ me akum me. Abraham anyɛ biribi a ɛte sɛ yei. 41Moreyɛ deɛ mo agya yɛeɛ.”
Nnipa no sane kaa sɛ, “Onyankopɔn nko ara ne Agya a yɛwɔ na yɛyɛ ne mma ankasa.”
42Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Sɛ Onyankopɔn yɛ mo Agya ampa ara a anka mobɛdɔ me, ɛfiri sɛ, ne nkyɛn na mefiri baeɛ na mewɔ ha. Mamfiri me pɛ mu na mebaeɛ; ɔno na ɔsomaa me. 43Adɛn enti na monte nsɛm a mereka yi ase? Ɛfiri sɛ, mompɛ sɛ mote aseɛ. 44Mo deɛ, ɔbonsam ne mo agya, na mopɛ sɛ moyɛ nneɛma a ɔyɛ no nso bi. Ɔyɛ owudifoɔ firi ahyɛaseɛ. Ɔnni nokorɛ da, ɛfiri sɛ, ɔnyɛ ɔnokwafoɔ. Sɛ ɔdi atorɔ a, ɛnyɛ nwanwa ɛfiri sɛ, ɔyɛ ɔtorofoɔ ne atorɔ agya. 45Nanso me deɛ, ɛsiane sɛ meka nokorɛ enti na monnye me nni no. 46Mo mu hwan na ɔbɛtumi aka sɛ medi bɔne bi ho fɔ? Sɛ meka nokorɛ a, adɛn enti na monnye me nni? 47Obiara a ɔfiri Onyankopɔn mu no tie Onyankopɔn asɛm. Na mo deɛ, ɛsiane sɛ momfiri Onyankopɔn mu no enti na montie nʼasɛm no.”
Yesu Ne Abraham
48Yudafoɔ no bisaa Yesu sɛ, “Sɛ yɛka sɛ woyɛ Samariani a honhommɔne ahyɛ wo ma a, na yɛboa anaa?”
49Yesu buaa sɛ, “Menni honhommɔne. Medi mʼAgya ni na mo deɛ monni no ni. 50Memmpere nhwehwɛ animuonyam mma mʼankasa me ho. Obi wɔ hɔ a ɔhwehwɛ ma me na ɔno nso na ɔdi ma me. 51Meka nokorɛ pefee kyerɛ mo sɛ, obiara a ɔdi mʼasɛm so no renwu da.”
52Yudafoɔ no nso ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Afei na yɛahunu ampa ara sɛ wowɔ honhommɔne! Abraham wuiɛ. Adiyifoɔ no nso wuwuiɛ. Nanso, wo deɛ woka sɛ, ‘Obiara a ɔdi mʼasɛm so no renwu da.’ 53Woyɛ kɛse sene yɛn agya Abraham anaa? Ɔwuiɛ; saa ara nso na adiyifoɔ no wuwuiɛ. Wosusu sɛ woyɛ hwan?”
54Yesu buaa wɔn sɛ, “Sɛ mʼankasa mehyɛ me ho animuonyam a, mʼanimuonyam no nka hwee. MʼAgya a mo nso moka sɛ ɔyɛ mo Onyankopɔn no, ɔno na ɔhyɛ me animuonyam. 55Mo deɛ, monnim no, nanso me deɛ, menim no. Sɛ meka sɛ mennim no a na meyɛ ɔtorofoɔ sɛ mo ara. Menim no na madi nʼasɛm nso so. 56Mo agya Abraham ani gyee sɛ ɔbɛhunu me ba a mɛba no. Ɔhunuiɛ na nʼani gyeeɛ.”
57Yudafoɔ no nso bisaa no sɛ, “Wonnii mfeɛ aduonum koraa na ɛyɛɛ dɛn na wohunuu Abraham?”
58Yesu buaa sɛ, “Mereka nokorɛ pefee akyerɛ mo sɛ, ansa na wɔrebɛwo Abraham no, na mete ase.” 59Yudafoɔ no tasee aboɔ sɛ anka wɔde rebɛsi no, nanso Yesu kɔhintaeɛ. Yei akyi no, ɔfirii asɔredan no mu hɔ kɔeɛ.