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fore sayest thou ?” Now this they said, trying him, that they might have whereof to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down and with his finger wrote on the ground. But when they continued asking him, he raised himself

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and said unto them, “Let him who is without sin among you, first cast a stone at her.” And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. But they having heard it, and being convicted by conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the elder, even to the last: and Jesus alone was left, and the woman standing in the midst. But Jesus having raised himself

up and seen no one except the woman, he said unto her, “Woman, where are those thine accusers ? hath no one passed sentence on thee? She said, “No one, Lord !” And Jesus said unto her, “Neither do I pass sentence on thee : go, and sin no more.”]1

Again, therefore, Jesus spake unto them, saying, “I am the light of the world : he that followeth me will not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” The Pharisees therefore said unto him, “Thou bearest testimony concerning thyself; thy testimony is not true.” Jesus answered and said unto them, “Though I bear testimony concerning myself, my testimony is true; for I know whence I came, and whither I go: but ye know not whence I come, or whither I go. Ye judge according to the flesh; I judge no man: and yet if I judge, my judgment is true; because I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. Now even in your law it is written,” that the testimony of two men is true. I am one who bare stimony cerning myself, and the Father that sent me beareth testimony concerning me.” They said therefore unto him, “Where is thy

1 The passage beginning with the last verse of the viith chapter, and ending here, is marked by Griesbach as of doubtful authority: 0. H. n. 2 Deut. xvii. 6.

Father?” Jesus answered, “Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if

ye

had known me, ye would have known my Father also.”

These words he spake in the treasury, while teaching in the temple : yet no one laid hold on him ; because his hour was not yet come.

Jesus therefore said again unto them, “I go away, and ye will seek me, and will die in your sin : whither I go, ye cannot come. The Jews therefore said, “Will he kill himself ? because he saith, 'Whither I go, ye cannot come. And he said unto them, “Ye are from beneath ; I am from above : ye are of this world ; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, Ye will die in your sins : for if ye believe not that I am he, ye will die in your sins.” They said therefore unto him, “Who art thou ?” And Jesus said unto them, “That which I told you even at the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge concerning you : but he that sent me is true; and those things which I have heard from him, I say unto the world.” They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. Jesus therefore said unto them, “When have lifted

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then shall ye know that I am he: and I do nothing of myself ; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; because I always do those things that please him.”

While speaking these words, many believed on him. Jesus therefore said to those Jews who believed on him, “If ye continue in

my

word, ye are my disciples indeed ; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you

free." The Jews answered him, “We are Abraham's offspring, and were never enslaved to any one : how sayest thou, 'Ye shall be made free?!Jesus answered them, “Verily, verily, I

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say unto you, Every one who committeth sin is the slave of sin. Now the slave abideth not in the house for ever : the Son abideth for ever. If therefore the Son make you free, ye will be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham's offspring ; yet ye are seeking to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. I am speaking that which I have seen with my Father : and ye therefore are doing that which ye have seen with

your father.” They answered and said unto him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye are seeking to kill me, a man who have told you the truth which I have heard from God: this did not Abraham. Ye are doing the deeds of your father.” They said therefore unto him, “We were not born of fornication ; we have one Father-God.” Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I came forth from God, and have come unto you ; for I have not come of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my language ? because ye are unable to listen to my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the desires of

your father

ye are willing to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own : for he is a liar, and the father of lying. But because I tell you the truth, ye do not believe me. Which of you convicteth me of sin ? If I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth the words of God: on this account ye do not hear, because ye are not of God.” The Jews answered and said unto him, "Say we not well, Thou art a Samaritan, and hast a demon?” Jesus answered, “I have not a demon; but I honour my Father, and ye dishonour

Yet I seek not my own glory : there is one that seek

me.

eth and judgeth. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If any one keep my word, he shall never see death."1 The Jews therefore said unto him, “Now we know that thou hast a demon. Abraham is dead, and the prophets ; and thou sayest, 'If any one keep my word, he shall never taste of death.' Art thou greater than our father Abraham, who is dead ? and the prophets also are dead : whom makest thou thyself ?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing : it is my Father that glorifieth me; of whom ye say, that he is

your God: yet ye have not known him ; but I know him ; and if I say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and I keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced in hopea that he should see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” The Jews therefore said unto him, “Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?” Jesus said unto them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am he.They took up stones, therefore, to cast at him : but Jesus hid himself, and went out from the temple.?

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SECT. III.

Miraculous Cure of the Blind Man : Our Lord's Subsequent

Discourses : The Good Shepherd, &c.

John ix. 1-X. 21.

And as he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind ?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man sinned, nor his parents : but it is that the works of God might be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day :

i Lit., he shall not see death for ever. 20. H. n. 3 Or, Before he becometh Abraham, (i. e. Father of many nations ): 0. H. n.

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the night cometh, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said unto him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam,” (which is, interpreted, Sent). He went therefore, and washed, and came away seeing. The neighbours therefore, and they who before saw him that he was a beggar, said, “Is not this he that sat and begged ?” Others said, “This is he:” and others, “It is like him :" he himself said, “I am he.They said therefore unto him, “How were thine eyes opened?” He answered and said, “A man called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said to me, 'Go to Siloam, and wash :' and I went and washed, and I received sight.” They said therefore to him, “Where is he?” He saith, “I know not."

They bring him to the Pharisees that aforetime was blind. Now it was the sabbath 1 when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Again, therefore, the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight: and he said unto them, “He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and I see.” Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because he keepeth not the sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles ?And there was a division among them. They say again to the blind man, “What sayest thou concerning him, because he hath opened thine eyes ?" And he said, “He is a prophet." The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, “This is your son, of whom ye say that

10. H. n.

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