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John 8:31–59

The Truth Will Make You Free

31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, aIf you continue in My word, then you are truly bdisciples of Mine;

32 and ayou will know the truth, and bthe truth will make you free.”

33 They answered Him, “aWe are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, You will become free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, aeveryone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

35 aThe slave does not remain in the house forever; bthe son does remain forever.

36 So if the Son amakes you free, you will be free indeed.

37 I know that you are aAbraham’s descendants; yet byou seek to kill Me, because My word 1has no place in you.

38 I speak the things which I have seen 1with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from ayour father.”

39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is aour father.” Jesus * said to them, bIf you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham.

40 But as it is, ayou are seeking to kill Me, a man who has btold you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.

41 You are doing the deeds of ayour father.” They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; bwe have one Father: God.”

42 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, ayou would love Me, bfor I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have cnot even come on My own initiative, but 1dHe sent Me.

43 Why do you not understand 1awhat I am saying? It is because you cannot bhear My word.

44 aYou are of byour father the devil, and cyou want to do the desires of your father. dHe was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because ethere is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks 1a lie, he fspeaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of 2lies.

45 But because aI speak the truth, you do not believe Me.

46 Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If aI speak truth, why do you not believe Me?

47 aHe who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

48 aThe Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a bSamaritan and chave a demon?”

49 Jesus answered, I do not ahave a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.

50 But aI do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges.

51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone akeeps My word he will never bsee death.”

52 aThe Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You bhave a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, If anyone ckeeps My word, he will never dtaste of death.’

53 “Surely You aare not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?

54 Jesus answered, aIf I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; bit is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say,He is our God’;

55 and ayou have not come to know Him, bbut I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be ca liar like you, bbut I do know Him and dkeep His word.

56 aYour father Abraham brejoiced 1to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”

57 aSo the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”

58 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham 1was born, aI am.”

59 Therefore they apicked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus 1bhid Himself and went out of the temple.

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