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John 8:6-8 The Passion Translation (TPT)

They were only testing Jesus because they hoped to trap him with his own words and accuse him of breaking the laws of Moses.

But Jesus didn’t answer them. Instead he simply bent down and wrote in the dust with his finger.[a] Angry, they kept insisting[b] that he answer their question, so Jesus stood up and looked at them and said, “Let’s have the man who has never had a sinful desire[c] throw the first stone at her.” And then he bent over again and wrote some more words in the dust.[d]


  1. John 8:6 This is the not the first time God wrote with his finger. See Ex. 31:18.
  2. John 8:7 As translated from the Aramaic.
  3. John 8:7 The Greek word anamartetos means more than simply sin, but is best translated “a sinful desire.”
  4. John 8:8 See Jer. 17:13. Jesus wrote in the dust to fulfill Jeremiah’s prophecy that those who forsake God (spiritual adultery) will be written in the dust. All of the accusers were guilty of having forsaken God, the fountain of living water, and yet were so anxious to stone this woman to death. The same finger that wrote the Ten Commandments in stone also wrote the names of each of the accusers, or perhaps he wrote Jer. 17:13 in the dirt in front of their eyes, pointing to their hypocrisy.
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