Gospel of John chapter 8

Reading by Vic Alexander

From the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures


John 8

1. So Eashoa went up to the Mount of Olives; 2. [But] in the morning he came back again to the temple, and all the people came to him, and as he sat down, he taught them. 3*. The scribes and the Pharisees brought to him a woman who had been caught* with a man. And as they stood them in the arena* [to be stoned,] 4. They said [to Eashoa,] “Educator, this woman was literally dragged from the man while fornicating.* 5. “And the Law of Moses commands that such [people] should be stoned. What do you say now*? 6. They wanted to tempt him, so that they could find* fault in him. Eashoa leaned down as he wrote on the ground. 7. However, as they asked him angrily, he straightened himself up and said, “Whichever one of you who is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8. Again as he leaned down, he wrote on the ground. 9. Those that heard [him] took off* one by one, starting with the priests, and left the woman who had come to the arena [completely] alone. 10. Then as Eashoa straightened up [again,] he said to the woman, “Where are they [now?] No man* oppresses you [now?]” 11. She then said to him, “Not one!* My Maryah!” Then Eashoa said, “Neither do I put you down,* go and from now on do not sin again.” 12. So [then] Eashoa spoke to them again and said, “I am the light of the universe*. Whoever follows me shall not be driven* by the darkness, except [they] shall attain for themselves the light of Life.” 13. The Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf, your testimony is not true.” 14. Eashoa replied and told them, “Even though I am testifying on my own behalf, my testimony is true, since I know from where I came and where I am going to. But you do not know from where I came and where I am going to. 15. “You judge by physical appearances*, I do not judge the human [being.] 16. “And if I judge, my judgment is just*, since I do not do it by myself, except myself and my Father who sent me. 17. “And in your Law it is written, that the testimony of two men is true. 18. “I am who is testifying about myself, and my Father who sent me testifies about me.” 19. They said to him, “Where is your father?” Eashoa replied and said, “You neither know me, nor my Father; [for] if you knew me, you would also know my Father.” 

20. These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple, and no one* arrested* him. 

21. Eashoa told them again, “I am going, and you will search for me, [but] you shall die in your sins. And where I go, you cannot go there.” 22. The Jews said, “Why, is he going to kill himself, that he says where I go, you cannot come?” 23. He told them, “You are from below, and I am from above. You are from this world*; I am not born of this world*. 24. “I told you that you will die in your sins. [Unless] you believe that I am I, you shall die in your sins.” 25. The Jews said, “Who [do you think] you are?!” Eashoa told them, “Even though from the beginning I have been telling you [this,] 26. “I [still] have a great [deal] to tell you [in] condemning you; except who sent me is True, and these [things] I have heard from Him, these are the things I speak among the people*.” 27. And they did not know that he was telling them about the Father. 28. Eashoa told them again, “When you honor* the Son of Man, then you shall observe that I am I, and nothing of my own self I do, except that which that was taught to me [by] my Father, only of that I speak. 29. “And who sent me is [always] with me, and my Father, since I always* do the thing that glorifies* him.” 

30. And as he spoke these things, a great many [people] believed in him. 31. And Eashoa said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you are loyal to my manifestation, you are truly my disciples, 32. “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.” 33. The [Jews] said to him, “We are the offspring of Abraham, and we never perform work for any human [being.]* How can you say that we shall become free*?” 34. Eashoa told them, “Amen, amen, I am telling you, that whoever commits sin is the slave of sin. 35. “And the slave is forever* unable to hold* on to his home, [but] the Son establishes* you till eternity*. 36. “For thus the Son shall make you free, [that] truly you shall be the Sons of the Free. 37. “I know that you are the offspring of Abraham, except you want to have me killed, since you do not accept* my manifestation. 38. “I speak of the thing that I saw with my Father, and you do the thing that [which] you saw with your father.” 39. They replied, saying to him, “Our father was Abraham.” Eashoa said to them, “If you were the children* of Abraham, you would have performed the work that Abraham did. 40. “But now, behold, you want to have me killed, [me] the man who spoke to you truthfully, that which I heard from Allaha. Abraham would [never] do this! 41. “But you are [the ones] who [indeed] do the works of your father.” They said to him, “We were not born of fornication. We have one father, Allaha.” 42. Eashoa told them, “If Allaha was your Father, you would love me, for I have graced you with my Divine presence;* and it was not from my own self that I came, except He sent me. 43. “However, why you do not abide by my manifestation? It is because* of your inability to recognize* [it.] 44. “You come from your father the Devil, and in the service of your father you are content* to be enslaved, [to him] who is the killer of mankind* from the beginning, who never upholds* the truth, for truth does not abide* in him, and when he speaks lies, he speaks of his own genesis, for he is a Liar, [like] his father* also. 45. “But since I speak the truth, you do not believe me. 46. “Which one of you I [led] to sin? And if I speak the truth, why do you not believe me? 47. “[The one] who comes from Allaha obeys* the words of Allaha; the reason you do not obey, is because you did not come from Allaha.” 48. The Jews replied and said to him, “Did we not say [it] beautifully, that you are a Samaritan (and) possessed* by a demon?” 49. Eashoa told them, “No demon possesses me, except I honor my Father, and you curse me. 50. “I do not want my glorification. There is One who wants [it for me] and [who] judges. 51. “Amen, amen, I am telling you, whoever guards and obeys my manifestation, shall never see death to [the end of] the universe.” 52. The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you are possessed* by a demon. Abraham died and all the prophets. And you say that whoever guards and obeys my manifestation shall not taste death to [the end of] the universe. 53. “Why, are you greater than our father Abraham, who died, and the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?!” 54. Eashoa told them, “If I glorify myself, that glorification is of no significance.* It so happens that my Father glorifies me, He whom you call your Allaha. 55. “And you do not know Him; I am the one who knows Him. And if I had said I did not know Him, I would be telling* a lie, just like you. Except I [do] know Him, and I guard and protect His manifestation. 56. “Abraham, your father, was satisfied to see my Day, and he saw [it] and was delighted.” 57. The Jews said to him, “But you are not even fifty years [old] and [yet] you have seen Abraham?!” 58. Eashoa told them, “Amen, amen, I am telling you, if Abraham had never been born, I am [the One] who Comes [the Omnipresent Allaha]!” 59. And they took up stones to stone him. And Eashoa [became] invisible* and emerged out of the temple; and he passed through them and went away. 

Footnotes: 8:3. 1 The “Story of the Woman,” verses 3 thorough 11, should not be read at this point, for the sake of continuity. Preferably, it should be read after the end of the John. This “Story” is not included in many ancient texts. -- 8:3. 2 “Taken.” -- 8:3. 3 Aramaic: “In the Scales.” -- 8:4 “Educator, this woman was taken openly in the [act of fornication] of the man.” -- 8:5 “[About] such [cases.]” -- 8:6 “Charge.” -- 8:7. 1 Aramaic retained. “Implicate [him].” -- 8:7. 2 “From.” -- 8:7. 3 “Human [being.]” -- 8:9 “Exited.” -- 8:10 “Human [being.]” -- 8:11. 1 Aramaic phrase: “Not a human [being!]” -- 8:11. 2 “Oppress.” -- 8:12. 1 Aramaic retained. “[All] the people.” -- 8:12. 2 “Be walked [rushed.]” -- 8:15 “Bodily.” -- 8:16 “True.” -- 8:20. 1 “Human [being.]” -- 8:20. 2 “Took.” -- 8:23. 1 “Universe.” -- 8:23. 2 “Universe.” -- 8:26 “Universe.” -- 8:28 “Raise up.” -- 8:29. 1 “In every season.” -- 8:29. 2 “Adorns.” -- 8:33. 1 Aramaic construction retained. “And we serve no one!” -- 8:33. 2 Figure of speech: “Children of the Free [plural].” -- 8:35. 1 “To [the end of] the universe.” -- 8:35. 2 “Strengthen,” or “harden.” -- 8:35. 3 “Strengthens,” or “hardens.” -- 8:35. 4 “To [the end of] the universe.” -- 8:37 “Hold.” -- 8:39 “Sons.” -- 8:42 Aramaic expression” “For I have from Allaha, commanded and come [to you.]” -- 8:43. 1 “Over.” -- 8:43. 2 “Heed.” -- 8:43. 3 “Satisfied.” -- 8:44. 1 “The human [being.]” -- 8:44. 2 “Stands in.” -- 8:44. 3 “Exist.” -- 8:44. 4 Reference to Satan! -- 8:44. 5 “Heeds.” -- 8:47 “Have [a].” -- 8:52 “Have [a].” -- 8:54 “If I glorify my being, my glorifying does not become anything.” -- 8:55 “With.” -- 8:59 “Hid.” 

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