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