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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 8

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1while Jesus went to the mount of Olives. 2At day-break he appeared again in the temple, and all the people gathered round him. He had taken his seat and was engaged in teaching them 3when the scribes and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught committing adultery. Making her stand in the middle 4they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 5In the law Moses has laid down that such women are to be stoned. What do you say about it?’ 6They put the question as a test, hoping to frame a charge against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7When they continued to press their question he sat up straight and said, ‘Let whichever of you is free from sin throw the first stone at her.’ 8Then once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9When they heard what he said, one by one they went away a 8:9 they went away: some witnesses add convicted by their conscience. , the eldest first; and Jesus was left alone, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus again sat up and said to the woman, ‘Where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ 11She answered, ‘No one, sir.’ ‘Neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus said. ‘Go; do not sin again.’

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a 8:9 they went away: some witnesses add convicted by their conscience.

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