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A Woman Caught in Adultery

[[7:53 139 And each one departed to his own house. 8:1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.1 8:2 Early in the morning he came to the temple courts again. All the people came to him, and he sat down and began to teach2 them. 8:3 The experts in the law3 and the Pharisees4 brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front of them 8:4 and said to Jesus,5 “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 8:5 In the law Moses commanded us to stone to death6 such women.7 What then do you say?” 8:6 (Now they were asking this in an attempt to trap him, so that they could bring charges against8 him.)9 Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger.10 8:7 When they persisted in asking him, he stood up straight11 and replied,12 “Whoever among you is guiltless13 may be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8:8 Then14 he bent over again and wrote on the ground.

8:9 Now when they heard this, they began to drift away one at a time, starting with the older ones,15 until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 8:10 Jesus stood up straight16 and said to her, “Woman,17 where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 8:11 She replied, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”]]18


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