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Cast The First Stone

Adapted from Christian scripture, John 8: 2-11, New Revised Standard Version.

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

At dawn, he appeared in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.

The scribes and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in sin [adultery]. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of sin [committing adultery]. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." Again, he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

"No one, sir," she said.

"Neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go your way, and from now on do not sin again."

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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