John 8:1 - 8:11
(Tyndale's New Testament, 1536 Printing)
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The Gospel of St. John The 8th Chapter The woman that was taken in adultery. Of them that asked Jesus what he was. How they asked him of his father. The freedom that Christ promiseth to them that believe in him. Of them that said Jesus hath a devil. The Jews would have stoned him, because he said he was afore [before] Abraham was. And Jesus went unto mount again, and ear[ly] [ear]ly in the morning came again into the tem[ple] [tem]ple, and all the people came unto him, and he sat do[wn] [do]wn, and taught them. And the scribes and pharises brought unto him a woman taken in adultery, and set her in the midst, and said unto him: Mas[ter] [Mas]ter, this woman was taken in adultery, even as the deed was adoing [happening]. Moses in the law com[manded] [com]manded us that such should be stoned. What sayest thou therefore? And this they said to tempt him, that they might have whereof to ac[cuse] [ac]cuse him. Jesus stooped down, and with his fin[ger] [fin]ger wrote on the ground. And while they conti[nued] [conti]nued asking him, he lifted himself up, and said unto them: Let him that is among you without sin, cast the first stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And as soon as they heard that, they went out one by one, the eldest first. And Jesus was left alone and the woman standing in the midst. When Je[sus] [Je]sus had lifted up himself again, and saw no man but the woman, he said unto her: Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said: No man Lord. And Jesus said: Neither do I condemn thee. Go, and sin no more.
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