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. Still the wider meaning is probably not excluded. As they stood there. 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! They who ask this question about the Seventh Commandment were themselves breaking the Sixth and the Ninth. And yet they are unable to pretend that he has declined the Messianic office, or lowered the Mosaic law. Daily devotional with John Piper. John already mentioned the brothers of Jesus at John 2:12, and Matthew wrote of the brothers of Jesus at Matthew 12:46-47. (2) Against hypocrites who are very severe judges against other men, and flatter themselves while they are sinning. They were condemned by the company they were keeping. 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. Compare App-128. Thus they had to be wary. 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. They had asked Him to pass judgment, and now He was exercising His rightful function as the judge of humankind. Shall a single witness be produced who is not chargeable with some fault? The retort is complete. 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. Do they think he has no answer? In this chapter, the controversy continues. [Some think Jesus wrote words on the ground, which showed the men he knew their hidden secrets. He is a liar, all his temptations are carried on by his calling evil good, and good evil, and promising freedom in sin. Indeed, they are placed in a predicament of shame likely to prevent all desire on their part to allude to the matter. anamartetos. 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). It is from the mention of ‘the stone’ that we may draw the conclusion that the woman’s accusers had stones in their hands. If they did not stone her, they would be admitting that they had sinned. The question, then, is whether we John 7. He that is without sin, let him first cast a stone at her. When Jesus finally answered His critics, He cited passages in the Mosaic Law. Notes on John 10:34 et seq.). For shall a single judge be found, who is not conscious of having something that is wrong? Jesus" reply put the dilemma back on His accusers" shoulders. John 8:7. 4 Now n the Passover, the o feast of the Jews, was at hand. John 8:32, NASB: "and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'" 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 Commentaries, history books, and more are linked to this page But we are not told this. 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. (2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand. We should not, therefore, make a ‘big deal’ over such a trifling and personal matter.” Others “paint” with an even broader brush. They are summoned to judge themselves rather than the woman. 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. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? John /. He appears, therefore, to forbid all witnesses to give public testimony, and all judges to occupy the judgment-seat. “Our blessed Lord, it is true, was her first born, while she was yet a … 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). 1 while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. John 8:7 Context. anakupto. Having brought an adulterous woman to Jesus, the teachers of the … only here in N.T. It could be they have used this woman themselves.]. 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. The law did not require that but that they be innocent of the particular sin of the accused. Matthew Mark Luke John Acts Ephesians Colossians First Thessalonians Second Thessalonians Hebrews James First Peter Second Peter First John Second & Third John … 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. Of the immorality among the Jewish rulers, which gives force to these words, evidence is not wanting. 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 . Coffman's Commentaries on the BibleJohn 8. The problem is that John 7:53-8:11 is not found in any of the earliest manuscripts or versions (translations into other languages). And again he stooped down, and with his finger, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. 1. lifted up. 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. First cast a stone—Each man is now himself put to a still more trying test than they had applied to Jesus. “In the instance of John 8:1-11, a woman committed adultery, but Jesus did not condemn her. Commentary on John 9:8-12 (Read John 9:8-12) Those whose eyes are opened, and whose hearts are cleansed by grace, being known to be the same person, but widely different in character, live as monuments to the Redeemer's glory, and recommend his grace to … He straightens up and looks round on them. But they mean that no amount of finger-writing shall defeat their purpose. * a. 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. Daily devotional with John Piper. 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.) To their credit Pharisees did acknowledge that they had failed to keep God’s Law. (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. In Sept[62]Deuteronomy 29:19, . He agrees that the one among them who has never broken the Law shall be permitted to carry out the sentence. 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. 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. 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. (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. ‘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”.’. —They do not easily take a hint that their room is better than their company. ", 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. will single himself out for the deed? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. Some one must lead; and he, unless purer than the woman, slays her without authority, and is so a murderer. (John 8:12) In the introduction of this Gospel John proclaimed that Jesus the Light of men and the world. 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 … Let him first; Deuteronomy 17:7. Jesus now took the place of the woman"s defense attorney as well as her judge (cf. Questions and answers with John Piper. All can readily. 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. 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." 8. again he stooped down and wrote—The design of this second stooping and writing on the ground was evidently to give her accusers an opportunity to slink away unobserved by Him, and so avoid an exposure to His eye which they could ill have stood. —Thus doth Judge Messiah decide: The accused is beyond all question worthy of death. If they are without sin as He is, then they have a right to do as they suggest. Perhaps 2 Peter 2:14 describes their character. John 8:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 8:32, NIV: "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" No man who cannot stand this test has a right to require the old ideal to be revived. Some one must lead; and he, unless purer than the woman, slays her without authority, and is so a murderer. No man who cannot stand this test has a right to require the old ideal to be revived. 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. They do, at this moment, doubtless understand that he intimates his rejection of all prerogative in the case. нь должны начать свидетели преступления. ‘He lifted Himself up’. 8:7-9 He that is without sin among you. But they mean that no amount of finger-writing shall defeat their purpose. 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. And at length Jesus lifting His head, straightening Himself, said to them: ’ , “let the faultless one among you first cast the stone at her”. The scribes and Pharisees press for an answer. And yet they are unable to pretend that he has declined the Messianic office, or lowered the Mosaic law. 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) 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. All can readily follow if some one will lead; but which will single himself out for the deed? 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. The King James ( KJV ) Bible with Commentary. 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. 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. a stone = the stone, i.e. the word “sinner” as used in Luke 7:37.) Instead of passing judgment on the woman He was passing judgment on her judges. For this use of with a participle cf.Acts 12:16, ; and see Buttmann’s N.T. 8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. His next action is specific and underlines the words that He speaks. Books of the Bible Buy a Bible Daily Readings Old Testament We must not take the words to express permission only; it is an imperative, expressing command. Wed, Jan. 6th Thu, Jan. 7th Fri, Jan. 8th Sat, Jan. 9th Sun, Jan. 10th Mon, Jan. 11th. 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. —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. 1 John 2:1). (1-11) Christ's discourse with the Pharisees. 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. --- See annotations on Matt. vii, ver. If they proceeded to stone the woman, they were claiming that they had not sinned. 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. Jesus did not mean that the accusers needed to be sinless. This would be to nullify law, for there could be then no human executive power. John 8:7. ii. Those are self-condemned who judge others, and yet do the same thing. 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". Only here, John 8:10. Then Jesus lifted Himself up (as we may well believe) with slow and solemn dignity, and spoke the words recorded of Him with a glance which must have showed His hearers that He read their hearts. John 8:2-11 - "JESUS' WORK OF FORGIVENESS" Reading Sermon by Prof. H. Hanko. 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. Let him first cast a stone, [ ton (Greek #3588) lithon (Greek #3037)] - rather, 'the stone,' referred to in the Mosaic statute, Deuteronomy 17:11. There must be more to this than we are told. John 8:7 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE). (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. The Pharisees and the adulteress. This may help to explain why the eldest left first. 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. He is the great promoter of falsehood of every kind. 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. 7. 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. 3 Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. 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 ). “I AM was recognized by the Jews as a title of deity.” (Tenney) iii. 3 Jesus went up on m the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 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 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,'. 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. Let him first cast a stone at her.—The Received text and some MSS. (See marginal reference.) Most scholars agree that the story is not Johannine in its origins and that it was added later. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. Greek. Now what he said, at that time, to a few persons, we ought to view as spoken to all, that whoever accuses another, ought to impose on himself a law of innocence; otherwise, we do not pursue wicked actions, but rather are hostile to the persons of men. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. 6 After this j Jesus went away to the other side of k the Sea of Galilee, which is l the Sea of Tiberias. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. A. Hort, The New Testament in the Original Greek, vol. ); teaching of his heavenly origin ( John 8:21-30 ); and the passage on the true children of Abraham ( John 8:31-59 ). 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. 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. They were caught in their own trap. 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. 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. (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. Solid Joys. 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. 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. All the responsibility is rolled back upon themselves. 7.Continued asking—They do not easily take a hint that their room is better than their company. John 8 is the eighth chapter in the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.It continues the account of Jesus' debate with the Pharisees after the Feast of Tabernacles, which began in the previous chapter.. 7.He who is without sin among you. 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. 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. Chapter 8. When they persisted, saying, What sayest thou ? John 9. 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… Bible Resources. 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. John 8. II. They do, at this moment, doubtless understand that he intimates his rejection of all prerogative in the case. 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. 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. Here’s their line of reasoning. To pick up a stone would have been to deny their own teaching. 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. cannot with any propriety reprehend or condemn faults in others, if we ourselves be guilty of the same, or other great faults, St. Cyril, in Joan. The retort is complete. 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). Light is a used as a symbol of the absence of darkness. 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. Do they think he is embarrassed? All the responsibility is rolled back upon themselves. Interactive Bible study with John Piper. What hope is there for the world, when the religious and righteous become even more detestable than the sin they intend to punish! “I AM was recognized by the Jews as a title of deity.” (Tenney) 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. The scribes, however, did not accept the silence of Jesus as an answer, but “went on asking Him”. Indeed, they are placed in a predicament of shame likely to prevent all desire on their part to allude to the matter. 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. (Comp. In Matthew 13:55-56, the sisters of Jesus were described. Compare John 8:69. i. Occ, nowhere else in the N.T. If there were one or two in that situation the remainder could hardly claim innocence as a group. Commentary for John 8 . Greek. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Luke 13:11; Luke 21:28. without sin = sinless. 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. 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. 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. ii. John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. Jesus lived under this Law and respected it. Said unto them—Thus doth Judge Messiah decide: The accused is beyond all question worthy of death. John 8:7. 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. Some manuscripts do include the passage, or part of it, but place it after John 7:36 or after John 21:25. the heavy stone for execution. 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.” 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. (Comp. But there is an answer of which they think not, and this He stands up to give. 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. В ней могли участвовать только те, кто не был виновен в том же грехе. Next Weeks Readings. Gram., 257, 14. 2, Introduction; Appendix (Cambridge & London: Macmillan, 1881), 87-88.. 89 Morris, The Gospel According to John, 457. Look at the Book. In this manner shall we, without hating men, make war with sins. he said what was an awful rebuke. still more trying test than they had applied to Jesus. Accordingly it is added. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. 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. 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. 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