King James Version (KJV)
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 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.
7 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.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
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.
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?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Revised Standard Version (RSV)
3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.”
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3 This was a common thing of the day. During Roman rule over Israel they were not allowed to carry out death punishments without asking Rome which is why Jesus' trial took so long but, Rome did not view stoning as death punishment even though it was so, stoning became the major way of judgement by the priests.
4 Adultry is a woman sleeping with someone other than her husband. Veiwed often as a married woman sleeping with someone else but in the New Testament if a woman did not save herself for her husband it could be consider adultry as well, for instance Mary was accused of adultry against Joesph even before they were married.
5 The laws did not want sin to go unpunished and have sin dealt with in the proper ways. If the person who adultry commited against said he did not want her to be punished the woman would not be killed. With the story of Mary and Joseph, Joseph decided to break off the engagement before the angel told him the truth and he went and married her but, if he ahd broke it off she would not been held to the charge of adultry.
6 jesus often taught forgiveness but in this case it would have showed He did not believe in justice they wanted Him ethier to allow the stoning and ask Him where is His forgiveness or, have Him stop the stoning and ask Him about justice.
7 The only who can truly judge is the one without sin, this is Jesus, He will be the Judge and He will be just.
8 After having said what He did, He knew none would think that they could trow there stone.
9 The older ones left first, people thinking of all the sins they have committted and maybe how they were shown mercy. The older ones had more time to sin. Every one left but Jesus and this woman, the woman would not been able to leave until all those who accused her were gone and Jesus was without sin.
10 Our condemnation is in the Lord's hand with the Lord we will be spared but without Him we will face judgement.
11 When we come to Christ our sins are under the blood and we from then on a servants of the Lord instead of being slaves to our sins.
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