19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”

“You do not know me or my Father,”(A) Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”(B) 20 He spoke these words while teaching(C) in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put.(D) Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.(E)

Dispute Over Who Jesus Is

21 Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die(F) in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”(G)

22 This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”

23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.(H) 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he,(I) you will indeed die in your sins.”

25 “Who are you?” they asked.

“Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied. 26 “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy,(J) and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”(K)

27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up[a] the Son of Man,(L) then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.(M) 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone,(N) for I always do what pleases him.”(O) 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.(P)

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  1. John 8:28 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted.

39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered.

“If you were Abraham’s children,”(A) said Jesus, “then you would[a] do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me,(B) a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.(C) Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.”(D)

“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”(E)

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me,(F) for I have come here from God.(G) I have not come on my own;(H) God sent me.(I) 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil,(J) and you want to carry out your father’s desires.(K) He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.(L) 45 Yet because I tell the truth,(M) you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says.(N) The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

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  1. John 8:39 Some early manuscripts “If you are Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then

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