Verses of John 8


John 8:3 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Our Saviour early in the morning entering upon the work of preaching;

Observe, 1. What a mixed auditory he had, of scribes, and Pharisees, and common people. All sorts of persons came to hear him, but not all with the same intentions. The common people came to learn, but the scribes and Pharisees came to cavil and carp; the latter came to tempt and ensnare him, the former to be taught and instructed by him.

It is not our bare attendance upon ordinances, but the purity of our aim, and the sincerity of our intentions, in waiting upon God in them, that is an evidence of our sincerity.

Observe, 2. How the hypocrisy of these Pharisees was gilded over with an appearance of sanctity: as if they were great lovers of chastity, and haters of uncleanness, they bring to Christ a woman taken in adultery, to be censured by him. One that had not known these Pharisees, would have concluded them very holy and honest, very conscionable and conscientious persons; but Christ, who saw into their bosoms, soon found that all this was done only to tempt him. Thus a smooth tongue and a false heart often accompany one another: when we see a glittering appearance, we have reason to suspect the inside.

Observe, 3. The punishment which the Pharisees sought to have inflicted on this adulteress: it is death: Let her be stoned. Sometimes the punishment of adultery was burning, sometimes stoning, always death.

Lord! how ought Christians to blush, who have slight thoughts of the sin of adultery, which both Jews and pagans held ever deadly!

Observe, 4. Their ensnaring question: Moses commanded that such should be stoned; but what sayest thou? The Pharisees desire no better advantage against Christ, than a contradiction to Moses their lawgiver: it has been an old strategem to set Moses and Christ at variance; but they are fast friends; they are subordinate one to another, not opposed one against another. Moses brings us to Christ, and Christ to glory; fain would these colleaguing adversasries draw Christ to contradict Moses, that they might take advantage of the contradiction to condemn Christ.

Observe, 5. The wisdom and caution of our Lord's answer: he doth not excuse her crime, but bids her accusers look at home, and examine their own consciences, whether they were not guilty of the like, or as great a sin. He doth not say, "Let her be stoned;" this had been against the course of his mercy: he doth not say, "Let her not be stoned;" this had been against the law of Moses; but he so answers, that both his justice and his mercy are entire; she dismissed, and they ashamed. It is a false zeal that is eagle-eyed abroad, and blind at home. Such as are most wicked themselves, are oft-times most ready and skillful to spy out the faults and failings of others: we stand too near ourselves to discern our own miscarriages. The eye that sees every thing, sees not itself.

Observe, 6. Though Christ abhorred the sin, yet he does not condemn the sinner. Hath no man condemned thee? neither do I condemn thee, says Christ. This Christ said, not to excuse the woman, or to connive at her offence; but to show that he declined the office of a civil judge, which was to pass sentencce on criminals. He therefore doth not say, No man ought to condemn thee, but Hath no man condemned thee? Christ doth not execute the office of a magistrate in judging her to death; but of a minister in calling her to repentance and reformation.

How ought every one of us to keep within the bounds of our calling, when our Saviour himself will not entrench upon the office and functions of others!

Observe, lastly, our Saviour's cautionary direction to this adulteress: Go, and sin no more.

Where note, Christ doth not say, Go, and commit adultery no more; but, Go, and sin no more. It is not a partial repentance, or a turning away from this or that particular sin, which will denominate us true penitents, or entitle us to the pardoning mercy of God, but a leaving off all sin of what kind soever; therefore says Christ, Go, and sin no more.

Verses of John 8


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John 8:3 - The Greek Testament

John 8:3 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 8:3 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 8:3 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 8:3 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 8:3 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 8:3 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 8:3 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:3 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:3 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 8:3 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 8:3 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 8:3 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 8:3 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 8:3 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 8:3 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 8:3 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:3 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 8:3 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 8:3 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 8:3 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 8:3 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 8:3 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 8:3 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 8:3 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 8:3 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:3 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 8:3 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 8:3 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament