New International Version
Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders
45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”
46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,”(A) the guards replied.
47 “You mean he has deceived you also?”(B) the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?(C) 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”
50 Nicodemus,(D) who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”
52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”(E)
[The earliest manuscripts and many other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53—8:11. A few manuscripts include these verses, wholly or in part, after John 7:36, John 21:25, Luke 21:38 or Luke 24:53.]
53 Then they all went home, 8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.(F)
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.(G) 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.(H) Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap,(I) in order to have a basis for accusing him.(J)
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 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(K) at her.”(L) 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony
13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”(R)
14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going.(S) But you have no idea where I come from(T) or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards;(U) I pass judgment on no one.(V) 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.(W) 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.(X) 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”(Y)
19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”
“You do not know me or my Father,”(Z) Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”(AA) 20 He spoke these words while teaching(AB) in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put.(AC) Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.(AD)