New International Version

John 8:1-59

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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约翰福音 8:1-59

淫妇获赦

1众人都回家去了,耶稣却上了橄榄山。 2第二天清晨,祂又回到圣殿。百姓聚集在祂那里,祂就坐下来教导他们。 3这时候,律法教师和法利赛人带来一个通奸时被捉的女人,让她站在众人面前, 4然后问耶稣:“老师,这个女人是在通奸时被捉到的。 5摩西的律法,我们要用石头把她打死,你说该怎么处置她呢?”

6他们这样问是要使耶稣落在他们的圈套里,可以有借口控告祂。耶稣却只是弯着腰用指头在地上写字。 7他们不断地追问耶稣,于是祂直起腰来,对他们说:“你们中间谁没有罪,谁就先拿石头打她吧。” 8说完,又弯下腰在地上写字。

9他们听了这句话,就从老到少一个一个地走了,只剩下耶稣和那个女人在那里。 10耶稣直起腰来,说:“妇人,他们到哪里去了?没有人定你的罪吗?”

11她说:“主啊,没有。”

耶稣说:“我也不定你的罪。回去吧,从今以后不要再犯罪了。”

世界的光

12耶稣又对众人说:“我是世界的光,凡跟从我的,必不会走在黑暗里,必要得到生命的光。”

13法利赛人对祂说:“你自己为自己做见证,你的见证不真实。”

14耶稣说:“即便我自己为自己做见证,我的见证仍是真实的,因为我知道自己从哪里来、要到哪里去,你们却不知道我从哪里来、要到哪里去。 15你们只凭外表判断别人,我却不判断人。 16就算我判断人,我的判断也是正确的,因为我不是独自一人,还有差我来的父与我同在。 17你们的律法不是说两个人做见证就有效吗? 18我是自己为自己做见证,差我来的父也为我做见证。”

19他们问:“你的父在哪里?”

耶稣回答说:“你们不认识我,也不认识我的父。如果你们认识我,也会认识我的父。” 20耶稣在圣殿的库房这样教导人,但没有人抓祂,因为祂的时候还没有到。

警告不信的人

21耶稣又对他们说:“我要走了,你们会寻找我,你们将死在自己的罪中。我去的地方,你们不能去。”

22犹太人说:“祂说祂去的地方我们不能去,难道祂想自杀吗?”

23耶稣对他们说:“你们是从下面来的,我是从上面来的。你们属于这世界,我不属于这世界。 24所以我说你们将死在自己的罪中,你们如果不相信我就是8:24 耶稣用“我就是”这个词提醒听众祂就是出埃及记3:14节提到的那位自有永有的上帝,8:28同。那一位,一定会死在自己的罪中。”

25他们问:“你到底是谁?”

耶稣回答说:“我不是早就告诉你们了吗? 26关于你们,我有许多要说、要审判的,但差我来的那位是真实的,我把从祂那里听到的告诉世人。” 27他们不明白耶稣是指着父说的。

28于是耶稣说:“你们举起人子以后,必知道我就是那一位,并且知道我没有一件事是凭自己做的,我所说的都是父教导我的。 29差我来的那位跟我在一起,祂没有撇下我,让我孤单一人,因为我做的都是祂所喜悦的。” 30许多人因为这番话而信了耶稣。

真正的自由

31耶稣对信祂的犹太人说:“你们若持守我的道,就真是我的门徒了。 32你们必认识真理,真理必叫你们得到自由。”

33他们说:“我们是亚伯拉罕的子孙,从来没有做过奴隶,你为什么说我们可以得到自由呢?”

34耶稣说:“我实实在在地告诉你们,所有犯罪的人都是罪的奴隶。 35奴隶不能永远留在主人的家里,只有儿子才可以。 36所以,如果上帝的儿子释放了你们,你们就真正自由了!

耶稣和亚伯拉罕

37“我知道你们是亚伯拉罕的子孙,但你们却想杀我,因为你们心里容不下我的道。 38我所说的,是我从父那里看到的,你们却照着你们父8:38 犹太文化中,“父”可指生身的父,亦可泛指祖先。的话去做。”

39他们说:“我们的父就是亚伯拉罕!”

耶稣说:“你们如果真是亚伯拉罕的子孙,一定会做他所做的事。 40我把从上帝那里听到的真理告诉你们,你们反要杀我,亚伯拉罕绝不做这样的事。 41你们是在做你们父所做的事。”

他们说:“我们不是从淫乱生的!我们只有一位父,就是上帝。”

42耶稣说:“如果上帝是你们的父,你们一定会爱我,因为我来自上帝。如今我在这里,我不是凭自己来的,而是上帝差我来的, 43你们为什么不明白我的话呢?因为你们听不进去我的道。 44你们是出于你们的父魔鬼,你们乐意顺着它的私欲行。魔鬼从起初就是个杀人凶手,从不站在真理这一边,因为它心里根本没有真理。撒谎是它的本性,因为它是撒谎者,又是撒谎者的始祖。 45所以,我讲真理的时候,你们不信我。 46你们谁能指证我有罪呢?我既然把真理告诉了你们,你们为什么还不信我呢? 47出于上帝的人听上帝的话,你们不听上帝的话,因为你们不是出于上帝。”

48犹太人对祂说:“我们说你是撒玛利亚8:48 撒玛利亚人血统不纯,常被犹太人藐视,并当作骂人的话。,被鬼附身了,难道不对吗?”

49耶稣说:“我没有被鬼附身。我尊敬我的父,你们却侮辱我。 50我不为自己寻求荣耀,但有一位会为我寻求,祂也会断定谁是谁非。 51我实实在在地告诉你们,人如果遵行我的道,必永远不死。”

52那些犹太人说:“现在我们的确知道你是被鬼附身了!亚伯拉罕和众先知都死了,你还说人如果遵行你的道,必永远不死。 53难道你比我们的祖先亚伯拉罕还大吗?他死了,先知们也死了,你以为你是谁?”

54耶稣说:“如果我为自己争取荣耀,那荣耀算不了什么。但使我得荣耀的是我的父,你们也称祂为你们的上帝。 55你们不认识祂,我却认识祂。如果我说我不认识祂,那我就像你们一样是说谎的。然而,我认识祂,并且遵行祂的道。 56你们的祖先亚伯拉罕曾经欢欢喜喜地盼望看见我来的日子。他看见了,就欢喜快乐。”

57犹太人说:“你还不到五十岁,怎么会见过亚伯拉罕呢?”

58耶稣说:“我实实在在地告诉你们,亚伯拉罕还没有出生,我就已经存在了8:58 我就已经存在了”希腊文是“我是”,参见8:24注。。” 59于是,他们就拿起石头要打祂,耶稣却避开他们,离开了圣殿。