I Am the Light of the World

12 (A)Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, (B)“I am the light of the world. Whoever (C)follows me will not (D)walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, (E)“You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, (F)my testimony is true, for I know (G)where I came from and (H)where I am going, but (I)you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 (J)You judge according to the flesh; (K)I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, (L)my judgment is true, for (M)it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father[a] who sent me. 17 (N)In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and (O)the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, (P)“You know neither me nor my Father. (Q)If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in (R)the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but (S)no one arrested him, because (T)his hour had not yet come.

21 So he said to them again, (U)“I am going away, and (V)you will seek me, and (W)you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, (X)“Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, (Y)“You are from below; I am from above. (Z)You are of this world; (AA)I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you (AB)would die in your sins, for (AC)unless you believe that (AD)I am he you will die in your sins.” 25 So they said to him, (AE)“Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. 26 I have much to say about you and much to judge, but (AF)he who sent me is true, and I declare (AG)to the world (AH)what I have heard from him.” 27 They did not understand that (AI)he had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said to them, “When you have (AJ)lifted up the Son of Man, (AK)then you will know that (AL)I am he, and that (AM)I do nothing on my own authority, but (AN)speak just as the Father taught me. 29 And (AO)he who sent me is with me. (AP)He has not left me alone, for (AQ)I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” 30 As he was saying these things, (AR)many believed in him.

The Truth Will Set You Free

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, (AS)“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will (AT)know the truth, and the truth (AU)will set you free.” 33 They answered him, (AV)“We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, (AW)everyone who practices sin is a slave[b] to sin. 35 (AX)The slave does not remain in the house forever; (AY)the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet (AZ)you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 (BA)I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard (BB)from your father.”

You Are of Your Father the Devil

39 They answered him, (BC)“Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, (BD)“If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now (BE)you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth (BF)that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, (BG)“We were not born of sexual immorality. We have (BH)one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, (BI)“If God were your Father, you would love me, for (BJ)I came from God and (BK)I am here. (BL)I came not of my own accord, but (BM)he sent me. 43 (BN)Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot (BO)bear to hear my word. 44 (BP)You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. (BQ)He was a murderer from the beginning, and (BR)does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. (BS)When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 (BT)Whoever is of God hears the words of God. (BU)The reason why you do not hear them is that (BV)you are not of God.”

Before Abraham Was, I Am

48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and (BW)have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but (BX)I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet (BY)I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Truly, truly, (BZ)I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never (CA)see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! (CB)Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet (CC)you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never (CD)taste death.’ 53 (CE)Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, (CF)“If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. (CG)It is my Father who glorifies me, (CH)of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’[c] 55 But (CI)you have not known him. (CJ)I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be (CK)a liar (CL)like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 (CM)Your father Abraham (CN)rejoiced (CO)that he would see my day. (CP)He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”[d] 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, (CQ)I am.” 59 So (CR)they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

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  1. John 8:16 Some manuscripts he
  2. John 8:34 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; also verse 35
  3. John 8:54 Some manuscripts your God
  4. John 8:57 Some manuscripts has Abraham seen you?

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