Bishops' Bible

John 8

Christ delivereth the woman taken in adultery.

John 8:1 Iesus went vnto mout Oliuete. John 8:2 And early in the mornyng he came agayne into the temple, and all the people came vnto hym, & he sate downe and taught them. John 8:3 And the scribes and pharisees brought vnto hym a woman taken in adulterie, & when they had set her in the middes, John 8:4 They sayde vnto hym: Maister, this woman was taken in adulterie, euen as the deede was a doyng. John 8:5 Moyses in the lawe commaunded vs that suche shoulde be stoned: But what sayest thou? John 8:6 This they sayde to tempte hym, that they myght accuse hym. But Iesus stowped downe, and with his fynger wrote on the grounde. John 8:7 So, when they continued asking him, he lyft vp hym selfe, & sayde vnto them: Let hym that is among you without sinne, caste the first stone at her. John 8:8 And agayne he stowped downe, and wrote on the grounde. John 8:9 And when they hearde this, beyng accused of their owne consciences, they went out one by one, begynnyng at the eldest, euen vnto the last: and Iesus was left alone, & the woman standyng in the myddes. John 8:10 When Iesus had lyft vp hym selfe, & sawe no man but the woman, he sayde vnto her: Woma where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condempned thee? John 8:11 She sayde, No man Lorde. And Iesus sayde, Neither do I condempne thee: Go, and sinne no more.

He preacheth himself the light of the world, and justifieth his doctrine:

John 8:12 Then spake Iesus agayne vnto them, saying, I am the light of ye world: He that foloweth me, doth not walke in darknesse, but shal haue the light of life. John 8:13 The pharisees therfore said vnto him: Thou bearest recorde of thy selfe, thy recorde is not true. John 8:14 Iesus aunswered, & saide vnto them: Though I beare recorde of my selfe, yet my recorde is true. For I knowe whence I came, & whyther I go: But ye can not tel whence I come, and whyther I go. John 8:15 Ye iudge after the fleshe, I iudge no man. John 8:16 And if I iudge, my iudgement is true: For I am not alone, but I and the father that sent me. John 8:17 It is also written in your lawe, that the testimonie of two men is true. John 8:18 I am one that beareth witnesse of my selfe, & the father that sent me beareth witnesse of me. John 8:19 Then sayde they vnto hym: Where is thy father? Iesus aunswered, Ye neither knowe me, nor yet my father: Yf ye had knowen me, ye should haue knowen my father also. John 8:20 These wordes spake Iesus in ye treasurie, as he taught in the temple, and no man layde handes on hym, for his houre was not yet come. John 8:21 Then sayde Iesus againe vnto them: I go my way, and ye shall seeke me, and shall dye in your synnes: Whyther I go, thyther can ye not come. John 8:22 Then sayde the Iewes: Wyll he kyll hym selfe, because he saith, whyther I go, thyther can ye not come? John 8:23 And he sayde vnto them: ye are from beneathe, I am from aboue: ye are of this worlde, I am not of this worlde. John 8:24 I sayde therefore vnto you, that you shall dye in your sinnes. For yf ye beleue not that I am he, ye shall dye in your sinnes. John 8:25 Then sayde they vnto hym: Who art thou? And Iesus saith vnto them: Euen the very same thyng that I sayde vnto you from the begynnyng. John 8:26 I haue many thynges to saye, and to iudge of you. Yea, & he that sent me, is true: And I speake to the world, those thynges which I haue hearde of hym. John 8:27 Howebeit, they vnderstoode not that he spake to them of his father. John 8:28 Then saide Iesus vnto them: When ye haue lift vp [an hye] the sonne of man, then shall ye knowe that I am he, and that I do nothyng of my selfe: but as my father hath taught me, euen so I speake these thynges. John 8:29 And he that sent me, is with me. The father hath not left me alone: For I do alwayes those thynges that please him. John 8:30 As he spake those wordes, many beleued on hym. John 8:31 Then sayde Iesus to those Iewes which beleued on him: Yf ye continue in my word, then are ye my very disciples. John 8:32 And ye shall knowe the trueth, and the trueth shall make you free.

answereth the Jews that boasted of Abraham,

John 8:33 They aunswered hym: We be Abrahams seede, and were neuer bonde to any man: howe sayest thou then, ye shalbe made free? John 8:34 Iesus aunswered them: Ueryly, veryly I say vnto you, that whosoeuer comitteth sinne, is the seruaunt of sinne. John 8:35 And the seruaut abideth not in ye house for euer: but the sonne abydeth euer. John 8:36 Yf the sonne therefore shall make you free, then are ye free in deede. John 8:37 I know that ye are Abrahams seede, but ye seke [meanes] to kyll me, because my worde hath no place in you. John 8:38 I speake that whiche I haue seene with my father: and ye do that whiche ye haue seene with your father. John 8:39 They aunswered, and saide vnto him: Abraham is our father. Iesus saith vnto them: Yf ye were Abrahams childre, ye woulde do the workes of Abraham. John 8:40 But now ye go about to kyll me, a ma that hath tolde you the trueth, which I haue heard of god: this did not Abraha. John 8:41 Ye do the deedes of your father. Then said they to him: We be not borne of fornication, we haue one father, euen God. John 8:42 Iesus saide vnto them: Yf God were your father, truely ye woulde loue me: For I proceaded foorth, and came from God: neither came I of my selfe, but he sent me. John 8:43 Why do ye not knowe my speache? euen because ye cannot heare my word. John 8:44 Ye are of your father the deuyll, and the lustes of your father wyll ye do. He was a murtherer from the begynnyng, and abode not in the trueth: because there is no trueth in hym. When he speaketh a lye, he speaketh of his owne: For he is a lyer, and the father of the same thyng. John 8:45 And because I tel you the trueth, therfore ye beleue me not. John 8:46 Which of you rebuketh me of sinne? Yf I say the trueth, why do not ye beleue me? John 8:47 He that is of god, heareth gods wordes. Ye therfore heare the not, because ye are not of God. John 8:48 Then aunswered the Iewes, & saide vnto hym: Say we not well that thou art a Samaritane, and hast the deuyl? John 8:49 Iesus aunswered, I haue not the deuyll: but I honour my father, and ye haue dishonoured me. John 8:50 I seke not myne owne praise, there is one that seketh, and iudgeth. John 8:51 Ueryly veryly I saye vnto you, yf a man kepe my saying, he shall neuer see death. John 8:52 Then sayde the Iewes vnto hym: Now know we that thou hast ye deuyll. Abraham is dead, & the prophetes: and thou sayest, yf a man kepe my saying, he shall neuer taste of death. John 8:53 Art thou greater the our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophetes are dead: whom makest thou thy selfe? John 8:54 Iesus aunswered: Yf I honour my selfe, mine honour is nothing. It is my father that honoureth me, which ye say is your God: John 8:55 And yet ye haue not knowen him, but I knowe hym: And if I say I knowe hym not, I shalbe a lyer lyke vnto you. But I knowe hym, & kepe his saying. John 8:56 Your father Abraham was glad to see my day: and he saw it, and reioyced. John 8:57 Then sayde the Iewes vnto hym: Thou art not yet fiftie yeres olde, & hast thou seene Abraham. John 8:58 Iesus sayde vnto them: Ueryly, veryly I saye vnto you, before Abraham was, I am.

and conveyeth himself from their cruelty.

John 8:59 Then toke they vp stones to caste at hym: but Iesus hyd hym selfe, and went out of the temple.

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