Verse of the Day
(May be more than one verse)
June 14-18, 2021
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Story of the Woman "Taken in Adultery" (A Lesson for Hypocrites)

John 8:1-2: "Jesus went unto the mount of Olives
[a mountain ridge near the city of Jerusalem]. And early in the morning [at dawn the next day,] he came again into the temple [in Jerusalem], and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them."

John 8:3-4: "And the scribes and Pharisees
[see Note 1 below] brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst [middle] [of the assembly, or crowd, referring to the group of people who had gathered together to hear Jesus speak], They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act."

John 8:5: "Now Moses in the law
[in Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22] commanded us, that such [a person] should be stoned [actually, the verses say the adulterer and adulteress shall both be 'put to death' or 'die,' not 'be stoned']: but what sayest thou [what do you say]?

John 8:6: "This they
[the scribes and Pharisees] said [to Jesus], tempting him [to sin, and fall into their trap; i.e., they wanted him to choose between setting the woman free, thus contradicting the law of Moses, and sentencing her to death, which was the responsibility of the Roman government], [so] that they might have [a reason] to accuse him [of wrongdoing]. But Jesus stooped [bent] down, and with his finger wrote on the ground [see Note 2 below], as though he heard them not [didn't hear them]."

John 8:7-8: "So when they continued asking him
[the same question], he lifted up himself [he stood up], and said unto them, He that is without sin among you [probably, in this case, referring specifically to the sins of adultery and fornication], let him [be the] first [one to] cast [throw] a stone at her [see Note 3 below]. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground."

John 8:9: "And they which heard it
[what Jesus said] [referring to the scribes and Pharisees who had accused the woman of adultery], being convicted by their own conscience, went out [of the temple] one by one [one after another], beginning at the eldest [the oldest (or perhaps most reputable) man, meaning the one with the highest office or best reputation], [and continuing] even unto the last [one, meaning the youngest, or lowest ranking, man]: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman [was left] standing in the midst [of the crowd]."

John 8:10: "When Jesus had lifted up himself
[from the ground, or stood up], and saw none [of the scribes and Pharisees] but [only] the woman [because all of her accusers had left], he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine [your] accusers? hath [has] no man condemned thee [judged you worthy of death]?"

John 8:11: "She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee
[consider you worthy of death]: go [your way, or go home], and sin no more."
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According to Albert Barnes:

"… This passage
[of scripture, referring to the above story] … teaches us:

"1.that Jesus claimed no civil authority
[or 'no authority to enforce law and order'].

"2.that he regarded the action of which they accused her as sin.

"3.that he knew the hearts and lives of men.

"4.that men are often very zealous
[intense, passionate, pushy] in accusing others of that of which they themselves are guilty. And,

"5.that Jesus was endowed with
[or 'possessed'] wonderful wisdom in meeting the devices [tricks] of his enemies, and eluding [evading] their deep-laid plans to involve him in ruin …"

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/john-8.html, "Verse 11")

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NOTE 1:

For more information about the scribes and Pharisees, read the following articles:

-- "Who were the scribes that often argued with Jesus?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/scribes-Jesus.html)

-- "Who were the Pharisees?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/Pharisees.html)

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NOTE 2:

Like one of the visitors to the GotQuestions.org website, you may be wondering, "What was Jesus writing in the dirt/sand when the Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery?" Their answer can be found here:
https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-writing-dirt.html.

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NOTE 3:

Regarding casting stones, Albert Barnes wrote:

"Let him first cast a stone at her - In the punishment by death, one of the witnesses threw the culprit from the scaffold, and the other threw the first stone, or rolled down a stone to crush him. See Deuteronomy 17:6, 7. This was in order that the witness might feel his responsibility in giving evidence, as he was also to be the executioner. Jesus therefore put them to the test. Without pronouncing on her case, he directed them, if any of them were innocent, to perform the office of executioner. This was said, evidently, well knowing their guilt, and well knowing that no one would dare to do it."

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/john-8.html, "Verse 7")





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Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets
to the above verse(s), I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke,
Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry (which can be found online)
and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer
to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 14

1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
28 In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.


Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets to the above verse(s),
I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry
(which can be found online) and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs,
I also refer to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem Bible Church.
Word definitions are taken from online dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


*  *  *  *  *

Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 14

1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
28 In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.