John 8:6 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1) "This they said, tempting him," (touto de elegon peirazontes auton) ''Yet this they said tempting him,'' or seeking to entrap Him, with murderous intent and design, as they so often did, as in Mat 16:1; Luk 10:25; Luk 20:23. They likely hoped that His pity would lead Him openly to exonerate the woman, defend her, or justify her before them.

2) "That they might have to accuse him." (hina echosin kaegorein autou) "in order that they might have (a cause) to accuse him," for He would, they thought, approve putting the woman to death, which they were not permitted (as Jews) to do under Roman law, or to let her go, and break their Jewish law, Joh 18:31.

3) "But Jesus stooped down,'' (ho de lesous kato kupas) "Then Jesus upon stooping down," or "when he had stooped," bowed near the ground. Unwilling to enter a controversy over their malicious questions.

4) "And with his finger wrote," (to daktulo kategraphen) "He wrote with his finger," in the dust or dirt, an act of disdain for the belligerent spirit in which they had dragged this woman into the temple-court area, where He was teaching, Joh 8:2-3.

5) "On the ground as though he heard them not." (eis ten gen) "In the ground," or dust of the earth, ''eis" a Gk. term here used means into the dust, upon the ground, words that could be visibly seen. The latter phrase is an italicized interpolation of King James translation. Some manuscripts add, "not troubling himself with them," or “as if he heard them not."

Consult other comments:

John 8:6 - The Greek Testament

John 8:6 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 8:6 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 8:6 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 8:6 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 8:6 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 8:6 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 8:6 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:6 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:6 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 8:6 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 8:6 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 8:6 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 8:6 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 8:6 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 8:6 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 8:6 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 8:6 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 8:6 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 8:6 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 8:6 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 8:6 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 8:6 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:6 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 8:6 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 8:6 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary