74 Jesus forgives a woman who was caught in adultery.

Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22–24; John 8:2–11

If Jesus knew that religious leaders wanted to arrest and kill him, why didn’t he teach somewhere other than the Temple (John 8:2)?

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By what means might religious leaders have caught a woman in the act of adultery (John 8:3–5)? Why wasn’t the man brought, as well?

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Those who questioned Jesus about what to do with her thought Jesus would be in trouble, no matter how he answered. Why did this seem to be the perfect “trap” (John 8:3–6)?

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What might Jesus have first written on the ground (John 8:6)?

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After responding to their persistent questioning, what might he have written on the ground (John 8:6–8)?

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In Jesus’ words and actions, what disturbed the leaders so much that they left (John 8:9)?

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Why did the older men leave before the younger men (John 8:9)?

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With the answer obvious, why did Jesus ask the woman where her accusers were (John 8:10)?

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What was the basis for Jesus forgiving the woman (John 8:11)?

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At dawn, Jesus entered the Temple’s outer court. After a crowd had gathered, he sat down and began to teach.

Eyewitness

John 8:2 At dawn, Jesus entered the Temple’s outer court. After a crowd had gathered, he sat down and began to teach.
King James

John 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

Pharisees and teachers of the Law brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. While she stood before the people, they said, “Teacher, this woman was found with a man who is not her husband. Her guilt is certain because she was taken in the act. In the Law, Moses says we are to stone to death such women. What do you say?” Their question was intended to trap him into saying something against either the Law or public opinion.

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John 8:3–6 Pharisees and teachers of the Law brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. While she stood before the people, they said, “Teacher, this woman was found with a man who is not her husband. Her guilt is certain because she was taken in the act. In the Law, Moses says we are to stone to death such women. What do you say?” Their question was intended to trap him into saying something against either the Law or public opinion. Instead of answering, Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger.
King James

John 8:3–6 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

Instead of answering, Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger. They continued to ask until he stood and said, “Let the one among you who is without sin throw the first stone.” Again, he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

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John 8:6–8 Their question was intended to trap him into saying something against either the Law or public opinion. Instead of answering, Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger. They continued to ask until he stood and said, “Let the one among you who is without sin throw the first stone.” Again, he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
King James

John 8:6–8 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 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. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

After hearing what he said, they were convicted by their own conscience and slipped away, one at a time, from oldest to youngest, until only Jesus was left with the woman before him.

Eyewitness

John 8:9 After hearing what he said, they were convicted by their own conscience and slipped away, one at a time, from oldest to youngest, until only Jesus was left with the woman before him.
King James

John 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

Jesus stood. “Woman, where are your accusers? Is there no one here to condemn you?”

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John 8:10 Jesus stood. “Woman, where are your accusers? Is there no one here to condemn you?”
King James

John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

“No one, sir.”

Eyewitness

John 8:11 “No one, sir.” “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”
King James

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

“Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”

Eyewitness

John 8:11 “No one, sir.” “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”
King James

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.