Third passover until Jesus' arrival at Bethany

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The Story of the Adulteress

The assembly of chief priests and Pharisees broke up and went home. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

Early the next morning he returned to the temple. People came to him and he sat down and began to teach them.

The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had just been caught in the act of adultery and put her in the middle of the group that Jesus was teaching.

They asked Jesus:

The law of Moses commands us to stone adulterers. What do you say about it?

Jesus stooped down, and with his finger, he wrote on the ground. They continued to taunt Jesus with the question.

Jesus stood up and said to them:

He who is without sin among you, let him be the first one to throw a stone at her.

Again Jesus stooped down and continued writing on the ground. The scribes and Pharisees, after hearing Jesus’ answer, were silent.

They left Jesus, starting with the oldest and ending with the youngest.

Then Jesus stood up and asked the woman:

Where are the ones who accuse you? Does no man condemn you?

She said:

No man, sir.

Then Jesus said:

Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on sin no more.