--- See annotations on Matt. 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. They are summoned to judge themselves rather than the woman. Matthew Mark Luke John Acts Ephesians Colossians First Thessalonians Second Thessalonians Hebrews James First Peter Second Peter First John Second & Third John … 8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. (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. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. Gram., 257, 14. In this manner shall we, without hating men, make war with sins. 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. —Thus doth Judge Messiah decide: The accused is beyond all question worthy of death. Do they think he is embarrassed? John 8:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 8:32, NIV: "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" 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. He said this according to the custom of the Law; for God commanded that the witnesses should, with their own hands, put malefactors to death, according to the sentence which had been pronounced on them; that greater caution might be used in bearing testimony, (Deuteronomy 17:7.) Light is a used as a symbol of the absence of darkness. The problem is that John 7:53-8:11 is not found in any of the earliest manuscripts or versions (translations into other languages). ‘He lifted Himself up’. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7. Occ, nowhere else in the N.T. There must be more to this than we are told. If they proceeded to stone the woman, they were claiming that they had not sinned. They do, at this moment, doubtless understand that he intimates his rejection of all prerogative in the case. John 8. If they did not stone her, they would be admitting that they had sinned. Luke 13:11; Luke 21:28. without sin = sinless. John 8:7. Books of the Bible Buy a Bible Daily Readings Old Testament In Matthew 13:55-56, the sisters of Jesus were described. His next action is specific and underlines the words that He speaks. The King James ( KJV ) Bible with Commentary. —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. 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. 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 8:32, NASB: "and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'" (2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 1 while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2, Introduction; Appendix (Cambridge & London: Macmillan, 1881), 87-88.. 89 Morris, The Gospel According to John, 457. [Some think Jesus wrote words on the ground, which showed the men he knew their hidden secrets. Solid Joys. And yet they are unable to pretend that he has declined the Messianic office, or lowered the Mosaic law. 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. Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand. Daily devotional with John Piper. 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. 8:7 {2} 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. We should not, therefore, make a ‘big deal’ over such a trifling and personal matter.” Others “paint” with an even broader brush. 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. 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.” (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. Questions and answers with John Piper. Interactive Bible study with John Piper. Compare App-128. No man who cannot stand this test has a right to require the old ideal to be revived. Thus they had to be wary. He is a liar, all his temptations are carried on by his calling evil good, and good evil, and promising freedom in sin. Bible Resources. 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! The retort is complete. 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 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. 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 . 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. * a. ); teaching of his heavenly origin ( John 8:21-30 ); and the passage on the true children of Abraham ( John 8:31-59 ). Commentaries, history books, and more are linked to this page But we are not told this. Some one must lead; and he, unless purer than the woman, slays her without authority, and is so a murderer. 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. 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. Greek. In this chapter, the controversy continues. 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 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. Had the questioners been sincere and genuine in their question, they would have received a different response, but Jesus was well aware that it was not their sense of purity but their hatred of Himself that motivated their action. 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". John 8:2-11 - "JESUS' WORK OF FORGIVENESS" Reading Sermon by Prof. H. Hanko. 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. Let him first; Deuteronomy 17:7. the word “sinner” as used in Luke 7:37.) 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. Daily devotional with John Piper. (Comp. anakupto. (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. Shall a single witness be produced who is not chargeable with some fault? (John 8:12) In the introduction of this Gospel John proclaimed that Jesus the Light of men and the world. Instead of passing judgment on the woman He was passing judgment on her judges. Jesus" reply put the dilemma back on His accusers" shoulders. 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. Greek. Look at the Book. Those are self-condemned who judge others, and yet do the same thing. The Pharisees and the adulteress. Articles Sermons Topics Books Podcasts Filter Resources By Ask Pastor John. 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 (1-11) Christ's discourse with the Pharisees. 1. lifted up. ‘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”.’. All the responsibility is rolled back upon themselves. 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. 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. Of the immorality among the Jewish rulers, which gives force to these words, evidence is not wanting. 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. Notes on John 10:34 et seq.). “In the instance of John 8:1-11, a woman committed adultery, but Jesus did not condemn her. The question, then, is whether we 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." 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. 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. Jesus did not mean that the accusers needed to be sinless. He that is without sin, let him first cast a stone at her. 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. Let him first cast a stone, [ ton (Greek #3588) lithon (Greek #3037)] - rather, 'the stone,' referred to in the Mosaic statute, Deuteronomy 17:11. If they are without sin as He is, then they have a right to do as they suggest. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? John 8:7 Context. 3 Jesus went up on m the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Some manuscripts do include the passage, or part of it, but place it after John 7:36 or after John 21:25. 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. 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). 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. Commentary for John 8 . The retort is complete. 8:7-9 He that is without sin among you. “I AM was recognized by the Jews as a title of deity.” (Tenney) iii. He agrees that the one among them who has never broken the Law shall be permitted to carry out the sentence. Some one must lead; and he, unless purer than the woman, slays her without authority, and is so a murderer. 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. —They do not easily take a hint that their room is better than their company. Here’s their line of reasoning. 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. 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. All can readily. In Sept[62]Deuteronomy 29:19, . 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 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. This would be to nullify law, for there could be then no human executive power. ", 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. To pick up a stone would have been to deny their own teaching. He straightens up and looks round on them. Do they think he has no answer? 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 … still more trying test than they had applied to Jesus. Compare John 8:69. will single himself out for the deed? 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. But there is an answer of which they think not, and this He stands up to give. 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. “I AM was recognized by the Jews as a title of deity.” (Tenney) В ней могли участвовать только те, кто не был виновен в том же грехе. 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. the heavy stone for execution. 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. anamartetos. For this use of with a participle cf.Acts 12:16, ; and see Buttmann’s N.T. Indeed, they are placed in a predicament of shame likely to prevent all desire on their part to allude to the matter. 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! 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. 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. only here in N.T. A. Hort, The New Testament in the Original Greek, vol. First cast a stone—Each man is now himself put to a still more trying test than they had applied to Jesus. 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And at length Jesus lifting His head, straightening Himself, said to them: ’ , “let the faultless one among you first cast the stone at her”. Next Weeks Readings. нь должны начать свидетели преступления. All can readily follow if some one will lead; but which will single himself out for the deed? 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. Only here, John 8:10. 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. Most scholars agree that the story is not Johannine in its origins and that it was added later. Indeed, they are placed in a predicament of shame likely to prevent all desire on their part to allude to the matter. John 8:7 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE). Said unto them—Thus doth Judge Messiah decide: The accused is beyond all question worthy of death. Wed, Jan. 6th Thu, Jan. 7th Fri, Jan. 8th Sat, Jan. 9th Sun, Jan. 10th Mon, Jan. 11th. John /. ii. 7.Continued asking—They do not easily take a hint that their room is better than their company. We must not take the words to express permission only; it is an imperative, expressing command. 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. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. 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). Jesus lived under this Law and respected it. i. (Comp. 3 Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They were caught in their own trap. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. 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,'. The scribes and Pharisees press for an answer. ii. If there were one or two in that situation the remainder could hardly claim innocence as a group. As they stood there. What hope is there for the world, when the religious and righteous become even more detestable than the sin they intend to punish! 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. For shall a single judge be found, who is not conscious of having something that is wrong? 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… The scribes, however, did not accept the silence of Jesus as an answer, but “went on asking Him”. 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). He is the great promoter of falsehood of every kind. a stone = the stone, i.e. 1 John 2:1). he said what was an awful rebuke. 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. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. To their credit Pharisees did acknowledge that they had failed to keep God’s Law. John 9. 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. Perhaps 2 Peter 2:14 describes their character. vii, ver. Coffman's Commentaries on the BibleJohn 8. He appears, therefore, to forbid all witnesses to give public testimony, and all judges to occupy the judgment-seat. 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. When Jesus finally answered His critics, He cited passages in the Mosaic Law. (See marginal reference.) (2) Against hypocrites who are very severe judges against other men, and flatter themselves while they are sinning. 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. 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. 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) 4 Now n the Passover, the o feast of the Jews, was at hand. They had asked Him to pass judgment, and now He was exercising His rightful function as the judge of humankind. 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. 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. 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. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. (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. 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. 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