John 8: Off you go – and from now on don’t sin again!

The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught out in adultery. They stood her out in the middle.

‘Teacher,’ they said to him. ‘This woman was caught in the very act of adultery. In the law, Moses commanded us to stone people like this. What do you say?’

They said this to test him, so that they could frame a charge against him.

Jesus squatted down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they went on pressing the question, he got up and said to them, ‘Whichever of you is without sin should throw the first stone at her.’

And once again he squatted down and wrote on the ground.

When they heard that, they went off one by one, beginning with the oldest. Jesus was left alone, with the woman still standing there.

Jesus looked up.

‘Where are they, woman?’ he asked. ‘Hasn’t anybody condemned you?’

‘Nobody, sir,’ she replied.

‘Well, then,’ said Jesus, ‘I don’t condemn you either! Off you go – and from now on don’t sin again!’

John 8:1-11, New Testament for Everyone

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