John 8:2-11 - "JESUS' WORK OF FORGIVENESS" Reading Sermon by Prof. H. Hanko. 4 Now n the Passover, the o feast of the Jews, was at hand. In this manner shall we, without hating men, make war with sins. (John 1:4-5, 9:5) Light means to "shine or make manifest" and the scope of His light was to all men and the whole world. 8. again he stooped down and wrote—The design of this second stooping and writing on the ground was evidently to give her accusers an opportunity to slink away unobserved by Him, and so avoid an exposure to His eye which they could ill have stood. Having brought an adulterous woman to Jesus, the teachers of the … Indeed, they are placed in a predicament of shame likely to prevent all desire on their part to allude to the matter. 8:7-9 He that is without sin among you. Commentary on John 9:8-12 (Read John 9:8-12) Those whose eyes are opened, and whose hearts are cleansed by grace, being known to be the same person, but widely different in character, live as monuments to the Redeemer's glory, and recommend his grace to … All can readily. Greek. (2) Against hypocrites who are very severe judges against other men, and flatter themselves while they are sinning. John 8 is the eighth chapter in the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.It continues the account of Jesus' debate with the Pharisees after the Feast of Tabernacles, which began in the previous chapter.. —That is, without a sin of such enormity as would render him liable to stand in the woman’s place if Mosaic or Messianic law should be applied. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin - not meaning 'sinless altogether;' nor yet 'guiltless of a literal breach of the Seventh Commandment;' but probably, 'He whose conscience acquits him of any such sin,'. He that is without sin among you.—The word rendered “without sin” is frequent in the classical writers, but is found in this place only in the New Testament. The retort is complete. JOHN 8:1-2 COMMENTARY John 8:3-11 Woman Caught In Adultery John 8:12-20 I Am the Light of the World John 8:21-30 Die In Your Sins John 8:31-36 The Truth Will Set You Free John 8:37-42 Father Abraham John 8:43-47 Your father is the devil John 8:48-55 Samaritan John 8:56-59 Before Abraham Was, I AM John 8 Bible Study Questions (Handout) If they are without sin as He is, then they have a right to do as they suggest. In using the phrase I AM (John 8:24, 8:58, 13:19) Jesus used a clear divine title belonging to Yahweh alone (Exodus 3:13-14, Deuteronomy 32:39, Isaiah 43:10) and was interpreted as such by Jesus’ listeners (John 8:58-59). We must not take the words to express permission only; it is an imperative, expressing command. They are summoned to judge themselves rather than the woman. But when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast the stone upon her. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. Chapter 8. the word “sinner” as used in Luke 7:37.) John 8:32, NASB: "and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'" Some one must lead; and he, unless purer than the woman, slays her without authority, and is so a murderer. II. Some manuscripts do include the passage, or part of it, but place it after John 7:36 or after John 21:25. As soon, therefore, as a court, witnesses, and executioners of the true Mosaic standard are furnished, let them execute the absoluteness of the Mosaic sentence by casting the first stone! 6 After this j Jesus went away to the other side of k the Sea of Galilee, which is l the Sea of Tiberias. i. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. Still the wider meaning is probably not excluded. Light is a used as a symbol of the absence of darkness. John /. he said what was an awful rebuke. In Matthew 13:55-56, the sisters of Jesus were described. John 8:32, ESV: "and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”" John 8:32, KJV: "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." There seems no reason to confine the thought of ‘sin’ here to the particular sin with which the woman was chargeable; the expression is quite general. They had no official right to condemn the woman; and our Lord’s words embodied the truth, which finds always, as it found now, an answer in the heart of man, that we have no personal right to judge the guilty unless we ourselves are free from blame. Here’s their line of reasoning. Some one must lead; and he, unless purer than the woman, slays her without authority, and is so a murderer. ii. As they stood there. Thus they had to be wary. 3 Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. He that is without sin, let him first cast a stone at her. “Our blessed Lord, it is true, was her first born, while she was yet a … All the responsibility is rolled back upon themselves. Should conscience be awakened to do its office, and none but the innocent be suffered to accuse or condemn, the guilty would often go unpunished. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. They had asked Him to pass judgment, and now He was exercising His rightful function as the judge of humankind. In this chapter we have, I. Christ’s evading the snare which the Jews laid for him, in bringing to him a woman taken in adultery ( v. 1-11 ). ‘He lifted Himself up’. Accordingly it is added. —Thus doth Judge Messiah decide: The accused is beyond all question worthy of death. John 8:7 REV and Commentary - ~But when they continued asking him, he stood up and said to them, Let the one who is with - Bible verse Greek. In this chapter, the controversy continues. 7.He who is without sin among you. The earliest manuscript to contain it is from the fifth century A.D. All the early church Fathers omit this narrative in their commentaries on John… Jesus now took the place of the woman"s defense attorney as well as her judge (cf. anakupto. 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Let him first cast a stone at her.—The Received text and some MSS. Interactive Bible study with John Piper. When Jesus finally answered His critics, He cited passages in the Mosaic Law. And again he stooped down, and with his finger, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. The scribes and Pharisees press for an answer. They were condemned by the company they were keeping. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 7.Continued asking—They do not easily take a hint that their room is better than their company. His next action is specific and underlines the words that He speaks. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. will single himself out for the deed? He is a liar, all his temptations are carried on by his calling evil good, and good evil, and promising freedom in sin. ‘But when they continued asking him he lifted himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”.’. “I AM was recognized by the Jews as a title of deity.” (Tenney) iii. 2 But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. We can almost see the sad yet compassionate, look in His eye as He passes His verdict, so unexpected to those who are seeking to trap Him and are awaiting their moment of triumph. 1. lifted up. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) John 8:1-11 EXEGESIS: A CONTROVERSY: There is a controversy concerning this story—whether it was part of the Gospel of John from the beginning. And at length Jesus lifting His head, straightening Himself, said to them: ’ , “let the faultless one among you first cast the stone at her”. John 8:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 8:7, NIV : "When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, 'Let any one of you who is without sin be … Jesus" reply put the dilemma back on His accusers" shoulders. Gram., 257, 14. Those are self-condemned who judge others, and yet do the same thing. They were caught in their own trap. For this use of with a participle cf.Acts 12:16, ; and see Buttmann’s N.T. (7) So when they continued asking him.—He would have avoided their question, and continued, as is here implied, for some time in the action of writing; but they will now interrupt that action. It seems to them that He cannot avoid the snare in which they have placed Him, and that He is seeking the only escape in silence. As soon, therefore, as a court, witnesses, and executioners of the true Mosaic standard are furnished, let them execute the absoluteness of the Mosaic sentence by casting the first stone! Articles Sermons Topics Books Podcasts Filter Resources By Ask Pastor John. cannot with any propriety reprehend or condemn faults in others, if we ourselves be guilty of the same, or other great faults, St. Cyril, in Joan. The King James ( KJV ) Bible with Commentary. For shall a single judge be found, who is not conscious of having something that is wrong? 1 while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. And yet they are unable to pretend that he has declined the Messianic office, or lowered the Mosaic law. It takes here a special meaning from the context, and is to be understood of the class of sins of which her sin was an instance. the heavy stone for execution. Let him first; Deuteronomy 17:7. He is not speaking in a case brought before the appointed tribunal, but in a case where men assume to themselves the position of judges of another’s guilt. No man who cannot stand this test has a right to require the old ideal to be revived. All can readily follow if some one will lead; but which will single himself out for the deed? Only here, John 8:10. The retort is complete. John 9. Bible > Commentaries > John 8:7 John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And yet they are unable to pretend that he has declined the Messianic office, or lowered the Mosaic law. John 8. John 8:7 “When 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.’” Explanation and Commentary of John 8:7. Indeed, they are placed in a predicament of shame likely to prevent all desire on their part to allude to the matter. vii, ver. Books of the Bible Buy a Bible Daily Readings Old Testament 86 Bruce M. Metzger, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament (New York: United Bible Societies, 1971), 219.. 87 Brown, The Gospel According to John, 336.. 88 F. J. Bible Resources. If they did not stone her, they would be admitting that they had sinned. In verse 12, Jesus describes himself as "the light of the world" and verse 32 contains the well-known teaching "ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free". (12-59)1-11 Christ neither found fault with the law, nor excused the prisoner's guilt; nor did he countenance the pretended zeal of the Pharisees. 7. 8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. The Pharisees and the adulteress. John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. But they mean that no amount of finger-writing shall defeat their purpose. In using the phrase I Am (John 8:24, 8:58, 13:19) Jesus used a clear divine title belonging to Yahweh alone (Exodus 3:13-14, Deuteronomy 32:39, Isaiah 43:10) and was interpreted as such by Jesus’ listeners (John 8:58-59). a stone = the stone, i.e. He is the great promoter of falsehood of every kind. This may help to explain why the eldest left first. The earliest commentary of this passage comes more than 1,000 years after Jesus and that commentary challenged the inclusion of the passage because accurate Greek manuscripts did not include it. If they proceeded to stone the woman, they were claiming that they had not sinned. —They do not easily take a hint that their room is better than their company. Compare John 8:69. As they see him tracing figures on the ground, they “close in” for the kill, but Jesus is only giving them “enough rope to hang themselves!” Whichever one of you has committed no sin. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. Perhaps 2 Peter 2:14 describes their character. Matthew Mark Luke John Acts Ephesians Colossians First Thessalonians Second Thessalonians Hebrews James First Peter Second Peter First John Second & Third John … Daily devotional with John Piper. They do, at this moment, doubtless understand that he intimates his rejection of all prerogative in the case. All the responsibility is rolled back upon themselves. If there were one or two in that situation the remainder could hardly claim innocence as a group. The question, then, is whether we Questions and answers with John Piper. I reply: this is not an absolute and unlimited prohibition, by which Christ forbids sinners to do their duty in correcting the sins of others; but by this word he only reproves hypocrites, who mildly flatter themselves and their vices, but are excessively severe, and even act the part of felons, in censuring others. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. These verses required that in cases of stoning at least two witnesses of the sin, who had not participated in it, should be the first to throw the stones ( Leviticus 24:14; Deuteronomy 13:9; Deuteronomy 17:7). Let, then, the low standard of modern degeneracy be at once abolished, and let the pure ideal of Moses’s law be restored in its severest purity. anamartetos. Do they think he has no answer? John 8:7. Instead of passing judgment on the woman He was passing judgment on her judges. only here in N.T. нь должны начать свидетели преступления. --- See annotations on Matt. But they mean that no amount of finger-writing shall defeat their purpose. In the judge, while he wears the robe of justice, the individual man ceases to exist, and he becomes the representative of God; but these can now speak only as men, and condemn her only by the contrast of a higher purity. 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. (Comp. No man, therefore, shall be prevented by his own sins from correcting the sins of others, and even from punishing them, when it may be found necessary, provided that both in himself and in others he hate what ought to be condemned; and in addition to all this, every man ought to begin by interrogating his own conscience, and by acting both as witness and judge against himself, before he come to others. Said unto them—Thus doth Judge Messiah decide: The accused is beyond all question worthy of death. (2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The scribes, however, did not accept the silence of Jesus as an answer, but “went on asking Him”. Look at the Book. Of the immorality among the Jewish rulers, which gives force to these words, evidence is not wanting. Coffman's Commentaries on the BibleJohn 8. They even believed that the sinfulness of Israel and their own sinfulness was why Israel was suffering and they believed, and taught, that if only the Law could be kept fully God would bless Israel. “I AM was recognized by the Jews as a title of deity.” (Tenney) Yet there is this difference between the injunction of the Law and the words of Christ, that in the Law God merely enjoined that they should not condemn a man with the tongue, unless they were permitted to put him to death with their own hands; but here Christ demands from the witnesses perfect innocence, so that no man ought to accuse another of crime, unless he be pure, and free from every fault. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? It can scarcely have been used on this occasion generally of all sin, but with reference to the sin regarding which there was present question; or at any rate to sins of the same kind, sins of unchastity. Daily devotional with John Piper. It could be they have used this woman themselves.]. “In the instance of John 8:1-11, a woman committed adultery, but Jesus did not condemn her. And this very argument, had weight with those slanderers, desperate as they were; for no sooner do they obtain a sight of it, than they lay aside those fierce passions with which they were swelled when they came. KJV: So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. Most scholars agree that the story is not Johannine in its origins and that it was added later. still more trying test than they had applied to Jesus. Without sin—That is, without a sin of such enormity as would render him liable to stand in the woman’s place if Mosaic or Messianic law should be applied. В ней могли участвовать только те, кто не был виновен в том же грехе. Occ, nowhere else in the N.T. He that is without sin among you, &c.— Alluding to the law, Deuteronomy 17:7 which ordered that the hands of the witnesses, by whose testimony an idolater was convicted, should be first upon him, and afterwards the hands of all the people. John 8:7. But when they continued asking him, he lifted up h, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast the stone upon her, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. They would impose on him the hazard of pronouncing sentence of capital punishment; and he, without incurring that, flings upon them the hazard of inflicting it. The problem is that John 7:53-8:11 is not found in any of the earliest manuscripts or versions (translations into other languages). Furthermore there may be in Jesus’ reply the suggestion, which He expected them to be aware of, that He was aware that some of the Pharisees themselves had dubious reputations. (1-11) Christ's discourse with the Pharisees. In chapter 7 the gospel narrative describes for us the time Jesus spent at the Feast of Tabernacles, the Feast that was celebrated in the nation to commemorate the years of wandering in the wilderness. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. Let him first cast a stone, [ ton (Greek #3588) lithon (Greek #3037)] - rather, 'the stone,' referred to in the Mosaic statute, Deuteronomy 17:11. They would impose on him the hazard of pronouncing sentence of capital punishment; and he, without incurring that, flings upon them the hazard of inflicting it. ); teaching of his heavenly origin ( John 8:21-30 ); and the passage on the true children of Abraham ( John 8:31-59 ). He agrees that the one among them who has never broken the Law shall be permitted to carry out the sentence. It is to be noted, in the application of this answer, that our Lord does not lay down sinlessness as the necessary condition of fitness for taking part in the punishment of guilt. He does not declare the woman either guilty or innocent, but with a few words, it is the men on trial here, and not the woman. Men are sometimes very forward to accuse others, and seek to have them punished, when they are themselves guilty of equal, and perhaps greater crimes. Reading 1, 1 John 4:7-10 Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8 Gospel, Mark 6:34-44 More Daily Readings. John 8:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 8:32, NIV: "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" He appears, therefore, to forbid all witnesses to give public testimony, and all judges to occupy the judgment-seat. This would be to nullify law, for there could be then no human executive power. Solid Joys. 2, Introduction; Appendix (Cambridge & London: Macmillan, 1881), 87-88.. 89 Morris, The Gospel According to John, 457. John already mentioned the brothers of Jesus at John 2:12, and Matthew wrote of the brothers of Jesus at Matthew 12:46-47. John 8:7 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, h “ Let him who is without sin among you i be the first to throw a stone at her .” Read more Share Copy Jesus meant that they needed to be free from the sin of adultery or at least free of complicity in prearranging this woman"s adultery. In Sept[62]Deuteronomy 29:19, . Then Jesus lifted Himself up (as we may well believe) with slow and solemn dignity, and spoke the words recorded of Him with a glance which must have showed His hearers that He read their hearts. Commentaries, history books, and more are linked to this page Next Weeks Readings. Commentary for John 8 . (Comp. * a. ii. Luke 13:11; Luke 21:28. without sin = sinless. When they persisted, saying, What sayest thou ? A. Hort, The New Testament in the Original Greek, vol. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adulteryThey made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. Notes on John 10:34 et seq.). They do, at this moment, doubtless understand that he intimates his rejection of all prerogative in the case. ρεῖν ἑαυτοὺς ἀναμαρτήτους, But when they continued asking him; he lifted up, and said unto them, He that is without sin, let him first, ast a stone at her. No man who cannot stand this test has a right to require the old ideal to be revived. The law did not require that but that they be innocent of the particular sin of the accused. What hope is there for the world, when the religious and righteous become even more detestable than the sin they intend to punish! He thus turns the tables on them by His reply, for none of them would dare to suggest to the crowds, or to each other, that they were without sin. Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand. It is from the mention of ‘the stone’ that we may draw the conclusion that the woman’s accusers had stones in their hands. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. First cast a stone—Each man is now himself put to a still more trying test than they had applied to Jesus. John 7. (See marginal reference.) To their credit Pharisees did acknowledge that they had failed to keep God’s Law. Wed, Jan. 6th Thu, Jan. 7th Fri, Jan. 8th Sat, Jan. 9th Sun, Jan. 10th Mon, Jan. 11th. John 8:7 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE). We should not, therefore, make a ‘big deal’ over such a trifling and personal matter.” Others “paint” with an even broader brush. There is the case of the woman taken in adultery ( John 7:53-8:11 ); Jesus the Light of the world ( John 8:12-20 . There are many who proceed rashly to overwhelm their brother by perjury, because they do not think that they inflict a deadly wound by their tongue. (John 8:12) In the introduction of this Gospel John proclaimed that Jesus the Light of men and the world. They who ask this question about the Seventh Commandment were themselves breaking the Sixth and the Ninth. (not including the Cambridge MS.) read “the stone,” the stone referred to in John 8:5. “Let him first” means “let him first of you”; not “let him cast the first stone.” This was the duty of the witnesses. Now what he said, at that time, to a few persons, we ought to view as spoken to all, that whoever accuses another, ought to impose on himself a law of innocence; otherwise, we do not pursue wicked actions, but rather are hostile to the persons of men. He straightens up and looks round on them. In this way, however, Christ appears to take out of the world all judicial decisions, so that no man shall dare to say that he has a right to punish crimes. Shall a single witness be produced who is not chargeable with some fault? Compare App-128. There must be more to this than we are told. John 8:7. 3 Jesus went up on m the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. [Some think Jesus wrote words on the ground, which showed the men he knew their hidden secrets. Commentary on John 8:41-47 (Read John 8:41-47) Satan prompts men to excesses by which they murder themselves and others, while what he puts into the mind tends to ruin men's souls. 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