John 8:3 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1) "And the scribes and the Pharisees," (de hoi grammateis kai hoi Pharisaioi) "Then the scribes and the Pharisees;" The scribes were writers and keepers of records, keepers of archives of Jewish law, and the Pharisees were a super-pious, hypocritical Jewish religious order.

2) "Brought unto him a woman," (agousin gunaika) "Led a woman," dragging her by main force, into the presence of and before Jesus, as they themselves and all men will one day stand before Him, to be judged, Heb 9:27. They came, with no good motive, but instead to see if they could find fault in His teaching regarding the application of the law of Moses to the act charged against this woman.

3) "Taken in adultery," (epi moicheia kateilemmenen) "Who had been taken or caught in adultery," as they charged, "in the act," Joh 8:4. They were not too concerned regarding her act of adultery, else they would have also charged the other party involved. It was an entrapment of Jesus that they sought, an occasion to slay Him, as a lawbreaker, Joh 5:16; Joh 5:18; Joh 6:19; Joh 6:25; Joh 6:32.

4) "And when they had sat her in the midst," (kai stesantes auten en meso) "And standing or causing her to stand in the midst," of them, for indictment and humiliation, expecting a word of judgement from Jesus to execute her, without lawful testimony against her, by two or three witnesses.

Consult other comments:

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

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary